Unless the media reach sources inside Wal-Mart, probably we will never know the tipping points in the departure of David Tovar. He had been the company's respected public relations director for years. Here is the coverage by Susan Berfield in Bloomberg Business Week.
What we do know is that Tovar listed on his resume a BA degree from the University of Delaware. Technically that was a lie. He was several credits short. Yet he did list that he graduated. In an absolute sense, that's a little lie.
However, the real world doesn't operate on absolutes. When it comes to credentials such as educational background, that kind of lie can and will likely get you axed. Think Yahoo.
In straight-arrow company like Wal-Mart the discovery of that fabrication likely didn't go over well. Whether he was pushed out or not, Tovar was wise to leave. According the the ethos of Wal-Mart's organizational culture he had done the company wrong. The talented public relations pro he is he will figure out how to position and package this to his advantage. Count on Tovar's landing another great job. Meanwhile, he might contact the University of Delaware about completing those credits.
The Matter of Tovar raises for all of us the questions of what lies professionals get away with every day. That is, they don't lose jobs. But eventually they can lose trust and credibility. They can also trigger resentments - and push-back. Being lied to signals the lack of quality in that relationship. That's why jilted spouses become enraged. No, things between the two weren't as assumed.
Is honesty the best policy? It seems that way, doesn't it.