Silence is the Problem

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Eight hundred years ago, Catherine, a woman living in Sienna Italy who was later to become a saint, stated: “Speak the truth in a million voices. It is silence that kills.” Her words haunt me today, as I notice how much silence there is, and how it is growing around the world. Here are just a few examples:

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First, Let’s Fire All the Managers

Management is the least efficient activity in your organization.

Think of the countless hours that team leaders, department heads, and vice presidents devote to supervising the work of others. Most managers are hardworking; the problem doesn’t lie with them. The inefficiency stems from a top-heavy management model that is both cumbersome and costly.

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