Absolute Honesty: Building a Corporate Culture That Values Straight Talk and Rewards Integrity

Absolute Honesty: Building a Corporate Culture That Values Straight Talk and Rewards Integrity

Absolute Honesty: Building a Corporate Culture That Values Straight Talk and Rewards Integrity

Absolute Honesty: Building a Corporate Culture That Values Straight Talk and Rewards Integrity

Synopsis


" WorldCom. Enron. Tyco. Shocking accusations of dishonesty and silent complicity have dominated headlines recently, and cost the American economy trillions of dollars. Clearly, dishonesty doesn't pay.

Drawing from these stories, as well as from more positive ones, Absolute Honesty shows how to establish and maintain a culture where honest communication is the norm, and employees can speak openly without fear of retribution. The book illustrates the impact that truthfulness and accountability can have on organizations, attacking the sort of passivity that allows little lies to grow into giant disasters.

Structured around the Six Laws of Absolute Honesty, this insightful book goes beyond simply extolling the virtues of ethics to provide a template managers can use to maintain an environment of healthy debate. It also contains a toolboxof techniques anyone can apply to improve his or her ability to confront and resolve difficult issues.

Companies can reap huge benefits from cultivating an atmosphere of trust. Absolute Honesty is an important, timely book that provides readers with the tools and strategies to establish a culture in which communication thrives and results speak for themselves."

Excerpt

“The good I stand on is my truth and honesty.”

—WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE , HENRY VIII

WORLDCOM. ENRON. DOZENS OF DOT-COMS. TYCO. ARTHUR Andersen. Adelphia. AOL TimeWarner. The 2002 Crisis of Ethics in Business USA sent us all reeling with shocking revelations of dishonesty, manipulation, and silent complicity. The really bad news was the cost of this dishonesty to the U.S. economy, which ran into trillions of dollars. In addition, it diminished the faith the rest of the world has in the way we do business. Clearly, dishonesty does not pay.

We will show you that honesty does pay and that creating a culture of straight talk and integrity not only keeps the media at bay but also makes an organization more competitive in the global economy and better trusted by customers, employees, and shareholders. To do this, we attack the sort of passivity at both the personal and organizational levels that allows little lies to grow into giant disasters.

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