A colleague from LRN first introduced me to the T.R.I.P. acronym last year. It stands for Trust → Risk → Innovation → Performance. In succession, each is necessary for the other to happen.
More than ever, the survival of an organization depends on how quickly it can innovate. Thus, leaders have started to openly encourage their employees to take risks.
But what does that mean? That we have permission to try things and explore and that it will be OK if we fail? Or is it that we’re on our own and we’ll need to find another job if we mess up?
Just like we can’t innovate without taking risks, we can’t take risks without feeling safe and trusted. Those who tell us that it’s OK to punch a hole in the boat also need to show us where the waterline is.