Sunday, January 07, 2007

How can we trust people who will tell us what they think we want to hear?

Many people fear upsetting others, or perhaps fear their anger. It does not matter which. If you have a peer, a subordinate, or someone important in your personal life who does this, watch out. People like these will get you into trouble. Eventually, they will withold some key information from you because you will be upset by it. Then you will make a wrong decision, and you will be hurt far more. Expect everyone around you to tell you the truth, and make sure you do not punish them for telling you what they believe to be true, even if it turns out to be wrong. You need to hear it.

Also, be one of the people who is open and honest with those around you. Do not allow someone to make a poor decision because of lack of information.

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