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Publisher's Summary

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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Great content, lots of examples.

Great content, lots of examples. Lengthy at times but overall very good. This is a great inspiration for improving workplace culture and ambiance.

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A must read for leaders at all levels!!!

Loved it! Comprehensive. Great flow. Practical. Several take-aways. Easy to digest. Loved the leadership assessment and tangible ways to build and nurture PS workplaces.

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  • DG
  • 2020-01-27

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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  • Agnius101
  • 2019-10-15

Good one, worth listening

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

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  • Wayne Pepper
  • 2021-09-30

Good ideas, lots of words

I think the contents of this book are extremely valuable and something that any leader should be paying attention to. Unfortunately this writer takes a long time to lay out her case and includes many stories which do illuminate the points but at the same time make it a very long road to get to her recommendations. I wish she would have had spent more time outlining the specific steps to take and the hurdles that one might encounter as opposed to spending so much time upfront. Otherwise a good and valuable listen.

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  • 2020-06-10

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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  • M. Goode
  • 2020-03-14

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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  • 2019-10-17

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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  • naji n shakir
  • 2019-07-23

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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  • wijola
  • 2022-02-21

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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  • Charlie :)
  • 2021-05-11

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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  • LINDA BEAUTY MARKS
  • 2019-06-21

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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  • QuickBen
  • 2021-03-11

Repetitive

If you played a drinking game and drunk a shot everytime the narrator says "psychological safety", you'd be in a coma way before the end of chapter 2. It's unbearable, if I hear "psychological safety" one more time I'll scream. Did not finish.