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If a colleague insists he’s right because “I’ve been here longer than you” or “Just trust me, I know this,” don’t believe it. Rather than accept what co-workers say at face value, seek confirmation. Politely ask for independent verification, such as supporting documentation or the latest audited figures.
Remember: When you’re honest by nature, you may assume others are honest, too. But rivals can lie to gain advantage over you. And if they see that you fell for it once, they’ll do it again.