Honesty in management

Posted by: Shreeya Shakya

The other day in the party I had sat down with our company president to have a little chit chat and during the course of our conversation, I had asked him, ‘Say Kevin. Throughout your presentation, we heard a lot about clients, growth strategies and growth of the company, have you thought anything about employee benefit schemes in particular? ’ To my question, he had plainly answered, ‘No, I haven’t..’. My instant reaction was ‘Ohh!! I am a little disappointed..’. However in retrospect, lesser disappointed and more impressed was I by the man’s honesty. He very well could have spun a yarn, put forth an assortment of ‘company has ‘this’s and ‘that’s for you.’ But the fact that he was down right honest and told what was there, the truth, was what left me with an impression. With prophecies and dos and donts of management pouring out in galore virtually everywhere, as for me, one major aspect of managers and those being managed (whether they like it or not..) is ‘honesty’.

Being honest to the work, honest to assigned responsibilities, honest to colleagues and above all being honest to oneself. We should have the boldface to accept our faults, mistakes and try not shifting the blame on others. This is applicable for both the managers and the employees alike. The managers I feel in particular should be prudent in this front as to know the level of honesty of their employees. Say for instance in situations like, we have heard/read about being innovative at work. What if some dishonest person overhears somebody’s ideas and puts it in front of the manager under his label! Though I am a firm believer of human goodness, I can’t overlook the fact that there are dishonest people in this world. It is the very existence of such dishonest people that accentuates the necessity of honesty in everyday life, be it work or play.

So it is even greater responsibility endowed on the shoulder of the manager to figure out who is working with dedication and honesty and who is just malingering and see the thin line between honest and dishonest employees. Having said that it might cause a ripple through the employees because, well, we don’t like to be questioned about our honesty, do we? More so, what if there are dishonest managers amongst us? Managers like, who take the credit of your hard toil and shun you off the credit you actually deserve, displaying utter remoteness from honesty. Or managers like who overlook/underestimate your actual potential or managers like who don’t come up to you in person and tell you in your face the hard facts regarding you and go behind closed doors and build up multifarious stories!!!

Managing is a huge responsibility that should be carried out with honesty and I have a great respect for managers and equally great expectations from them. I want my manager to support me, encourage me and above all bring out the best ‘of’ me and also the best that is ‘in’ me. For that I seek for honesty, discretion, rectitude and authenticity in my manager. In return, he can expect the same from me too.

The other aspect of management that I and our president had discussed was about ‘equal opportunities’. I would just be reiterating the known fact that everyone is different and unique from the other and each and everyone has different learning curve and different approach to work and different temperaments. That is the reason why we all are addressed as an ‘individual’ rather than ‘herd’, ‘school’ or ‘flock’ for that matter. Giving equal opportunity to all also stems in managers being honest to the employees, recognizing everybody’s strength and acknowledging them and not adhering to favoritism.

Having said that, ‘above all’, we, before dividing into factions of managers and employees and demanding honest disposition from each other, we first should be honest to ourselves as a person, not an honest manager or an honest employee but first an honest person, an honest individual.

And concluding, for me management is all about bringing the best out of each other, isn’t it?

Honesty in management was last modified: September 12th, 2013 by Shreeya Shakya
 

Blog Comments

  1. rukesh

    hi Shreeya,
    thanks for the direction given to me .. it was long awaited… “the gist of the article is in the heading”. ofcourse!! enlightment ! moksha!!
    maybe if moses was of a female sex, he wouldnt have lost direction..and wasted 40 yrs !! but then he wouldnt have chanced upon the “herbal stuff that provided illusions”-(bible)…
    anywys…1 word .. DUH !!!
    u didnt get the gist of my ques…

  2. anonymous

    haha yes shreeya i agree with you this is a free country and there is a freedom of speech and the freedom to criticize it… so dont feel bad if i am the later ok…. and i dont know dovan but looks like you and shreeya have teamed up huh. good thats the sprit team work works and it’s great…

  3. Amar

    What’s there for you if you dont know how to keep your credit secured. And you are double time loser if you don’t know how to steal the show.

