Transparency Favors the Strong

Ready or not, the world is getting more transparent.

For people with wrong motives, high prices, or a bad attitude, this could be a very bad thing.  The rest of us should embrace it, even those who love their privacy.

Hear me out.

There was a time when great artists, thinkers, and leaders were stuck in fields of war or the family farm.  How many Leonardo da Vincis have been wasted on the plow or army?

Aaron Biebert in Alaska

For most of history, talented people had no blog, twitter account, or global community to advance their ideas.  There was no internet, media, or bloggers to highlight their brilliance.

Where would the world be if there had been a way to see, share, and embrace the best?

A transparent world gives wings to the brilliant ones and helps them find the pieces needed to create the world’s next great masterpiece.   The rest of us now have a chance to discover and enjoy the best, not just the best connected.

We all benefit in some way.

This is why we need to embrace transparency, not run from it.

Right about now, I can hear the privacy advocates screaming.  I hear their concerns. Yes, we are all human and we make mistakes.  Who wants their dirty laundry out in public?

However, people are becoming more and more comfortable with humanity and all of it’s flaws.  Being “human” is now the hip way to be.  We like transparency when searching for our next great leader, inventor, company, or artist.  It’s the dawn of a new era and we need to embrace it for ourselves.

  • Effective leaders should discuss their reasoning.
  • Amazing artists should share their process.
  • Innovative companies should provide easy access to their prices, people, and profit motives.

The truly remarkable people out there have nothing to hide, and everything to gain. The better you are, the more transparent you should be.

Have a transparent night,

Aaron@Biebert

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I'm a director, film/video exec producer, leader & 8pm Warrior. I am passionately chasing my goals at all times. I'm listening. Let's talk!

3 comments on “Transparency Favors the Strong”

  1. Transparency and privacy are not mutually exclusive.

    None of your three final recommendations can be construed as statements against privacy.

    Just thought I’d stop by to say that.

    The privacy debate is complex. Everyone has something to hide. Not shameful secrets, but things that are nobody’s business but their own. This issue is not black & white, hide or reveal.

  2. I agree, it’s complicated. However, I stand by my point that transparency will favor the strongest and brightest. Yes, it’s natural to hide the weaknesses, but I think the world has changed. I think we actually like to see weaknesses now. Weakness is a positive for a strong person.

    Make sense? Or, am I crazy? :-)

  3. Yes, it makes sense. It seems to me that you’re arguing for transparent processes, and I believe in that, too.

    Privacy does not apply to businesses, only to individuals. “Secrecy” is probably the better word. Coca-cola guard their trade secrets jealously, as Apple does, or any other publicly-traded company. We can’t very well talk about privacy there because we’re dealing with a separate legal framework.

    Regarding individuals, there are lines one simply shouldn’t cross, and it’s up to countries and states to defend the private lives of their citizens. I’m all for transparency as a matter of choice, just not down with snoopery. When Facebook allows 3rd-party apps to mine your personal data for profit, I call that snoopery. When it sells your “Likes” – snoopery again. But then you have to choose to be on FB, and that complicates matters.

    When you have an online presence and you’re focused on business, it’s OK to admit you’re not Superman. Nobody expects you to be. Seth Godin is a remarkable talent but you don’t see him directing movies or painting masterpieces of abstract expressionism. You demonstrate honesty when you say “I’m not qualified to do that.” Honesty earns you points, and it makes a broader point about who you are.

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