As women pursuing meaningful careers, most of us are incredibly motivated to do great work. But, as much as we try not to admit it, we’re also human. Sometimes we take on too much and need help. And lately, we have been overwhelmed with emotion as national events unfold. What pitfalls could we avoid if we just admitted when we’re not on our A-game? Why is it so hard to just be….vulnerable? On this episode of Torch Talk, Well Done Marketing president Lisa Sirkin Vielee will share her own vulnerability journey, and how vulnerability can unlock opportunities for connection and more fulfilling work.
Throughout the conversation, Lisa discussed what “vulnerability” actually means, the benefits of being vulnerable, and what vulnerability looks like in practice.
What is Vulnerability?
Being vulnerable does not mean being helpless, weak, or defenseless. Being vulnerable at work means trusting and being open with your coworkers. It’s especially relevant and important right now: “With so many people working remotely, experiencing hardships, we’re getting a glimpse into the personal lives of the people we work with in a way we never have before,” Lisa explained.
It’s courageous to be open with others and not just put on a brave face. And it’s also extremely helpful in making sure your team understands what you’re going through and that you may need some extra help during a specific time.
How is vulnerability useful in the workplace?
When Lisa entered the workplace, there weren’t a lot of female role models. She always felt like she had something to prove, and she felt she needed to be on her A-game all the time. Like many women, she eventually realized it’s impossible to be “on” all the time without burnout. You can’t do everything alone, and you shouldn’t try to take things all on yourself.
Being vulnerable makes it possible to work with empathy, and it allows all people, including women to feel more supported in the workplace. When we understand what our coworkers are going through, we react with more empathy and support.
To learn more about how to practice being vulnerable in the workplace, listen to our full conversation with Lisa Sirkin Vielee here.