"I told my mother-in-law that my house was her house, and she said, "Get the hell off my property."
--- Joan Rivers
An acquaintance confessed to me that he has some problems going on at his business: The secretary is sleeping with the foreman and both are married to other people; the warehouse folks are "sloppy, no-good slackers;" and the accounts receivables have not been receivable. He also said that his business is suffering and he is considering selling it now before any potential buyers find out about the internal problems.
As I mentioned, this person is an acquaintance, not a friend, so there is no need to confide in me about his business issues. I don't see any reason why he should be airing his dirty laundry for me to see. In fact, it is harmful for any business to publish their in-house business. It is not for publication--- not for all to see.
"There will be no whitewash in the White House."
--- Richard M. Nixon
Recently, President Obama asked the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate the new immigration law in Arizona. Regardless of where one's opinion is on the immigration law, it is still a matter that many believe should stay within our borders and not decided by other countries. In other words, keep it in our house and let's resolve it our way. The fury over this issue is escalating daily.
Just as an issue of such significance can get many American's blood boiling, so too can leaks of your in-house business matters cause turmoil in your business and in your community.
"To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart."
--- Thomas Watson, Sr.
One of the first rules of a secure business, from a protecting-your-intellectual-property point of view, is to teach team members to hold their tongues. It was hard enough in the days before social networking, but even tougher now. Employees who take photos of friends in the warehouse playing pranks and then posting them on Facebook and team members who talk shop outside of the office are just a couple examples of how businesses allow their business to become everyone's business.
"The best way to divulge a secret is to tell someone not to say anything about it."
--- Charles Fleischer
Sharing business challenges or best practices in a networking setting or as a way to illustrate your company's strength is different from divulging the inner workings of your organization that includes the good, bad, and ugly. When this happens, a business loses the confidence of whoever the audience is. The message then spreads through the gossip lines and before long, a company is deemed unfit for service.
Begin this week to close all gaps of gossip in your organization. Consider the steps to take to make this happen. Some of these may include a gossip policy for your business (they do exist), tightening security of proprietary information by developing an Internet policy, stopping all company-wide rumors before they escalate outside of the castle walls, and communicating to all that what happens in the business, stays in the business.
"What is told in the ear of a man is often heard 100 miles away."
--- Chinese Proverb
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