Tell the TruthPosted: October 9, 2010
Telling the truth has never been more important.
My mom just told me today on the phone a story about a coworker (and friend) who wanted her to lie to her boss. She refused. She just couldn’t lie like that. The friend lost her job, and my mom lost her friend.
The other day at the Catalyst Conference, I heard Seth Godin give this advice to an auditorium of leaders: “Tell the truth.”
The question was: “How do I innovate within a bureaucracy?”
Godin’s summation was that your situation probably isn’t as terrible as you’re making it out to be. You may not have the freedom to do whatever you want to do, but you have the freedom to do something. So, start there. But regardless of what you do, stop lying. Be honest about what is really standing in your way. Is it your boss, or is it fear?
Tell the truth. Isn’t that usually (correction: always) the right answer?
The question may be, “How do I get a husband?” or “How do I find the right job?” or even “How do I market this product?” No matter what, the answer is that honesty and integrity ultimately win.
The same can be said of writing. Write honestly. Write from the heart, your heart. Don’t write with fluff or exaggerate the details to impress your readers. Be honest.
Tell the truth.