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The Truth

Michael Huckerby comes over all philosophical and discusses when, and if, the truth should be used…

Published on January 10th 2007.

The Truth

As my first outing for ManCon last year was, shall we say… rather truthful, I’ve been thinking about the truth, what it really means, and the impact it has.

In my personal life I’m forever trying to dress the truth up so as not to offend, but it seems that in my work life I blatantly tell the truth regardless of the consequences. Sometimes when the two collide I have problems knowing which way to go, and this has never been so apparent than this week when an old friend asked me to go into business with him and I told him I didn’t have the money. This was instead of the truth, which is that he has as good a business brain as I have a brain for dating girls.

So why do I have one truth rule for my personal life and one for my business life?

A friend of mine recently told me that if he told everyone the truth about what he thought of them, no one would speak to him. Nobody tells the truth to clients in his workplace unless it’s good news. He does work in Publishing however, and they do say that you should never believe what you read in the papers.

On the flip side, a friend of mine called Grace is a stay at home Mum and says that she can’t help but tell the truth. She says that being with the kids all day means that she doesn’t have to pretend she’s anything other than herself.

I still couldn’t work out what was best, telling the truth or not. Over coffee, a well-respected PR guru (who shall remain nameless) told me that the truth is a tool which should be used when needed and always used with care. It seems that if someone asks you if you like their new coat that they are thrilled to bits with, then the tool should be kept in the box and a similar tool used (the ‘not so truthful’ tool).

However, if you’re being asked to stay late after work for a meeting and you’ve got plans, then this is when the truth tool should be unleashed.

I’ve thought long and hard about my tool (no pun intended) and whether I use it wisely. After I had handed over the reins of Moving Manchester to the new owner, I was asked by many people what I thought of it. Here I used my tool well. I simply replied ‘they’ve done a good job’ and then put my tool back in the box.

Why am I telling you this? You may well wonder. Well, I have a master plan - that if we tell the truth a bit more we’ll actually change and become more open. However as I mentioned before, the truth is a tool which should be used with care. For me there are many truths, the nearly truth, the nowhere near the truth and the best one of the lot - the god’s honest truth. So this year I hope you will enjoy my column and join me in becoming that little bit more truthful.

Michael Huckerby

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