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For Whom The (Blue) Bell Tolls

July 7th, 2015  | 

Published in Organization Health

There’s no Blue Bell ice cream this summer.

Blue Bell issued a general recall in April after products tested positive for Listeria.

The recall forced the company – the nation’s third largest ice cream company behind Nestle’s (makers of Häagen-Dazs and Dreyer’s) and Unilever (makers of Ben and Jerry’s and Klondike) – to lay off 1,450 of its 3,900 employees and furlough another 1,400 employees.

What makes the recall even worse is that reports indicate bacteria problems have existed at Blue Bell since 2010. FDA reports paint an environment where warning signs were underestimated or ignored.

What warning signs might you be ignoring in your business?

“No man is an island,” wrote English poet John Dunne in 1624. “Any man’s death diminishes me…therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

About the Author: Greg Bustin advises some of the world’s most admired companies and leaders, and he’s dedicated a career to working with CEOs and the leadership teams of hundreds of companies in a range of industries. He’s facilitated more than 200 strategic planning sessions, and he’s delivered more than 500 keynotes and workshops on five continents. His fifth leadership book—How Leaders Decide: A Timeless Guide to Making Tough Choices—examines 52 of history’s greatest triumphs and tragedies and will be published in 2019 by Simple Truths.

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