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What’s Transparency?

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I was in a workshop for educational leadership. We broke out into groups and were asked to list cultural values we would uphold as leaders. One group mentioned “transparency.”

“What does that mean?” Our instructor asked.

“You know…you get what you see,” one group member answered. She sounded feeble.

“Transparency.  No secrets!   You share everything…that includes your conversations about other people. When you talk about someone who isn’t there, you should only say what you’d say if they WERE there.”

This is when I realized I have worked in a lot of dysfunctional work environments. How would this affect your professional life? That is, if you stopped engaging in gossip? How about your personal life?

 

 

 

 

6 thoughts on “What’s Transparency?

  1. What stops a lot of fiefdom building is promoting a communication culture of “If you can’t say it out loud in the middle of the hall, rethink it.” Distrust is embedded in our culture these days, and all you can do is shine a light on transparency in your corner of it and hope it catches on.

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