Marketing, Motherhood, and Mayhem

If you always tell the truth, you don’t have to remember what you said

May 26th, 2010 by Deb McLean

 From the time our daughter was able to talk, my husband and I drilled our Number One rule into her pretty little head:  ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH 

 I think this works in raising children and running a business.

 Why aren’t there are more consequences for those who say things that they know are false even as they are saying them?  I know there’s jail time for some that get caught, but that’s few and far between.

 The news is filled with recent corporate scandals from Toyota’s quality problems to the recent financial carnage.  There are lots of causes of company problems that are the result of specific circumstances, but one common thread in many of these incidents is a story of deception.

As Americans, we should expect and, indeed, demand better of our leaders in both the public and private sector. People can only manage situations successfully if they have the facts, and the only way to get the hard facts is by requiring truthfulness. This isn’t just about morality, although it is about that.  It’s also a lesson about how to run a successful organization or raise a family. Americans forgive mistakes.  But we don’t forgive liars.  After all, we deserve better. 

And, if you always tell the truth, you never have to remember what you said.

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