The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.~ Aristotle Onassis
Often how we perceive things is not what it is when it comes to business secrets. As a regular worker, it may come across as a conspiracy when in actually it is strategic planning for the greater good of the organization.
There are seven reasons why businesses keep secrets:
- You don’t know whether the thing is going to work or whether it will ever exist. A plan is in action; it won’t work or be successful, so it is important to work through it and bring to fruition.
- Before being fully fleshed-out and explained about new information, it can lead to stress among the staff. During the restructuring of an organization or downsizing due to budget cuts. It is normal for staff to feel that they will be on the line, reassigned or if they are going to be laid off.
- Making a splash in the press: The last thing an organization needs is the media getting a hold of what is in the planning.
- Scheduling/ Launch Strategy: Plan, schedule when a change is going to take effect. We want to space stuff out so that there is plenty of time to begin new things, but also enjoy the things that have been around and successful and pleasant for a long time. It is also really nice to be able to launch something while people can participate in it.
- Competitive Advantage: It is always nice to be the first to showcase something new that has not been done by anyone else. As a company grows, it is better to reveal in its own time.
- Someone is making us: Investment is important and is one of the reasons for keeping that thing a secret like the above-stated comment.
- Remaining cool: Being true to your organization is important and crucial. Avoid being discredited; it can make or break an organization.
Organizations have their methods of doing things; it is how you execute the change that will make all the difference and lead to success. Food for thought.