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The Six-Stage Victim Cycle

  • Companies ignore or deny the problem.
  • They dodge responsibility.
  • They blame others.
  • They wait for some higher power to provide orders.
  • They focus on protecting themselves and ‘cover their tail’.
  • They adopt the wait and watch approach and see if the problem will go away on its own.

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