Just watched Brene Brown’s TED talk on Vulnerability, which I have seen 3 times now. Every time I watch it I am inspired by how she speaks about vulnerability and how beautifully she shows it in her face, her humility while speaking. She opens a window in my soul in a way that allows for strength, pain and joy to coexist. Authentic.
Here is the link to the video:
I came back to this video because I ran into this concept of Vulnerability in a Webinar I participated in recently and want to explore this idea personally and professionally. Patrick Lencioni was speaking about his upcoming book: “The Advantage – Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business”. Great webinar – I was energized for the whole day by his ideas and way of speaking. He posits that in order for an Organization to be healthy, there needs to be a cohesive leadership team, and to achieve this, one of the critical things needed is for there to be trust between the members of the team…trust based on vulnerability. Trust based on people feeling comfortable enough to be direct, honest, and showing their true selves. This isn’t easy. I know this from experience, and know I am not the only one. I would argue that it is more difficult to allow for than any other concept out there. What you can gain when you can open yourself to vulnerability is a level of connection and strength of success that you can’t get without it. Risky. Worth it.
This is what separates companies from their competition. Easy enough to get information and resources, not so easy to build a cohesive culture of trust.
A short excerpt: