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I have however just finished reading a fantastic book 'Getting Naked' written by Patrick Lencioni.
When my business partner Brian suggested I read it, I looked at the title and enthusiastically dived right in. Much to my wife’s relief I didn’t come away with a new philosophy on how to dress. However I was challenged by the insights on how to build stronger relationships, both at a personal and a business level.
Getting Naked is a counter intuitive look at how we can relate to others. Our culture tells us to always project strength and confidence. Avoid showing weakness at all costs.
However, when it comes to building strong relationships, an important step is to leave our ego at the door and put ourselves in a position of weakness, and allow someone to demonstrate that they will support us.
Patrick has written the book in a story fashion using a fable of a consulting firm. It is a very easy read and short enough that you can easily knock it out over a weekend.
The book looks at overcoming 3 fears that consultants have, and I believe that these are in fact largely applicable to everyone who deals with others. The 3 fears are;
Patrick gives practical examples of how to overcome each of these fears. In doing so, you will need to become vulnerable/naked, but by going through such a process you build strong lasting relationships and from a business perspective you will ultimately thrive.
Some of the suggestions made include the following;
If you are a business owner can you relate to the 3 fears outlined above?
I know I do. If you are interested in building stronger relationships, both in business and your personal life then I highly recommend that you add Getting Naked to your library.
Getting Naked is about being vulnerable. It will ultimately build better relationships.
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