Straight Talk — Building a Corporate Culture that Values Honesty, Rewards Integrity and Encourages Candor

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    Speaker: Larry Johnson


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    Duration: 90 Minutes
    Product Code: 50897
    Level: Intermediate
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OVERVIEW

Let’s face it. Straight, honest, no nonsense communication in organizations today is more rare than common. Whether it’s fear of reprisal, natural timidity, or not wanting to hurt someone’s feelings, many of us avoid telling the truth when the truth needs to be told. The same applies to many of those who work for us.

The cost of such reticence can be high. If managers can’t get honest feedback from their subordinates, they, like the emperor in the fable of the Emperor’s New Clothes, will make foolish decisions. If employees can’t get honest feedback from their managers, they don’t improve, and their poor performance devalues the organization. If team members feel uncomfortable expressing contrary opinions, the status quo never gets challenged and creativity dies.

Based on Larry Johnson’s book, ‘Absolute Honesty: Building A Corporate Culture That Values Straight Talk and Rewards Integrity’ Larry shows you how to enhance your leadership skills and how to create a strong culture in organization by establishing a new standard of communication — a standard that encourages creativity through candid discussions, frank expression of ideas, and healthy debate. A standard that tells the truth, doesn’t mince words, and is guided by a clear sense of right and wrong.

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND

If you want people to feel free to express their ideas without the fear of retribution and feel comfortable challenging the status quo, this webinar is for you. Attend this webinar and learn the importance of corporate culture and techniques for building a corporate culture.

AREAS COVERED

  • Tell the truth – the worst truth beats the best lie.
  • We explore how this can sometimes be difficult and how to overcome the challenges of being honest.
  • Tackle problems as they happen – we look at how we tend to avoid unpleasantness in our encounters with others and how that can cause damaged relationships and suppression of the truth.
  • Agree to disagree and commit – no whining allowed. Taken from Intel Corporation, this rule of engagement says that you should speak your mind but never whine.
  • Welcome the truth – to avoid the Naked Emperor Syndrome
  • Reward the messenger bearing bad news
  • Build a platform of integrity - for yourself and your team

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

You will walk away with practical tools for applying the Six Laws of Absolute Honesty:

  • Tell the truth — the worst truth beats the best lie
  • Understand the importance of corporate culture and tackle problems as they happen
  • Agree to disagree and commit — no whining allowed
  • Welcome the truth — to avoid the Naked Emperor Syndrome
  • Reward the messenger bearing bad news
  • Build a platform of integrity — for yourself and your team

WHO WILL BENEFIT

Team leaders, managers, directors, leaders – anyone who manages others and wants to create a more honest, transparent and creative culture.

SPEAKER

Years of Experience: 30+ years

Areas of Expertise: Leadership, Organization Culture, and Employee Development

For thirty years, Larry Johnson has been helping organizations create more productive cultures through the development of strong leaders and dedicated employees. He has received rave reviews from more than150,000 business, government, and health-care professionals in every state in the union, as well as

in Great Britain, China, Indonesia, Central America and Australia for his presentations on the topics of leadership, change, customer service, and honesty in business. Additionally, Larry has eight years of real life experience as a manager in health care, three years as a manager in city government, and 30 years as president of his own consulting firm.

Publications

Larry is the coauthor of the highly acclaimed, top-selling business ethics book, Absolute Honesty: Building A Corporate Culture That Values Straight Talk And Rewards Integrity and the landmark guide to managing inter-generational conflict, Generations Inc., From Boomers To Linksters, Managing the Friction Between Generations at Work. 

Larry has been quoted in CNN Tech, the Wall Street Journal and the Harvard Business Review. He has appeared on CNN and has written more than 200 published articles on the topic of improving organizational culture.

Clients

Among many others, Larry has spoken for Rocky Mountain Governmental Purchasing Association, NAA (National Association of Realtors, National Apartment Association), IREM (Institute for Real Estate Management), Virginia Apartment Association, Westinghouse, General Electric, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Intel Corporation, Southwest Airlines, American Express, McDonald’s Corporation, Federal Express, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the American Health Care Association, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Education

  • M.A. Counseling Psychology - Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff AZ
  • B.A. Education - Arizona State University, Tempe AZ

Experience

  • 4 years in health care management
  • 7 years as training manager in government and the private sector
  • 30 years as president of his own training and consulting firm

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