Charleston School of Business Faculty & Staff Updates

Candid Conversations

A lot has happened since last week’s Pulse. The big thing, for the external world, is we have a new basketball coach. For a hire as visible as that, there has to be many candid conversations to ensure everyone is on the same page. We also had a fantastic visit with Chris Nassetta, CEO of Hilton. He was candid about his challenges, and his interactions with students were authentic.

When sharing the results of the BA in Business vote, I shared how thankful I am for the way we conducted our discussions. It made a difference. Then, at the Faculty Senate, I witnessed more candid conversations about the new School of Engineering, Computing, and Mathematics and our EDBA program (it was approved and is moving forward).

I wondered what Bing/CoPilot would say as I thought about this theme. And it’s pretty good:


The Power of Candid Conversations

Authenticity is the heartbeat of meaningful connections. In a world often veiled by pretense, candid conversations emerge as a beacon of truth. Here’s why they matter:

  1. Building Trust: When we share our unfiltered thoughts and feelings, we invite trust. Transparency fosters genuine bonds, whether in personal relationships or professional collaborations.
  2. Problem Solving: Candid discussions cut through ambiguity. By addressing issues directly, we uncover solutions faster. Honest dialogue fuels progress.
  3. Emotional Release: Bottling up emotions stifles growth. Candid conversations provide an outlet—a safe space to express joy, frustration, or vulnerability.
  4. Learning and Growth: When we listen openly and speak honestly, we learn from diverse perspectives. Growth thrives in the soil of authenticity.

Remember, candid conversations aren’t always comfortable, but they’re essential for connection and personal development. So, let’s embrace vulnerability and engage in more open dialogues. 🗣️💬


Actually, that’s better than pretty good. The four bullet points articulate why these candid conversations are essential to our future together. These conversations aren’t easy, but they set a tone and help create an environment where we can all express ourselves and still create a place where we can belong.

Thank you for your commitment to continuing to have important candid conversations.

YOU make a difference!

Ponder this with me…

Paul • April 4, 2024


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