There is a TV program with the tag-line “The No Spin Zone”. This tagline communicates an ideology of, “the truth and nothing but the truth”. Whether or not the anchor of that program does not “spin” the truth, you’ll need to decide that one. However, spinning the truth to benefit our purposes is not only narcissistic, it is sin (Proverbs 6:16-19, John 8:44, Proverbs 12:22).
One of the keys to healthy teams is creating and sustaining environments of truth, as prickly as it can be. While we must be conscious of others, withholding our honest beliefs about an issue our team is wrestling with is seldom in the best interests of the team, either collectively or individually.
The same is true for honestly communicating the facts about our areas of responsibility. Distorting the facts to cover is only temporary. Eventually, the truth will come out (Proverbs 19:5). Typically, people are much more apt to allow for failures if we are willing to admit them earlier, than later. If something is not working out as we had planned, saying, “it’s coming together…just a bit slower than anticipated,” is nothing more than a smoke screen. It leaves a false impression, rather than simply admitting the truth, cutting our losses and moving on. Failure is part of success. Initial failures are expected outcomes of seeking success. Ultimate failure is an unwillingness to be honest.