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The Invulnerability of Being Vulnerable

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Before my eyes he morphed into an entirely different person.  Had the expression on his face spoken it would have said, “Thank you.  Thank you for hearing me.”

“Look,” I said.  “I appreciate the opportunity.  So let me read for you.  I’ll give you my best shot and if you can use me, great.  If not, well, at least I got to meet you.”  We talked for an hour: about the business, families, guy stuff.  He was wide open and so was I.  I didn’t get the part.  Not that one.  But I auditioned for him on four separate occasions and he cast me twice.  He became a friend I would have missed had I been practicing “invulnerability.”

Now I practice “vulnerable” at every opportunity.  Always successfully?  No.  But I’ll tell you, even an unsuccessful “vulnerable” is much better than a successful “invulnerable.”  If I had a Jewish grandmother, right about now she’d say, “Try it.  You’ll like it.”

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Following are links to other articles in this issue of Transformation:

Marilyn Smith: Add Vulnerability to a Results-Oriented Enterprise and Produce Extraordinary Outcomes

https://libraryofprofessionalcoaching.com/concepts/interpersonal-relationships-foundations/add-vulnerability-to-a-results-oriented-enterprise-and-produce-extraordinary-outcomes/

Meaghan Smith: Vulnerability

https://libraryofprofessionalcoaching.com/concepts/interpersonal-relationships-foundations/vulnerability/

David Norris and Charles Smith: Work and Love

https://libraryofprofessionalcoaching.com/concepts/employee-engagement/work-and-love/

Frank White: The Overview Effect and the Camelot Effect

https://libraryofprofessionalcoaching.com/leader-2/the-overview-effect-and-the-camelot-effect/

William Bergquist: Tippy Organizations and Leadership: Engaging an Organizational World of Vulnerability

https://libraryofprofessionalcoaching.com/concepts/organizational-theory/tippy-organizations-and-leadership-engaging-an-organizational-world-of-vulnerability/

Barry Oshry: Take a Look at Yourself: The Self in System Sensitizer

https://libraryofprofessionalcoaching.com/tools/instrumentssurveysquestionnaires/take-a-look-at-yourself-the-self-in-system-sensitizer/

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