Can you handle the truth?

Handling the truth is not just the mental fortification we do to prepare for it.  It is also about how what we do with the truth when it is in our hands.  As leaders and HR professionals, we have the opportunity daily to convey these truths.  How we handle them affects their impact.  

How do you handle the truth?  Like Mario Batali handles dough? Or like a Aikido expert handles an attack?  Whether we transform it into something wonderful for everyone's benefit or use its energy to propel it forward, how we handle the truth makes a big difference.