Risk-Taking and Vulnerability

Brene Brown's research, book, and TED Talk have been instrumental in shaping my thinking around risk-taking and change-leadership.

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Brene Brown's TED Talk on Vulnerability and her research on authentic behavior really lends itself to supporting innovation and risk-taking http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/15/opinion/brown-authentic-self/

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I hadn't thought about this issue in terms of shame--so interesting. I wonder how we might "take shame off the table" so that people feel comfortable in taking risks?

From the article "It's easy to attack and criticize someone while he or she is taking a risk -- voicing an unpopular opinion, or sharing a new creation with the world, or trying something new that he or she hasn't quite mastered. Cruelty is cheap and rampant -- especially when you attack and criticize anonymously, as technology and the Internet allow so many people to do these days.

If you're like me, practicing authenticity can be a daunting choice -- there's risk involved in putting your true self out in the world. But I believe there's even more risk in hiding yourself and your gifts from the world. Our unexpressed ideas, opinions, and contributions don't just go away. They are likely to fester inside and eat away at our sense of worthiness."