Rachel, I love my new boss but he sure tells whoppers
Here's our writer's problem. She doesn't know how to react
February 17, 2017
I was so delighted to get my promotion because I now get to work for the greatest guy at our agency. Let’s call him Bud. However, when we went for drinks with a client last week I was stunned when he told everyone he once played for the New York Jets. He never did. People around the table looked at each other in a way that told me they had heard such stories from him before. Here’s my concern. I know Bud is dead-on honest about work. He is really respected. I cannot imagine him ever lying to a client. But how am I supposed to think or act when he makes the outrageous claims about himself? Do I smile with everyone else? Or just sit there? Sign me Stickler for the Truth
Let’s face it. There are people out there like Bud who will never let the facts stand in the way of a good story.
And what I find odd is that in many cases, as with your Bud, they don’t have to cook up lies to be considered successful. They’ve gotten somewhere in life on their abilities. They are accomplished. But they still can’t resist letting out a doozy now and then, like playing for the Jets.
I think in the case of Bud, as your note suggests, people are used to it and don’t appear to take offense, choosing rather to be amused. It doesn’t sound like it’s hurting relationships with clients or fellow workers.
I would also take into consideration the nature of the media marketplace. We are surrounded day in and day out with sales messages that are part or total fabrications. It’s called selling.
Rachel: Fact is, we are surrounded by whoppers day in and day out
We typically don’t take offence (unless it’s a competitor, of course). We accept it as part of our environment.
So in this context, Bud and his whoppers are less offensive than they might be in some other industry.
As for how you should behave when he lets one loose, try doing nothing. Pretend you didn’t hear it. Look over the menu. When others smile, smile back. Let it go.
Certainly don’t challenge him. People like Bud for his good qualities, as you do. They don’t mind the whoppers in no small part because those whoppers are way out there and obvious.
When you think about it, the real worry is the well-crafted whoppers we spend our days attempting to filter out of our lives, not always successfully.
Kinda makes you want to spend more time with the Buds of this world
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