The secret speech

Joseph Stalin and Nikita Khrushchev

Gorbachev is the one who gets credit for opening the door to the West. However you might argue that – although it was Gorbachev who swung it wide open – it was actually Khrushchev who unlocked with a closed-door session on the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union : On the Cult of Personality and Its Consequences

When Khrushchev in 1956 delivered his “secret speech”, he opened up something that was hidden from plane sight. Though luckily most companies don’t have a legacy of cruel dictators, almost any company with a history has some unspoken hurt that gets stuck in the system. The question is, who has the courage to address it.

The speech sets the stage for the aptly titled thriller The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith

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