CHAPTER 1Liars at Work


You’re a liar, yourself.

So am I.

That’s the truth.

But wouldn’t it be nice if it weren’t? Wouldn’t it be convenient if the workforce were divided neatly into “us” versus “them”? We, of course, would be the good guys who were always up front and truthful. They would be the rotten apples whose destructive lies betray the confidence placed in them and ruin everything for the rest of us. If that scenario were valid, imagine how simple it would be to create totally candid corporate cultures: the human resources (HR) department could develop a test for truthfulness to eliminate liars before they were hired, promotions could be awarded to the most honest employees, and alert managers could weed ...

Get The Truth about Lies in the Workplace now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.