Not only with managers, consultants, or people involved in the HR business but with everyone who has ever been lied to, which means virtually everyone.
The World of Lies
THE HISTORY of mankind is full of lies, deceit, cheating, and betrayal. You can find stories about traitors and liars in Greek mythology, in the Bible, or in tomorrow papers. Some of them are celebrated and some of them condemned forever.
From Odysseus through Judas to Ben Johnson or Milli Vanilli. Throughout the history it is impossible to separate human interaction or communication from deception.
There hardly exists anyone who has never been told a lie, or told one themselves. A white lie or just a small disinformation, infidelity, or bribery - where is the border between moral and amoral?
Although the presence of deception in human interaction is practically inevitable there still exist significant differences between respective societies and their attitudes towards lie and deceit.
14 years after the Velvet revolution, Slovakia stands at the gates of the European Union. Are we prepared to enter and meet the expectations and requirements of the EU that are not only economic, technical, and legal but also moral?
According to the OSI Global Corruption Report 2003, Slovakia still belongs to those CEE countries whose citizens show the highest tolerance for bribery and corruption and the lowest trust of institutions.
Forty years of communism left deep marks on the culture and behaviour of people and their ability to view deception objectively. The regime not only cheated on people, it also taught them to cheat.
The post-revolution era, characterized by privatisation and the division of state property could also be viewed as a time of tricksters and deceivers who profited from the situation. But the resignation and passivity of Slovaks concerning corruption cannot be excused by any of these facts.
The time is ripe and the Descartesş "I think Therefore I am" that was transformed during the years of communism to "I am therefore I cheat" should be finally changed to "I think therefore I do not cheat".
What is lie management?
Most of the people involved in the HR business know time management and stress management trainings, their structure and objectives. For those who do not - these "soft skills" trainings are meant to interactively train and educate participants on how to deal with strain and how to organize their time efficiently. The Lie management training is based on similar foundations, where the process itself is basically identical (interactive training methods) but the topic or aim differs.
The objective of the training brought to Slovakia by HILL International, a HR Consulting company, is to teach people how to deal with deception in general. It is conducted by professional psychologists but is not intended to moralize or judge. Instead, it explains what makes people lie, how the whole process of deceit evolves, and what coping strategies there are to be used. Practically, one is taught how to detect a lie (deception detection), how to behave when being lied to, or how to deal with a liar. There is a lot of emphasis put on the ethical part of the problem as well. Learning why the honest cooperating strategy is better than cheating is crucial to all of the course participants.
The intended target group for the Lie Management training courses is all people who are involved in person to person interaction: from managers and sales people, through teachers, to university students. Everyone who has to cope with lies can benefit from the programme and everyone who participates in the programme can become a benefit to others. Slovakia needs to improve its attitude toward lies and deception, and the Lie management training is one of the ways to do it.
It is time to change the general mindset of our society; it is time to become an integrated part of EU.
8. Dec 2003 at 0:00