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Understanding The Value of Transparency and Vulnerability!

June 23, 2019

Patrick Lencioni is a giant in the field of leadership development having been a multiple time New York Times Best Seller author and this book length “Business Fable” Getting Naked: Shedding the three fears that sabotage client loyalty (Jossey-Bass, 2010) lives up to the vaulted expectations. It follows the familiar formatting of a first person story narrated by Jack Bauer  in parts one-four (pages 1-192) and then a shorter section unpacking the model that was explored in the narrative (pages 195-214). The story is a bout Jack’s work as a consultant in a large established consulting company that has purchases a small informal consulting team that had been beating the larger corporation at their own game. It is Jack’s job to see what makes the younger, smaller group of consultants different. Jack discovers there are three fears that the group has overcome that he nicknames “Naked Service” (p.195). The three fears are “Fear of losing the business(p.201), Fear of Being being embarrassed(p.205), and Fear of feeling inferior(p.209).  The best thing about the book is that the fears and how to overcome them and results that occur as a result are not merely true in the field of consulting but any time someone is dealing with people and seeking to influence them so there is much good information and application for leaders in the church and non-profit world as well. If I am honest I struggle with the very issues and fears Patrick raises but have also discovered that when I can set those natural preconditioned habits aside I am much more effective working with students and people in my life and ministry. I have learned and grown from every book I have read by Patrick which is why I suggest everyone read everything Patrick Lencioni has written or will write, You won’t be sorry for the investment of time!!

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