Liars Get Caught, Period.

liarIt may not be today, it may not be tomorrow, but liars do get caught.

The thing about lies is that they are unsustainable. Eventually, someone begins to catch on, investigate, corroborate and vet the lies.

When a person tells enough of them, it is too hard for the liar to keep track of who/what was told.

The truth is always a ‘same story’ scenario – it is clean and you only have to remember the truth.

Lies get bent, twisted and confused until one can no longer remember what they have told, to whom they have told it, and eventually lies begin to unravel.

When a long series of lies begins to unravel, desperation sets in – and the lies get bigger to cover the other unraveling lies. It is a deep vortex from which one rarely recovers, especially if they have a high profile or are in a position of authority. (edit 2013: think Lance Armstrong)

Indication one is caught in a lie – they try to eliminate the power of the people who know the truth!

Very risky.

Cheating works the same way as lying…..cheating labels a leader. People quit being loyal to liars and cheaters, word gets out, and pretty soon liars and cheaters struggle to hire the quality people for the job. Liars tell stories to boost their own interests, and after a while they begin to believe no one sees through the stories. They are wrong.

Solution? Don’t do it.

Transparency and honesty are key pieces of the leadership puzzle. If you want your team to perform, remember that lying, cheating, and bullying will shut the performing parts of their brains down – not as many synapses in the brain will fire.

Honesty, engagement and giving credit to those who have worked for you, this opens up the performing parts of the brain – more synapses in the brain will fire. This equals great performance by your team. It is science. Pay attention.

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Patti Blackstaffe works with people and organizations in implementing sustainable change in a rapid changing world. Her key areas of focus are change management solutions both at the project level and the organizational level. She has over 10 years of experience in change management, has worked on projects that impact 50-30,000 people in both large and small organizations. Patti brings experiential design thinking into all her projects ensuring solutions are relevant, simplified and the implementation makes sense.

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  1. Truth, transparency and integrity lead to unified success while lies undermine the foundation of any company, forcing the leadership to someday crumble. If you desire a sturdy structure for your organization, think twice about the words you speak as they will surface and you won’t look like the leader you pretend to be.

    • Thank you for your comment. It is a poignant thought that in order to build a sturdy structure for the organization that truth, transparency and integrity lead to unified success. One lie often leads to many, and the manager who will lie to his team, will lie to his customers and to his boss, sometimes leading to more serious actions that are “less favourable” for the company. Eventually it will become a difficult charade to maintain for the lying manager, and a much more difficult recovery for the company.

      What is especially hard to deal with is the liar that is also a bully, for his/her employees will be too fearful to say anything and the company will be saddled with some long-term damage that is systemic if the manager has been with them for a number of years. Remember, for every person a liar trains in a position reporting to them – a new liar is born. The longer this manager maintains control, the longer the chain of dysfunction becomes. Some executive leadership will choose to “stay out” of issues at that level and this is a grave mistake – accusations (even one) are important to investigate for the protection of the company overall.(For every one employee brave enough to bring a liar or bully forward, there are many, afraid of losing their jobs, who will never speak up)

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