de·cep·tion (d-spshn) n.
- The use of deceit.
- The fact or state of being deceived.
- A ruse; a trick.
Deception is something that happens every day. It is a part of life. It takes two– the deceiver, and the deceivee to make it happen. A better term is “misunderstanding.” Regardless, what we all strive to do is:
- Pay close attention.
- Check for validity. Expect less than perfect information– it is all around us. Get confirmation when needed. Keep short accounts.
- Pace the positive intent of the organization.
It is really pretty simple. See post on To Resolve Misunderstanding. It’s the same thing.
Of course, there is a substantial difference between a football half-back faking out a defender to score a touchdown, and military-grade deception of a enemy in war.
Note– I am taking the word “conflict” out of my vocabulary, because it is too broad– it describes both verbal interaction and war. One happens in everyday life; the other is something that our military is in charge of. We are fortunate that they do a most excellent job at it.