An organizational underground fire can occur when unresolved interpersonal conflicts between well meaning people become fueled by a hyper-spiritual critical spirit that surges into a raging fire attempting to consume everything good about the organization.
Most of the time, the primary target of an underground fire is the character of the organization’s leader.
I have seen organizational underground fires start a slow internal melt down that suddenly explodes into a public relations nightmare. Organizational melt downs have the power to ultimately force the closure of good organizations, leaving behind a wide wake of destroyed reputations and careers.
I wrote Underground Fire because I’ve worked with hundreds of leaders who have experienced the an underground fire in their organization. I have to say, that most of these leaders have not only survived an internal meltdown but they have developed a strength that only emerges as a result of extreme pressure and heat.
If you’ve experience an underground fire in your organization you know what I am talking about. It’s personal.
– Beth E. Chase