Communication is a pillar for Ardent. As business leaders, communication nurtures and develops our team to think and act like owners. When we are owners we put ourselves out there for all to see. We may be imperfect but we are worthy of sharing connections that are authentic. In Dr. Brown’s TEDX presentation, she suggests these connections are not based on a hierarchical business expectation but on being vulnerable.
Dr. Brown states that in order to connect we need to have the courage to be imperfect, to be kind to ourselves and others and the ability to be our self. We have to learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. This could be entering into a business, relationship, or conversation where there are no guarantees. As owners we need to embrace space where failure is an option.
Vulnerability is not a weakness but a measure of courage. Vulnerability unlocks the door to innovation, creativity and change. If we are not willing to be vulnerable we avoid. Avoidance may manifest itself by ignoring the obvious, being dictatorial or micromanaging. By being vulnerable it gives owners the ability to work through the tough decisions (hire/fire, new markets, turnaround, new products, define culture, succession planning, financial performance). By having the tough conversations we foster growth and maximize success for the organization, team and ourselves.
I encourage you to watch Dr. Brown’s Presentations
“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness”. Brené Brown