The Leading Cause of Corporate Calamity is Leaders Who Don't Listen.

The leading cause of corporate calamity is leaders who don't listen.

The RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank in 1912, yet despite more than a century of studies and analysis, few historians reference the root cause of this tragedy – a phenomenon known as "corporate silence.''

Corporate silence occurs when employees willfully withhold important work-related information. Post-sinking investigations revealed that White Star Line engineers tried to discuss the limited safety capacity with senior-level management. However, their efforts were futile and fell on deaf ears, causing them eventually to give up trying to discuss the matter. In fact, one engineer described a meeting where the first-class cabin carpet color was discussed for hours and the lifeboat capacity was given just 15 minutes.



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