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Twenty years ago an old timer warned me not to ignore the danger signs of a work environment's slow degradation. He called this phenomenon boiling-frog syndrome. I do not know how or where the metaphor originated. But the boiling-frog syndrome still stands as a warning to managers and team members not to ignore the signs of negative institutional inertia that portend eventual failure. For an improved work environment, it's important to first recognize signs of hot water and then turn down the heat.