For the most part, executives and managers are honest people. But all of us find ourselves in the position of telling a “little white lie” from time to time.
ResourcefulManager asked 1,133 executives and managers which “white lies” they have told. We gave them a list of 33 lies.
The Number 1 lie?
“I was just getting ready to call you!”
Here are the Top 10. How many have you told?
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Tell Us Your Favorite Lies Below
Tell us about your experiences with “little white lies,” whether you been on the giving or receiving end.
George O'Malley says
Mine it: “I respect your opinion.” No you don’t. If you did we wouldn’t be having this discussion.
John Walston says
Good one, George
Bert Holt says
“I have to run. I have another call coming in” – When you want to abruptly end an unproductive or otherwise tedious telephone call. Of course that doesn’t mean you’re going to take the call coming in, or that the call is coming in now.
David Oliphant says
“Your opinion matters to me”. Sure it does, which you will forget right after the conversation.
John Walston says
David, That’s a great one! Love it.
Venita Hooper says
“I’m sorry; she/he just stepped out of their office. May I take a message?” This has happened several times. Yes, my employer(s) have stepped out of their office, but I fail to mention that they just happen to be standing here right beside me as I’m taking the phone message.
Cyndy Erickson says
When I am in a conversation where there is an obvious difference in perspectives and neither of us is going to change, I might use the comment “You know best” when I really believe their thinking is not what’s best. However, it may in fact be what’s best for them!