Does “Fake It ‘Til We Make it” Really Work?
Isn’t there a famous quote that “The truth shall set you free?” Wouldn’t it be great to tell the truth all the time instead of masking our unpleasantries? I see this happen all the time when working on grant proposals. Organizations try to cover up a misuse of funds or embellish a program that might not be making as much of an impact. I think we could all use a bit of forgiveness of our transgressions as we start to be real about who we are and want we do. Ask yourself:
- Are my actions going to negatively impact my constituents or the larger organization?
- Will the truth eventually be uncovered through a strategic planning process or financial audit?
- Will this have any negative consequence on staff morale?
- Why did this end up happening in the first place?
I tell my children that a lie will eventually be found out and serves a learning opportunity. Maybe instead of seeing a negative, you can turn it around and replace with a positive need for change:
- What can you do regarding fundraising if you have not met your financial goals?
- Are staffing changes or reorganizations needed to make sure you have adequate internal controls?
- How are you measuring impact and is this happening continuously?
- How are you sharing this information with funders and board members to plan for success and sustainability?
Lies have a way of surfacing and it is better to be truthful than cover up these transgressions with other lies. In the end, it will help improve how you work!