Listening to the Warnings

Based on the report in a PBS "Frontline" documentary, government and financial leaders knew over a decade in advance that the economic meltdown would happen.  They were told exactly that in no uncertain terms.  It was all about the OTC derivatives and lack of regulation.

But, this is more than a cautionary tale of financial malfeasance and the lack of will and foresight on the part of those in charge.

It is a story about shutting down the person who is bringing the warnings - rather than listening, heeding and considering.  Instead, what you'll see is that the one person who brought the issue to the forefront was so disenfranchised and disempowered - to the point of making her Federal Department impotent - eventually, and rightfully, she left.  They made sure of it.

We know what happened next.

It's well worth watching this video - including all the add-ons - as a means of determining how well you're doing in listening to those who bring you warnings about what's going on in your organization.

No one can afford to miss the signs and portents of things to come.

The last thing you ever want to do is kill the messenger.