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Speaking Truth to Power

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How can large organizations ensure people feel safe to speak out when things go wrong?

Recent corporate scandals involving household names such as Volkswagen, Toyota, and the IAFF have highlighted the importance for leaders to be better at listening to others. This report explores what makes people decide to be open or stay silent, including personal traits like conviction, self-awareness, and political awareness. It asks how an organization’s overall culture affects transparency, looking at the way ideas are expressed and challenged. The report gives practical suggestions for people who want to be more honest and open in their professional and personal lives.

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