Dr Brene Brown is an amazing researcher, author and speaker on being brave. She’s not the kind of ‘feel the fear and do it anyway!’ brave, but the ‘let people in’ brave – which is arguably tougher. This sort of brave is about lowering your guard, even when it may hurt. It’s about showing you have a human side and that you may not have all the answers – even when your title implies you should. It’s about showing that which we would call our ‘weaknesses’. While many people ﬁnd it diﬃcult to share their weaknesses, here’s the irony – we see vulnerability in others as a strength. It shows you can do something others won’t, it makes you more relatable and it makes me feel at ease with my own weaknesses. Displaying vulnerability builds massive connection with your team and makes it easier for them to get on board with your message. This is inﬂuence at its best. Your weaknesses may just be your strength. As always I’d love your thoughts on this here. Cheers,
Everyone has an opinion they want to share. (You just have to look at the pointlessness of Twitter to see this). It helps us feel heard and connected to our community and tribe. Abraham Maslow described this as one of our basic human needs. As a leader it’s your job to let them share their opinion. Your challenge is to ensure that they don’t take too long, do it in the right place and understand that they don’t have the ﬁnal say. This will drive connection and this will in turn drive your ability to inﬂuence. Are you up for that challenge? As always I’d love your thoughts on this here. Cheers,
It’s the wrong question. Beliefs are hard to change. They are bound up in what we think about ourselves, our biases, what we think people like us should think. Changing a belief means admitting how I defined myself as yesterday is no longer correct for how I define myself today.
Whether someone believes in climate change or not is a moot point – it’s happening with or without their belief
The better question to ask is, “Do you understand climate change?”
If you ask better questions you get better answers…and more sales.
We don’t need another connection; what we need is help.
Over the last week I have been contacted by 3 people on LinkedIn stating that they wanted to connect with me so they can add greater value to their ‘5000+ connections.’
But I’m not sure that their connections are sitting down thinking, “I need to get some more LinkedIn connections!” But they are thinking, “I need help with this problem!”
The one telling aspect as to whether someone is of value to their connections is the amount of publishing they do. It is easy to get to 5,000 connections – anyone can do that with a bit of effort. What’s more difficult is to publish 10 articles over 10 consecutive weeks. That requires thinking, being vulnerable and putting your ideas on the line. That is much harder than getting 5,000 connections.
When you provide value people see it. It may not be value they need today – but value never goes out of fashion.