THIS HACK WILL 'HONESTLY' MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR CAREER

So this is how our week is going: in the main we are happy. Ok, we are happy some of the time, we are also a bit tired, a tad overwhelmed and we could be described as being a little frustrated from time to time too. Why are we telling you all of this? 

Honesty

And honestly, that description above is just for Alice at the moment, because Phanella is on holiday trying to purge her body of stress and absorb some beautiful French seaside vistas.

So yup, Alice - that's me talking by the way (total disclosure this week), is holding the fort at home and actually, having a rather lovely week. No offence Phan, obviously life is much cheerier when you're sit at the other side of the desk.... 

But I am at least getting through my endless list of tasks, I've caught up with two old work colleagues in as many days; I've also sent several emails that have typos in them (no doubt this newsletter is littered too - for a broadsheet journo, my spelling leaves a lot to be desired), missed the birthday party of one of my best friend's daughters (it wasn't in the diary, how could I be so dim?!) and spent too long trying to get the mythical Mykonos holiday with my girlfriends signed, sealed and delivered.

Working date for trip: End of September.
Current number of girlfriends on board: 3. 
Likelihood that we'll get it booked this week: nil. 

So that's everything in my life laid out on the table.

I was inspired by this declaration of honesty by Prince Harry, of all people, who seems to be on an honesty bing at the moment. From his depression, to the royal comings and goings at the Buckingham Palace, every time I open a newspaper these days, (which, honestly speaking, isn't as often as I like, considering that I spent the first decade of my career working on a broadsheet... but that's an entirely separate subject about being to busy), Harry seems to be there telling it like it is. 

So in a very round about way, what I'm getting to is the simple and powerful importance of being honest.

Often, honesty can feel a little too revealing. And having just laid my week on the table, I get that. But when you employ the opposite tactic - when you try to give someone the answer you think they want to hear, or worse, fob them off with a blatant lie - all you do is jeopardise your own position - and likability. 

Think about the people who you respect and work, and in life. Chances are, and we're happy to put money on this, they'll be the ones who are honest with you; the ones who give you the confidence to know where you stand with them. 

You see, as we say so often, work isn't about computers and technology despite computers and technology facilitating pretty much every facet of life these days: work - life - is about people. And when you properly, honestly, connect with other people, amazing things can happen. Not least, within yourself.

So this week, as the sun shines and holidays hopefully beckon for all of us, take some time to think about how you can harness honesty's power.

Perhaps its that you need to be more straight talking when you're feeding back to your assistant? Or maybe, you should tell your boss that leaving at 5pm on a Friday is actually non-negotiable because otherwise you won't be able to make the end of school concert.... Whatever your honesty pressure points, square up to them this week and open yourself up to someone at work. 

We bet that it will have a positive impact. Because being honest is the root of brilliance; and when we can also accept ourselves honestly, we become stronger, more rounded individuals.