Speaking Truth to Power
You only have to look at the growing list of corporate scandals to see just how important and urgent it is for organizations to tackle this widespread inability to speak truth to power. Revelations of financial misconduct at Wells Fargo, the emissions scandal at VW, allegations of doping in the Athletics World to name just a few, all highly damaging incidents that have ruined hard-won reputations, blighted brand credibility and sent share prices plummeting.
And of course, we’ve also had the never-ending stream of allegations of sexual harassment which have affected industries from fashion to finance and sent shock waves through the corridors of government and the charity sector.
Add all these factors together and it becomes clear that organizations and the people who work within them need help navigating the power and politics of conversations at work.
Megan Reitz is Professor of Leadership and Dialogue at Ashridge where she speaks, researches, consults and supervises on the intersection of leadership, change, dialogue and mindfulness. She is on the Thinkers50 radar of global business thinkers and is ranked in HR Magazine’s Most Influential Thinkers listing. She has presented her research to audiences throughout the world and is the author of Dialogue in Organizations and Mind Time. Her new book, with Financial Times Publishing, is called Speak Up.