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Unless you’ve been shriveling under a rock, you know Megan Kelly’s story. The gist is, she said something stupid about Santa being white and that people should deal with it, which, of course, created a firestrorm. She tried to mitigate the situation by saying she was just kidding.

What she should have done—and you can apply this directly to your job—was apologize. By saying she was joking, she was effectively telling her audience: “YOU are the problem because you didn’t understand my joke.”

Lying on the job to get out of trouble just makes you look like an untrustworthy fool.

Friedrich Nietzsche put it quite nicely: “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.”


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