Bring Your Whole Self to Work: How Vulnerability Unlocks Creativity, Connection, and Performance

May 5, 2018 - Comment

In today’s work environment, the lines between our professional and personal lives are blurred more than ever before. Whatever is happening to us outside of our workplace—whether stressful, painful, or joyful—follows us into work as well. We may think we have to keep these realities under wraps and act as if we “have it all

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In today’s work environment, the lines between our professional and personal lives are blurred more than ever before. Whatever is happening to us outside of our workplace—whether stressful, painful, or joyful—follows us into work as well. We may think we have to keep these realities under wraps and act as if we “have it all together.” But as Mike Robbins explains, we can work better, lead better, and be more engaged and fulfilled if—instead of trying to hide who we are—we show up fully and authentically.

Mike, a sought-after motivational speaker and business consultant, has spent more than 15 years researching, writing, and speaking about essential human experiences and high performance in the workplace. His clients have ranged from Google to Citibank, from the U.S. Department of Labor to the San Francisco Giants. From small start-ups in Silicon Valley to family-owned businesses in the Midwest. From what he’s seen and studied over the years, Mike believes that for us to thrive professionally, we must be willing to bring our whole selves to the work that we do.

Bringing our whole selves to work means acknowledging that we’re all vulnerable, imperfect human beings doing the best we can. It means having the courage to take risks, speak up, have compassion, ask for help, connect with others in a genuine way, and allow ourselves to be truly seen. In this book, Mike outlines five principles we can use to approach our own work in this spirit of openness and humanity, and to help the people we work with feel safe enough to do the same, so that the teams and organizations we’re a part of can truly succeed.

“This book will offer you insights, ideas, and tools to inspire you to bring all of who you are to the work that you do—regardless of where you work, what kind of work you do, and with whom you do it. And, if you’re an owner, leader, or just someone who wants to have influence on those around you—this book will also give you specific techniques for how to build or enhance your team’s culture in such a way that encourages others to bring all of who they are to work.”

Comments

Bryan Ramsay says:

Fantastic & practical tools to create success at work, and life! I was introduced to this book through The Muse & The Catalyst podcast. The conversation REALLY resonated with me so I promptly pre-ordered the Audible version. The concepts and tools are covered well and the interjections of Mike’s own personal examples are refreshingly vulnerable; enhancing the connection to him and the material. I’ll be purchasing hard copies for several leaders (and soon to be leaders) within my company. Mike … I appreciate the time & effort you put into this and I’m…

Chris Hill says:

Robbins Nails it AGAIN! I feel like in this book Mike Robbins ties together the themes of his previous books on authenticity, appreciation and self improvement. I love how Mike really speaks from the heart and approaches the idea of bringing your whole self to work in a way that makes you feel like he’s in your corner – that he isn’t better than you, but rather approaches it from a place of ‘me too’… great read for anyone who wants to better connect with their work and their team.

PickyReader says:

I loved this book for many reasons I loved this book for many reasons, the greatest of which is the clarity and simplicity with which Robbins delivers his message. He uses real-world examples from his vast experience as a speaker to illuminate the importance of such things as vulnerability, authenticity and appreciation. He shows us it’s not only possible to show up differently at work, but that all of these lessons can be applied to our lives in general. He’s also just an incredibly likable writer. This book is for everyone,…

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