    Pawan, it may be my English, however I find “steal the show” ambiguous. Do you mean to say that one should be quick to present their idea in the meeting, or in fact to steal the credits from others. In case of the former I am with you.

    Amar

  4. shreeya

    i have to say i do agree with pawan’s statement, What’s there for you if you dont know how to keep your credit secured. And you are double time loser if you don’t know how to steal the show.
    Doing the right thing at the right time without loosing any virtue. :) .
    amar, i totally agree with you, every iota of it.it should be a team effort and everybody should get the credit they deserve and a ‘thank you’ can make a lot of difference.

  5. Amar

    My two cents:
    If you really want to be successful and climb the coporate ladder, always share the credit. The more you can share, the more you will be successful. Try it. It really works. Be honest. Most of the thing, you do is always based on someone’s work. Even if there is a small contribution just share with the guy. Mention the name. You will be surprised.

  6. dovan

    while working , some people are interested in their ‘work’ while some are obsessed with ‘their’ work.
    The former ones who believe in team work and growth find it unfruitful to be constantly obsessed in securing the personal credit.
    But they can be victim of those who are just keen on stealing the show.

    but in long run, honesty wins.

  7. Phoenix

    “What’s there for you if you dont know how to keep your credit secured. And you are double time loser if you don’t know how to steal the show.”

    Mr.Pawan, i totally agree with ur statement and there is so much truth in it. May be that’s how the corporate ladder is supposed to be climbed. Oh, I wish I could master in that skill.

  8. dovan

    why do u jump to the company… this honesty issue is evident everywhere…it is a problem of every workplace… if u donot know.. please check any career or corporate sites… you will find overwhelming articles on such issues.

    this article too is one such general article… there is no malice in defaming any person or company..

    but those who donot understand ideas and have no respect for free expression try to link every idea of the author with his/her periphery and make their own silly interpretation and idiotic conclusions.

    again, i don’t think there is any company where there are 100% honest people.. so there is no point in calling a company loser if there are some dishonest people.

  9. pawan

    I don’t know none of you bloggers personally, but it seems that some of you are worried about someone stealing your credit and hence keep your talent to yourself. How pity. Looks like yours’ company is a real loser.

    What’s there for you if you dont know how to keep your credit secured. And you are double time loser if you don’t know how to steal the show.

  10. dovan

    This is a blog where people express their feeling and thoughts.
    The source of their feelings and writings can be their personal experiences or their external observation.
    As long as the writer do not make obvious attacks on anybody , people need not worry.
    As Shreeya has not said sth like –“ the person sitting next to me with French cut beard is dishonest”, I donot see any reason thatsome people need to be so offended.

    I cannot figure out if this is self obsession or insecurity that ‘Anonymous’ has made such a mean personal attack on her.

    The honesty issue that Shreeya has raised is a genuine issue. This problem is not about a single person or a company but about every management, every corporation , every society and of the whole humanity.
    This is a very generic article and there is not any attempt to defame any person or company. But if some people feel so offended by this article , they must have some naughty records. In that case, getting alarmed and re-evaluation of self will be more fruitful than putting such personal comments.
    I do still have a lot to tell on this issue (maybe I need to create a post for this…)

    As I know Shreeya personally, she is very nice and honest.
    But the way anonymous has made such a ridiculous remark makes me doubt about his/her honesty.

  11. shreeya

    well .. with all the allegations pilling on and on, one after another, let me make myself clear that first, whatever i wrote was just an ‘opinion’. something i felt and thought and put in words. I wasnt aiming at anybody or the company for that matter.. i had no intentions of defaming the company or the managers. my company is my bread winner and i am honest towards it.. it was just an ‘opinion’ .. but i cant help if people found it offending and got offended.. its a free world. there is freedom of speech.. freedom of puttin forth one’s opinion and freedom of criticising as well. however the fact that all the criticisms are turning so personal and conniving, i have an objection to that…

    first pawan, thanks for showing me the world beyond the blacks and whites.. surely u have given me a direction to look at all the lurking shadows all around.

