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January 28, 2013

Feedback Sandwich is Hard to Swallow

It is time to stop the use of the “feedback sandwich” to cause improved work performance. The feedback sandwich has been recommended for years in business management training, organizational development courses, and by many human resource professionals. It…

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January 14, 2013

The Competitive Advantage of Saying “I’m Sorry”

Imagine for a moment that your good friend calls you while you are swamped at work and you respond like this: “I’m currently busy assisting others, so please hold and I’ll be with you shortly. Your call is…

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December 12, 2012

Photographer Platon – Candor with Anthony Hopkins

Platon has photographed over 120 heads of state for Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire and GQ. His iconic shots of such notables as Vladimir Putin, Muammar Al-Gaddafi and Bill Clinton draw immediate global…

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December 4, 2012

Brutally Honest… or Just Honest?

Have you asked yourself one of these questions about using candor in the workplace? Will I sound harsh or confrontational? Will I hurt her feelings? How can I be forthright without making him feel attacked? Why does this…

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November 2, 2012

Super Storm Sandy – Will candid Kenneth Feinberg be needed?

BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  The September 11th terror attacks.  Virginia Tech campus shootings. The 2008 financial crisis.  All sudden disasters with a multitude of  victims. All handled by Kenneth Feinberg.  Will the recent weather…

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October 23, 2012

Misleading Statements Hurt Charities

What do the American Diabetes Association, the American Cancer Society, and the Montreal SPCA, have in common? They are nonprofits with some donors who feel fooled and deceived. Bloomberg Markets Magazine, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and Health Care…

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October 11, 2012

Candor in the Doctor’s Office

A fall off a ladder, one dislocated elbow and a fractured radius bone caused a man to suffer through multiple surgeries, paralysis, extensive physical therapy, a major infection, and over $20,000 out-of-pocket. Candor by one doctor – priceless!…

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September 17, 2012

No-Spin Zone and Usher’s New Look Foundation

The “no-spin zone.” At first, it sounded like a football term to me. Then, a traffic warning. However, it is how Shawn H. Wilson, President of Usher’s New Look Foundation, describes his office.  He says it is a…

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September 7, 2012

The Pat Tillman Cover-Up and Collateral Damage

“It is almost always the cover-up rather than the event that causes trouble.”  ~ Howard Baker ~ Marie Tillman, the widow of late NFL star and Army Ranger Pat Tillman, has published The Letter, a story of her experiences…