Transcript: Anybody who blows the whistle immediately raises a question: is it the individual? Is it the organization? And, in my view, any organization which has a whistleblower ought to start from the supposition that they are right and there is an issue to address until proved to the contrary. And when I say proved, I do mean proved.
If I had to hazard an opinion, in most cases, there is an element of truth about any whistle-blowing allegation. It may not be absolutely true, but it may indicate something that is a problem -- perhaps not exactly the problem indicated, and that in itself, paradoxically, is valuable to an organization. I mean, what we know from history is that in quite a lot of cases people blew the whistle, nobody paid any attention, it would have been a lot better if the whistleblower had been listened to. That doesn't mean to say all whistleblowers are right, but this is a serious issue.
Sir Andrew Likierman, Dean of the London Business School says that whistleblowers need to be taken seriously. While not all whistleblowers are always right, there is usually some element of truth to their complaint.
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