Imagine a workplace scenario: your boss approaches you and asks you to ask your colleague to do something important for the good of the company. You, in turn, go to your colleague and make the request of your colleague. Let’s say that your colleague says, “No way. I’m not going to do that. It’s unethical, and besides, I’m protecting our boss by NOT doing it.”
What do you do next? Do decide not to go back to your boss and report what was said? What if everyone just so happens to be on vacation? What do you do then? Do you decide to just shrug your shoulders, file it away, and not ever mention it until the situation escalates and it becomes a mess that threatens to bring down the entire company?