March 17, 2009

Whistleblowers of the world unite!

“Managers need to listen before disaster strikes” writes Michael Skapinker March 17. Everyone agrees none argue against it and still it is almost impossible to achieve most often because what management and others would qualify as disaster varies dramatically. Sometimes the only real disaster is the pure possibility of a disaster being acknowledged.

But what can we do? Let me have a go at it. Since a corporate climate that is unreceptive to whistle blowers could hide a time bomb credit rating agencies should never be able to give more that a B- to any company that does not achieve some minimum results in a yearly secret internal ballot held on various governance issues.

That could help some managers to start listening.