“You Can’t Handle The Truth!”
One of the great 3 minute segments of cinema history. Can’t beat Jack!
Delivering the Truth can be brutal, harmful to one’s ego and self esteem. But it is a leaders obligation to shoot straight with people.
Jack Welch refers to it as “Candor.”
My previous company had a different spin on Candor: “Candor Done Right.”
The “Right” part was the critical piece. Shoot straight, but don’t be a jerk about it. It is a skill indeed.
What’s missing from the workplace however is not the “done right” part, it’s the lack of Candor to begin with.
Not doing what they say they will do
Not having an edge, when an edge is needed.
All require Candor. Straight Talk. Telling it like it is.