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The Fearless Organization offers practical guidance for teams and organizations who are serious about success in the modern economy. With so much riding on innovation, creativity, and spark, it is essential to attract and retain quality talent - but what good does this talent do if no one is able to speak their mind? The traditional culture of "fitting in" and "going along" spells doom in the knowledge economy. Success requires a continuous influx of new ideas, new challenges, and critical thought, and the interpersonal climate must not suppress, silence, ridicule, or intimidate. 

Not every idea is good, and yes, there are stupid questions, and yes, dissent can slow things down, but talking through these things is an essential part of the creative process. People must be allowed to voice half-finished thoughts, ask questions from left field, and brainstorm out loud; it creates a culture in which a minor flub or momentary lapse is no big deal and where actual mistakes are owned and corrected, and where the next left-field idea could be the next big thing.   

This audiobook explores this culture of psychological safety and provides a blueprint for bringing it to life. The road is sometimes bumpy, but succinct and informative scenario-based explanations provide a clear path forward to constant learning and healthy innovation.

©2019 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (P)2019 Gildan Media, LLC

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Every leaders new handbook

If you are fan of giants like Leaders eat Last or Drive then this book is for you and rightly sits on the digital shelf alongside them. Takes you though organisations that have psychological safety, those that don’t and more gives a great handbook of steps to start taking to get on that journey.

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psychological safety should be the base...

we start from, for all communications. excellent informative and enjoyable, well read book. imagine a world where people care about how others think!

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great book with great examples of PS

easy to listen too, varied stories well explained. a must listen to understand PS better

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A complete classic

A clear concept backed by science, concise storytelling and a lot of cases and experience.

Read the last part for leadership savy!

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Slightly difficult to follow in audio form

Whilst there's some really useful concepts here, it's sometimes difficult to follow the outlined frameworks when listening (as opposed to reading)

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Building a high performance team

Excellent content and memorable case studies of how creating an open culture contributes to a high performance team.

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  • DG
  • 27-01-20

The Foundation for Organizational Transformation

I have read several transformation books from Radical Candor to Humble Inquiry including several books by the Heath brothers and I have found all of these to be invaluable to transformation. That said, 'The Fearless Organization' is 'Mindset' (Carol Dweck) for the team/enterprise-at-large.
I truly feel as though this is the definitive'must-read' for any executive officer and/or team engaged in organizational transformation.
Amy Edmondson marries data with vulnerability in a way rarely achieved. She arms you with a panoply of techniques to give voice to the voiceless masses while gently dismissing the notion that transformation is either'mushy' and/or too slow and unrealistic. The example of the transformation in the South African mine was a really strong example of a commitment to transform an entire organization in a a very 'fixed mindset' industry.
I cannot recommend this book enough to any transformation evangelist.
Regards,
DG

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  • M. Goode
  • 14-03-20

A Must Listen!!

I am extremely happy that I chose this book. My job is predicated on great leadership and this book is a great tool to have in my kit moving forward!

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  • 17-10-19

Good story with clear handles and examples

Clear and sensible theory on creating a work environment where people feel safe enough to learn and grow, both individually and at the overarching company level. For anyone who’s worked in teams of any size, there will be clear handles allowing you to enhance or at least reflect on past, current and hopefully future situations.

Narration was clear, lively and a nice 1.0x pace for me personally.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-06-20

Great book!

love how it provides a review of important points in conclusion of each chapter. Also hits on diversity and inclusion.

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  • Agnius101
  • 15-10-19

Good one, worth listening

However, there were too much emphasis on psychological safety benefits and why it matters.

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  • naji n shakir
  • 23-07-19

hard to follow in audio

and if I hear psychological safety one more time I'm going to lose it.... I must of heard it over 300 times in the first two chapters

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  • LINDA BEAUTY MARKS
  • 21-06-19

My Take Away For The Fearless Organization

The message was very clear about unbridled, transparent feedback.

I didn’t like hearing the phrase repeatedly to nauseam “Organizational Safety”.

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  • Charlie :)
  • 11-05-21

light blog like reading

This is a high level view of organizational safety. The concept is good but there are several assumptions in the stories I found to be very off putting. In my option the author drifts away from fact to a world of if then and what if, which is fine when it is not followed up by assumptions of facts. There are also a few other bias moments I feel. Over all it was ok and worth a credit but don't look to find to many eureka moments if you very familiar with this subject.

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  • Raghav Karnam
  • 12-02-21

Another great book on psychological safety.

Another great book on psychological safety. The examples provided helps you to understand real life situations

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  • Mitzy
  • 20-12-20

how to manage

middle management is dominated by MBAs this is the kind of Organizational Psychology book managers need to broaden their perspective and improve their organization.