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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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Many scholars discuss visibility from the perspective of an employee making themselves more visible to executives within an organisation with the ambition of climbing the corporate ladder.
Hack by Amanda White on July 2, 2011
The future of work is slowly awakening.
Hack by Marla Hetzel on September 11, 2016
Good questions generate thought, focus, and action from the listener. They also convey respect. Is it any wonder that 95% of leaders prefer to be asked questions rather than told what to do?
Hack by Gary Cohen on October 15, 2010
The suceess of any organisation depends on the TEAM .
Hack by NAVEEN KHAJANCHI on April 12, 2013
Top executives’ tentatively agree on the BIG Rocks (strategic changes).  Then provide the Big Rocks to managers and staff and ask them to identify what they think are the Big Rocks.  The res
Hack by George Neufeld on November 27, 2012
I like those disclaimers at the beginning of every rated R movie. This movie is rated R as it contains graphic images, profanity, and may be disturbing to some viewers.
Hack by bari dzomba on April 2, 2013
The last 50 years economies have evolved from an industrial economy to a knowledge economy which brings us to the latest economy which is known as the creative economy.
Hack by Pieter du Plooy on October 1, 2011
Improving how people work in today’s organizations by abstracting collaboration practices and embedding them in email.
Hack by Ritu Raj on June 22, 2011
Allow employees to occassionally work from their home office or alternate location to promote a culture of trust and recognize they lead busy lives.
Hack by Sheryle Gillihan on January 5, 2011

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