When to speak forthrightly about what we are sensing and feeling? How to say it and to whom? How does our desire to speak with candor and, alternatively, the need for diplomacy align with our goals? What are the consequences of speaking up or not doing so.
The tension of Candor & Diplomacy influences all of us in public settings, at work and at home. This is especially apparent in conversations in the context of race and racism. This tension impacts individuals from groups that are marginalized in the broader ‘white’ culture very differently from those identifying with the dominant culture.
The necessity to participate with more confidence, humility and capacity in these potentially fraught conversations is arising more frequently, especially in our workplace.