Could the disasters at Enron and WorldCom have been easily avoided? What about the mistakes at the Duke and Baylor hospitals, or the tragic explosion of the space shuttle Columbia?

Sadly, before each disaster, stake holders saw clear warning signs for catastrophe and yet they said nothing. Trends show that similar cultures of silence proliferate in organizations across the country.

VitalSmarts’ research reveals that there are five key issues that if not handled correctly will ultimately lead to failed execution or worse, tragedy. They also found that 90 percent of businesses routinely suffer from one or more of these five key issues.

The good news is that organizations who successfully handle these five issues transform cultures of silence into cultures of honesty and effective communication—eliminating potential catastrophes and saving lives.

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