Not the whole truth

In Ed Batista's article "Fear of the Empty Chair, Part 3," he discusses the concept of "not the whole truth" in the context of how leaders manage the departure of valued employees. He emphasizes that while the narratives constructed around an employee's departure should be true, they need not encompass the whole truth. This is due to the limited capacity for nuance and complexity in public discourse. Hence, a shared public narrative is crafted to focus on certain reasons for the employee's departure while omitting others, allowing the narrative to serve both the company's and the employee's purposes.

Batista also touches on this idea in "Fear of the Empty Chair, Part 1," where he advises leaders to reach an agreement with the departing employee on a shared public narrative that simplifies the story of their departure. The narrative should not be false or misleading, but it will inevitably leave out certain details to serve the interests of both parties involved. This approach is employed to manage perceptions and maintain a positive company narrative, particularly in cases where the departure could be perceived negatively.

In summary, Batista suggests that leaders should construct narratives around employee departures that are truthful but selective in the details they include, in order to effectively manage perceptions and maintain a positive narrative for the company.