Prerequisite to Innovation, Creativity and Change

We spend most of our time here talking about you, your dreams for making the world a better place, and the tools you need to make those dreams come true.

After watching this TED Talk video this week I realized I skipped an important step.

Before we can change the world, we must change our definitions of strength and weakness.  And we must start with ourselves.

This is the part of the post where I would normally give you 3-7 ideas for how to make the change we are talking about.

In this case, I think it’s too soon.

Instead, just watch the video.  If you have thoughts you’d like to share, questions or struggles, I’d love to hear them in the comments.  If, like one person I spoke with, you watch the video and can’t find words that capture your reaction, that’s cool too.

Once we’ve all had some time to process I’ll follow up with more posts about vulnerability, what it means for us and our work, and how we might achieve it.

P.S. If you’d like to see more you can watch Brené Brown’s TEDx Houston speech. (The one with the “Breakdown” slide.) here.

4 thoughts on “Prerequisite to Innovation, Creativity and Change

  1. My biggest issue is trying to assimilate the military culture which does not tolerate vulnerability (seen as weakness) and shame, while at the same time claims to desire innovation, creativity, and change. How does one change the organizational culture?

  2. That’s a tough one Greg–and I’m afraid I don’t have any “actionable” advice. That having been said, cultures change when the people inside them change, or when what used to work stops working.

    It’s also worth noting that the military is not alone–decoupling vulnerability from innovation, creativity and change seems to be the alchemy of our day. I’m not sure figuring it out would be a good thing, but it’s certainly tempting to wide swaths of people.

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