Why Freedom Over Fear Wins at Work
Do you know the number one reason why employees aren't as engaged at work as they could be?
It isn’t because they don’t like their manager, aren’t in the right job or are lazy.
The number one reason is fear.
We don’t normally label it as fear, but it’s at the root of almost all workplace issues, from slow growth to miscommunication, disengagement to stress.
Even the experts agree.
According to the Academy of Management Review, fear — and the silence that results when employees operate within a fear-based culture — is the biggest roadblock to innovation, engagement and growth.
But what exactly makes employees so afraid at work?
According to the research mentioned above, here’s a list of employees’ top fears:
1. Fear of making a mistake (cited by 30%).
2. Fear of getting fired. (This is not only the fear of getting fired outright, but the fear of appearing less dedicated or vital if they take earned vacation days. The data shows employees left an average of 11 vacation days untaken in 2011).
3. Fear of dealing with difficult customers or clients.
4. Fear of conflict with a manager.
5. Fear of speaking in front of a group.
6. Fear of disagreements with co-workers.
So what exactly eliminates fear at work?
Freedom at work.
At WorldBlu, we've spent over a decade developing an advanced method to take companies out of fear and into freedom at work.
We've used our method with everyone from small to large companies worldwide.
We call it the “Freedom at Work” cycle and it has three main components – freedom-centered mind-set, freedom-centered design and freedom-centered leadership. All three areas operationalized in an organization make it a truly freedom-centered workplace.
No more disengagement.
No more wasting time.
No more multi-million dollar ideas lost.
No more fear.
Our approach boosts the bottom-line and makes your employees a heck of a lot happier as well.
For almost two decades, we've worked with some of the world's most admired and fastest-growing brands, such as Zappos, DaVita, Sparc, Menlo Innovations, NixonMcInnes, Dreamhost and dozens more to help them eliminate fear and create more freedom-centered workplaces.
Our work has been recognized by Fortune, Fast Company, Forbes, The Financial Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, the BBC, Inc. Magazine and dozens of other media outlets worldwide.
One of the people we’ve worked with is Ed Wesley, Director of Organizational Development and Learning at DreamHost, a fast-growing web hosting company based in LA.
Here’s what Ed had to say about freedom at work:
Freedom at work has become part of our everyday culture at DreamHost. On a recent employee climate survey, our employees voted working in a freedom-centered company as the most important part of being an employee at DreamHost, second only to receiving a paycheck! Happy employees are engaged employees, and that is what we’re after. Working with WorldBlu has taken us to the next level of freedom, but just as importantly, it has connected us to a huge global network of peers who continue to inspire, challenge and support the way we work in new and radical ways.
The methods we’ve used with companies like DreamHost and dozens more around the world have transformed organizations from teetering on the edge of bankruptcy into high-performing, highly engaged workplaces.
But admittedly, our approach isn’t for everyone.
Many companies don't think they have the time or resources to commit to our methods.
Instead, they’re more comfortable wasting money paying people to be disengaged and fearful at work rather than actually fixing the problem.
(According to the Gallup Organization, this is costing the US economy alone $450-550 billion a year.)
We understand that’s how some people feel and we’re ok with that.
Because at WorldBlu, we only want to work with people who are passionately committed to going on a learning journey with us – even if that journey begins with confronting their own fears.
Currently, we’re accepting applications for new organizations to join WorldBlu and begin (or deepen) their journey towards more freedom at work.
If this interests you, we invite you to apply now. The deadline is December 15th and we only have a limited number of spaces available.
Feel free to also email me and I'll be in touch.
We look forward to connecting with you!
Yours in freedom,
Inside WorldBlu: WorldBlu’s Founder, Traci Fenton,
in Inc. Magazine
WorldBlu’s Founder and CEO, Traci Fenton, was recently quoted in Inc. Magazine in an article entitled, "Between Venus and Mars: 7 Traits of True Leaders" by Leigh Buchanan.
Inside WorldBlu: Consulting Expert Tash Stallard Joins TeamBlu
WorldBlu is delighted to announce that Tash Stallard has now joined the WorldBlu team (aka: TeamBlu!) to help us grow and manage our consulting and executive coaching offerings.
Tash is based in the greater London area and has over 20 years of commercial experience across a range of businesses. Formerly, Tash was CEO of one of the first organizations in the UK to spearhead coaching and championed the introduction of ‘coaching cultures’ to over 10,000 individuals across 85 organizations.
Most recently, Tash has dedicated her time to working in the field of conscious leadership. She has first-hand experience in transforming an organization from a fear-based to a freedom-centered multi-million dollar organization. She has worked with cutting-edge brands across the globe.
Tash brings a powerful and refreshing approach to support deep transformation in organizations and individuals with her lightness of touch, sense of fun and depth of challenge. Tash works with clients worldwide.
If you are interested in exploring consulting or executive coaching opportunities with WorldBlu, please contact Tash at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inside WorldBlu: Become a Certified Freedom-Centered Leader or CEOThe world is changing, and with it comes a demand for a new style of leadership – one based on freedom rather than fear and control.
For nearly two decades, WorldBlu has been working with the freedom-centered leaders worldwide pioneering this new model.
Now, based on extensive research and real-world experience, we’ve developed a groundbreaking new leadership program pairing experiential learning with gamification principles to cultivate the mind-set, skills and attributes needed to develop world-class, freedom-centered leaders and CEOs.
It’s called the WorldBlu Freedom-Centered Leader™ and the Freedom-Centered CEO™ program.
We believe anyone, regardless of title or position, can become a certified freedom-centered leader and we invite you to apply.
This program is available to any individual committed to making a difference in the world by embarking on a meaningful and transformational leadership journey.
Here’s an excerpt from the New York Time’s article, “Simon Anderson, on Creating a Culture of Shameless Honesty” by Adam Bryant.
Q. You became C.E.O. through an unusual process — you were elected in a vote by all the employees. How did that play out?
Collective Agency, a co-working organization located in Old Town, Portland, US, picked up not one but two awards at the WorldBlu Night of Honor.
The first award was for their practice in Dialogue + Listening. Collective Agency practices Dialogue + Listening by holding 'Lightning Talks.' Ten different member-owners at Collective Agency suggested these talks. As a result, every Wednesday at 2:00 pm select members do mini-TED Talks lasting 5-10 minutes each. Conversations happen as a result. Members start talking, become friends, offer advice, and sometimes recruit each other to work on other projects. Photos get shared. Referrals get made. Mentoring happens. Members learn what each one cares about and initiate new collaborations as a result.
Member Spotlight: Menlo Innovation’s CEO, Rich Sheridan, on NPR about the 'Bossless Office'
Menlo Innovations was also featured in a New York Magazine article entitled, “The Boss Stops Here.”
Rich Sheridan’s new book, Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love takes you inside Menlo Innovations and their freedom-centered culture.
Member Spotlight: Propellernet Makes Their Employees’ Dreams Come True with ‘Dream Balls’
Member Spotlight: Zappos Opens New Downtown Headquarters
Member Spotlight: NixonMcInnes to Host ‘Meaning’ Conference
Member and TeamBlu Highlights:
>> Congratulations to WorldBlu-certified member Podio -- After competing with entries from more than 50 nations, the Podio for iPad app has won the bronze medal at The Stevie Awards for "the most complete mobile experience ever.”
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