We face the question of information transparency constantly in most occasions. This can happen in work, in personal life and sometimes we criticize others for making the wrong decision about revealing certain information the wrong group of people. The dilemma and struggle of what to tell to what people is only obvious to who have faced it before. For a owner of a startup company this is particular hard because there is usually no set of policies established.
Here are some of the tips that will help you pertaining to transparency.
Absolutely communicate this with your team. Bring everyone on the same page is extremely critical to the performance. The worse type of management are those keep many secrets from its team and naively thinks developers don’t have insights to the business side. Rather I found out most of them are just lazy to explain things. Personally I cannot remember how many times my developers pointed out the mistakes I make as a manager and they were right. Give the team a chance to learn about what the organization is trying to achieve and answer their questions. This not only help you to refine the goal but also train the developers to think beyond their daily operation. As a result they will build a better product.
The team deserves to know the current water level to put everything into perspective. Some management might think in bad situations this approach would cause a widespread panic among employees and they would be right. But try to realize the basic source of panic and fear is not knowing what to do. A experienced management doesn’t just pass the bad news and let everything slide. At the same time they will offer solutions and keep everyone work together to resolve bad situations. This should be a precious lesson the entire organization can learn together.
Another important aspect to the company goal is its recruitment plan. It suggests necessary workforce to achieve the goal. Try to share this with the team and encourage them to recommend talents in their circle to the company. The key for a startup success is to keep everyone not just feel involved, but actually participating in company operations. When the team feels they are working for their own company they are much more likely to go extra mile in the tasks given. A experienced management doesn’t want grunts, they need good partners.
What’s to hide?
Your own negative opinion to anyone in the company. This includes peers, subordinates or managers. Instead of being a victim and whine about it you should take actions to make the situation better. Sometimes the feeling is so enormous that you think you need to tell somebody please do it outside of the workplace. A good leader sets a right culture by taking actions, not complaining about things all the time.