The head of a company pays his
employees to tell him the truth. What's next? Promotions
based on merit? investigates.
I'm not a businessman or even an MBA, or, for that matter, a guy
who can keep straight the difference between bulls and bears. But I
have to say that as business ideas go, this one sounds pretty
My local paper reports that the CEO of a company called Enterprise
Inc. will give $50 to employees who ask him the toughest questions.
He says it's a method to solicit honesty.
Bosses seeking honesty from underlings? Have you ever heard of such
a thing? What, is this guy crazy? It's a little like the dunking
clown paying you to throw the ball at him.
Oh, sure, on the surface it may seem better than other business
practices, such as, say, firing. But the fact is that, honesty,
generally speaking, is a bad policy.
What good can come from a husband telling his wife that he doesn't
like her new haircut, for instance? Or from a wife telling a
husband that his sense of humor drives her batty?
How many dinner parties would be ruined by honesty? "Linda, this is
possibly the worst pasta dish I've ever had the misfortune to put
into my mouth." "Jerry, your stories are uninteresting and you tell
them poorly." Is that what we want?
Consider the havoc that would be wreaked upon our judicial system.
"Law, shmaw," judges would intone. "I have a political philosophy.
You knew that when you appointed me. That's why you appointed me.
So I figure it's my job to twist the arguments beyond recognition
so that they conform to the way I view things politically. OK,
what's next on the docket?"
Disrobing the law of the illusion that it is interpreted without
bias would only result in public cynicism. All right, so maybe
that's a little far-fetched. But I think you catch my meaning.