Vulnerability - it seems like a dirty word. It conjures up images of being weak or unable to accomplish the job at hand. And many people view it this way.
However, I see it differently. I believe being vulnerable is an opportunity to share your perspective, to show up authentically, and engage on a deeper level. We each have our own perspectives on a given topic. Some may be more emotionally charged than others. In any case, it is important to expose your reality - not just have your perspective shared. Others can learn from you.
People - and organizations for that matter - grow the most when there is discomfort and change. Sharing your unique perspective and being vulnerable moves it to a whole new level.
And so the obvious question is - how do you daringly share your perspective? I would challenge you to start considering these three items:
1) First and foremost, obey your instincts.
When you sense that there is an opportunity to add value or when your gut tells you something isn't going to come together as planned, share your perspective. You have the opportunity to facilitate change.
2) Get curious.
Ask questions to understand the lay of the land. Don't just stop after one question. As a practice, try to get to the heart of the issue by digging deeper. At Fierce, we like to ask "what else" three times to see if there is a deeper reality than what was initially surfaced.
3) Remember the motto: any conversation can.
It's up to you to weigh the risk of a situation and decide if sharing your perspective will add or detract value from you or the organization. I believe that more times than not, the risk is worth taking. Any conversation can be the tipping point.
How will you choose to expose your reality?