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Increase trust, reduce fear

“The most critical challenge for any organization is to enlarge the circle of trust.”

Command-and-control systems reflect a deep mistrust of employees’ commitment and competence. They also tend to overemphasize sanctions as a way of forcing compliance. That’s why so many organizations are filled with anxious employees who are hesitant to take the initiative or trust their own judgment. Organizational adaptability, innovation, and employee engagement can only thrive in a high-trust, low-fear culture. In such an environment, information is widely shared, contentious opinions are freely expressed, and risk taking is encouraged. Fear paralyzes, mistrust demoralizes—they must be wrung out of our management systems.

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239 Hacks
22 Barriers

Increase trust, reduce fear

“The most critical challenge for any organization is to enlarge the circle of trust.”

Command-and-control systems reflect a deep mistrust of employees’ commitment and competence. They also tend to overemphasize sanctions as a way of forcing compliance. That’s why so many organizations are filled with anxious employees who are hesitant to take the initiative or trust their own judgment. Organizational adaptability, innovation, and employee engagement can only thrive in a high-trust, low-fear culture. In such an environment, information is widely shared, contentious opinions are freely expressed, and risk taking is encouraged. Fear paralyzes, mistrust demoralizes—they must be wrung out of our management systems.

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The internet has had a profound effect on many areas of commerce.One area the internet has not yet had a profound affect upon is how people are organized to perform work.We believe this is about to ch
Story by Jim McKeown on April 11, 2010
Knowing is key to making decisions. Knowing is the foundation of the trust you need to build trust with others.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on September 24, 2015
Determined to foster a culture of continuous feedback, enable coaching relationships outside traditional hierarchies, and encourage meaningful recognition among his engineering team, Gilt Groupe's Joh
Story by Nicholas Stein on July 18, 2011
In a large company, due to geographic diversity, one of the most important elements of work has been eradicated; The Conversation.
Story by Greg Lowe on June 24, 2011
Our relationship with others is often determined by boundaries found in virtually all organizations: demographic, geographic, horizontal, vertical or stakeholder.
Story by Stephen Remedios on June 3, 2013
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Story by NAVEEN KHAJANCHI on November 22, 2013
Once upon a time there was a successful leader. He had an important role in the management of a huge fair.
Story by Bernhard Sterchi on November 1, 2016
I ran my own HR Company for over 20 years (still look after a few special clients); but decided I really needed to think about my next 10 years; to plan for those days when I was too old to keep doing
Story by Ann Andrews CSP on January 25, 2011
A harmonious workplace is critical in today’s work place .A First Line Manager must be a keen observer of behavior in their department.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on October 22, 2016
As a front line supervisor, I have reconciled myself to this greatest of issues with employees; you are not treating me/us fairly. The company is not treating me/us fairly.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on March 14, 2016

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