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In this episode, Joel and Antonia talk about what it means to have transparent honesty in relationships and business.
In this podcast you’ll find:
- Jack Welch hires based on integrity, which defines as ‘honesty’.
- Is transparency the same as honesty?
- Honesty is telling the truth, transparency is how much information you choose to disclose.
- Being honest depends upon a person knowing which question to ask, transparency is volunteered information.
- Is being fully transparent in all areas desirable? Is it an ethic?
- People like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden have altered how we see transparency and information.
- Some information shouldn’t be shared with all people since not everyone is responsible for information.
- The gauge for what should be shared is whether or not sharing it increases the quality of life for the highest amount of people. It’s a cost/benefit analysis.
- Transparency isn’t necessarily a good thing. It can be neutral, or even bad.
- It’s most helpful to see it as a tool.
- Transparency is also about timing. Devolving too much information too soon can be ineffectual.
- Sometimes people have a right to know information, meaning transparency shouldn’t be a question in those circumstances.
- It takes balls to be transparent.
- Being modest about how much transparency you’re comfortable with is important. It’s a muscle that can be built, and something that can be scaled up.
- Sometimes when we’re being ‘transparent’ we’re performing for others, and so we’re not being truly authentic and therefore not transparent.
- The more transparent we are, the less judgmental we are of others, since we’re forced to see our own inner lies.
- You can be transparent, radically honest and still kind.
- The more honest we are, the more we can identify our ‘You Are Here’ dot, or our accurate starting point.
- Putting your ‘best foot forward’ doesn’t mean you’re offending ethics. Transparency isn’t always the ethically superior choice.
- A part of transparency means owning your actions, acknowledging them from the past and owning behaviors in the now.
- Not everyone is going to be okay with radical honesty. It can feel icky at first.
- Transparency is one of the best ways to increase intimacy.
Exercises we recommend in this podcast:
For the next week, when someone asks you “how are you doing today?” be honest about how you’re doing.
Practice being transparent about your emotions in your most intimate relationships.
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