Transparency & Trust

I often wonder how easy it would be to live in a world that is free of corruption, greed, lust, discrimination, prejudice and bias. How easy would it be to eradicate all forms of covert operations in the workplace? Is it possible to see a world that is full of love, where humans treat one another with compassion, dignity and respect.

This is my one and only wish. For everyone to do their part in bringing about a world that is transparent, where we can truly trust one another to look out for our best interests, and where corruption, greed, lust, prejudice, bias and discrimination in any form, is no longer practiced or indulged. It is possible, you know. To live a life that is fun, adventurous, successful, and still be light and breezy. You can still have the success and all you desire, without having to resort to power struggles with others.

One of the most common reasons that I have seen people do things in the workplace that is concealed and under-handed, is one of fear. Whether it be fear of failure, retribution or of authority, or even success, fear is a powerful driver for many. To mask the inherent fear, many people take on a different persona to appear brash, a bully, don’t mess with me kind of person. They attack and defend themselves to a point of exhaustion.

I see a world with endless possibilities; where we have collective groups that bring about change in much needed areas of the earth. Whether it be humanitarian, environmental, social, political, economical or simply just in our day to day interactions, I see people who actually care. Who are compassionate to another. They roll up their sleeves, get on their knees, and help their fellow man. This is not a pipe dream, but it is a path that you have to be committed to take, no matter what. I observe people speaking about doing amazing things, and then I see others actually doing so. There are the talkers and the doers. There are the committed and the indecisive. Whatever your stand, know that your contribution, no matter how big or seemingly small, is not insignificant. It could make the world of difference to someone else.

I have a friend who calls me the Queen of Decluttering. I am not a minimalist, but instead, I am someone who has come to know the value of having what you need, and clearing out the rest. I love simplicity in order, and yes, maybe I like to be in control of things – something I am learning to breathe through, but what I have come to realize is that if the task appears to be too big, I seem to not start. I feel exhausted before I have even begun. That shows me just how powerful the mind is.

And so when I look at transparency in the workplace, it seems like a daunting task to address. In truth, it is not. If every CEO or business owner is held accountable for bringing about transparency and trust in the workplace, and this does not happen, then they have failed in implementing policies, procedures and practices in the workplace that encourages this. They have failed in their duties. And this is regardless the size of the organization. They are responsible to ensure that these policies, procedures and practices are filtered down the rungs of management. It is possible. And they should be held accountable for any breach in transparency and trust in the workplace.

Which brings me to my next point. Here is a great article for you to read – Apple vs FacebookIn this article you will see that Apple and Facebook’s fight is not actually about privacy or tracking, the real reason Facebook is worried is because transparency is a much bigger threat to its business. But why. Surely Mark Zuckerberg knows the importance of transparency on Facebook’s platform? Why would he be worried about transparency, unless it means loss of revenue and opportunities. I do not know what goes on in his head, what drives him, how transparent or trustworthy he really is. But do we ever know this about another. My point is this, we cannot assume to know what someone is thinking or what the driver is behind what they are doing. All we can truly see is the end results of decisions and choices people such as Mark Zuckerberg make. And these results speak louder than words.

Transparency does not mean pull back the curtains and show us everything. It simply means, be transparent in your dealings, motives and actions. Of course there are trade secrets to keep confidential. Of course there are strategies, plans and actions which needs to stay on the down low,  but it is never, I repeat – never, acceptable to be covert when it comes to the publics right to know what you are doing when it involves them directly.

If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about. I am sure you have heard that before. 

So, where and how do we begin bringing transparency and trust into the workplace. Well, it begins with you and me, and then filtering this message down throughout the organization. It is each of our responsibilities to hold the torch of transparency and trust burning bright in our corner of the workplace. 

You are not alone in this. Align yourself with those who share this same value as you, and remember, behind that unscrupulous dealer, is someone who actually does want freedom from all that fear that engulfs their life. 

On a last note, if everything is energy, then transparency and trust holds its own energetic footprint, as does corruption and deceit in all its forms. If you are transparent and trustworthy, then matching energies will gravitate to you, but if you are corrupt and deceitful …. well, I am sure you know the answer to that.