We all know that it’s important to have good connections, and, if possible, strong relationships in our network. But what about people to whom you can bear not only the Good, but also the Bad and the Ugly? When we face complicated or tough situations at work or in our careers, the advice we receive should be based on a comprehensive and accurate appreciation of the situation, including those parts that we fear may not reflect well on us. We should also ask ourselves who we can trust to provide us with valuable and impartial advice. The world of work is changing rapidly as organisations contend with a faster pace of change, ageing populations in the West, and highly disruptive technologies and market entrants. It’s essential that you have people invested in you, and your career and leadership, and who are willing to provide you with frank advice about what this means for you.