June 13, 2018

Profiles In Candor – Excellence Guru Tom Peters

Tom Peters, known as the excellence guru and author of In Search of Excellence, speaks more directly than most. He doesn’t mince words and prefers everyday language over flowery terms. His delivery is relatable, easily understood and often…

May 29, 2018

Four Key Takeaways for Better Leadership from the Gazelles ScaleUp Summit

I’ve just returned from the Gazelles ScaleUp Summit in New Orleans, and I was blown away by the insights from the authors, educators, experts, and business leaders who presented. As I reflect on the content and moments that…

May 17, 2018

Profiles in Candor – Warren Buffett

In his recent annual letter to shareholders, Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, wrote with his typical matter-of-fact, homespun way of addressing big topics. Candor is a habit for Buffett, and his leadership in reporting annual…

April 25, 2018

Classroom Candor

I’ve written about the natural candor of children and how, over time, it seems to recede or become stifled. Although I discuss it in relation to recovering more candor in our workplace and careers, it seems a struggle…

April 17, 2018

Profiles in Candor – Dr. Ben Barres on Gender Bias

Dr. Ben Barres was one of the world’s leading neurobiologists whose work led to groundbreaking discoveries regarding degenerative brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Barres died in December from pancreatic cancer. He left a legacy of remarkable scientific…

March 27, 2018

It’s Not All Sunshine and Roses

I hear a lot of upbeat talk while coaching CEOs and other leaders. We ask leaders to inspire and keep all stakeholders engaged, and understandably, they want to emphasize the good news that makes them and their teams…

March 9, 2018

Profiles In Candor – Kevin Love On Mental Health

This past week, NBA Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love shared something profoundly personal with the world in his post called, Everyone Is Going Through Something. (Click here to read his post.) Love’s post was a brilliant display of…

February 26, 2018

Profiles in Candor – CarLotz Co-Founder and CEO Michael Bor on the Importance of Trust

Recently, I had the great opportunity to interview Michael Bor, CEO and one of three co-founders of CarLotz. Frustrated with the used-car selling and buying experience, Bor, along with fellow Harvard MBA grads Will Boland and Aaron Montgomery,…

February 12, 2018

Candor Counters Strategic Ignorance

Call it strategic ignorance or information aversion or fake news – it’s our tendency to push aside facts that counter our feelings or desires. Recently, National Public Radio’s (NPR) social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam and NPR Morning Edition…