Be Transparent, or Not

Be Transparent, or Not

I was writing a buzz on senses when the idea of this buzz interrupted me and I found it so capturing that I decided to write this one first.

The birth of the idea came from olive trees and oil. Olive tree needs sunlight to carry photosynthesis; yet its olive oil shouldn't be exposed to sunlight because if it does it shall lose some of its aroma and may even degrade. The sunlight is desired for the olive tree and not much so for its olive oil product. To remain transparent the olive oil must not be stored in transparent bottles or exposed to the sunlight. Exposure to light also causes the breakdown of antioxidants leading to the deterioration of the olive oil. Transparency can be harmful!

We need to be transparent and yet we may lose our transparency if we are exposed to the sunlight of reality. This is a paradox that got me thinking. Is transparency always a good thing to abide by? There are animal species some of which are transparent and others are not. Is this transparency put for good use?

The first example that came to my mind is the startling behavior of the Sea Salp. These small organisms have the shape of barrels. They may live individually or attach together to form a unique illuminating chain. Just watch the video below to see what these almost about 4-10 cm long organisms can do collectively.


Transparency may have other useful uses such as giving buoyancy. One example is snails. These snails excrete transparent mucus from their feet to form a raft that help them float on water in the upside down position. Transparency requirements that keep them float in the upside down position. Does transparency cause us to do the same sometimes?

Do we need transparency all the times and regardless of where we live? The marine organisms are sometimes only translucent to avoid predators. Plants change their leaves color and size depending on where they live.

In arid zones leaves are small with red pigmentation; shade plants are large and green. Plants growing in shade often show differences compared with plants of the same species growing in full sunlight. Do we need to be transparent in the same way or could this be adapted in shape and functionality to cope with the prevailing cultures in organizations? If the prevailing culture is full of transparency would it require an adaptation different than organizations whose prevailing culture is shady?

Does transparency have different faces?


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#47
"everybody loves sausage, but no one likes to see sausage made."How about if we change the word sausage for the word transparency my dear friend Alan Culler? I wonder too if the Sea Salp depend on transparency to hide and on luminosity to scare others while finding its way. The fact Sea Salp may live individually as much as with other Sea Salp for better illumination?! I may have used this in my subsequent buzz (which you commented on deeply) on The Butterfly Effect of Collaboration. The Sea Salp must have a great purpose to self-organize the way we witnessed them in the video.

Alan Culler

Alan Culler

4 years ago #32

Engaging thoughts Ali Anani. As always your buzz causes me to stop and reflect. Then I read the further development by Sara Jacobovici. The paradox of the olive tree and the olive oil leads me to conclude that in different circumstances transparency could have either positive or negative value. In politics -people often cry for more transparency -but when a particularly messy legislative process occurs they quote the old saying, "everybody loves sausage, but no one likes to see sausage made." In business, we often ask for more transparency so that people will understand the "why" of certain decisions that affect us. As I have been known to say to clients, "business isn't a democracy, but it does require the consent of the governed." The luminous Sea Salp video is beautiful. Does their transparency or their luminosity repel predators? Would sufficient transparency help a leader attract followers -for example if the leader explained her decision process enough for followers to say "I may not always agree with her, but I trust her judgement." Does a similarly transparent culture deepen the bond such that we retain members and repel competitors? Thanks for the continuing adventure. Alan

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #31

#44
I was speaking from the receiving end. You point out the execution end which i concur that our character and its visual presence to others should be transparent. Unfortunately, today, i sense that folks feel they are outside the transparency loop so therefore assume something is not transparent until proven otherwise. Sounds like an OK position on the surface. In reality though any person or situation can be seen as being less than transparent. Not because smoke and mirrors were deployed, just because the information had to be whittled down to conclusions and then purveyed. When we delve into the deeper aspects of executing around our character in an effort to be transparent, as you stated, it is difficult to achieve.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Dears Edward Lewellen tagged you in the previous comment. Yes, transparency in humans is concept that is hard to measure. I agree with your concluding lines that "openness and lack of a hidden agenda". However; I must add that sometimes we may not disclose the objective for a variety of reasons.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#41
You know how happy I feel whenever I read a comment or buzz by you my friend Edward Lewellen. Your comment here gives a perfect example of the sunshine that harms like sunshine harming olive oil. I find this example very relevant and to the point. That transparency is also unattainable is highlighted very well in your comment "as human nature would have it, we distort and delete any information that goes against our generalization so that we can go on our merry way. A lovely comment indeed

