Most of us lie at work from time to time. And whether it’s an intentional deception or a “harmless” exaggeration, being found out jeopardizes your credibility. To start repairing your reputation, think about why you lied. Knowing the conditions that led you to that choice can help you resist the urge to lie again in the future. Next, assess how much damage your lie did. Are coworkers no longer seeking your opinion? Are your comments being received coolly? Think about what your reputation is now and what you’d like it to be. Then find ways to demonstrate honesty. If your humility is in question, express doubt about your ideas. If you exaggerated your contributions to a project, go out of your way to highlight others’ work. Your colleagues probably aren’t trying to give you the benefit of the doubt, so show them that you know you made a mistake and are trying to learn from it.

Adapted from “What to Do When You’re Caught in a Lie (Even an Unintentional One),” by Ron Carucci

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