Candor: A Lightning Rod for Career and Business Success

Lightning-in-fist-LAURA RITTENHOUSEBestselling author, executive candor coach and financial strategist Laura Rittenhouse advises executives how to protect their reputations, chief financial officers how to grow their bottom line, job-seekers how to find companies they can trust and business moguls how to effectively integrate new businesses.  It’s simple: measure and decode corporate culture.  Or is it simple?

In the 90s, Rittenhouse left her successful Wall Street investor banking career at Lehman Brothers to become an entrepreneur.  “I chose to jump from a plane without a parachute,” she says.  Believing in the power of words and of keeping one’s word, she began – with Warren Buffett’s support – to develop a model, a taxonomy and a system to link candid communication – a leading indicator of cultural integrity — with extraordinary market performance. 

Rittenhouse publishes an annual survey of CEO Candor ranking well-known companies from best to worst.  For each of the past nine years, companies scoring at the top of the survey, have consistently and significantly outperformed those at the bottom. In this provocative and inspiring Master Class presentation you will learn:

  1. Why candor is key to your business, career and leadership success
  2. Which companies have the best – and worst – Candor Ranking
  3. Proven approaches for creating candor in the workplace
  4. Strategies for reading a culture X-ray and conducting company candor audits
  5. How to achieve greater personal success by creating a candor honor code, and more

Countless clients have used Laura’s candor practices to successfully protect corporate reputations, manage ethics and operational crises, and create uncommon business results. In this presentation, she’ll show you how to make candor a part of your executive life and future success.

Laura Rittenhouse

Laura Rittenhouse

Laura Rittenhouse works closely with client teams to align financial goals and strategies with candor standards.  Adopting the Rittenhouse Rankings candor discipline can shift stakeholder perceptions about a company— overnight.

Laura’s groundbreaking work on culture and candor has been chosen by CFA as part of their Future of Finance Initiative. Big Think has named her a 21st Century Orwell and her Forbes blog is the go-to place for learning about the intersection of candor, culture leadership, communication and success.

She has written three books.  Her latest, Investing Between the Lines, was recommended by Warren Buffett in his 2013 shareholder letter.

She is also the author of Buffett’s Bites and Do Business with People You Can Tru$t, both featured selections at the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting bookstore.

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William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Associate Director of Content Marketing, where he develops engaging job search, career path, and leadership insight to build ExecuNet's brand recognition as the leader in senior-level executive job search and all matters career.

He delivers executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand, amplifying the power of ExecuNet's expert voices and shaping the content strategy.

Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework. It is his training as an educator which allows Will to take complex ideas and make them simple for busy executives to understand and to execute.

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