I'll take 'Ass or Elbow?' for 500, Alex

Doomed to failureNot that this comes as a shock to you, gentle reader, but a recent survey by Vital Smarts provides some more fuel for the “your organization doesn’t know what it’s doing” fire.

Turns out, most folks are well attuned to the impending doom of corporate projects. But they remain silent. Allowing the project to fail. Seems they are not in an environment that “welcomes that sort of feedback.”

Findings include:

  • 78% of employees say they are personally working on a “doomed project” right now
  • 90% say they know early on when projects are likely to fall short
  • 77% compare their failing projects to “slow motion train wrecks”
  • 81% say approaching a key decision maker about the project is nearly impossible
  • 81% also say that inaccessible key decision maker could have saved the project

For the compelete survey results (WARNING: Poorly executed Excel graphs that are practically illegible) feel free to download the PDF. Or visit the Silence Fails site for all kinds of data in this regard.

What was that about partnering, Toby?

(Hat tip to Val Willis at Tom Peters Company)

About Rick Turoczy

More than mildly obsessed with the Portland startup community. Founder and editor at Silicon Florist. Cofounder and general manager at PIE. Follow me on Twitter: @turoczy
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