Discussions about company culture often have the effect of a sleep-inducing hypnotic. It is one of the softest aspects of business and the one regularly given the shortest shrift. Yet the behaviors, actions, and reactions that are encouraged or discouraged within a company have a profound impact on how individuals feel and perform.
In the fast-paced, high-energy, sometimes heated discussions that surround investing a thoughtless comment can leave its recipient feeling hurt, isolated, and disengaged. Creating an environment where there’s a low tolerance for mistakes can lead to emotionally driven risk taking.
This essay looks at the importance of fostering vulnerability within teams and why reducing opportunities for inciting shame is in the best interest of your portfolio.
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