The Most Important Thing to Remember When Presenting Bad News

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When Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel delivered his speech this week on the military’s downsizing, he delivered bad news. It had an immediate impact. People talked about it everywhere from CNN to conversations at the company coffee pot. And most people talked about the two big take aways from the talk: The military is cutting personnel, and the downsized military will have fewer members since before World War II. Ask most people who saw the speech—or the media report about … Continue reading

The Courage to Communicate Your Truth

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When Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam put his sexual orientation into the public eye, he seriously complicated his football future. That’s undeniable. Anyone who has ever had the courage to be first at anything will tell you that. He also unburdened his future as a human being with the courage of communicating his truth. I have no doubt that some NFL teams—perhaps even many NFL teams—will shy away from drafting Sam. There was a time, not so long ago, when … Continue reading