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Building Better Ideas by B. Kim Barnes

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3 Power, Fear, Apathy, and Groupthink

Why Do Bad Ideas Get a Pass?

Meanwhile, back in the breakroom . . .

“Why didn’t anybody say anything? You know that idea will never work.”

“For the same reason that you were quiet . . . what good would it do? Del would simply argue with you, you’d end up with a bad review, and nothing would change.”

The Problem with Employee Engagement

In recent studies of employee engagement (or lack thereof), futility is often cited as the reason people don’t speak up in meetings. Employees sense that nothing will change when they provide a critique or offer alternatives. The decision has been made, they believe, and the attempt to involve them is a sham—and can only lead to trouble for the person naive enough to accept ...

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