Is the truth worth telling?


In business and in pleasure we are faced each and every day with the question,  Should I tell them what I really think?  Whether it is a little thing or a big thing, we are put in position where we have to account for any number of unknown consequences of telling people the truth.  Sometimes it is a simple as the little white lie to answer the “how does this look?” question.  Sometimes it has a much bigger consequence like when a client, co-worker, or boss asks “what went wrong in there?” and you want to tell them it was their attitude or approach. I understand that there are a million ways that this conversation can go and that there are a million different circumstances.  I am just trying to reestablish where I draw the line and I could use the insight of some Common Sensei’s.  So please feel free to comment as well as filling out my survey.

For the record, I know I am too honest and often share my opinion even when not asked.

Advertisements

6 Comments

Filed under Health Care, Human Performance, Lean Six Sigma

6 responses to “Is the truth worth telling?

  1. The facts with evidence or not, often offends someone. People simply don’t hear opportunities to improve, they hear “complaints”.

    I read this in a post from Dylan Jones.

    Your quality ethical responsibility – Well no matter how good you are at being tactful or discreet in your approach. The radar with 7 waste tells a story with a risk to cost and process waste, as does the fishtail. Assuming you’ve gone through the steps to get you there.

  2. Hi,

    I think for project managers, honesty is the best policy. Deceiving stakeholders will come back to haunt you…

  3. In my opinion:
    We should distinguish between facts and opinion.
    One should never sugar coat or distort facts. Communicating facts may not always be convenient.
    Negative opinion about an individual should be given to the person himself, in private, to help him improve. It may be necessary to communicate it to other people as part of our job, in which case we should try to be as objective as possible.
    In general, to avoid gossip, it is better not to give negative opinions about others specially if they are not present.

  4. There’s The Truth, with a capital “T,” and then there’s my truth. The Truth is always worth seeking and knowing. My truth is useful for revealing what I understand, but if I remember that my truth may not be The Truth, I will share my opinions judiciously.

  5. Honesty is not just a behavior. Honesty is an energy. Almost everyone has the ability to pick up on this energy. Sometimes, we do not want to deal iwth the dis-honesty, but this doesn’t mean that we do not feel it.
    your day will go better when you are sending the positive energy of the truth. This can be varnished a bit to save the self-esteem of the receipent, but in the long run, truth rocks!

  6. I like the comment made by Dave, where the Truth is not necessarily what you see as the truth. We should always be honest, but the way we present what we see is as important as the content itself. If we want to improve a situation, it is important to remember to whom we are communicating and what is the best way to communicate and by which channel.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s