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Transparency - Tough to Achieve

It will surprise no one who reads this blog that I believe the drive for greater transparency in business and political behaviour is almost inexorable. The fall-out of today's trust deficit is that people believe organizations and politicians prefer, when push comes to shove, opacity to transparency. They prefer to hide mistakes rather than admit them and move on.

But at my intellectual core, I recognize that transparency in politics and business is an ideal state.

As Jacqueline Best writes in the International Herald Tribune (about politics I know, but apropos of organizational transparency nonetheless)

Transparency is a myth that will always exceed our reach, all the while seducing us with the promise of a perfect, politics-free solution. We need to recognize the limits of transparency and accept that uncertainty and politics are an inevitable part of policy.

A myth it may be . .

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