This post by employment attorney John Phillips about a candid admission of failure is a reminder of a powerful truth. It will cause many of us to recall occasions that would have been quickly defused if someone had simply been honest.
Fiorello La Guardia, while mayor of New York City, was once asked by the press about an embarrassing appointment that he'd made to a city commission. His response? "When I make a mistake, it's a beaut!"
The story, which would have dragged on had he been evasive, quickly died and LaGuardia's reputation for honesty was enhanced. Basic rule that cannot be considered too often: It is better to do right than to be right.