Definition: a complicated problem, a tangled mess of problems

Examples:

If we layoff a few employees, it opens a can of worms.  You fire a few people, then the media says your company is sick, then investors start to worry, and your customers call your competitors, etc. The problems don’t stop coming.

If I am late to work today, it will open a big can of worms. My boss already doesn’t like me. He thinks I am lazy, and that I always miss my objectives. If I am late today, it will just make it worse.

About Matt Krause

Matt began his professional life as an import buyer, and since 2006 has been teaching companies how to connect with their investors and clients better. His clients work in Istanbul, Bucharest, and Sofia for companies like Allianz, 3M, P&G, Citibank, and Reckitt Benckiser. He also walked across Turkey and wrote a book about it.