Now, more than ever, our society is becoming less and less vulnerable. In the business world, and in higher-up positions, vulnerability is seen as a weakness. Something to be avoided and altogether buried in the work place.
Last week we touched on the power of connections.Today we will touch briefly on the amazing power of vulnerability. This isn’t to say that you should hold a team meeting where you list out every embarrassing mess up, failure and weakness. No. However, in the investment firm Jumpstart, they have what are called baseball cards. A little card in their back pocket that lists their strengths and weaknesses. From CEO to janitor – everyone has one. As a rule, everyone is required to show their baseball card to anyone who inquires. This allows for extreme vulnerability in the work environment. Now this may seem drastic, but it does prove a good point. Vulnerability creates trust, and when you have someone’s trust you have a much greater chance to have their loyalty.
So this week’s challenge is to be vulnerable, and to treat the vulnerability of someone else as something precious and fragile. When someone confesses to you, as their leader or coworker, that they aren’t very good at a certain procedure, or method, instead of saying, “Are you serious? How did you even get this job?” maybe replace that with, “Wow. I also used to struggle with that. Is there any way I could help you get to a confident spot with that?”
This week’s challenge: Every day, instead of covering up your weaknesses, admit one or two, and meet the vulnerability of others with every ounce of support and tact you can muster.
Beyond Reason, the capstone book of Roger Fisher’s amazing career in conflict resolution, is the source of the information in this blog-post.