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Fear & Candor: Find the connection & Organization Culture Solutions

As spring draws closer we are diligently working on our book Resolving the Brutus Dilemma, a book about 3rd Party Critique and candor.  Of all the information, training and change we bring, one of the most important pieces is candor. Candor, used properly, is a source of power that many people at all levels within organizations fear.  Fear, you ask…  Yes, fear, though we often don’t view it as fear.  Imagine these three examples:

(1) We hesitate to share information with our boss regarding an omission on his proposal to a client, (2) We are not sure how to approach employees in evaluations, (3) A co-worker who you routinely visit with at lunch and break has begun hanging out at your “cube” while on the clock and you aren’t sure how to encourage him to move along.
Fear:
(1) Will my boss blow up, ignore my input, or fail to make an adjustment and hold it against me, (2) I have to tell him that his wardrobe choices are affecting management’s perception of his ability, (3) I don’t want to hurt his feelings… but I have to get to work!

These are simplistic examples of candor, but no less valid.

Removing fear is simple, yet complex.  There are many factors that contribute to the behaviors but the bottom line is trust, earned with mutual respect and common goals.  When discussing the principles of our work, we mention that these principles are not new, we are not the flavor of the week, which can leave us to be viewed as old fashion.  While not new, these principles are the very foundation of good business.  A client pointed out that gravity isn’t new either and it is undeniably relevant.

Tired of the fear?  Call us! 205-870-0031

Quote of Note
“Today’s employees demand more personal relationships with their leaders before they will give themselves fully to their jobs.  They insist on having access to their leaders, knowing that it is in the openness and the depth of the relationship with the leader that trust and commitment are built.”

-Bill George, Authentic Leadership

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