White Lie #5: Saying nothing
THE SILENT FIB
Pretending things are all right when we know differently is the most subversive fib of all, and it usually ends up hurting the fibber the most. If an assignment is unclear, ask for clarification. If you suspect that a situation at work (or in your personal life) affects your ability to complete a project as planned, mention it as soon as possible.
"Would you clarify this point for me, so I can make sure to give you what you need?" or "I can see that I won't make the Friday deadline on this. The following Tuesday seems more reasonable. Does that work for you?"
This article comes from the February/March 2005 issue of ADDitude.