Fake News

Were those two words ever mentioned together until a year or so ago? Some fake news has probably always existed, but it seems that every news story today is considered fake until proven true. How do you know what to believe?

Discerning fake news (fiction) from truth has been one of leadership’s greatest challenge since Moses. Politics – imagine that -, power, pride, and personal agendas are notorious for blocking the truth from being told within an organization. Even a sincere, intense, passionate desire to want something else to be the truth prevents the truth from being exposed.

The first shift recommended in the new book LeaderShift is the conscious need to shift from fiction to truth.  You will probably receive about 35,000 messages today. Some are indirect messages but every one of those messages are targeted to influence your thinking and actions.  Unfortunately, many – maybe even a majority of those messages – will contain less than the full truth.

How can you tell truth from fiction inside your organization?  Are the truth and “hoped for truth” lines blurred? More importantly, do the messages you send and the words you speak contain the full truth – no matter what?

Here are a few points to ponder as you coach your team to shift to total truth:

  1. Truth is faster, eliminates rework, and results in more profit.
  2. Without truth, there is no trust. Without trust soon you will have no one to lead.
  3. Bad news seldom improves with age. The ultimate pain of a “slow reveal”  is greater than the pain of swallowing your pride and allowing others the opportunity to help you address any issue you may be facing.
  4. Are you rewarding fiction by looking for only what you want to see and hearing only what you want to hear?

Based on the book LeaderShift … Making leadership everyone’s business.

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