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Should you “give ’em hell” this year?

The start of a new year gives leaders an opportunity to start fresh with their teams. Here’s an interesting thought – maybe it’s time to “give ’em hell”! I’m inspired by reports that Pope Francis, in his 2014 end-of-the-year address to his employees, delivered a scathing review of their behaviour.  In business circles, we might say he “named the elephant in the room” – and did it for all the world to see. This seems in direct contrast to the usual leadership advice to celebrate success and inspire followers with praise and words of confidence.

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