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Archive: November 15, 2009 - November 21, 2009

Surviving war

Anyone who has ever served in our armed forces in wartime has survived terrible circumstances.

By Jan Scruggs | November 20, 2009; 2:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Luck and timing

Most people understand that chance favors the prepared and they equate luck with timing more than anything else.

By Michael J. Berland | November 20, 2009; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Forget failure

There always will be a better return on investment (of time, emotion, etc.) if we focus on the strengths, and accept and manage weaknesses.

By Tamara Darvish | November 20, 2009; 1:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

A brighter light

I think the lesson is to be aware of the two directions your circumstances can lead you and know that the light at the end of the tunnel may be brighter than you think.

By Garrison Wynn | November 19, 2009; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Learning about resilience

As a school-based therapist, I eventually learned that my job was not to fix these children, but to partner with them for a finite space in time.

By Celeste Owens | November 19, 2009; 9:48 AM ET | Comments (3)

Good from bad

People who actually survive terrible circumstances are the real success stories.

By Eric Schaeffer | November 19, 2009; 9:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

From setbacks to comebacks

My students have not simply survived, but triumphed over conditions that could have defeated more timid souls.

By Patricia McGuire | November 19, 2009; 9:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bouncing back

Resilience distinguishes those who thrive in adverse circumstances from those who sink, and is key for success in life.

By Jeanine Cogan | November 19, 2009; 2:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Moxie and tact

Very rarely do you find a shy CEO: It takes a certain amount of moxie to pave the way for success.

By Susan Lacz | November 17, 2009; 1:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

Speak your truth

Too many people worry about what/how they say something and often never say anything because they are afraid of how they may come across.

By Misti Burmeister | November 17, 2009; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (2)

Negative-critical thinkers

Top performers can be blunt by nature but know they must be tactful under certain conditions.

By Garrison Wynn | November 16, 2009; 1:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tact and tactics

Even as one champions a cause, tact should be the rule rather than the exception.

By Celeste Owens | November 16, 2009; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Flip the switch

Successful people do tend to talk straight, name the elephant in the room, put their cards on the table, and "discuss the undiscussable." They do this because they have learned the power of dialogue.

By Virginia Bianco-Mathis | November 16, 2009; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (1)

Observe and adapt

The truly successful person is one who has enough courage to be blunt, enough discretion to be tactful, and enough foresight to recognize which approach will be more useful than the other.

By Sherri Y. Geng | November 16, 2009; 9:41 AM ET | Comments (1)

The right fit

Many successful people have elements of both styles in their repertoire, choosing the most effective communication mode for whatever circumstances they face.

By Patricia McGuire | November 16, 2009; 9:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Scrutinize motives

While you have many successful people who are very vocal in their opinions, there are an equal number of successful people who have no need to engage in controversy.

By Kelly Harman | November 16, 2009; 9:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Holding the tension

Success comes from someone's abliity to hold the tension between the tact and truth-telling and knowing when to pull on the value of each.

By Hile Rutledge | November 16, 2009; 8:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

To tell the truth

There is a way to tell the truth with tact, and avoid the consequences that often result when people are overly blunt.

By Ashok Bajaj | November 16, 2009; 8:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Feed your family

We have all seen people use "sugar or spice" to achieve an objective depending on the situation.

By Russ Ramsey | November 16, 2009; 8:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Being appropriate

Achievers must be blunt at the appropriate time -- but take-no-prisoners rhetoric is not being blunt, it's often just being loud.

By Tom Heath | November 16, 2009; 8:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

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