11 Admirable Qualities of an Open Organization

11 Admirable Qualities of an Open Organization

11 Admirable Qualities of an Open Organization11 Admirable Qualities of an Open Organization

By Dennis McCafferty

Unheard WordsUnheard Words

The phrase, “because the boss says so,” is never spoken.

Straight TalkStraight Talk

Bad news is delivered immediately and without sugar-coating.

Topic ATopic A

Mission statements are incorporated into daily discussions.

Fired UpFired Up

At work, people use the same passion words, such as “love” and “excited,” that they use at home.

Merit SystemMerit System

The best ideas win regardless of who comes up with them.

Open DialogueOpen Dialogue

There are no barriers to frank discussion, as no one is afraid to bring up an elephant in the room.

Fully AccountableFully Accountable

Leaders are first to admit their mistakes.

Critical ContributionsCritical Contributions

Employees know precisely how their day-to-day tasks contribute to long-range strategies.

Long LeashLong Leash

Leaders allow for ambiguity in providing guidance for projects, so team members have room to explore uncharted options and innovate.

New HorizonsNew Horizons

High performers are rewarded with new, intriguing assignments, sometimes outside of their usual area of expertise.

Venue SelectionVenue Selection

Potentially heated one-on-ones are held in neutral areas such as a conference room or lunch area, not someone’s office.

Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty is a contributor to CIO Insight. He covers topics such as IT leadership, IT strategy, collaboration, and IT for businesses.

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