Flirting with Disaster: Why Accidents Are Rarely Accidental

Flirting with Disaster: Why Accidents Are Rarely Accidental

Marc S. Gerstein, Michael Ellsberg


Chernobyl and Katrina. Challenger and Columbia. BP and Vioxx. The Iraq warfare. have been those unavoidable misfortunes that nobody might be able to have imagined? infrequently. them all have been mess ups which may were avoided, or whose harmful repercussions might have been mitigated.

regardless of warnings of approaching catastrophe, preemptive motion is never taken by means of those that be able to accomplish that. How do shrewdpermanent, high-powered humans, leaders of world organisations, nationwide associations, even international locations, frequently get it so flawed? whereas so much investigations concentrate on the technical reasons of catastrophe, Flirting With Disaster examines the mental, social, and cultural impediments to whistle-blowing, displaying what we will be able to do to minimize the opportunity of failures occurring in any respect.

studying such phenomena as bystander habit and the butterfly impression, amid a sequence of instructive case studies--not purely the aforementioned commute crashes, average mess ups, and business injuries, but additionally Arthur Andersen's shady accounting at Enron; the 1994 Mexican peso trouble that just about brought on a global financial meltdown; and the yankee sub-prime lending predicament that emerged in August 2007, revealing the country's dangerous dependence on client credit--Marc Gerstein, an organizational psychologist, urges a re-assessment of the timidity, distorted considering, blunders of judgment and self-serving behavior that lead to failures from the boardroom to the halls of academe to the Oval place of work. Daniel Ellsberg, popular and revered for freeing the Pentagon Papers, bargains a foreword and a strong afterword addressing what occurs "When Leaders are the Problem."

Flirting With Disaster is a must-read if you are looking to foster truth-telling of their corporations, and head off-disasters within the making. immediately alarming, exciting and hopeful, this can be a booklet that provides very actual and sensible classes for daily life.

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