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What’s behind a candid conversation

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Leadership guru John Maxwell has put his finger on yet another truth: You should never suppress candor in the interest of caring about your employees.

Before having a candid conversation, make sure you can answer yes to these:

  • Have I invested enough in the relationship to be candid?
  • Do I truly value this employee?
  • Is it their issue and not mine?
  • Am I sure I don’t feel threatened?
  • Is it more important than our relationship?
  • Does it help the em­­ployee, not me?
  • Am I willing to invest energy to help this person learn and change?
  • Am I ready to set clear, expectations?

The main idea here: It’s not about you.

— Adapted from 5 Levels of Leadership, John C. Maxwell, Center Street.

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