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Do As I Say—Or Don’t

Intelligent Disobedience: Doing Right When What You're Told to Do Is Wrong

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You're at work, and your boss asks you to do something that sets off your morality alarm bells. You face a tough predicament—defy an authority figure (who has the power to affect your career) or do something you know is wrong. What do you do?

"People like to believe they would have the courage to resist an order that would cause harm," says Ira Chaleff, author of Intelligent Disobedience and a lea

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