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…

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…

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…

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,…

November 13, 2018


In my book, Uncommon Candor: A Leader’s Guide to Straight Talk (ForbesBooks), I make a strong case for candor that is direct and truthful, but also respectful. Conversations that are “brutally honest” don’t fall into the category of…

October 23, 2018

Gazelles ScaleUp Summit – The Highlight Reel

Having just returned from the Gazelles ScaleUp Summit in Denver, I am reinvigorated by the exchange of experience and intelligence on leadership. There were strong themes bolstering the importance of focus and building relationships that resonated deeply with…

October 20, 2018

Profiles in Candor – Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was an abolitionist and humanitarian most well-known for her role as a conductor in the Underground Railroad. She was also a women’s suffragist, civil rights activist, nurse, spy and soldier. To this day, Tubman is one…

September 24, 2018

Profiles in Candor: Sergio Marchionne

When Sergio Marchionne passed away in July 2018, he left a legacy of leadership including guiding the turn-around of Fiat Group to become one of the fastest growing companies in the auto industry, helping Chrysler rebound following bankruptcy,…

September 18, 2018

The Light of Truth

I spent time exploring the National Museum of African American History and Culture earlier this month and was struck by the brilliance of candor in history and about history that continues to have profound impact and relevance to…