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Six Ways to Make Truth-telling a Team Norm

Create an atmosphere where truth-telling is safe, expected and rewarded

As a leader, just thinking about what's not getting talked about should scare the daylights out of you.

Creating an environment where everyone is comfortable speaking truth to power -- and where it's an expectation, not an exception to talk openly about tough topics -- is one of the leader's most important and difficult challenges. For most organizations and leaders, there's a lot of work to do on this important issue.

The right conversations are the difference between success and failure
Engaged in a significant strategic and organizational shift, one senior leader knew that success would only happen if her team could learn at hyper-speed. In her words: "Success demands we bring our individual, group and organizational failings to life quickly. We need to share ideas, no matter how radical, and we need to not pull punches on what we are doing wrong."

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