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Speechless by Bruce Barry

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NINEManaging Expression inside the Workplace

People have an obligation to dissent in this company…. I mean, I sit up here on the 50th floor, in the library. I have no idea what’s going on down there, so if you’ve got a problem with it, speak up. And if you don’t speak up, that’s not good.

—Jeffrey Skilling, former CEO of Enron1

CORPORATE EXECUTIVES ARE ACCOMPLISHED PRACTITIONERS of the art of talking the talk of openness, free speech, and dissent in the workplace. Fortunately for the rest of us, journalists are accomplished at the sort of petard-hoisting that results when quotations like this are dredged up. Enron, to be sure, isn’t a representative example of workplace culture or, for that matter, workplace anything. Its swift financial ...

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