To Tell the Truth
If you are a baby boomer, “To Tell the Truth” refers to a TV show where 4 quasi-celebrity panelists ask questions of three guests to and try anddetermine which guest is telling the truth out of bold-faced untruths. . The interviewers identify the truth-teller by watching body language and eye movement and listening for clues.
In today’s business and political world, the meaning of “to tell the truth” is sadly, means something quite similar. The news is full of business leaders and politicians who spend painstaking energy talking a lot while evading, and, sometimes even stretching the truth so far that it no longer can be considered anything but an outright lie.
What has happened to the importance of honesty in our society? We expect it from our children, although too often we even let them off the hook for not telling it straight. We should expect it - - no,demand it - - from our business and political leaders as well.
The fact is, people know where you stand when you tell the truth. Leaders must tell the truth in order to inspire confidence in their followers. When you are known as an honest person, you are respected for your ideas and, more often, for your opinion.
So, spread the word that you want and will “tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth ,” ”, and watch how much easier it is to look people right in the eye.