In search of power equilibrium

Employees’ fear of the boss suppresses healthy debate
By Jennifer Berdahl
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/23/2003


n Jan. 13, 1982, Washington, D.C. was hit by one of the worst blizzards in years, closing National Airport for much of the day. When Air Florida flight 90 was finally given clearance for take-off late that afternoon the captain elected not to follow standard de-icing procedures.

During take-off, the first officer noticed something strange and said, “That doesn’t seem right, does it? … That’s not right.” The captain asserted, “Yes it is…” and the first officer began to question his own judgment, “Naw, I don’t think that’s right…maybe it is…I don’t know.”