Speaking Truth to Power Pt2. Messengers: Sycophants, Axe Grinders and The Brave

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Cassandra. Knew the truth but never listened to. Cassandra. Knew the truth but never listened to.

Stop for a moment and think about this question. “What happens to the people who give bad news, or tell an unwelcome truth to the people in charge?” [PAUSE]

Now think about the question in relation to all of the books you’ve read, all of the films or television shows you’ve seen and all of the stories you’ve ever heard. [PAUSE]

My guess is that for much of what you have read, seen or listened to; these people will have experienced something unpleasant. The previous post about 2500 Years of Shooting the Messenger didn’t end on a high note. In fact, I suggested that ‘shooting the messenger’ was a deeply engrained human activity that has been practiced for 1000’s of years.

In the corporate world, projects that fail due to a ‘failure to speak truth to power’ are just helping to keep…

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