Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Truth, Transparency and Chemo

We pride ourselves in telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but. And we should. It's the right thing to do. But how much can people take? Is all the truth always good or can too much of a good thing (truth) actually be unwise?

Talk to a CPA firm and ask them how much financial information should be shared with employees. They'll usually tell you to be very careful--people can only handle so much, we don't want to know each other's salaries, some of us can't handle knowing how much a company profits because we can't fathom it.

It doesn't have to be about money, the truth can be twisted or misinterpreted whether it be regarding lay-offs, downsizing, lost customers, new customers, benefits, new hires, etc.

A doctor once told me that telling too strong a truth is like giving too strong a dose of chemo. The right amount is great, too much can kill you.

Truth is good, but sometimes it has to be metered out, based on the audience.

Barry LaBov
LaBov & Beyond

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