Hold the Tension – As You Were

As You Were – looking for connections between the work of Brené Brown and Daniel Quinn as I revisit them in book clubs. See the introductory post for what this is all about. In this post, I look at:

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Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

Part One: Rumbling with Vulnerability – Section Five: Curiosity and Grounded Confidence

“… when leaders don’t have the skills to lean into vulnerability, they’re not able to successfully hold the tension of the paradoxes that are inherent in entrepreneurship.” Quinn and Brené share an appreciation of both/and thinking.

“But curiosity is uncomfortable because it involves uncertainty and vulnerability.” Quinn and Brené both critique certainty and the controlling behaviors that go with the attempt to have it.

“It’s as if we’d rather have a bad solution that leads to action than stay in the uncertainty of problem identification.” Quinn values mind change over action, saying that action without mind change can never fundamentally address the problems of our culture.

“‘The most crucial component to unlock and the biggest driver of success turned out to be transforming the organizational culture. What was once an entrepreneurial, fast-moving, and empowering culture had over the course of several years of struggling performance become hierarchical, siloed, political, and filled with fear.'” Quinn also puts the focus squarely on recognizing the dysfunction of hierarchy and the importance culture change as the way out.

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