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…

August 29, 2018

Profiles In Candor: Senator John McCain

With the passing of Sen. John McCain, our nation is mourning the loss of a war hero and patriot who served in public office for more than three decades. Reports are filled with stories of his heroism and…

August 16, 2018

Maternal Mortality in the First World

The United States is the only industrialized country where the rate of maternal deaths has increased, not decreased, and we are ranked 46th in the world for maternal mortality, falling behind countries like Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan. (CBS…

July 20, 2018

Rescue In Thailand: Crisis Leadership

The world was captivated by the rescue of the boys’ soccer team in Thailand. Against all reasonable odds, search and rescue teams were able to locate the 13 missing, provide them with life-saving oxygen, food and water, and…

July 13, 2018

Profiles In Candor – Congressman and Presidential Candidate John Delaney

Friend and US Representative John Delaney (D-MD) believes the solution to our nation’s most troubling political challenges are rooted in candor. In his newly-released book, The Right Answer: How We Can Unify Our Divided Nation, Delaney shares his…