In mid 400 BC Socrates recognized that each time the Greeks communicated verbally they were making ethical decisions. After his realization Socrates recommended the Greeks use a test each time before they opened their big mouths. This test helped the Greeks decide if they should or should not communicate- what a revelation? Socrates called this test the Three Filter Test. So, when involved in Organizational Communication, like the Greeks, could we use this test as a litmus for every workplace interaction?
The Three Filter Test
1.T= Truth- Is what I am about to say the absolute truth?
2.G= Goodness- Is what I am about to say good?
3.U= Usefulness- Is what I am about to say useful?
Socrates said, "if NO why tell me at all?"