“Safe to Say” was the term one of my clients used to describe the kind of environment they wanted to create. By “Safe to Say” they meant people felt comfortable sharing bad news and could openly talk about what was not working and what they did not like without fear of repercussions formally or informally.
This type of environment isn’t easy to create or maintain. Anecdotal evidence exists suggesting people have harmed their career by “telling the truth.” So often when something needs to be said that threatens the status quo, it is like there is a big sign in the room that says “Danger Ahead.”
If you are a leader and believe you aren’t getting the straight, honest feedback you want and need, I’ve written a post sharing 5 things to consider.