Do Trust and Transparency Make or Break Us?
This excerpt is taken from HR Professional Magazine
The common scenario in today’s workplace
Mary is an up and coming leader in a Fortune 50 company.Â Over the course of her career, she has managed to zig zagÂ her way into a nice position of great authority and power.Â However, of late, due to a significant corporate acquisition, she isÂ now maneuvering new executive additions to her organization, andÂ other changing tides within the company.
Recently, in several key planning meetings, Mary has been askedÂ specific questions by her direct-reporting leadership team aboutÂ her perspective of the future for their organization, the strategicÂ direction they may be pursuing, possible headcount changes, andÂ other pressing concerns from her leadership team. Prior to theseÂ meetings, Mary was made aware that there were going to be manyÂ new and significant career opportunities for people at her level andÂ within her organization. She learned that her particular organizationÂ has been tapped as the high potential division, and that her teamÂ had the opportunity to steer this particular segment of the companyÂ out of what could be a â€˜mature and slowingâ€™ market segment andÂ associated slowing revenue stream to one of great promise andÂ career advancement.
This introduced tremendous opportunity not only for Mary but forÂ many others within the organization. This information, by the way,Â was not shared under any confidential instruction from the higher-ups; however, it was openly shared, as most information of this sortÂ is, over cocktails at the bar between the leaders of the company.
With this as the backdrop, what do you think Mary did withÂ this information?
- Do you think she openly shared this intelligence with her leadership team?
- Did she horde this information, waiting to get her own career plan and strategy in place before sharing this with others whoÂ could potentially be â€˜competitionâ€™ for her in the managementÂ hierarchy?
- Or did she share just bits and pieces of what she knows, Â so that she still had the upper hand?