Do you occasionally “bend the truth?” It’s not a good practice and can ultimately get you in a ton of hot water, not to mention it can send your business into a nose dive.
Dave Anderson, President of Dave Anderson’s Learn to Lead, offers up some pretty hefty “dos and don’ts” for you to live by in your business. Pay attention.
>>> Tell the truth at all costs (literally!). You should tell the
truth even when it is not easy, cheap, popular, or convenient. Selling a
product at the right price (rather than a grossly inflated one that you
are pretty sure you can get away with) may cost you more in the short
term, but dishonesty and deception can end up costing you much more in
the long run, in your professional and personal lives.
>>> Don’t give false impressions. When it comes to business, false
impressions are everywhere. From misleading advertising campaigns to
padded resumes, you won’t be hard pressed to find examples of people
trying to make others believe things are better than they really are.
And while you may not realize it, this is just another form of lying!
Anderson says that you have to be upfront and honest with those you work
with, or you may lose your credibility and build up bitterness and
resentment in a once-valuable business relationship.
Think about the ways that you or your company may be misleading others,
and find ways to stop it. Make sure that you aren’t spinning feedback to
make someone feel as though they’re doing better or worse than they
really are. And certainly don’t mislead any potential job candidates or
employees about realities concerning compensation, advancement, or
>>> Never, ever ask someone else to lie on your behalf.
This is an abuse of your power, position, relationship, and friendship.
Asking an employee or colleague to lie for you can do permanent damage
to your integrity and reputation, and it opens the door for them to lie
to you, and those you do business with, as well.
>>> Beware of the four magic words. Anderson says that there are four words that should tip you off that you are headed for trouble: Any
sentence that begins with “Just tell him that…” is usually followed by
a lie. For example, “Just tell him that the offer has already expired,”
or, “Just tell him that this is the last one available at that price,”
are lies that may seem harmless on the surface but can lead to big
trouble. And if someone tells you to tell someone else, “Just tell him
that…” you can do the person a great service by
respectfully replying, “But that’s not true. What should I tell him
What do you think?