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The Value of Bluntness


“You don’t mince words. Just garlic,” Joan Bauer.

I’m certainly opinionated. Most would say blunt. Some might even say harsh. I don’t hide my feelings. Nor do I shave off the sharp corners before setting them loose on the world.

I value bluntness. I prefer directness.

I’m a knowledge worker, after all. When you hire me, you’re hiring me to think, to plan, and to advise. You’re looking for an experienced, educated, intelligent assessment. Not just pretty words and certainly not political games, or a tacit validation of your own opinions.

Deliberate hurtfulness is another thing all together. Honesty needs to be tempered with empathy. I believe it’s the will to engage in the ongoing struggle to achieve that balance that makes a person honorable.

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