"Work without fear can be done by robots and artificial intelligence" - Brene Brown
Every now and then you hear someone say something that resonates with you. I was listening to a podcast this week featuring Brene Brown. The podcast went in many directions but what struck me the most was this statement:
Work without fear can be done by robots and artificial Intelligence!
I know I work in the tech and teaching field, but robots and A.I. freak me out a bit. Google has artificial intelligence technology that can call and book a hair appointment for you without the barber or salon knowing they are talking to a computer on the other end of the phone! If you don't believe me, click here to watch it in action. Brene states that vulnerability and opening ourselves up to uncertainty, risk, and exposure is necessary to be a successful leader, partner, and friend. She speaks with many professional and successful business organizations and when she asks, "What is missing from your organization?", many respond with, "courageous leaders." She then goes on to say that the biggest barrier to courageous leaders is self-protection. We can't lead from an "armored" place.
Moving forward I'm realizing the importance of vulnerability in my relationships. How often am I speaking and acting from an "armored" place? Being vulnerable isn't easy but it allows us to own our stories, lead with courage, create and do work that matters, and build actual meaningful relationships. Take that robots and artificial intelligence!
The challenge this week is to be vulnerable with someone. Share a goal or dream. Don't armor up when you disagree with an idea, procedure, or change at work. If you are a leader (which we all are to someone else) be authentic and create an environment that promotes risk taking and vulnerability because your followers are watching!
I was recently asked what my current level of engagement at work was. According to the most recent Gallup survey (a company that seeks to improve work place environment) done in August of 2018 showed 34% of workers are engaged while at work. They define engagement as involved, enthusiastic, and committed. Gallup also noted that 16.5% were "actively disengaged" meaning they have "miserable work experiences". If you just watched the video above, on average 28,835 days makes up our entire life and 3,202 days are at our work place.
What is your level of engagement during those 3,202 days?
This video to me was very humbling. I reflected not only on my level of engagement at work, but also with my family, friends, and hobbies. I hope that when my jelly beans are gone that I will have spent more than 564 days on the needs and well-being of others. I hope that I haven't wasted too many of my jelly beans on things and life that don't matter...unless they are the black licorice jelly beans...I will gladly throw those out! One of my favorite quotes is, "if you're not living for someone else, than you are wasting your time." How can I continue to invest in others? I believe that if I find more meaningful ways to invest in others it will result in increased engagement.
The study by Gallup goes on to say, "The remaining 53% of workers are in the "not engaged" category. They may be generally satisfied but are not cognitively and emotionally connected to their work and workplace; they will usually show up to work and do the minimum required but will quickly leave their company for a slightly better offer."
Do we really want to go through life "generally satisfied"? I have told our basketball players at Darby, if we just clock in and clock out each day and play a few games we are missing out on so much of what basketball is all about. The same applies for your work/school environment. I believe that we all desire to be fully satisfied and engaged but we have to do the work. We have to shift our mindset and take the best next step one thought, one decision, one day at a time. I bet you'll think of this video the next time you eat a jelly bean!