A few years ago my organization went through the biennial mission statement slash vision statement bullshit and aside from the obligatory EEO and value the employee verbiage there was one good line: Tell the truth.

This became, for a while, the top priority for our engineering organization. It was, and still is, a fine statement to put on top of your list. Without that, everything is in question and should be.

So why haven’t I seen it around lately? Could it be that the current holder of that office finds the truth just too much trouble? Or is it just that the engineers like telling the truth, the whole truth, and nevermind the spin or politically correct words.

Is it okay to be honest and blunt or should engineers learn the art of rhetoric? Tell me what you think.


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