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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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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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Hack by Olivier Lambel on May 18, 2013
Shift from an obsession with financial forecasting to becoming expert in behaviour and attitude forecasts.
Hack by Chris Shambrook on June 14, 2013
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Hack by Keshal Sookha on October 18, 2011
In turbulent times like a recession or a post-merger integration, the issue of low trust can escalate from a chronic condition to a major flare-up.
Hack by Anna Stillwell on June 9, 2010
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Hack by Julie Steel on July 17, 2013
This is a Hack about creating a collaborative community of trust online to spark innovations in management.
Hack by Dan Oestreich on October 11, 2010
To create sustainable business benefits, the nature of business relationships needs to change.
Hack by James Stuart on April 22, 2011
This is the story of an OD consulting firm founded in the Middle East.
Story by Marwa Farouq on September 30, 2010

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