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When Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson was revealed to have a Computer Science degree on his bio that he hadn’t actually earned, many people quickly assumed he was a liar.And when Thompson’s PR minions at Yahoo ludicrously tried to dismiss the fake degree as an “inadvertent error” and then a whole week went by with no explanation from Thompson, more people assumed he was a liar.
And then, a week later, when Thompson finally produced an explanation–it was a headhunter’s fault!–that the headhunter immediately revealed to be bogus, everyone concluded he was a liar.
So, while it’s fair and nice to give people the benefit of the doubt, it’s also good to know that, in corporate communications, “Occam’s Razor” still applies:
The most likely explanation is generally the right one.