Glasnost - What's in a name ?

Perhaps you need to be of a certain age to instinctively appreciate the significance of the word Glasnost, but we think what it encapsulates has a timeless quality and is particularly pertinent to the early years of the 21st Century. The BBC has described Glasnost as 'the spirit of openness encouraged by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in the late 1980s, which accelerated the collapse of communism.'  Glasnost's wikipedia entry talks of 'the main goal of this policy was to make the country's management transparent and open to debate, thus circumventing the narrow circle of apparatchiks who previously exercised complete control of the economy.'

Fine, but what has that to do with business? Well, I doubt I am alone in finding eery echoes of this lack of transparency and openness in corporate life, and not the first to comment on how such policies stifle innovation and progress. Information is Power they say, but so often the hoarding of information benefits only the few, and holds back the many.

Glasnost came out of a feeling that, apart from not wanting to run our own business in a closed and opaque way, we were sure many other individuals would like it if their businesses didn't either. So many of us now work in companies with clients, colleagues and suppliers all over the place, in different buildings. cities and even countries and in this world you need different tools. You really do not need to physically be with others all the time, indeed it is often more productive if you are not, but you do need easy access to open and transparent information.

Life is simply better that way !