It’s a concept that some children will readily adopt. Others, of course, will develop a lifelong attachment to mendacity.
And others will be somewhere in between.
And forgive the pun, but the truth is probably that we all push the definition of truth occasionally. It’s a human trait that’s no doubt prevented a lot of strife in arenas as diverse as international affairs and any family setting.
So why am I banging on about the truth this week?
Well… I heard recently about a Managing Director who insisted that every meeting began with ‘Good news’. So, at the monthly senior management meeting, he would go around his table of Directors demanding an example of good news from them.
“Great”, I hear you say. “Begin the meeting on a positive.”
There’s something in that, of course, but what if I tell you that the company concerned was a division of a Bank.
What if I make the reasonable observation that this obsession with good news was symptomatic of a culture in which executives were afraid to speak out about difficult issues, where the word ‘problem’ was non-pc (you had to say ‘challenge’) and where straight-talking middle and senior managers were passed over for promotion, managed into career cul-de-sacs or worse still, managed out of the business.
It’s the sort of culture where a lot of key influencers could be burying their heads in the sand about issues like sub-prime mortgage arrears and worryingly high bad debt levels. Hiding from the truth.
All of which was a problem, sorry… a challenge.
And none of which was good news for any of us.
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