When Your Job Wants You to Lie: Book Club Meeting on July 19

WHEN YOUR JOB WANTS YOU TO LIE: A book club meeting to discuss “Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession” by Leonard Wong and Stephen J. Gerras

We all face pressure to fudge in our jobs: You have to sign that you have read and understand a long document that nobody has time to read, or you have to report figures for something that nobody has tracked so the best you can do is guess-timate. Wong and Gerras studied how U.S. Army officers are routinely required to misrepresent, how they cope with it, how pressure to lie undermines the Army’s effectiveness, and what can be done. We will start the discussion with Wong and Gerras’s book, and move on to talk about the problem in other organizations, how we can cope with pressure to misrepresent in our own jobs, and possible broader solutions.

The book is short–just 35 pages excluding frontal material.
You can download it free from the Army War College at http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pdffiles/PUB1250.pdf
or buy a paperback at

Join us for a discussion that will help us deal with the kinds of situations we all encounter.

Wednesday, July 19. Refreshments start 5:30. Discussion starts 6:00.
At the Partnership for Public Service, 1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
Space is limited, so you must RSVP in advance at

Presented by the American Society for Public Administration, National Capital Area Chapter (ASPA NCAC).
The event is free for everybody, but some spaces are reserved for ASPA NCAC members.


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