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Published: Sep 24 , 2014
Author: Simon Letchford

Telling lies in a commercial negotiation is not only dangerous, it’s simply not necessary. But you don’t need me to tell you that – if you’ve ever discovered a lie from the other side, you’ll know how it tends to undermine your faith in everything else they have ever have told you.

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