Candor is one of the most misunderstood words in the English language. The word comes from the Latin word meaning “whiteness, brilliance, unstained purity,” and has evolved to mean speaking openly and honestly. The mantra following the banking scandals of the last decade is the need for candor and transparency.
Corporations are scrambling to jump on the ”code of ethics” bandwagon. While it helps to have written standards, ethical behavior is easier to write about than to achieve. To make a difference in employees’ everyday behavior; you have to understand the different levels of ethical reasoning.
Over the past two decades, participative, team-oriented management has significantly improved the quality of organization life while enhancing productivity, efficiency and creativity. Many organizations report substantial contributions to bottom line results through consistent application of open leadership practices
Culture is the sum of collective attitudes, values, norms, traditions, precedents, and past practices that exist in relationships. It is the most powerful force available to help or hinder candor. Culture influences performance standards, how people communicate, make decisions, seek innovation, and address conflict–all of the components that are critical to success.