OK, now that I’ve teed up a 50¢ word like “mendacity,” let me at least tell you what it means. Simply, someone is lying to you. And who hasn’t had the experience of being lied to persuasively?
Now, courtesy of researchers from Stanford and a story this morning on NPR that was so fascinating I almost ran into a tree, it seems that it’s possible just by listening to a CEO to tell when they are, uh, stretching the truth.
And while I knew what being mendacious meant, the story got me wondering how often I’ve been mislead by a CEO’s rosy outlook. Apparently, I — and many others — been suckered more than I ever thought possible.