Cultivating Candor

In this Soundview webinar, James O’Toole looks at what conspires against “a culture of candor” in organizations to create disastrous results, and suggests ways that leaders can achieve healthy and honest openness. He explores the lightning-rod concept of “transparency” — which has fast become the buzzword not only in business and corporate settings but in government and the social sector as well.

O’Toole explores why the containment of truth is the dearest held value of far too many organizations and suggests practical ways that organizations, their leaders, their members, and their boards can achieve openness. He reveals the multifaceted importance of candor and shows what promotes transparency and what hinders it. He also describes how leaders often stymie the flow of information and the structural impediments that keep information from getting where it needs to go.

About the Speaker
James O’Toole

James O’Toole is the Daniels Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. James O’Toole was the principal author of the federal governments’ Work in America report. He is author of 17 books, including Leading Change, The Executive’s Compass and Creating the Good Life. He holds a doctorate in social anthropology from Oxford University, is Research Professor in the University of Southern California’s Center for Effective Organizations, and is the Mortimer Adler Senior Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

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