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April 7, 2014

Crisis Communications Worst Case Scenario

Although some of the media frenzy surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has quelled, the plane still has yet to be found and there are far more questions than answers. The families of the missing are…

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March 21, 2014

Never Too Late

On March 18, 24 veterans were awarded the Medal of Honor decades after their acts of service that earned them this highest recognition of valor. Sadly, just three were still alive to receive their medals in person. The…

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March 6, 2014

No Surprises

Colin Powell shares the stories and lessons that have shaped his perspectives on leadership in his book, “It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership.” In the book, he outlines his “Thirteen Rules” and shares the sage insights…

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February 24, 2014

Candor, Not Kryptonite

I was about to meet Superman. And, I had no idea what to say. You don’t want to mess with Superman! To be clear, I was the moderator for a speaker series at George Mason University and Christopher…

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February 11, 2014

The Vulnerability of Entrepreneurs

Recently, I read an article in Inc. magazine titled “The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship” by Jessica Bruder. The piece offers an in-depth look at how entrepreneurs often struggle with significant emotional distress during the early, very challenging start-up…

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January 27, 2014

Candor in Science – A Final Wish

In mid-December, Mike Hughes, a leader with The Martin Agency based in Richmond, VA, passed away. In the last year of his illness, he penned a blog, Unfinished Thinking, a string of beautiful and comedic musings that intrigued…

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January 20, 2014

There’s No Crying in Baseball!

Shouting this famous line, Tom Hanks’ character in the movie A League of Their Own (about the All-American Girls’ Baseball League in place during World War II) reminds us that baseball is a sport of tough love. Despite…

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December 18, 2013

Talking to Wilson

This time of year, I revisit the transition from old to new, past to future. This reflection reminds me of one of my own early lessons in candor. It helped shape the person and professional I have become,…

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December 11, 2013

Candor and Corporate Rankings

Candor, as far as buzz-worthy topics go, seems to be torpedoing toward its awareness tipping point – and that can only mean good things for our organizations, our associates and our success. More and more, I am hearing…