Lie to me

Former ComputerWorld editor-in-chief Don Tennant has co-authored a N.Y. Times bestseller, Spy the Lie, which offers a systematic approach to spotting deceptive behaviour, a useful skill to have whether interviewing job candidates or dealing with coworkers on a development team.


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I was always a big fan of Tim Roth’s series Lie to Me, in which behavioural tells made Roth’s deception detection expert an almost flawless gauge of dissembling behaviour. Unfortunately, according to this Q&A with ComputerWorld, this is a little more mundane stuff.
It’s a very systematic approach that requires you to filter out truthful behaviour as part of the process of uncovering deceptive behaviour, among other counterintuitive things. And it won’t turn you into a human lie detector, Tennant says:

When you employ our methodology to spot deceptive behaviors in a situation where you’re, say, interviewing a job candidate, speaking with an employee about unacceptable behavior or listening to the boss talk about the organization’s financial performance at a company meeting, if you spot deceptive behavior, think of it as a heads up that the situation warrants further attention, rather than as a “Book him, Danno” moment.


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Dave Webb
Dave Webb is a freelance editor and writer. A veteran journalist of more than 20 years' experience (15 of them in technology), he has held senior editorial positions with a number of technology publications. He was honoured with an Andersen Consulting Award for Excellence in Business Journalism in 2000, and several Canadian Online Publishing Awards as part of the ComputerWorld Canada team.

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