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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…

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August 27, 2012

Popularism and Shared Truth

My summer reading has not only included mystery and thriller best sellers. While there are plenty of those books with sand between the pages, I have also enjoyed the luxury of reading multiple newspapers a day. One particular…

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August 8, 2012

Johnson & Johnson: Being Forthright in Times of Crisis

As I write Uncommon Candor and share examples of candor in organizations, Johnson & Johnson and its recall of Tylenol almost 30 years ago remains one of the outstanding examples of being forthright in times of crisis. In…

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August 1, 2012

The Olympics – Tell It To Me Straight

As I watch the London Olympics TV coverage nightly until 2:00 am, I can’t help but think about Marion Jones’ experience in the Sydney Olympics. It reminds me how important it is to surround ourselves with people who are…

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July 24, 2012

Actor Glenn Close Goes Candid

I am always surprised by the new insights I receive from the award-winning and long-running CBS News television show 60 Minutes. I was never so surprised, however, than when a recent interview with Glenn Close revealed her naturalness…

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July 23, 2012

“Just the facts, ma’am”The Uncommon Candor Blog Launch

In this age of reinvention, it is time to speak about candor. For a lifetime of working in organizations, I have been asking leaders, managers, and boards of directors:  “What is it you want?” “If you could wave…