What do General Motors and the Titanic have in common? We won’t give the riddle’s solution away, but we’ll tell you that it has to do with speaking up when you know potential problems lurk. Unfortunately, too many companies operate with a risky ‘Culture of Silence’ – a phenomenon in which employees willfully withhold information. The silence sets companies up for problems, crises and even danger. If people don’t speak up, companies are more susceptible to penalties and violations.
The quick fix? Become a ‘Culture of Voice’ and be open to those employees who want to be heard. Encourage conversations. Reach higher levels of innovation and favorable stats in compliance, safety and operations – all needed to keep your company…ahem, running and staying afloat.
Dr. Rob Bogosian, founder and principal consultant of RVB Associates, shares how a progressive mindset shift shines new light on speaking up, and how it can influence positive change and improvement in the workplace.
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