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The Fearless Organization

Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth
Written by: Amy C. Edmondson
Narrated by: Jennifer Jill Araya
Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mauro Locarnini
  • 2019-08-12

Good book for interested professionals

This book is a smooth read to get a bit more insight into the research and case studies around psychological safety. However, you can see the tension between a well researched scholastic book and an easy how to guide for business people. Unfortunately It ends up falling short in both categories.

Some of Amy edmosons articles and blogs give you the same info with no narrative behind but accomplish the same goal perfectly.

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  • Torgeir Skyttermoen
  • 2019-06-24

Excellent book and very informative and relevant.

Relevant for all types of organizations. Concrete, good examples and told in an interesting way.

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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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  • Victor Panggabean
  • 2020-01-21

It can be delivered in a simple language

“The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple.” said Einstein (maybe), yet I think this book is the other way around.

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  • Hank Patton
  • 2019-07-17

the key to inclusion for your team.

after reading Amy's work on psyc safety it is clear to me that creating an environment of psyc safety is the key to inclusion for my company.