On Nov. 5, 1605, Guy Fawkes was discovered in the cellar of the House of Lords guarding barrels of gunpowder, exposing a plot to kill the king. The Gunpowder Plot was foiled due to poor communication amongst the plotters. One of the conspirators, Francis Tresham revealed the plan to the Catholic nobleman Lord Monteagle in an Oct. 26 letter warning him not to attend the opening of Parliament (oops what a giveaway!) This communication error resulted in Fawkes and seven other conspirators being convicted of treason and sentenced to death by hanging, drawing and quartering.
While the same consequences won’t happen today, effective communication amongst a team is vital to any business. Communication is the lifeblood of a successful company. It reinforces the businesses vision, connects employees, fosters teambuilding, facilitates change and drives results. No matter how you look at it, communication is an important part of a company’s landscape and cannot be taken for granted.
Poor communication, like that of the Gunpowder plot can be extremely detrimental. It can lose business and damage a brands reputation. You only have to look at the recent Blackberry saga to realise how damaging it can be.
It is therefore essential that effective team communication occurs throughout any organisation in order to minimise misunderstanding and to ensure success.
How ironic that for a group who were not very good at communication, their message has never been forgotten.