People hate a fake.
Some are pretty good at faking.
Some think they are pretty good at faking.
Some are really bad at faking and don’t know it.
Nobody is THAT good at faking.
So … be authentic! The truth will set you free!
If you don’t know the answer … don’t BS!
If you made a mistake or tried to pull a fast one … own it.
Don’t pretend to be friends with people … and don’t pretend you are “connected”.
PS. Being authentic does not allow people to be mean spirited, nasty and unreasonable … because they “don’t care what people think”. You don’t have to like the people you work with, but you do need to be professional, be courteous, be civil … but be yourself!