Friday, June 09, 2017

Provided But Not Really

Recently, I had yet another conversation with executive about the bureaucratic game of hiding important information in a lengthy report and then pretending that the information had been provided.

"Hiding" implies intent and that is not always fair. Some nerds who engage in that practice genuinely believe that the readers will scrutinize every paragraph of their arcane treatise.

In many cases, however, "hiding" is apt. The ethically-impaired authors wanted a potentially controversial subject downplayed and hidden. They may not have lied but they have sought to deceive.

Beware of anyone who requires a precisely worded question before they disclose that which they knew all along you truly wanted or needed.

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