There is a bonus as well, as Gunsalus writes: The approach "also provides a face-saving out if your initial concerns or conclusions were wrong." Sadly, she wasn't wrong about the student.
Most people shy away from a hard conversation, asking that this cup pass from us. But being the chief legal officer means having the courage to take on what others won't. Our worries, though, are like the witches in "Macbeth," spooky but ephemeral. Fears evaporate by taking action.
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Michael P. Maslanka is the managing partner of the Dallas office of Constangy, Brooks & Smith. He is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. His podcasts and "Work Matters" blog can be found at www.texaslawyer.com. His email address is email@example.com.