Sweeping ugly truths under the rug will come back to haunt you down the road
Last week we talked about the ability of battlefield generals to do crisis management, but this week we’re looking at another type of leader. Politicians might not be making decisions under direct fire, but they’re certainly coping with immense pressure and stress from every angle while making important decisions that they can, and these days will, be held accountable for. Tom Petri (R-Wi.) has spent more than 40 years in high-level politics, which we believe qualifies him to deliver this week’s Crisis Management Quotable:
“It isn’t the original scandal that gets people in the most trouble – it’s the attempted cover-up.” — Tom Petri
Whether we’re talking Watergate or a kid lying about doing their homework, the result of an attempted cover-up is the same in the end – far more more trouble, more stress, and often more financial loss, than would have been encountered by simply coming clean.
Is it difficult? No doubt. Will it save you a lot of time, trouble, and ruined reputation to ‘fess up? Absolutely.
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