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March 26, 2019

Profiles in Candor: Governor Hughes

Former Maryland Governor Harry Hughes passed away at 92 earlier this month.  I had the honor of meeting Gov. Hughes through a friendship with his daughter, though most who are familiar with him know his political career. Elected…

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March 19, 2019

Travelzoo Makes Female Leadership a Priority and It Pays Off

Travelzoo, a global Internet company that publishes and promotes deals from more than 2,000 travel, entertainment and local businesses such as restaurants and spas, self-reports it remains the only U.S. listed company with a board of directors that…

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February 25, 2019

Profiles in Candor: Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton – famous for her music, her enhanced curves and her over-the-top country girl persona – may seem like an unlikely feature for a business blog on candor. Yet I find her to be authentic and inspiring.…

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February 13, 2019

Kindness Matters

In an Inc.com article titled “Science Says Kindness Can Make You a Better Leader,” journalist Todd Nordstrom makes a case for kindness. He lays out statistics to show that kindness is not only proven to increase personal happiness,…

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January 29, 2019

Profiles in Candor: Mo Fathelbab

I have had the great pleasure of hearing Mo Fathelbab speak twice, most recently at the Gazelles ScaleUp Summit at the end of 2018. Following that event, I reached out to Mo for a one-on-one conversation on his…

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January 21, 2019

The Value of Perspective

CBS 60 Minutes recently aired a feature on architect Chris Downey, who was left suddenly and completely blind following brain surgery to remove a tumor. While many people – architects or not – would consider this both devastating…

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December 18, 2018

Recovery Friendly – A Fresh Perspective on Hiring

I have written before that one of the significant differences between good management and great leadership is how we develop our people. Great leaders see a whole person, not just the well-trained employee; they value people for their…

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December 11, 2018

Profiles in Candor: President George H.W. Bush

On November 30, President George H.W. Bush died and our nation is grieving the loss of “America’s last great soldier-statesman, a 20th century founding father.” Those are the words of Jon Meacham, presidential historian, Bush biographer, and one…

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November 27, 2018

Profiles in Candor: Stan Lee

Stan Lee passed away this month, and the world has lost not only a great artist, but also an important voice for equality and tolerance. Lee, known primarily for his creation and co-creation of Spider-Man and other superheroes,…