Communicate more candidly to gain forward momentum
Do you always tell others what you mean or are you guilty of burying the bad beneath the good?
Candor, defined as open, honest and respectful communication, has been found to be beneficial not only for relationships within organizations but also for business itself. Research indicates that companies where leaders directly and honestly interact with their stakeholders consistently outperform their competition.
So why is candor so uncommon in most organizational cultures these days? Quite simply because being straightforward doesn’t come naturally to many of us. And for those of us to whom it does, straight talk can sometimes come across as blunt, confrontational or even disrespectful.
In Nancy Eberhardt’s book, Uncommon Candor: A Leader’s Guide to Straight Talk, the Gazelles-certified strategic planning coach and experienced business executive tells stories of successful leaders across a diversity of disciplines who have used open, direct communication to improve their results and relationships. Through these stories, she demonstrates how candor can build trust and respect, increase accountability and have countless other positive benefits within organizations.
How candid are you? Candor Quiz
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Candor to the Core: Congratulations! You are consistently candid. Learn how to lead others to create a culture of candor with Uncommon Candor: A Leader’s Guide to Straight Talk.
Candor Capable: You are capable of candor. In some cases it comes naturally; in others you may find yourself challenged. Learn how to be consistently candid with Uncommon Candor: A Leader’s Guide to Straight Talk.
Candor Challenged: You find yourself struggling to be candid at times or others desire candor. Learn how to bo more candid of the time with Uncommon Candor: A Leader’s Guide to Straight Talk.
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When people ask me for my opinion, I frequently feel comfortable sharing my real thoughts.CorrectIncorrect
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At work and at home, when others give me feedback, I listen well and determine how to use it to improve myself.CorrectIncorrect
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When I give others feedback, they often tell me it was helpful and commit to make a change.CorrectIncorrect
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Saying “I don’t know” when I sincerely do not, is comfortable for me.CorrectIncorrect
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Others tell me they feel I am committed to their success even when I am giving feedback that may be hard to hear.CorrectIncorrect
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I regularly ask others for help in areas where I am stuck, or not getting the results I desire.CorrectIncorrect
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I often share my vulnerabilities, fears, and mistakes with colleagues or friends as a means to improve myself, a situation or my organization.CorrectIncorrect
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I am comfortable being the lone voice for a cause or identifying a situation that needs improving.CorrectIncorrect
- Question 9 of 10
I regularly remind people I need the truth, the real deal from them, especially when I sense they are not being forthright.CorrectIncorrect
- Question 10 of 10
I am eager to hear the perspectives of others and have some of my best ideas when others challenge me.CorrectIncorrect