Being honest.

Being able to tell someone they’re going to fail if they keep up what they’re doing.

Getting them to face the reality of who they are, what they’re doing and what the consequences will be.

Having the guts to pass along bad news. Early. And swiftly.

Having the credibility and the compassion to do it thoughtfully. Articulately. And with impact.

Having the confidence that passing along the truth is a selfless act aimed at helping not hurting.

Failing to be honest is a failure to manage. It wrecks careers. It sabotages results.

Honest feedback is a gift. Providing it isn’t easy. Knowing how isn’t ordinary. Doing it takes courage.

Setting someone on the right track is worth it.