03 Oct Why embrace honesty and transparency?
Being Honest and Transparent in Business and Life will get you better results long term!
So how honest are you? What ripples will you be creating from embracing honesty and transparency?
‘Truth hurts’ as the saying goes and the reality is that it may do for a while but if we don’t have truth we live in a lie, with a lie and through a lie.
‘Truth Hurts’ is generally taken to mean that you are going to be honest with somebody and that by telling them the truth there is a general belief held that the truth will offend them, hurt their feelings and be something that you think they don’t want to hear.
Let me ask you these questions:
- How many lies do you tell? and
- How many lies do you live with?
Both in and out of business? On a scale of 1 to 10 how honest are you in:
- Your Business
- Your Relationships
- Your Life
What would it mean for a business and you to be truthful? Just imagine that every important relationship you are in is honest and open, you feel comfortable saying anything you like as you know it will not lead to tension and resentment because you know that whoever you were talking to would tell you!
They tell you what the issue is and you clear it up there and then and of course the other side of that is that if you are talking to someone and you do not like how they are speaking/dealing with you! You know exactly how to communicate to get your point across in the best way possible.
How can a business be honest? It’s really simple business’ can be truthful when the people running the business are truthful and the systems promote transparency and it is part of the Culture and Belief structure of the Leaders.
What stops you being and living with truth?
Truth is fact, Truth is reality, Truth is objectivity.
It’s actually a simple process:
Relationships and business are founded and a culture is created around Transparency. What does Transparency mean? It means that values, ethics and ways of being and working are created, the founders and employees adopt those ethics, the values and ways of being and working into their everyday life.
Those in the relationship Business or Life, the organisation and people create a principle of operating honestly – there really isn’t any reason not to – is there?
Transparency will only occur when individuals live from the principle.
What is Transparency?
Transparency is around being open and honest, expressing opinions and views, not allowing tensions and resentments to build, it’s around challenging what needs to be challenged, acknowledging what needs to be acknowledged, providing feedback to others both constructively and positively.
Transparency is celebrating success, acknowledging mistakes without blame, it is raising issues with the intent of clearing them up, it is about dealing with what needs to be dealt with regardless of how your heart may be thumping and how you feel.
Transparency is saying what needs to be said in the right way with intent of maintaining and improving the relationship not harming it.
Imagine a window that is clean and sparkly – you spend time keeping it so, you wash it, you wipe the rain drops off, you maintain it in good repair – you have your bucket and squeegee to hand at all times. In fact, you even put a shutter over the window to keep the rain off. The ultimate result is this window will last you forever.
Now imagine a window that hasn’t been loved, you forget to clean it, you let the fly’s leave their deposits in the corners and the spiders arrive with their cobwebs, it rains and the marks get bigger and cloudier, a truck passes and splashes mud across with a stone in it and the window chips & still you do nothing to maintain the window – the ultimate result is no window, it will be damaged beyond repair.
Now imagine these windows as relationships both in life and in business. Which window would you prefer to be looking at and through?
Transparency is about being open and honest with your actions and intent. Transparency is basically being truthful. Businesses who adopt transparency as a way of operating develop a reputation of being honest and above board and create trust within their relationships.
Individuals who adopt transparency as a way of being develop a reputation of being honest and above board and create trust within their relationships.
When transparent individuals and transparent business come together magic happens.
Transparency is not about sharing everything with everybody at every opportunity – there are boundaries in place that are guided by the founding Principle.
- So why do we not see more of transparency?
- Why are more companies not sharing their information?
- Why do people lie?
- Why do people gossip?
- Why do people not live in truth and tell someone they have upset them?
- Why do people not complain when they get poor service?
- Why do people not stand up for themselves?
- Why do people say yes when they really want to say no?
- Why do people allow tensions to build?
The list is almost endless unfortunately
And two more questions:
Why do? and How do? some people operate transparently and keep their windows clean?
It is because they have learnt how and they practice the skill – because that is what it is. A skill set and a mind flow from principle that can be learnt and implemented – anyone can do it ‘IF THEY WANT TO’ – do you?
If you want more information, contact me – I live my life this way and I can help you do the same.
If you are fed up with not saying what you want?
- In meetings
- At home
- In shops
- On an airline
- At work
- With your partner
- With the boss
- With …………………………..
- In any situation
Creating a culture of Transparency, Openness, Honesty has to start with people and how they behave.
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