“Transparency. A word that only years ago became so trendy that it adorned the walls of businesses large and small. It was embedded within company values, mission statements and corporate propaganda. During the same time, the walls of our offices were broken down and exchanged for “open-office” floor plans. We huddled around our bean bag chairs for All-Hands meetings, where financials and business challenges were openly shared with the organization.
Transparency sang the promise of honesty for employees and customers alike. But, for many companies, the word never made it beyond the Employee Handbook. In fact, there are few organizations genuinely embody transparency. And as the years pass and the values painted on the wall begin to chip, we have to ask ourselves, what happened?”
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