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#39
Your restaurant example is very relevant dear . It is also valid on the other end of the scale. This happened here recently in which a customer found a fly in a soft drink packaged in glass bottles. Transparency here is double-edged. Do people see hygienity or what in our "packaged glass bottle"? Transparency has many faces and even some transparent plastic packages may make things look bigger. If transparency is to increase the size of our ego then it is not a genuine transparency. You opened my eyes to new possibilities Jean. Thank you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#37
I am truly blessed to have comments of this quality Harvey Lloyd. You seek out your mind and with great wisdom. Starting from your writing "I feel sometimes we provide the endgame within our transparency where the finding of the endgame is the experience" and to the last line. Transparency isn't in offering the outcome but in "I typically think of the Chinese proverbs that initiate the courage to take the next step without offering the outcome". Yes, and this allows room for the growing of our experiences and learning from our trials. In complexity who knows the outcome anyway? Being transparent isn't giving or explaining the outcome; more it is in going in small steps of trying and learning. You invoke new meanings of transparency Harvey and I am grateful to you.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #26

#36
"Do we need to be less transparent for a reason?" I would say yes. Experience is the teacher of wisdom. I feel sometimes we provide the endgame within our transparency where the finding of the endgame is the experience. Somewhat like a friend giving the punch line to the joke before you finish. I typically think of the Chinese proverbs that initiate the courage to take the next step without offering the outcome. Full transparency would take away the experience of someones journey. More importantly it would be me introducing my bacteria into their waters of life. I can only offer transparency from my perspective, water. As to professional transparency.....Can i really seek this? A person of your accomplishments, journey and life narrative can be transparent yet i would still not have the experience to measure the transparency. This would apply to a lot of the media coverage of world affairs. Leaders are in the thick of decision making and i get a 5 minute debrief of interpretation on the news. I cant know what they know or i would stop my life and have theirs. I can draw conclusions from outcomes. If their decisions are having a negative affect or positive affect, then i can conclude with a perspective. This i can measure and understand. Screaming for transparency is merely one of the buzz words various groups use to incite emotions in group think. Ever read an economic tomb. I have and i still don't get the details. So being transparent with me in the area of deep economic theory would be pointless. But i can get angry about transparency because someone didn't give me every last detail that i still don't understand.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#35
AN overwhelming comment with its depth and weight this is Harvey Lloyd. Transparency serves purposes. As you outlined "...where with a little transparency, we can encourage others to take risk and learn along the way through experience". I fully accept and concur with this thinking. A much as transparency may deceptively seem a simple thing, in reality isn''t. gain, you pictured this wonderfully in your comment "Two mechanical engineers can be transparent, but me talking to a totally transparent mechanical engineer would not render the same outcome". This is not a reversible process and being so adds to the complexity of the issue. The evolutionary process gave organisms the reason to be transparent or semi-transparent. For us, we may use aesthetics as an excuse to store materials such as live oil in transparent bottles, but only to be degraded by light and heat. Do we need to be less transparent for a reason? Thank you Harvey for making the discussions worthy and interesting.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #24

From the natural world perspective i would say that the triggers of transparency between species is their adaptation to the evolutionary process. When we speak to the metaphoric conditions of transparency within human relationships its not necessarily an evolutionary process, but maybe also includes self preservation. I am typically guided within transparency by the growth needs of others. A hard lesson for me was to know that others require the experiential aspect of learning and not just the knowledge. Transparency can often times remove barriers for others to move forward with an over zealous confidence, where with a little transparency, we can encourage others to take risk and learn along the way through experience. Transparency is a topic that seems to be in the news concerning everything from politics to family living. The idea of transparency is certainly noble, but in the end next to impossible. I cant know what you know. In your writings i get a sense of transparency through a window of "Who you are" but i also know that i am reading conclusions of a lifetime of learning, experiencing and wisdom. Transparency would dictate you would need to give me all of the experience in order for me to understand what your conclusions really mean outside of your paradigm. With this concept being next to impossible, i must take transparency and assume a lot. Within this assumption i form an opinion of your narrative and through back and forth dialogue grow the relationship and remove assumptions. Two mechanical engineers can be transparent, but me talking to a totally transparent mechanical engineer would not render the same outcome.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#33
I am so pleased with the new angles the comments on this buzz are opening. THis comment of is exemplary of what I mean. The cost of transparency- I doubt if this topic has been discussed in any dept. Yes, transparency can be costly and I wonder if you Chris has done any research on this issue. Worthy of following up

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#31
Love your sense and mind-reading Praveen Raj Gullepalli

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#27
Great to read your comments again dear Praveen Raj Gullepalli. I enjoyed reading comment and the introduction of the matrix idea. So, transparency has boundaries within which it is operable. It is also bound by other factors such as age. Transparency isn't then static concept; more it is a dynamic one. Thank you my friend for refreshing my mind.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#26
Translucent (semi-transparent) organisms use this feature to hide heir shape from predators.

