Come on, be honest - Management Today: "Anyone starting up an enterprise wants it to be around for the long term - and that demands straight dealing. Integrity is the best policy because it builds confidence among customers and, internally, it fosters creativity among employees. Besides, lying is hard work. John Morrish reports.
The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made. Groucho Marx was a funny man, but his business advice stinks. Honesty is not something you can fake. It's a positive quality that can permeate all your dealings with customers, staff, suppliers and the world in general. Indeed, it is a necessity.
'I'll tell you how I approach it,' says Keith Sharp, UK and Europe marketing director for Tata Consultancy Services, part of India's Tata Group. 'As far as I'm concerned, just from a business sustainability point of view, it is not sustainable for us to come out with anything or project anything that doesn't have a basis in truth and therefore honesty about it."MORE