“In any situation, the person who can most accurately describe reality without laying blame will emerge as the leader, whether designated or not.”

Susan Scott, Fierce Conversations 27 (2004).

Risk management is all about accurately describing reality without laying blame. The first step in achieving any progress is identifying where you are now. What mechanisms do you have in place in your organization to accurately describe reality without laying blame? We invite your feedback in the comments.

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