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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…

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November 25, 2013

Candor and… Young Adult Lit

When we think of the word “literature,” we associate it with catch-phrases like “creative liberty” or “freedom of speech.” Yet, literature can have an uphill battle being welcomed or even approved of, especially when a fiction writer is…

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November 8, 2013

Candor and… Shoes!

“Strangely enough, I really think that shoes are a communication tool between people.” ~ Christian Louboutin. You may be wondering what shoes and candor have in common? A lot, especially in the case of Zappos.com. Zappos is the…

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October 25, 2013

Which Comes First, Trust or Candor?

As I write, I am wrapping up my time in Las Vegas at the Gazelles FORTUNE Growth Summit. It has been days of insightful and passionate dialogue about the changing dynamic of leadership – what good leadership is,…

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October 11, 2013

Candor, Women and the NFL

Guess who gets the call when instant replay goes on the fritz? At the recent RichTech WomenETC – Virginia Women in Technology Conference, I had the pleasure of hearing Michelle McKenna speak. She’s the Chief Information Officer for…