When workers fear job losses, they may lay low and focus on self-preservation. But you need them to step up and take prudent risks. Propel them to act by quoting Thomas Edison: “Nothing that’s any good works by itself. You’ve got to make the damn thing work.”
Once you motivate them to spring into action, limit the damage if their ideas prove faulty. Use Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase & Co., as your guide. He recently admitted, “We’ve made the same dumb mistakes [as other banks], just smaller and less of them.”
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