Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Are there more liars around than say 50 yrs ago?
For some reason, I have the notion that people in the Middle West lie less than people elsewhere--they are more bedrock honest or something. Probably not true, but I think that.
Certainly most of our politicians are now adept and proven liars.
We have no baseline--we can't take people at their word anymore.
Anita Bruzzese says this is especially damaging in the workplace. A study at the University of Mass shows that 81% of job applicants lie--did you?
Then it continues throughout working life...Lies can deflect blame onto the blameless, destroy lives.
Carol Kinsey Goman wrote Lies in the Workplace: How to Spot Liars and What to Do About Them. Troll down in this blog--I covered this from a different angle quite recently.
One tipoff of a work lie can be excessive detail, followed by weasel words such as "to the best of my knowledge."
The problem is we want to believe people at work--it helps us to do so.
But--frankly--people are not always so nice. Be skeptical.
Pinocchio looks so cute, doesn't he? Well, he's not.