Sweeping things under the carpet
At what point do you realize that sweeping things under the carpet never works? Things eventually creep out. It continues to amazing me that companies, people, politicians still attempt to do this.
Hopefully everyone teaches their kids to be honest. Honestly is always the best policy. Honesty and transparency go hand in hand. People appreciate now more than ever that everyone does things differently. I particularly see it in the start-up community. Everyone brings a different brain to the table.
We all process in different ways. Some are more creative, others are more skilled in analytics, others have just better gut instincts. Having a group of different minds at the table to help a company move forward is like playing doubles in tennis. It pushes everyone to play at a different level and perhaps open their mind to other ways of thought.
Transparency means making sure everyone knows their roles, what everyone is thinking whether it be bad or good, or having a founder be forthcoming about the reality of the business. Sweeping any information under the carpet always finds a way to creep out. When the dust starts to come out from underneath the carpet it is never a good outcome. Damage looks much worst. People get upset, everything changes, the trust factor is destroyed and has to be rebuilt and perhaps if nothing was ever swept under the carpet things would be in a better place.
I firmly believe in truth. Carpets get dusty on top too but at least people can see the dust piling up. It just isn’t pretty when the dust is piling up underneath the rug.