WorkLife Book Of The Week: How To Be Vulnerable And Courageous

Welcome to WorkLife Book Of The Week. Every week Monday through Sunday I serialise a story from the School of WorkLife book series. I do this each day in under 280 characters, which I post across my social media channels. Then at the end of each week, I bring all 7 daily posts together here as 1 weekly blog post, which I also share on my podcast: WorkLife Book Wisdom.

This week’s WorkLife Book of The Week is:  How To Be Vulnerable And Courageous 

This week’s WorkLife Story of The Week: Vulnerability is a Strength and an Important Attribute of Effective Leaders 

Kaye’s Story: How she learnt the value of showing her vulnerability 

MONDAY

Kaye learnt from an early age that vulnerability is a strength. On graduating she joined her family’s department store business, with responsibility for overseeing ladies’ fashion. She was asked to manage a team of buyers, each of whom had been in the industry for several years. 

TUESDAY

While she was fresh from college, with a degree in business studies, she had absolutely zero buying or management experience. Granddaughter of the founder, she had just walked into the job, and at twenty-three she was very aware that she was far younger and much less experienced 

WEDNESDAY

than the people, she had responsibility for managing. Kaye wanted to be respectful of this, and so she decided to be honest and transparent about what she didn’t know. In her first meeting with her new team, she acknowledged their experience and her lack of it. She made it clear 

THURSDAY

that she had so much to learn. That she would appreciate their help in sharing their knowledge and expertise. She had taken time to learn about each of their backgrounds, and acknowledged each person individually, and the role they had played in successfully building the ladies’

FRIDAY

fashion department into a viable part of the business. Kaye intended to build rapport with each person individually and as a group to gain mutual respect and trust. She asked questions and listened before committing to embarking on new initiatives or continuing with old ones. 

SATURDAY

Kaye worked alongside them to learn the ins and outs of the industry. She was like a sponge soaking up the knowledge and skills that she was gaining at the hands of experts in their fields. When she had to make tough decisions, she took full responsibility for the consequences

SUNDAY

and learnt from her mistakes. Sharing credit with others for the successes they achieved together. The outcome was that Kaye and her team developed a strong rapport built upon a foundation of mutual respect and trust. The experience taught Kaye the value of showing vulnerability 

That’s a wrap on this week’s WorkLife Story of The Week: Vulnerability is a Strength and an Important Attribute of Effective Leaders, from the School Of WorkLife book: How To Be Vulnerable And Courageous 

If you enjoyed Kaye’s story, you may also like to learn about her fuller WorkLife story and the exercises that helped her to be both vulnerable and courageous in her leadership, along with the other stories and assignments in this week’s WorkLife Book of The Week: How To Be Vulnerable And Courageous

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Come back next Sunday for next week’s WorkLife Story of The Week: Self-Sabotaging His Own Meetings from the School Of WorkLife book: How To Overcome Self-Sabotage

Click on the above image to see a preview of what’s inside, along with the main ideas and the meaning behind these.

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The School of WorkLife book series are designed to help you manage your own WorkLife Learning.

Each book tells real WorkLife stories of the successes and challenges people encountered in their WorkLife. Each book also includes the exercises that helped navigate these situations, which are presented as assignments for you to work through.

The stories I share are based on real life WorkLife situations – case studies of the challenges and successes people experienced in navigating the chapters of their WorkLife Story.

I believe stories are a powerful mechanism for teaching, a powerful medium to learn through, and also a powerful way to communicate who you are and what you stand for.

I hope you enjoy the stories and find them helpful in navigating the chapters of your WorkLife story.

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Published by Carmel O' Reilly

Carmel O’ Reilly: WorkLife Learning Practitioner & Writer Author of School Of WorkLife Books & Your WorkLife Your Way: Created to help you manage your WorkLife Learning Blogger & Podcaster: Telling people’s powerful stories about WorkLife challenges & successes Founder of www.schoolofworklife.com My guiding statement is to help people pursue their WorkLives with greater clarity, passion, purpose and pride by creating continuous WorkLife learning programmes that are accessible to everyone.

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