The Power of Vulnerability in the Workplace – Coaching Circle and Snacks
dim. 28 avril à 19:00
“I am strong because I am weak. I am beautiful because I know my flaws. I am a lover because I am a fighter. I am fearless because I have been afraid. I am wise because I have been foolish. And I can laugh because I’ve known sadness.” – Anonymous The idea of telling people that we’re scared… that we screwed up… that we don’t know the right answer typically makes us want to curl up and hide under our desks. When we think about being more open and vulnerable in the workplace, we often ask ourselves questions like: - What if my colleagues think that I’m incompetent? - How will my boss perceive me? - Will my employees still respect me? In spite of these concerns, we are also aware that vulnerability is the key to our humanity and our salvation in many ways. Thought leaders like Brené Brown have been touting the benefits of it for some time now: “Most people believe vulnerability is weakness. But really, vulnerability is courage. We must ask ourselves… are we willing to show up and be seen?” ― Brené Brown So lets get together to talk about how we can become better at practicing vulnerability at work (and in our lives) so that we can experience the amazing gift of allowing ourselves to be seen, to be authentic, and… essentially… to be human. Here's how the Coaching Circles will run: You will be in small groups of about 3-4 per table – this is your mini coaching circle pod for the evening! At your table, you’ll start with the first question below. Each person will have a chance to be the speaker. And as the speaker, you’ll have 5 minutes to share your answer with your table. While the speaker is sharing their answer, the other people at the table will play the role of the listener and simply listen. This is a great way to practice flexing your coaching muscles, as listening is one of the CORE coaching skills. As the listeners, you job is to stay away from providing advice, from needing to “fix it” for the speaker, and from sharing your perspective. Take a load off! Just enjoying this amazing opportunity to do some DEEP listening. And if the speaker finishes before their 5 minutes is up, ask a powerful coaching question! You’ll then move onto the next questions using the same process. We’ll wrap up with a large group debrief. And then we can continue with the eating, chatting, and connecting! I’ll be floating between the groups to help you stay on track and on topic. Here are the self-coaching questions. Try and think of work-related examples to share with your group at the event. (And, of course, feel free to use other examples, if work-related ones don't come to mind for you): What has worked well? 1. Think of a time when you had the courage to be vulnerable and things worked out well. What did you say or do that felt vulnerable? What was the impact of allowing yourself to be vulnerable on you… on others… on the situation? What did you learn from that experience? What has been challenging? 2. Think of a time when you had the courage to be vulnerable and things didn’t work out so well. What did you say or do that felt vulnerable? What was the impact of allowing yourself to be vulnerable on you… on others… on the situation? What did you learn from that experience? Who’s your role model? 3. Think of a person you admire who practices vulnerability regularly. How do they practice being vulnerable? What is the impact of this on their own life… and on others? What can you learn from them? Action Steps 4. How would your life improve if you allowed yourself to be vulnerable more often? What is one action step that you will take to help you harness the positive benefits of practicing vulnerability in your own life? I can’t wait to see the wisdom that will surface at this session :) And feel free to bring a guest who is also a professional woman - just let me know so I can keep track of the numbers!