By Larry Johnson, Bob Phillips
WorldCom. Enron. Tyco. stunning accusations of dishonesty and silent complicity have ruled headlines lately, and value the yank economic climate trillions of greenbacks. in actual fact, dishonesty doesn't pay.
Drawing from those tales, in addition to from extra optimistic ones, Absolute Honesty exhibits the right way to identify and hold a tradition the place sincere verbal exchange is the norm, and staff can communicate overtly with no worry of retribution. The ebook illustrates the effect that truthfulness and responsibility could have on companies, attacking this sort of passivity that enables little lies to develop into massive mess ups.
Structured round the Six legislation of Absolute Honesty, this insightful ebook is going past easily extolling the virtues of ethics to supply a template managers can use to keep up an atmosphere of fit debate. It additionally includes a toolbox of concepts someone can follow to enhance his or her skill to confront and get to the bottom of tough concerns.
Companies can acquire large advantages from cultivating an environment of belief. Absolute Honesty is a crucial, well timed e-book that gives readers with the instruments and techniques to set up a tradition during which verbal exchange prospers and effects converse for themselves.
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He also demanded accountability for performance, something that had not been emphasized under Akers. According to one longtime IBMer, ‘‘Meetings in the pre-Gerstner days were congenial and pleasant whether anything was accomplished or not. . Meetings with Gerstner are anything but pleasant now. ’’9 Ultimately, Gerstner’s aggressive, hard-nosed strategy worked. IBM’s stock rebounded, profits rose, morale improved, and the company rose up to once again become an industry leader. Whether it’s transforming IBM back into a corporate giant, restructuring a department, or changing to a culture of absolute honesty, most changes, even those with positive goals, are painful and difficult.
In a fast-moving, competitive market like semiconductor manufacturing, this could kill a company’s competitive advantage. With a culture that supports, if not demands, honesty and healthy debate, Intel has long enjoyed a reputation for being a place where people express their opinions freely and assertively—and the company has profited handsomely as a result. Again, it’s the culture . . well, you know the rest. Assessing Behavior Patterns for Absolute Honesty You can assess the degree of open communication and healthy debate in your company by asking some simple questions: 27 28 THE CHALLENGE ᭡ When differences of opinion on business issues arise, are people in your company likely to express those differences openly, or do they tend to wait and see which way the wind is blowing?
Clearly, soldiers discussing mistakes made by their superior officers is a huge departure from military tradition. Soldiers have always done this, but always out of earshot of the officers involved. Now it is officially condoned and done in an open forum so lessons can be learned from the discussions. The practice also means that soldiers will often disagree with their superiors in public, once a major military no-no. ’’5 One of the goals of this book is to provide you with some practical approaches you can take to make open, honest communication 35 36 THE CHALLENGE an attribute of your organization’s culture.