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April 24, 2013

Candor, Tiger Woods and The Game of Golf

No doubt you’ve heard the controversy about Tiger Woods and the Masters. While some demanded he disqualify himself for violating a rule he should have known (but didn’t intentionally break), others remind us that had it not been…

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April 10, 2013

Being Truthful With Ourselves

Are we facing our individual circumstances with openness and clarity? Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of the recently published Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, addresses the unique challenges women face in achieving…

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March 26, 2013

Sonia Sotomayor – Candor Leads to the Supreme Court

What if candor had the power to move one’s career from already-pretty-great to truly extraordinary? United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has achieved what most would say is unbelievable. Statistically speaking, the chance of becoming one of…

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March 13, 2013

Too Much Politeness in Philanthropy?

What if a lack of candor isn’t just holding your organization back, but has far greater impact within our communities?  Consider this – nonprofits, in their quest for more grants and major gifts, and with gratitude for any…

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February 27, 2013

Direct With Respect

So, how are the forthright conversations going? Often we have the best intentions, yet we have not practiced new methods of engaging others for better results. This newness makes us feel uncomfortable, awkward and unpracticed – because we…

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February 15, 2013

The Best Candor Award Goes to Pixar Animation Studios

Brad Bird, Pixar’s two-time Oscar-winning (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) director, credits candid and direct working relationships to drive success.  A strategy article published by The McKinsey Quarterly reports Bird, whose body of work includes The Simpsons, as a prime…

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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…