    and anonymous, well NO its doesnt hurt! .. firstly i am not making mountain out of mole hill cos as i said before i wasnt aiming at anybody.. it was just an ‘opinion’.. and i have never attempted to take other’s credit. if other people are doing all the hard work and I am getting the credit, then firstly I dont think i am liable for blame because i have never gone after the big shots, begging for credit or taking other’s credit. u’ve said u know me personally, u tell me have i ever gone and stolen somebody’s credit? moreover, that is the whole point of my write-up, i think managers should have the keen eye to spot the difference. it is the manager’s duty to make it sure that the credit goes to the one who is doing all the work and deserves.. isnt it? i am sure u will also agree with it.. read my lips ( here my words..) i have no intentions or even seek pleasure in taking anybody’s credit. and
    moreover if u know me then why ‘anonymous..’.. if you have something to tell me.. then why take cover under ‘anonymous…’ or if it is you or
    your work for which i have taken the credit then i dont mind tellin the managers or the people concerned that it was you and not me.. trust me i would be even happier… i know i am that much honest and bold.

  12. anonymous

    shreeya,

    you article is a perfect example of how you interpret things. you make a hill out of a “til”. i think the article is a joke comming from the reference that i’ve personally known you and by the way what didya say “What if some dishonest person overhears somebody’s ideas and puts it in front of the manager under his label! ”
    well aren’t you forgetting something???
    doesnt this also apply on someone doing all the work and you getting the credit hmm??

    dont it hurts when the boomarang returns and hits you in the head.

  13. dishonest

    Shreeya and Dovan both share a common agenda. To prove that they are not eligible for benefits or their company does not pay them well because they have not been capable enough. Honesty was just purported to show honesty existing towards their office, or manager, who became dishonest, might have promised them something large, but, did not fulfill.

  14. pawan

    Shreeya, try and understand the difference between corporate business and your business with your boyfren. you are stupid if you expect honesty from your manager just like you expect from your boyfren. corporate business is far bigger than your petty emotion. how pity, you think you have talent, but could not prevail and blame your manager. How much talent do you have anyway?

    dovan, why do you think you have wait to prove yourself anyway? is it because you think your boss will take it all? thats a very poor talent.

  15. Phoenix

    Let me put forward this cliche that “Honesty is the best policy”. But at times.. no matter how honest you try to be.. you may end up with more dissappointments and lesser nice appraisals.. just like this movie “Lage Raho Munna Bhai” ..About Gandhigiri adopted by Munna Bhai.. which was quite a fun to watch and lots to learn..

    However, these are beliefs and norms n values, which you can adopt the way you want to live your life. You can change yourself n your perception to induce the change in others.

  16. AntiShreeyaDovan

    Google boy/Girl, it is good to know that you cannot divulge more than that you could make your President off-balance and still your President or manager kept blinded. Dovan, it looks that you and Shreeya want to demoralize your president and defame your company. Shame on you both. You need to talk to your manager now that you do not want /see honesty flourishing, so, you should better tell those non-benefitting company President and Managers to quit so, you two can rule and apply benefit for employees.Else you can open up your own comapny with better benefits for your Google laborers. From what I see in all this blog, it is hellish idea that all articles present a way to scold their managers and bosses. It is Shame on you both. You must go to your Google company’s Lawayer and talk that benefits are Zero in your company which means you must fight in the court of law that yuor company dos not give benefit for your labor.

  17. shreeya

    BenefitZeored: I work for google !! talking about benefit schemes is digressing from the main theme of the write-up. i guess i caught him totally offguard for that reply. i wudnt like to go in that direction . every company has roadmaps and my company has too.

    pawan:
    Manager do whatever it take to work out business of a company, if he/she fails to deliver then he/she will lose the revolving chair and you can
    not expect him/her to be honest all the time
    this raises an eyebrow… for a revolving chair, you can crush somebody’s talent, throw him/her aside should anyone prove be a stumbling stone !!. and forget about your boss’s honesty!! cmon wat are you insinuating !!
    and for your last line i would like to quote one very important line from my write-up..
    We should have the boldface to accept our faults, mistakes and try not shifting the blame on others.
    that should suffice.

    rukesh the gist of the article is the topic itself. :)

  18. dovan

    and what about the managers who always put their sub-ordinates behind shadows and shamelessly march solo to take all the credit …

    what about the self-respect that any individual, of any post,any hierarchy, any level of competence and any significance (in the eyes of company) has right over…

  19. rukesh

    so the gist of the “article” would be ??
    1) my “manager” is soo honest .. he says i ll be sacked .. the first thing tomo.. he inspires me ..?
    2) ??
    3)???

