Let me get this out of the way: lying is bad, plain and simple. Lying makes your organization vulnerable of whatever risks there is. However, there are two things we need to tell ourselves. The first is everyone lies and second, if you’re going to lie, you have to understand the different levels of lies.
The Scheming Liar:
The schemer lies to get to a certain position of power, like being an executive. Think about House of Cards where Frank Understood scheme his way to being Vice President of the United States and (spoiler: he becomes President without being elected). The schemer only focuses on themselves and would walk over others to get into a position of power and wealth.
The Selective Liar:
This liar chooses what the person wants to see and hear. They pick the ones that only benefit themselves and the company. They’re the spinners; they try to convince you to be on their side with “their facts.” Think about politicians and public relations try to spin to make their company better or save face.
The Hustler Liar:
The hustler just wants to get a foot in the door but are not qualified or don’t have access to the resources, so they try to find ways to get in. A perfect example is Steve Masiello, who said he graduated from the University of Kentucky, but was ten credits short. However, his experience playing with Pitino gave him assistant jobs at Manhattan and Louisville (where Pitino is coaching), and then became head coach of Manhattan.
All these liars have one thing in common: they have a goal and are willing to go for it. They believe in the saying, “by every means necessary” to reach to their destination. Can you blame them for that?
If you want to lay the blame for liars in the workplace, it is the hiring managers, the board, and the background providers that are putting the company at-risk if the liars hinder the company. Those people need to be thorough on checking the background of their employees. If they miss something, like Masiello’s degree, it is the organization’s responsibility to handle their mistake. Luckily for Manhattan, Masiello is a good coach and are willing to take responsibility for their mistake. If he was a bad coach, then Manhattan could fire him in an instant and we wouldn’t hear of his issues.
We all don’t want liars in the workplaces, but everyone has lied at one time. It is the organization’s responsibility to seek out if there are any small or huge discrepancies. If they miss it, it is their responsibility and better pray the liar is good and doesn’t hinder your business. If you can bring in results, the baggage reduces the weight for the company to lift.