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The Importance of Open Communication: Speak Up at Work Before Your Ship Sails!

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 30 Apr 2014

While doing business research two years ago in Stockholm, Sweden, I dropped by the Vasa Museum. The Vasa was a warship that sank in the Stockholm harbor in 1628 while on her maiden voyage. Several dozen people drowned. The captain was just one of many people who knew the ship was not seaworthy and that it would most certainly sink because of its flawed design. But out of fear of speaking up, no one said anything to the king of Sweden, who had approved the design and was anxious to see it set sail for battle.    

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