Why Being Vulnerable at Work Can Be Your Biggest Advantage, According to Brené Brown

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Brené Brown—research professor, bestselling author, and star of one of the most popular TED Talks of all time—was in an awkward spot. Speaking to 150 hedge fund managers in London, she was five minutes into her presentation on vulnerability and courage when one bold Brit raised his hand.

“I don’t know why you’re here,” he said. Ouch.

It was a mandatory meeting, and the hand-raiser clearly wasn’t alone in his frustration. “We’re in a highly compliance-driven industry,” he said, “vulnerability simply isn’t an option for us.”

Ah-ha. “What’s more vulnerable,” Brené asked, “than standing

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