Communicating harsh truths

Communication is critically important for any business. Communication with clients and employees defines those relationships and the value they can create for everyone.

Managing poor performance is tough because it’s so easy and so attractive to shy away from communicating the truth. Avoiding conflict and not addressing problems is far worse for all concerned.

Robert Kiyosaki, author of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” outlines a similar viewpoint in response to research that shows “nice guys earn less than mean guys”. His take is that it’s not actually “nice” to hide the truth and dance around issues. There’s never a need to make attacks personal, but sometimes the news is not good and it needs corrective action.

As Kiyosaki says, “cowards finish last”.

One thought on “Communicating harsh truths

  1. Couldn’t agree more! In my business (software development) it is always important to keep the clients expectations realistic, and that sometimes means communicating unpleasant truths. In the long run skirting issues only compounds problems.