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The Ethical Costs of Padding a Report

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Move over Ann Landers and Miss Manners. Bartender Bob could care less about etiquette; he exists to pour drinks and dish answers to wayward PR folks who need a straight shot of truth.

Bartender Bob answers all career- and industry-related questions and does so with the bite of a drink laced with 151. His Italian, in-your-face responses may rub you the wrong way, but he means well.


Today's Question:


Bartender Bob:  My supervisor just asked me to fudge some big numbers on a client report to make our efforts match their expectations. What should I do?

Rock the Boat or Jump Ship

Dear Rock the Boat or Jump Ship

As Mulder once said, the truth is out there. So why put your ass and reputation on the line?

If the campaign results were in the crapper, work up a killer rebound recommendation, but don't make the situation worse by mucking with the numbers. There are people blowing their brains out at Enron for such stupidity.

Have a shooter on me. Do the right thing.

Bartender Bob

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