Breaking the Fear Barrier: How Fear Destroys Companies from the Inside Out, and What to Do About It

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A company’s worst enemy isn’t always the competition. Sometimes it’s the fear that lives within its own walls.

This fear can take many forms: fear of not meeting a goal, of not getting a bonus, of losing decision rights and respect. Fear compels employees and managers to protect themselves by creating seemingly impenetrable barriers fortified by rules and practices that benefit one group while harming others.

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Overview

A company’s worst enemy isn’t always the competition. Sometimes it’s the fear that lives within its own walls.

This fear can take many forms: fear of not meeting a goal, of not getting a bonus, of losing decision rights and respect. Fear compels employees and managers to protect themselves by creating seemingly impenetrable barriers fortified by rules and practices that benefit one group while harming others.

Left unchecked, fear-driven barriers can spread at an alarming rate in a company. Workgroups define success not by reaching the company’s overall goal, but by fulfilling their part of the process. Restrictive policies pile up until managers start to exert extreme control over headcount and resources. Other managers feel compelled to build empires — taking over other departments’ functions to regain or enhance their self-sufficiency. In the midst of these counterproductive activities, employees suffer, success deteriorates, and efficiency dies.

While these barriers might seem insurmountable, they aren’t. They were built internally, and they can be destroyed internally. By learning from the real-world lessons in this book, leaders, managers, and employees can overcome barriers that plague their company. It takes courageous leadership, and it can be difficult, but the result will be nothing less than transformational.

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In the age of information, corporate managers watch the competition so intently that they often ignore the self-sabotage that they are helping create. Tom Rieger's Breaking the Fear Barrier exposes a destructive process that begins with a narrowing of focus, a growing parochialism, and a balkanization that replaces creativity with mistrust. This is a book that climbs out of the corporate thinking box to ask new questions and present fresh solutions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595620545
  • Publisher: Gallup Press
  • Publication date: 8/23/2011
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 691,309
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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