Candor The secret to succeeding at tough conversations

Charles Causey

Book - 2021

"In a society where sensitivities take precedence over truth, it can often feel impossible to openly speak your mind. In Candor, you'll learn how truth and love together can unlock pathways to more effective leadership and relationships-even in a day and age when many remain silent for fear of speaking up"--

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Published
Chicago : Northfield Publishing [2021]
Language
English
Physical Description
175 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
9780802420770
080242077X
Main Author
Charles Causey (author)
  • Introduction: The emperor has no clothes
  • Speak the unspoken truth
  • Enemies of candor
  • Leaders and meetings with candor
  • Candor in families
  • Blistering honesty with self
  • The indispensable friendship factor
  • Candor with difficult people
  • Charm vs. character
  • Epilogue : The gift
  • Appendix A: the 22 strategies for effective candor
  • Appendix B: the eight candor commitments
  • Appendix C: discussion questions for groups.
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Army chaplain Causey (Words and Deeds) covers tactics needed to communicate honestly in this upbeat if uneven guide. Candor, Causey writes, can cause "cosmic discomfort," but, the author argues, keeping the peace by keeping quiet can also mean matters never improve. To guide readers through the processes of formulating what to say and listening to another's point of view, Causey lays out his 12 steps for getting a conversation from "charm to character," which involve asking the other person to define the problem, staying patient, being wary of pride, and clarifying expectations. While many of Causey's examples are plucked from the 1980s business world (such as a Motorola CEO championing a subordinate who questioned his business strategy), the quotes from famous figures (like Winston Churchill's suggestion that, if you have enemies, then "you've stood up for something, sometime in your life") work well. The slender guide ends with its most effective section: an appendix listing "22 Strategies for Effective Candor," such as "make it a point to engage difficult topics," focus on results instead of risk, "attack the problem, not the personality," and avoid superlatives and hyperbole. While business leaders and those who routinely find themselves at the negotiating table will find Causey's tips most applicable, the fundamentals covered here will aid anyone looking to improve their communication skills. (Apr.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"In a society where sensitivities take precedence over truth, it can often feel impossible to openly speak your mind. In Candor, you'll learn how truth and love together can unlock pathways to more effective leadership and relationships-even in a day andage when many remain silent for fear of speaking up"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Overcome the fear of speaking truth by learning to do it with love.In a society where sensitivities take precedence over honesty, it can often feel impossible to openly speak your mind. It’s time to learn how to speak the truth in love. In Candor, you’ll learn how truth and love together can unlock pathways to more effective leadership and relationships—even in a day and age when many remain silent for fear of speaking up.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Overcome the fear of speaking truth by learning to do it with love.In a society where sensitivities take precedence over honesty, it can often feel impossible to openly speak your mind. From managing conflict resolution in the workplace to navigating differences at home, many issues remain unaddressed and unresolved when you cannot speak clearly, candidly, and truthfully for fear of negative consequences.It’s time to learn how to speak the truth in love. In Candor, you’ll learn how truth and love together can unlock pathways to more effective leadership and relationships—even in a day and age when many remain silent for fear of speaking up. Discover how speaking with sensitive and effective candor can reshape your relationships and enable you to live a life of honesty and freedom.