This was my old grammar school motto.
Esse quam videri is a Latin phrase meaning “To be, rather than to seem (to be)”. More on the meaning and history of the phrase can be found on Wikipedia here.
It is an interesting phrase, encouraging a level of integrity in everything that we do.
Usefully, it also allows us a way to assess behaviours in others because this Latin phrase can be inverted as follows; Videri quam esse, meaning “To seem to be, rather than to be.”
So, when I am selling an idea or project scope; or listening to a presentation from others, this handy reversible phrase is a useful checkpoint, particularly around the time any project decision is made.
That is when I try to make sure that I, and others, are using it the right way round.
Have a great week.
About the Author: Adam Blackie occasional writer and professional Interim Manager who leads information management teams through their change programmes. He works with organisations in the UK to change the way technology is used by staff and their customers.