Thought for today:

‘Nothing in the world is harder than candour, and nothing is easier than flattery.’

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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The topic of candour in business has surfaced many times in recent weeks.

Today I have been pondering candour (candor) after reading a book called Radical Candor by Kim Scott.

I think it is a useful book, rare amongst business books for being worth reading completely.

Personally, I prefer the term compassionate candor.

I can always tell those who have read the book, because that is in essence what Scott proposes.

Those that think it means being brutally honest (I have met a few), haven’t read the book.

What brought this to mind was a column in The Times about no longer making excuses for not going to social events.

Personally, I think we will keep doing it out of a desire to not be offensive, seeing it as a kindness.

I think this is a clear case of what is right in the workplace is not necessarily right at home.

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