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #19

I tend to think that it is very hard to NOT be transparent as most of us can see thru the opaque

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#23
Thank you dear Tausif Mundrawala

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#19
When the shade serves the purpose of maintaining purity as we do to keep olive oi pure then it is socially a responsible act. Thank you dear Aaron Skogen for highlighting this point. Very interesting point yours is.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#18
I appreciate your singled out mention of being transparent to one person while opaque for another. I thank you dear debasish majumder for highlighting this valuable point.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#17
Excellent comment dear Deb\ud83d\udc1d Lange. You concluding lines are beautiful. Olive tree has a tremendous values in all religions. Olive trees are sacred and olive oil has a tremendous value because of this. This is a main reason why I selected olive trees and olive oils. We may render the transparent olive oil into a turbid one because of our ill acts. For olive oil to stay transparent it has to be "kept in the shade". So, sometimes keeping things in the shade protects them and keeps their purity.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
I have never exchanged mind with anybody like you dear Sara Jacobovici. This couldn't have happened if we weren't on reinforcing wavelengths. I wonder what is fermenting in your mind. I guess a new buzz is in the horizon.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
Chas \u270c\ufe0f Wyatt- your comments always have their distinct aroma and mostly making use of very relevant quotes. This time your quote is just right and is very much captures the essence of the buzz. Thank you

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #12

#12
Thank you for your reply Ali Anani. Flattered to be anywhere close to your wavelength! As to you writing a movie....I wouldn't put anything past you Dr. Ali!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
One thing for sure dear Sara Jacobovici you impact me with is never to regret publishing a buzz. What you highlighted in your valuable comment was the motivation for me to write this buzz. I mean "The olive tree and the olive oil is so interesting. I am left with the inspiration to continue to delve into this". We are on the same wavelength. We may need transparency and sunlight, but our products may not. The olive tree needs sunlight, but olive oil should be kept away from it. I enjoyed your reference to the movie Liar, Liar. May be I should consider writing a movie!!! The reference to Ian Weinberg buzz couldn't be more timely. I salute your appreciation of others and I an no exception.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #10

The energy of your creative thought processes can be felt across the net Ali Anani's post, Buzzing with emotion, where he writes, "Unfortunately for us, the amygdala is in turn stimulated by the very chemicals that it secretes." Both internally and externally, we are challenged to be aware of and understand how to be transparent, not only in an appropriate way, but in a way in which, as you say, we don't expose ourselves to harm.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
You are correct and I referred too to the importance of culture in the body of the buzz.

Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. beBee Global Brand Ambassador

the key lies in the culture, Ali Anani, what people perceive as acceptable.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
I am truly glad as much as I am supportive of your comment Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman make the discussion worthy. I shall wait for more responses and then we may draw some conclusions.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

Transparency, yes but perhaps in not all situations. I feel there can be the right time and the right place for transparency. Also, transparency does not necessarily reveal all. We sometimes have to follow our instincts on whether or not we can believe what we see and hear. Ethics and values should be foremost in an organization and the transparency should be genuine in its entirety. I worked for an organization that boasted about their transparency. Then they fired a few of those in the upper echelon positions due to poor performance and mismanagement. That's when it came to light that the transparency was controlled and not genuine. So, yes transparency has different faces.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
You always bring fresh thinking to the discussions and I am very pleased with your comment dear . SOmetimes you find people rushing to an idea without enough consideration. Transparency is one of those issues. WE are part of nature and nature tells us that transparency can be harmful. YOur example is a great one and it brings attention to the need to carefully instigate what we advocate.

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

Transparency would require adaptation according to the situation and the people we are dealing with. While it's good to be transparent we must remember that it should not lead to conflicts. Different cultures need different levels of transparency. Sometimes it's better not said or shown. For example if an organisation that's failing can be transparent to show where they went wrong and enable it's employees to work rather than quit their jobs. Transparent enough to show that success is given to those who work hard at it. But if they don't work that way it's better not to reveal this as this will lead to negativity and affect its employees. Somes times being too transparent can also lead to an organisation being taken advantage off. Transparency has different faces for sure IMHO. Being transparent doesn't also mean that we are seeing everything. Quite an interesting topic Dear Mr Anani.Like you say Transparency is worthwhile when it's put to good use.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
I like your REverse Thinking and your question is spot on. I hope that you share a buzz on this Devesh \ud83d\udc1d Bhatt

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Thank you so much Tony \ud83d\udc1d Rossi- you d bring interesting points and I hope not before too long I shall read your very promising buzz. W need different perspectives and your comments that you have some promising ones.

Devesh 🐝 Bhatt

Devesh 🐝 Bhatt

4 years ago #1

I would rather question, whether avoiding transparency is needed? Here an important question of stakeholders and utility has to be answered before transparency. We surely dont need transparency at all times but the system has to allow the possibility at all times whether prospectively or retrospectively.

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