Here’s a shocking fact. When a senior manager sits down with staff and asks for ‘honest’ opinions on something, they don’t always get the most honest answers.
We have all been in meetings through our careers where everybody is smiling and nodding enthusiastically about the latest plans, only to collectively rip them apart as soon as the bosses are out of the room. The net result; senior managers firmly believe everybody is happy, staff are actually miserable, and the plan fails because it was never a good idea and no one really believed in it.
Throughout corporate history, such a simple cycle has brought down the mightiest of companies.