There seems to be bad news everywhere today, but sometimes news may be thought of as bad or good depending on the eye of the beholder.
Consider my real-life good news/bad news story. In my last real job, I scheduled a meeting with the management of the division I worked for. I was a marketing manager and decided I needed to inform them of the direction my group’s segment of industry was headed. That was the good news. The bad news was our company currently wasn’t headed in the same direction as the industry. I felt obligated to point that out, along with my plan for what I thought we could and should do to be successful.
The gentlemen in the room listened politely. After I made my case, the division vice-president thanked me for what he called a very enlightening presentation. He didn’t dispute the fact the industry was headed in the direction I had described, but simply said we (the company) were not going to go in that direction. End of meeting. History has since validated my assessment of the industry’s direction – and the V.P.’s assessment of the company’s direction. The industry went one way and the company went the other – the division of the company I worked for no longer exists.
Bad news is sometimes good news. For example, you’re driving along the highway on a pitch black night and encounter a sign that warns: “BRIDGE OUT AHEAD.” Now, you can’t change the fact that the bridge is out. Would you rather see a sign that lets you know the “bad news” so you can change your course, or would you rather have no warning sign?