Bosses should demand brutal honesty of their employees, particularly if they feel things are going wrong, says Paulett Eberhart, CEO of CDI. That means encouraging workers to "be very aggressive" in making their case and ensuring that they've gotten your attention, Eberhart says. "I don't care if you have to pound your fists on the table. ... We, at a minimum, need to discuss it or whatever the situation is," she says.

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