Most of us learn at a very early age that we are never to show weakness or vulnerability at work. Bravado is the way; do what you can and fake what you can't. I personally believe that the lack of vulnerability weakens organizations because it prevents real connection and real interactions between people.
If I had a magic wand I'd hope that we could all do a much better job of being more vulnerable at work. Sure it's tough, but isn't it time that we all brought a bit more humanity to our jobs? And what better way is there to do this than being genuine and vulnerable with the people we work with? So stash that bravado and learn to show a softer side -- it will humanize you in the eyes of your co-workers and probably encourage them to do the same.
My five taboo words at work -- felony, TMI, relationships, why and bravado. I'd love to hear yours.
"Every crowd has a silver lining." -- P.T. Barnum
Here are the results from a recent Working Wounded Blog/ABCNEWS.com online ballot:
In a time of crisis, how does your workplace respond?
We're tight, we all pull together, 25.8 percent
It's every person for themselves, 29.3 percent
A few of us pull together, 44.8 percent
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This work is the opinion of the columnist and in no way reflects the opinion of ABC News.