I am not a window

I love all the talk about transparency. And it’s been going on for some time. But the more I hear it the more I want to “call BS” like Talent Anarchy did at ILSHRM. I see statements like:

“It’s ALL about transparency.”

“Relationships are built on transparency.”

“Companies need to ensure transparency in their talent communities.”

Nope. If relationship and communities were all about transparency, we’d go on first dates in plastic wrap, let our kids roam the neighborhood as they pleased, people would be honest with their prayer requests at church and no one would have a need for drapes on their windows.

Think I’m simplifying things? I’m not. Marriage is a relationship, your neighborhood and church are a community and bottom line, nowhere in human nature (except zoos) are we totally transparent. The social structures and gates we’ve erected as humans, as families, as neighborhoods, and as companies are sometimes for the best. And while transparency around some things (hiring processes, company culture) are fantastic, transparency around proprietary company information, learnings, competitive intelligence and your company’s “before makeup face” don’t drive business objectives, they drive people away.

Speaking of driving, can we talk relationships? I was and AM a huge proponent of relationship building. It’s important, it does drive business and people want to ultimately work with folks they like. However, if you base all of your efforts on relationship building and growing and none on hiring (here I am speaking to the talent community manager and/or recruiter) then you’ve done nothing to drive your business forward. AND THAT IS YOUR JOB. So, cautionary note, don’t get so wrapped up in being transparent and building relationships that you forget these two tenets of human nature.

– My husband wouldn’t have asked me on a 2nd date if he knew how crazy I was on the first. (Total transparency- bad idea. Let them fall in love with you first)

– It’s not called “show friends” it’s called “show business”. You don’t have to be a shark to keep your eye on the bottom line.