The Path to Courage Requires Walking through Vulnerability

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In her bestselling book, Daring Greatly, Brene Brown explains that “you can’t have true courage unless you open yourself up to vulnerability.”  Like many others, Dr. Brown was raised to believe that “vulnerability was weakness.” Her social research of 18 years  has debunked that myth and led her to discover the keys to understanding how to “show up and be seen. To ask for what you need, to talk about what you’re feeling. To have the hard conversations.”

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Authenticity in Leadership Presence

jshureIn the last 15 years of my career as a clinical psychologist and leadership coach I have been increasingly working in the corporate sphere, coaching leaders to find their own voice, to show up with confidence and sustain resilience through adversity. When I began this work I spent time wondered how safe it was to show up as truly myself in the traditional work world environment. Psychologists, after all, can appear threatening to folks who think we can read their minds. We can dress in casual clothes and generally be funkier than our corporate clients. I used to worry that I would appear less professional when I approached clients with my patient interest in their stories, empathy for their struggles and passionate curiosity about their life’s dreams.

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The Inner Critic : Listen to Beth Weinstock on Voices in the Family, WHYY

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Each of us knows that negative inner voice – the one that tells us we can’t do something new, we can’t get that promotion at work-that we’re just not good enough. So who is this inner critic, how did it get there, and how do we confront it? The answer lies in self-compassion. On this Voices in the Family, we’ll talk to self-compassion expert Dr. Kristin Neff, as well as resilience coach Dr. Beth Weinstock about to to put these inner demand in their place.

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Mindfulness at work: Listen to Jane Shure on Voices in The Family, WHYY


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Dr. Daniel Ames from Columbia Business School did a study recently that asserted that most people don’t know how they come across at work, whether it’s too pushy or too passive. Well what you come across as at work, and whether or not you are an effective leader, or if you are aware of it or not comes down to mindfulness. And we’ll talk about exactly that on this Voices in the Family with Dr. Jane Shure and CEO Sue Schick of United Healthcare. Jane Shure is a co-founder of The Resilience Group and a coach to businesses, teaching employees about their inner coach and how that plays into their resilience – which informs their life at work. She also writes for the Huffington Post. Sue Schick is the CEO of United Healthcare of the Greater Philadelphia Region and the recipient of many awards, including the Paradigm Award. She is a proponent and an example of leadership that involves mindfulness and mindfulness training. She is a CEO as well as a healthcare blogger.

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Reflecting on What Empowered My Sense of Confidence and Self

Yesterday in the mail, I received a newly published book written by my friend, colleague and mentor, Dan Gottlieb. Thumbing through the first few pages of The Wisdom We’re Born With: Restoring Our Faith in Ourselves, I began to reflect back on the lessons I’ve learned from Dr. Dan over the 35 years of knowing him.

We first met when I was a ripe old age of 25, fresh out of graduate school, eagerly engaged in family therapy training at The Family Institute of Philadelphia. Dan was my teacher for the first half of a three and a half year program. He stood out as markedly different from most of his peers in that he wasn’t threatened by my burgeoning feminism. He loved it, engaged it, challenged it and has steadfastly supported it.

How powerful it was way back when to share dinner with my teacher and have him look at me and say in a non-threatening way: “I don’t think you’re really as confident as you seem to be.” Trusting it was OK to be honest, I replied, “Of course I’m not.” We held a gaze and in that moment I knew…

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