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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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  • 05-08-21

Great introduction to an important subject

I found this book really useful as an introduction on the subject of creating psychological safety in organisations and the benefits of doing so. Plenty of examples and practical advice.

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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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Fab book that stands the test of time

Such a useful book. My go to book for leaders B irrespective of its age. Love the story telling style makes the content so much more memorable when applying.

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Not for work, for research

I had high expectations of this book because the reviews, I needed it as inspiration for creating psychological safety at work. The book starts out telling the disadvantages and advantages of lack of safety and a safe environment. I needed only a page on this as for many it would be self evident but ok. Continuing there are four chapters on different companies that failed at this. Then four chapters with companies that succeeded. The information isn’t that useful and there are no real takeaways. The book ends by summing up everything and left me with nothing more of knowledge as you could have gotten in a half hour YouTube video. I was very disappointed.

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  • 25-02-22

Inspirational

Fantastic, informative read that is backed by narrative and research. The best investment of my time I've had in a while!

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  • 22-02-22

Gladwellian Nonsense

Invent an effect that essentially means "All the good things" go look for the good things, find good things to back up the imaginary thing you named. In my top ten list of worst books ever. All the examples without exception talk about the proximal presence of physical harm, NOT the absence of Psychological Safety. In fact PS is better defined by the actions of people maintaining their PS by not speaking up. What an absolute sack of nonsense talking about people having the sack of nonsense to be successful, when they had absolutely no clue that the sack of nonsense even existed. Towards the end it even talks about PS being created by Leaderists that "pretend" to personify PS when they don't.

The good stuff they talk about, like every other similar book, is called an interpersonal relationship. You get them, when elitist old Leadership is replaced by partnership. Working together on something we care about, at least for a while.

The entire concept of psychological safety is little more than a cognitive bias: by stander, social collusion, group think whatever and none of them are good.

We need a little fear, a little anxiety, or energy or risk or desire to feel alive, it is the core of every creative process. The creators of PS just didn't understand the cognitive science and got their conclusion, horribly wrong. Fearless is a Darwin Award in the making. Fearlessness is the act of performing anyway, albeit within the conscious presence and psychological acceptance of fear.... and that's a good thing!

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great concept but way to repetitive

concept behind is great but felt too repetitive, like having to tell the same point with 15 different stories

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 15-05-22

La organizacion sin miedo

Buenas reflexiones de como afecta el desempe;o de las empresas el miedo de los colaboradores para expresarse

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  • wijola
  • 21-02-22

Sometimes dense, great "how" and "why" answers

the placement of the pragmatic recommendations toward the end is probably necessary since it requires new context for otherwise familiar stories. it does put the reader at risk of dropping off, maybe because some of the nuances between case studies seem small enough that it starts to feel repetitive. stick around for the end though- it's worth it.

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  • Derrick Leong
  • 02-01-22

Loved the book and message

Well written, pace and insights were well placed for me. Examples were relevant and modern. I enjoyed this book very much and am inspired to make this a reality in my organisation. Thank you.