Saturday, August 13, 2011

GLS Session 7B: Patrick Lencioni “Getting Naked: The Importance of Vulnerability in Service”

patrick_lencioniGlobal Leadership Summit Session 7B: Patrick Lencioni

Author of the famous Five Dysfunctions of a Team.  Pat is an ENFP, and he is very funny.

One of the ways we manifest humility is by being vulnerable.  There are massive potential rewards for vulnerability, but it’s not guaranteed and you could loose a lot.  It involves suffering and pain sometimes.  But we are called to be humble and vulnerable by Jesus.  What are the three fears that keep us from being vulnerable?

1. Fear of Being Rejected.  Fear of losing the business.  We have to exercise our willingness to be rejected- that is how we are going to draw people to us.  We have to enter the danger.  Jesus was rejected, it is really possible that it will happen to us as well.  We need to be hungry to hear the kind truth, and to tell the kind truth.

2. Fear of Being Embarrassed.  We have to do things that embarrass us.  We need to ask dumb questions and be prepared to look stupid.  We have to celebrate our mistakes. 

3. Fear of Being Inferior.  We are afraid of putting ourselves in a lower position.  We have to do the dirty work.  Show people that you are willing to do what you’re asking them to do.  We need to be really interested in others.  Make everything about others and not about yourself.  It’s not about looking good.

[There was a lot of good overlap between this session and the previous one.]

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