CHAPTER 2 The Red Flags

The previous warnings notwithstanding, if you are going to challenge the company that employs you, you must understand how large organizations operate. In particular, you should know how corporate bureaucracies function to target troublemakers and neutralize dissent.

Targeting Dissenters: Tactics of Retaliation

Corporate hierarchies employ intimidation and fear to convince their workers that the power of the organization is stronger than the power of the individual—even individuals who have truth on their side. Often, making an example out of one troublemaker is sufficient to keep the majority silent. The following section illustrates tactics your employer may use to “shoot the messenger” of bad news.

None of these techniques ...

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