Trust, Ethics, and Lying

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Sometimes it seems like lying is a part of conducting business, both within and outside a company. Bosses lie to employees, employees lie to customers. Sometimes there is a system-wide effort to cover up the truth. In the short-term, there is often something to be gained from these lies. But are those short-term gains worth it over the long-haul?

The truth of the matter is that dishonesty, even if it produces in-the-moment results, harms both individuals and companies over the course of time. Some lies may never be discovered, but plenty of others will come to light, and when that happens — especially if that happens repeatedly — reputations fade and sustained success becomes difficult if not impossible.

To learn more about the nature of and impact of lying in business, check out the following three articles.

Is Lying Part of Business?

The Importance of Trust and the Insidiousness of Lying in Business and Life

Corporate Deception: Where Do We Draw the Line on Lying at Work?