In this short video from the 2019 Happy Workplaces Conference Traci explains that a freedom-centred mindset is essential for building a freedom-centred culture. "The root issue that stops world-class cultures from happening is fear. It’s the number one thing," she says.
WorldBlu CEO Traci Fenton Underlines the Three Things Required to Create a Freedom-Centred Culture
WorldBlu CEO Traci Fenton believes we’re all meant to live our fullest potential. Through WorldBlu, Traci’s spent the last two decades working with clients in 80 countries, teaching them freedom at work.
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WorldBlu’s freedom at work model directly opposes fear-based work cultures. There are three crucial components to the freedom-centred approach. The first is a freedom-centred mindset. The second is freedom-centred leadership. Leaders with a fear-based mindset create command and control management structures.
To build freedom-centred cultures, Traci says top leadership must have high self-worth. “Self-worth is being secure with who you are,” she says.
The final component is organisational design, which was the focus of Traci’s talk at the 2019 Happy Workplaces conference. Command and control pyramid structures have gone out of fashion, but companies haven’t yet fully embraced democratic design. The reason it’s so important to do so, says Traci, is because “75% of what drives your culture are your systems and processes.”
Resources and related content
- 12 Ways in Which Toyota Create a Great Workplace — Henry Stewart visited Toyota and learned about 'kaizen'. Each member of staff is expected to come up with at least two kaizen, or improvements, each month. They are allocated 15 minutes a day to identify and test these.
- Leading in Agile Environments — Happy has partnered with Adventures in Agile to offer this two-day transformational workshop to develop leaders driven by purpose, creativity, curiosity, and empathy.
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Happy's next conference: 2020 Happy Workplaces Conference
Our next event will take place on 30th July via Zoom from 9am to 5pm (with breaks). This event will be engaging and interactive, using break out rooms, discussions and more to make the day just as fun as our previous conferences.
We are delighted to welcome Liz Wiseman, author of Multipliers, James Shaw, a minister in the New Zealand government, Ynzo van Zanten of Tony's Chocolonely, Katharine Horler OBE of Adviza and Auzewell Chitewe of the East London NHS Foundation Trust — and more!
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