In an age where practically any information can be accessed by anyone with access to the Internet, transparency takes on a new role and meaning entirely. What is the need for transparency? Thus far, we have discussed the negative fallout of not implementing transparency as a best practice.
Quite naturally, the first reaction that any one would have when summarily told to "be transparent" in their dealings, would be, "But why? We've gotten along just fine thus far."? Unfortunately, we are looking at a classic case of "thus far and no further". There is really no option left.
Rarely a month goes by when a corporate scandal does not hit the news pages nowadays and it is inevitably because someone, somewhere discovered a dirty little secret (or a big one) and made it public. Today, the Internet has given everyone with access to it, the powers of virtual policing and activism. There is nowhere to run and nowhere left to hide.
The eternal question - much like the chicken or the egg... shall the creative spark that is the genesis of all truly inspired work be allowed to rule untrammelled? Or shall the tried and tested methods to control quality gain precedence?
I have often felt that some of our losses in today's lifestyle tend to outweigh the gains when we look at the larger picture. That, to me, puts a whole new spin on the perception of progress. Take the IT industry for instance. The proverbial fly perching on the wall where a major project is in full swing, might well be forgiven for thinking that work was not about people at all.