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.