A survey group of close to 250 people was asked to respond to the statement, “People who take ethical shortcuts are more likely to succeed at work.” Here's how they responded:

•I strongly agree: The best player—not the nicest player — wins. 9%

• I agree. Sometimes you have to make compromises to get ahead. 8%

• I disagree. Honesty is the best policy — usually. 17%

• I strongly disagree. People eventually smell a rat, no matter how good his disguise. 66%

Source: Josephson Institute of Ethics, July 16

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