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Getting Naked

Patrick Lencioni

Do you like getting naked? Do you like getting naked with customers, suppliers and other business partners?  Now, before you jump to the wrong conclusion and think that I’ve lost it, I’m talking about Getting Naked as presented in Patrick Lencioni’s book of the same title.

In this business fable, Patrick shares a story demonstrating the power of openness and identifies examples of how vulnerability builds trust, commitment and loyalty. He identifies three fears that often sabotage client loyalty and offers practicable advice on how to overcome these fears. Want to know what the fears are? I encourage you to read the book to find out.

Transparency can be helpful in building strong long-term relationships and as I read Getting Naked I found Patrick both confirming past experiences in that regard as well as reminding me of opportunities to be more open. Openness is one of our six Core Values at Creation Technologies and we work hard to live it each and every day. While it is not always easy being open, and though a few people may try to take advantage of your openness, from our experience it is well worth the effort.

I have enjoyed reading three of Lencioni’s books and found Getting Naked to be his best so far. It was one of the top five books that I read in 2011. Try Getting Naked yourself.

Have you read Getting Naked? What are your thoughts on openness and vulnerability?

3 Comments to Getting Naked

  1. Arun Mathur's Gravatar Arun Mathur
    Mar 12, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Although I read this book a few months ago, and found it interesting. I have yet to come across a leadership book that can be applicable in today’s troubled world. There is a serious shortage of good leaders in America, Canada and Europe, resulting in the continuing global turmoil. We need a good spiritual leader, who can help unite this planet!

    I am working on a few ideas of my own, and would like to share them with you, after April 2012.

    Regards and best wishes,

    Arun Mathur

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