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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; 01:54 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; 01:12 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; 09:41 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; 09:14 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; 09:08 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; 08:54 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; 08:27 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; 08:22 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; 08:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

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