"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!