Being honest is not always easy because fear of judgement has an impact not only in the short term, so related to specific case, but also for future situations. Let’s face it openly; saying “I was wrong” it is surely not first thing you would like to do, but it has not only negative consequences. As mentioned in other blog posts, building an open relationship enables trust that can improve your everyday work life, as in example when you need help. Additionally being able to create open relationships and consequently open conversations allows you to discharge negative pressures; this process surely gives you relief.
It happens , in best cases, of being honest only with relationships with the boss or colleagues; but why this does not happen when there are business decisions on the table? I think this is a classic mechanism where mistakes’ admission regards only operational level; it is like that it is accepted to make mistakes, but it is not in admitting a mistake at the strategy level. I think it happens because this reaction has high psychological impact that leads people to not to admit it. It is a sort of case where it is not possible to being honest due to a psychological censorship. Situation is very strong but inexplicable in this way. We always talk about relationships between people; we should proceed in the same way with responsibilities toward business.