Most Recent Articles on Authenticity

A Lesson Learned from My Dad: The Power of Asking for Help

Posted by David Grossman on Thu, Nov 18, 2021

My dad and me.

Last week marked the 25th anniversary of my father’s death from pancreatic cancer. The picture is of my dad and me at my Bar Mitzvah.

He spent his last few days in a wonderful hospice – St. Mary’s Hospice in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dad was heavily sedated and not very lucid in his last few days, but I still talked to him as if he could hear me.

I believed he could hear me; upon reflection, I think that was one of the ways I was dealing with his imminent death.

I’ll always remember the day the Rabbi came to visit.

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Tags: Authenticity, Heart First Leadership

The Courage to Deliver Difficult Messages

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Jun 07, 2021

Delivering difficult messages is at the very core of dealing with the tough situations many leaders face.

I was working with a leader who was preparing to make some significant changes in his organization’s structure, including people changes. As we talked more, and his eyes welled up with tears, I realized how tough these decisions were for him. In the end, it was the right thing to do—his customers’ needs had changed; the market had changed, and his organization wasn’t set up for success. 

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Communication Skills, Authenticity

The Value of Having an Evolving Mindset

Posted by David Grossman on Tue, Feb 18, 2020

A mindset that every leader should tattoo on (their brains).

I was working out at the gym and saw an amazing tattoo. It said, “Evolving.”

Whether it’s a tattoo or not, every leader can benefit from thinking about himself or herself as a work-in-progress. Not finished.

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Tags: Authenticity

Oprah’s Speech Carries Many Key Lessons for Business Leaders

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Jan 24, 2018

Oprah’s powerful speech at the Golden Globes obviously grabbed media attention and praise over the past several weeks, including calls for the media mogul to run for president. Yet have you considered just how many lasting lessons her talk offers business leaders?

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Tags: Presentation Skills, Authenticity

The Key to a Happy New Employee? Let Them Be Authentic

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Oct 23, 2017

For many companies, the approach to onboarding new employees has been typical: introduce newcomers to the values and vision of the company with the hope that the team will quickly adopt the “organizational brand” from the very first days.

As it turns out, there may be a major flaw to that approach because it doesn’t allow employees to be their authentic selves, applying their unique strengths and creative approaches to getting the work done.

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Tags: Authenticity

The Importance of Saying What You Need to Say Now, With Quiet Courage

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Oct 09, 2017

Mom and Me, as Avi gets ready for her first horseback ride on Junebug.

I spend a lot of time talking to leaders today about the importance of being authentic, and saying what needs to be said. I know how difficult that can be. Still, I’ve learned on a personal level that it is truly worth it to keep trying.

I think of the time not long ago when I got the chance to say something really important to my mom. It was just before she passed away from Leukemia, and the worst kind.

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Tags: Authenticity

Embrace Kindness and Caring – Courageous Communicator Quest Challenge 8

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Aug 28, 2017

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the halfway point and completed the first two parts in the Courageous Communicator Quest journey. You’ve made a lot of headway and that’s something to be proud of; nonetheless we’ve still got plenty to do. 

From the last Challenge, do you feel that your planned communications were more thoughtful and purposeful? Did it help you achieve more of the outcomes you want to see? 

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Authenticity, Communicator Quest Challenge

Know Your Authentic Self – Courageous Communicator Quest Challenge 1

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Jul 12, 2017

You’ve heard it before: The challenge starts within. On your path to become a truly courageous communicator, you must begin with self-reflection, self-development, and self-awareness.

The first four weeks of this Challenge will focus on looking within yourself, being honest about strengths and weaknesses, being authentic to whatever those are, and deciding to relate to others as someone who owns who you are.

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Authenticity, Communicator Quest Challenge

New eBook: Respectful Authenticity—Bringing Your Best to Work and Bringing Out the Best in Others

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, May 08, 2017

In today’s era of leadership in a fast-paced business environment, respectful authenticity has never been more important, especially as high-profile business and ethics scandals fill the news.

While the concept of authenticity has been around for a long time, I’ve added the word respectful to help distinguish it as a powerful tool in the workplace, and to eliminate the downsides that can come with using authenticity as an excuse to be painfully blunt, rude or closed off to different points of view. At its core, respectful authenticity is about being true to yourself and acting in ways that are consistent with your values. In this eBook, I’ll address how to be more authentic, and will share some proven tools to help others get to know you better. You’ll notice my thoughts in this eBook are a little more personal than you might typically read.

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Tags: Free Downloads, Authenticity

Being Authentic Isn’t a License to be an SOB

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Jun 27, 2016

We all probably know someone who has a “This is me – take it or leave it” attitude. They might hide behind the cloak of authenticity when they share just about everything on their mind, and just about everything they feel. Or, the person who is a “I’m a leader and I’m mad, which gives me the right to yell at people and be mean.”

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Tags: Authenticity

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