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Elephant in the room - Honesty is the best policy

Posted on 24/04/2012

Article by Trisha Proud, Managing Director of Partners in Solutions Ltd
It is believed to be Benjamin Franklin who first said that Honesty is the best policy. Franklin was a man who through-out his substantive 84 years demonstrated honesty and integrity over and over again.

At work, as business owners or employees we are all encourage to be honest; to provide honest feedback. Yet still in the new millennium, for many being able to provide positive, honest comment or feedback without causing offence is difficult. It is a sad refection on society; a society that claims to have free speech that many believe that giving any form of honest comment may damage their relationships or may cause offence. Is this not diluting their integrity, the opposite of honesty in fact?

Being honest and equally important dealing with The elephant in the room; is often avoided in todays business world. "Elephant in the room" is an idiom for an obvious truth that is being ignored or goes un-addressed. The idiomatic expression also applies to an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss. It is based on the idea that an elephant in a room would be impossible to overlook; thus, people in the room who pretend the elephant is not there have chosen to avoid dealing with the looming big issue.

Few phrases evoke such perfect imagery as the elephant in the room. What could better represent something in a room that you cant help but notice than a six-ton-plus animal? How could you not talk about something like that?

The more we encourage people to give honest opinions, and deal with the elephant in the room, the more likely it is that accuracy and trust will increase and relationships, business or otherwise, will deepen.

Most people do still believe that honesty is the best policy. That said, all too often we see many things around us which are not honest. Sadly some people are inherently dishonest, either because that is what they have been taught; or equally as bad, because the culture of their organisation encourages them to be dishonest. Some may believe that dishonesty may shine from time to time; it may even momentarily earn money and power. But experience has certainly taught me that this is generally for only a short time.

Honesty is courageous, dishonesty is cowardly. I truly believe that honesty always wins the day. It is said that it takes a hundred lies to hide one act of dishonesty. Therefore honesty surely has to be the best policy.

The great Benjamin Franklin also said:
- A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
- A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.
- An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
- Anger is never without reason, but seldom with a good one

About Trisha Proud:
Managing Partner
Partners in Solutions Ltd

After qualifying with a Business Degree from the University of Surrey, Trisha has enjoyed a distinguished career, primarily focusing her skills within the Training, Facilities Management, Procurement and Catering arenas.

Trishas business credentials provide a broad range of competencies gained via operating at senior and board level within large corporate organisations including The AA, where she worked for 12 years as Property FM Director, to senior management roles in Aramark Ltd where she was their Training & Food Service Director. Trisha has also worked for smaller proprietor owned companies such as Pelican Buying.

Partners in Solutions was set-up by Trisha in 2006; a training and consultancy company, that is able to uniquely offer and deliver a broad and bespoke range of consultancy and training packages from Trishas experience of being both a client and service provider.

Trisha has been privileged to work within both the public and private sectors with top blue chip organisations, not limited to but including: BP, Virgin Media, OCS, Defra, Jamie Olivers 15 Foundation, Westminster City Council, the RNLI and many others.

Trisha has also recently published on Amazon Kindle her first chick-lit novel, Soulmate and plans to write more books including management books so that she can share her wealth of business experience with a wider audience.

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