We are in the throes of exponential change, underpinned by a technology revolution. We live in a world that’s always on and always connected with inexhaustible computational power at our fingertips; the iPhone has far more processing power than the original supercomputer. Technology based operating models (Uber, AirBnB, Netflix, etc.) are bringing established models to their knees, enabling the consumer to dictate the rules of the game that modern policy makers simply can’t adapt to.
I was talking with a client, discussing key aspects to successful leadership when the conversation shifted from the routine themes of execution and ‘walking the floor’ to the topic of ‘vulnerability’. It occurred to me that this is one of the most integral aspects to leadership and for that matter an essential quality of living. I know that’s a big statement, but give me four minutes to make my point.
According to Shelley Provost (http://www.inc.com/shelley-prevost/the-one-leadership-skill-that-will-set-you-apart.html) “Vulnerability is when you can give honest appraisals of a person or situation. Saying what you really think isn’t always easy. If fortified with compassion, however, it can be the quickest route to building trust with another person.”
The naysayers, the clairvoyants, the body politic, your mother are amongst the crowd sharing their views. They have well-articulated positions on some of the most inane topics, and continue to flex their cerebral might like a body-builder displays their ripped saran-wrapped muscles. Continue reading