“Sharper than a two edged sword” is a figure of speech that implies something that offers both a good and bad consequence. In many cultures the truth is considered sharper than a two edged sword, it cuts going in and coming out because it has two edges.
Organizational cultures which are designed to give “control” to the few are like a two edged sword. Those who pierce the control of the few and try to enable the many are likely to feel the sword coming from the few and die as the sword is withdrawn because the many become intimidated by the few. Today’s business cultures are a game of manipulation, cronyism, misinformation and deception all aimed at self preservation.
Cronyism exists when the appointer and the beneficiary are in social contact; often, the appointer is inadequate to hold his or her own job or position of authority, and for this reason the appointer appoints individuals who will not try to weaken him or her, or express views contrary to those of the appointer. Politically, “cronyism” is derogatorily used. The biggest threat to a culture of cronyism is someone or a crowd of people whom try and address the truth about cultural manipulation aimed at benefiting the few rather than enabling the many.
The Sword Cuts Both Ways
It has been said that the truth is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of mind and of emotions, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. The truth is like a light in the darkness which reveals many things that were once hidden from the many while the many already knew instinctively what was being hidden.
The web has become a big flashlight shining on business cultures that have tried to control the message, the messenger and how the many perceive them. Those that try and hide from the truths begin acting like a cockroach, frantically scurrying from the spotlight of truth that’s shining on them and using further manipulation, cronyism, misinformation and deception to preserve their power and control.
History has shown that any attempt to manipulate, control or “spin” the truth is a fruitless exercise because the truth eventually comes out and it sets those whom seek it free. Because of transparency fueled by open communications the eventually is now rather than later. Why resist it when the benefits of embracing it will set you and your organization free.