A horse can’t vomit. I was amazed when the jockey told me about this amazing fact. At first, I didn’t believe it, then I questioned him. I was stunned to know the fact, which I am not going to share here because I am not your science teacher. There was a message hidden behind it which I will deliver now.
Look back to your life a couple of years ago, when your friend or your near and dear ones shared a top-secret with you. Is it still a secret or you have made a few partners to share the burden of it? Can you keep organizational plans secret to you, if told? Can you digest some of the harsh facts of your near and dear ones, shared by others? Do you keep the negative side of your organization with yourself?
In a vast organization, there are some confidential talks, happen with top leaders. There are some good and bad secrets shared among core teams. If you are a part of it, feel lucky. This should be kept secret for two reasons; first, it has been told to do so, second sharing it will be dangerous. Not every detail should be shared with fellow mates. If you know the upcoming plans and decisions of the management, you must not utter a single word about it. This is very important, as it may disrupt the harmony of your work. You might lose your fellow mates or they might lose interest in working with you.
As a leader, you have to keep some secrets with yourself whatsoever. You must have the potential to digest almost everything you ingest from your eyes, mouth, nose, and ears. Not just food, even harsh words from seniors have to be digested to continue the harmony of the organization.
When you find your teammates making a mistake, do not let your seniors know about it, keep it to yourself, if it is minor. Sometimes, it is better to hide their mistakes done unknowingly than to let them get criticism for it.
If you keep vomiting everything to everyone, they will create a mess. Your focus will shift towards solving the mess rather than focusing on the target. The power to digest harsh reality is unique and rarely found.
So, inculcate the habit of digesting and make your stomach empty as soon as you put something confidential. If you can’t keep it that way, you shouldn’t listen to their words when they say to keep it secret.
This scene is taken from the book “Struggle Scream Success.” The author, Banty Barman, a twenty-six years old lone wolf has beautifully depicted 101 leadership lessons for entrepreneurs from his experience of six incredible years in the direct selling industry. Born and raised in Kolkata, WB and completed his graduation from Calcutta University. His first title “A Mistake that changed my Life.” is a love story where he depicted his true love and emotions for his school life girlfriend in it. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.