    - dont kill me..

  20. pawan

    Generally, people who see the world in black and white shade tend to believe that honesty is only virtu the manager must have. Manager do whatever it take to work out business of a company, if he/she fails to deliver then he/she will lose the revolving chair and you can not expect him/her to be honest all the time. Beside, i believe most of the time all of us are honest to oneself, to family and to friends. But there are time when utter honesty stop working, and one should not shy away lying. Honesty is something that has relative meaning to a manager. He tells you one truth before he cheats you ten more times afterward.

    Resolution, Authority, and Focus these three things are must the managers should have.

    By the way, forget about your boss’s honesty, how many time do you really believed that your boyfren is honest? And have you ever heard someone’s stupid honest remark ruined other’s life?

    Dont blame you manager and think he is not honest to you, because you are not climbing the corporate ladder for some time.

  21. BenefitZeroed

    Shreeya asking on benefits and her President telling no thought on benefits is a good portray by Shreeya connecting to honesty. Does it mean Shreeya’s company has no benefit schemes for its company? What are your employees doing there, working in a company which has no benefit sxchemes for you people? If I were employed I would join a company whose president tells that you people have benefits, this and that. Where is your company? In which Country? Does not it reflect the poorness of that country whose rule does not ask a company to give benefit for Employees? Is Shreya implying that her country has no rules on any benefit schemes and the company is allowed to run its operations without sufficiently paying/long term benefiting its employess?I know that only the temporary part-time stone carrying seasonal laborers have no benefits. Is your job the same?

  22. ♥Akriti Panthi♥

    This statement honesty is the best policy can always be argued. Personally I say that you can only decide on this on the act or event that is happening. In many cases if honesty was the best policy we wouldn’t be here or if honest wasn’t the best policy then many people could be hurt. I say lying is a skill that can never be mastered but yet still a skill. A person needs to know it is too much or just be honest because that is who they are. In your case what your manger did was a great deal. It showed respect and many people can’t be honest. If you’ve been honesty then stick with it and if not then learn when enough is enough.

  23. Yestai Ho

    I agree honesty is the best policy. Dishonest manager can’t last. Those who reach top in the corporate ladder are usually honest, unless it is a family owned corporation. Employees should do the best on their part and expect managers to do the same. Do your part, you will never lose. Even the dishonest manager can’t screw you up if you are good. Not doing one’s part and blaming managers is just like not doing good in the exam and blaming the teacher.

  24. shreeya

    yes pawan dai i completely agree with you.. that would be the worst case. honesty is something you have innately i think.. it cannot be learnt or built. you just have to ‘feel’ it and ‘be’ it from within. for any corporate house to be successful, we NEED honest managers.

  25. Pawan K Shrestha

    Shreeya, please allow me to borrow your lines again -

    “…What if some dishonest person overhears somebody’s ideas and puts it in front of the manager under his label! …… It is the very existence of such dishonest people that accentuates the necessity of honesty in everyday life, be it work or play.”

    “…Managers like, who take the credit of your hard toil and shun you off the credit you actually deserve, displaying utter remoteness from honesty. Or managers like who overlook/underestimate your actual potential or managers like who don’t come up to you in person and tell you in your face the hard facts regarding you and go behind closed doors and build up multifarious stories!!! “

    These characters spoil everything, and what could be more worse when they pretend innocent.
     

  26. heretic

    Oh, you have no idea how refreshing it is to see a mature and well thought-out piece of writing in here! PLEASE WRITE MORE!!! Maybe you’ll inspire me to reduce my level of stupidity. :)

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