Why vulnerability?

This workshop is about change. It’s also about growing as a leader and our posture of dealing with change (individually and institutionally). Our aim with this workshop is to encourage each of us to do the hard work first… our most important work. As we try to do that, we’ll see that we encounter significant “Resistance” because our most important work requires significant emotional labor. Usually we shy away from this. Our encouragement is to EMBRACE the emotional labor. To help you make sense of this, I think there are 8 important concepts that help us develop the posture of leadership and becoming agents of change. They also help us make sense of the world together — as a community. They help us see that we need each other. Our hope with this workshop is that we can see new ways of being able to work together because of the kind of vulnerable sharing we offer in the peer groups and in our posts and the kind of generous gifts we give through our feedback, comments, and questions.

  1. Why? The recursive process of working all the way back to the beginning gives us clarity about what to do next. [Simon Sinek TED talk]
  2. Vulnerability. Vulnerability is an antidote to industrialism [Brene Brown TED talk, Sonia Simone.]
  3. The Resistance: Knowing what to do is completely different from doing it. Our internal narrative, the lizard brain and fear sabotage our work. [Pressfield’s blog, Seth Godin Quieting the Lizard Brain video, Liz Gilbert at TED]
  4. Feedback. Our best leaders know how to give feedback. [Thanks for the Feedback by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen; This Quaker Clearness Committee process has a great description on how to ask “Open, Honest Questions” in feedback);  Seth Godin argues for analysis in your Feedback in this article in FC]
  5. Thrash early. Projects always suffer when project managers lack the discipline to make important decisions as early as possible, or if they revisit them for political reasons. [Steve McConnell, ShipIt Journal download and audio]
  6. Goals. Written, coherent goals are frightening and effective. Frightening, because they force us to choose. [Zig Ziglar’s Goal Setting Canvas]
  7. How to make decisions: Change presents opportunities. Smart decisions defeat dumb ones. [Smart Choices book, Dan Ariely at TED]. Dumb does not mean irrational. [Kahneman and Tversky]
  8. Give yourself an A. [The Art of Possibility, video and video]

More in this list of resources.

Published by Felipe Witchger

Felipe facilitates collaboration between community institutions for more inclusive community wealth building. By developing leaders and allies, Felipe believes marginalized communities can build the power they need to change institutions, systems, and our culture. Felipe also loves building sandcastles.

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