As President Obama says, “To be clear”, I am a founder of a small start-up and work at a degree granting institution. The two are diametrically opposed. At Sona Jace, we share ideas and collaborate tightly. One persons weaknesses are the others strengths. We try to fill in any gaps and do what is needed. This is the way I believe a business should be run, sharing information, being transparent.
At the college, a place you would think would be about sharing ideas and collaboration. Sadly, once outside of the classroom, it couldn’t be further from the truth. Constant stonewalling of new employees, for fear that they are going to find mistakes or look better than them.
I’ve witnessed this first hand, it is a sad thing to see. I tried to stand up for the new employee, but it fell on deaf ears.
This opaque behavior is a wall that stymies progress and alienates the new employee.
But there is good news, we are getting a new President and the college is rich with these behaviors. I truly think that he will address these issues head on, the moral and productivity will improve.
I want some of your stories, what are some of your worst examples opacity in your workplace?