“No longer do I call you slaves; for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15.)

Openness and transparency, a question of culture and leadership style, or a spiritual mandate? Control is often an illusion. Those that are too controlling move people from commitment to mere compliance, and often to passive if not overt resistance.

Openness, transparency and free communication come with a set of risks, which are far outweighed by the trust and positive productivity that they engender. Engagement to a clear vision and open communication are a powerful cultural mix.

Innovation, creativity, customer service, and productivity, are all increased in an environment of trust and empowerment. If people don’t know what’s going on, they will make it up anyway; they might as well talk abut what is really happening.

Quick Prayer. “Jesus, help me to open up and be secure in you, and more open with others.”