Four Organizational Freedoms

I was recently struck by Roosevelt’s famous words in his speech to Congress regarding the “Four Freedoms” needed to have a safe and secure world.  Reading the words from this speech made me realize how much these concepts apply to organization’s as well.  I took a moment and rewrote the “Four Freedoms”  from an organizational perspective.

The Four Freedoms

The first is freedom of open and transparent communication — everywhere in the organization.

The second is freedom of every person to work in his/her own way with passion toward the organization’s goals — everywhere in the organization.

The third is freedom from want — which, translated into organization terms, means economic opportunities which will secure a productive future for every person — everywhere in the organization.

The fourth is freedom from fear — which, translated into organizational terms, means an organizational reduction in hierarchy to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that to be successful collaboration will be a necessity and aggressive use power will be less productive — anywhere in the organization.

If organizations follow these principles in the way they operate, they will increase diversity of thought, innovation, quality, employee engagement and customer loyalty.  It is amazing what a strong culture can support.

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