Tom Heath
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Tom Heath

Business reporter and Value Added columnist for The Washington Post.

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Being appropriate

Q: Are successful people blunt by nature? In recent weeks, retired NFL star John Riggins has been scathingly critical of his former team, the Washington Redskins. Is his take-no-prisoners rhetoric typical for achievers? Do the tactful accomplish more?

Achievers must be blunt at the appropriate time, whether it's discussing crucial business behind closed doors or trying to persuade an audience.

But take-no-prisoners rhetoric is not being blunt, it's often just being loud. And it's not an essential ingredient of success.

By Tom Heath  |  November 16, 2009; 8:14 AM ET  | Category:  tactless or truth-tellers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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