It’s one of the biggest buzzwords used to describe management style and workplace culture today.
Like all buzzwords, the definition of what “transparent” means in the world of work varies … For me, it is a management style and/or culture approach where parties are consistently forthcoming and clear about expectations and goals in order to achieve desired-outcomes. It is a management style and/or culture approach of openness, sincerity and collaboration.
Everyone says they would love to work in a transparent culture for a transparent manager. Everyone thinks transparent culture and transparent managers are great. Everyone assumes transparent culture and transparent management is easy.
Everyone is wrong.
If you work in a transparent culture or for someone with a transparent management style, here are a few things to expect:
Cultivating a transparent culture and/or a transparent management style is hard work. It is demanding and burdensome. It is time-consuming and deadline-driven. It is confrontational and persistent. It is difficult to create it and challenging to maintain.
That’s the trouble with transparency. Can you handle really it?