The most conflict-ridden, unproductive and ineffective organizations have one thing in common - a severe lack of honesty. Getting the unsaid said is critical - it’s common sense, but it’s certainly not easy.


Very often, people have valuable thoughts about the organization, but they are afraid to bring them up. Whether it’s issues or ideas, allowing people to share honestly makes our teams more effective.


If you’re a leader and you’re constantly getting blindsided by things you should have known, you’ve created a dishonest organization without even knowing it.


How do leaders inadvertently keep their employees from being open with them? How do we create the conditions for honesty? When we’re trying to identify the problem, how can we tell the difference between the facts and our imagination? In this episode, consultant, speaker, and author of Unconditional Power, Steve Gaffney returns. We talk about what erodes honesty in teams and how to rectify it.


It’s hard to get people to speak up and if you create any conditions for them not to speak up, that becomes a reason for them not to. -Steven Gaffney


Things You’ll Learn In This Episode


-Common sense isn’t all that common

There are a lot of leadership principles and best practices that are obvious, why do people struggle to do them?


-Individual accountability vs. all-in collective accountability

People often cite the boss as the reason they can’t do something. How do we get them to start holding each other accountable instead?


-Don’t imagine, notice

When it comes to resolving issues and conflict, people often create solutions without looking at the root cause. What steps can we shift to get to the core of the matter?


-Repeat, repeat, repeat

The most successful organizations codify their culture. As leaders, how do we bake in our vision for the business?