Nobody enjoys admitting their ignorance on a topic, especially when it’s job related. But the “white lie” of pretending to know something you don’t can have a disastrous impact on business.

This scene from “Catch Me If You Can” will help kick start a conversation about honesty, hopefully allowing you to create a safe work environment for employees to openly share their level of knowledge (or lack thereof) without fear.

 

QUESTIONS

 

Have you ever pretended to know something you didn’t? If so, why?

What might motivate someone to lie about their knowledge?

How might this type of behavior potentially damage our company?

 

Bryan Belknap, an award-winning screenwriter, is Creative Director at Resonate Pictures, which specializes in story-based training and branding films. He will be speaking at SCCE Compliance & Ethics Conference in Las Vegas.

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