Straight Talk: Communicating with Honesty, Integrity and Accountability


Larry Johnson


Let’s face it. Straight, honest but civil 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 those who work for us. Sometimes they are simply too timid to speak truth to power so they don’t tell us what we need to know to avoid pitfalls. Thus, we become the organizational equivalent of naked emperors. This is especially true when we are conveying cost information that people do not want to hear. Based on Larry Johnson’s top selling business ethics book Absolute Honesty: Building A Corporate Culture That Values Straight Talk And Rewards Integrity, Larry shows you how to establish a new standard of communication that encourages creativity through candid discussions, frank expression of ideas and civil debate.

Core Competency #1: PRMS - Public Risk Management Skills

Claims Management

Core Competency #2 PA/GBS – Public Administration/General Business Skills:


Core Competency #3: CTIS – Critical Thinking & Interpersonal Skills:

Interpersonal Skills

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Learning Objectives

Objective 1: Apply the Six Laws of Absolute Honesty
Objective 2: Tell the truth, even when it's hard or hurt someone's feelings
Objective 3 Welcome the truth since defensiveness can turn us into naked emperors


Employee Benefits / Human Resources