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Sherron Watkins

ENRON whistleblower - lessons learnt

Sherron Watkins was Vice President of Corporate Development at The Enron Corporation, and is considered by many to be the whistleblower who helped to uncover the Enron scandal in 2001. Sherron testified before the U.S. Congress and Senate at the beginning of 2002 and was selected as one of three "People of the Year 2002" by Time. If you would like to contact Sherron Watkins, please visit www.sherronwatkins.com or email [email protected] Watkins was Vice President of Corporate Development at The Enron Corporation, and is considered by many to be the whistleblower who helped to uncover the Enron scandal in 2001. Sherron testified before the U.S. Congress and Senate at the beginning of 2002 and was selected as one of three 'People of the Year 2002' by Time.

Organisation must have robust communication channels all the way to the top where staff feel can openly express their concerns. Individuals must remember the 3 M's, if your manager/the media/your mother wouldn't like what you're doing it's probably best not to do it. Individuals should think before whistle-blowing on their own and take into account whether other colleagues feel the same way. In order to shift the balance of power you need a core mass of similarly concerned individuals.