A stressed mind is in a survival mode. A stressed mind is not in a creative mode.
—Don Hardy, Former Managing Director, FedEx Operations in Australia
The competitive edge lies with companies whose management provides the leadership essential to building and sustaining an innovation and performance culture. Managers' day-to-day behaviors play a key role in motivating employees to give the gift of their discretionary effort—enthusiasm, creativity, and commitment—to the organization. Up to this point, this book has addressed how to engage people in the enterprise, help employees grow their knowledge base, and generate creative ideas. This chapter addresses how to share these ideas (see Figure 7.1).
What does it take to express new ideas?
It is vital that employees feel secure in expressing their ideas. Managers, in turn, must feel secure in accepting new and unfamiliar ideas, especially if the ideas expressed are different than theirs. Feelings of security must be present in both the external and the internal ...