Recently I was asked a question… “How many cheaters did you face in your life either professionally at work or in your personal life? Please advise on how to avoid this and how one can tell if someone is cheating you professionally.”
My Answer: I have found that there are fewer cheaters out there than what people think. Unfortunately there is a lack of understanding of each other and our differences. When we interpret these differences through our own experiences we give meaning to them…many times incorrectly. The only way to overcome these challenges is to listen, talk, and learn rather than become defensive, shut down, or become passive aggressive.
For those real cheaters out there most of them act out of fear and self interest and it shows. When we meet them at their level we fall prey to losing our ground and ourselves in the process. The best way to overcome cheaters is to be transparent, make your organization transparent, and focus on others and possibilities. Cheaters can gain in the short term, but they can never outperform those doing great work in a great way over the long term. Just ask Bernie Madoff and Allen Stanford.
What are your answers…