3 Principles for Transforming Corporate Environments

As a business school graduate and an MBA student, how to act in the workplace is supposed to come natural to me. However, if you read any of my previous posts, you might note that I don’t believe in behaving the way everyone else does. Particularly in the corporate environment, conformity is coveted. If we can break that barrier and be open to a new wave of business thinking, we can open the doors to all sorts of possibility. Here are a few ways I know how:

1. Radical Honesty

I am in the fortunate position to have been blessed with the ability to speak truthfully without fear of prosecution based on my second amendment rights. Although this is subject to great political and legal debate, using this principle in the conservative corporate world is really not all that controversial (at least not on a micro level). I can honestly talk to my boss about what I think or feel about my job, and I should! The problem is not enough people are trying to hear this. Happy employees are good employees. Find a way to be more honest with your employer, or find a way to stimulate honesty within your department of employees.

2. Radical Transparency

Friends don’t make secrets AND secrets don’t make friends. This can be applied to the business world. Ever wonder why your company has a nasty reputation? Either among employees or among consumers? Well, chances are that the reputation could be combatted with a healthy dose of transparency. Be real with people because people don’t like fakers. Whenever I have a decision that may be unpopular with my employees, I have a very open conversation about what it is and why it had to be made. I cover all of their concerns in order to justify it. If you can’t justify your decision in the face of adversity, then clearly you haven’t thought enough about it. This can even be applied to pay. Imagine if women around the world were able to see what their male counterparts made in comparison to them. Transparency is a powerful tool that can elicit trust, faith, and equality.

3. Radical Participation

If you’re only looking to warm a seat, you don’t belong to be part of what I’m trying to accomplish. That isn’t derogatory to your character, it’s simply a difference in attitude. In my work environment, I pursue inclusion and buy in (just like all other employers). This transfers to my personal life as well. I tend not to hang out with those who prefer to watch me have fun rather than participate in the fun. Considering there is no difference between a personal and professional life, the only difference in this principle is the matter of employment (and employment is not always fun). Inciting participation and participating yourself is vital to being successful in any area of business.

I only skimmed over the tops of these principles. There is much to say about how to go about bringing this kind of change to an organization and how to keep it going. It’s not easy. There are, of course, downsides to using these tools. With that said, there is no way that I will ever personally neglect them because of the benefit they have provided to both me and everyone around me. If you would like to know more about this and how it could benefit your company, send me a message or comment below!

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