My consulting clients get the unvarnished truth from me. It's not always what they want to hear, but people in positions of power (any position of power) must have someone they can depend on to tell them the truth without fear of consequence. But when they say to me, "I wish you worked for me," I just crack up and tell them: "No, you don't. If I were your employee you would immediately hate the very thing that makes you like me now. Been there, all done with that." We humans are so frail. We need our truths spread out in small doses.