The day is coming…
You know it is coming. It’s not a secret, not anymore. As the economy shifts from knowledge to creativity, and as your kids teach you how to reconnect to the world, openness gains muscle as a principle of what is now called management 2.0.
You’ve been training for this day. You already have a sense of what it is to be transparent. The zen is emerging inside of you. You have read it all. You know about Semco and Morningstar, and how Wikimedia sets its long term strategy out in the open.
“It’s time to do something here”, you say as you hit the clock in the lobby. You’re determined. So, you are now heading into that office, the big one in the corner with a unique and breathtaking view. You are finally announced, and there you are, sharing with excitement your epiphany about how the company can embrace this new worldview.
But then… (you know what’s going to happen, do you?), that look! You get that look, which tells you loud and clear: “I’m not interested, I’m about to yawn and all I hear from you is: repent. The end is near! Blah, blah, blah…”
Fullback, it’s time to retreat and here’s when you hear: “… and please, close the door when you leave the room.”
That’s closed-ness speaking and scoring a goal, again!
Yes, the playing field needs to be leveled. But for now, you are in the conference room, all by yourself, muttering: “how can I inject at least a little doze of openness in our culture?” Ignoring that, maybe, just maybe, within your very question lays a simple yet powerful answer.