The Authenticity Paradox

Posted on January 13, 2015

Our self-concepts can either work for us or against us, and Herminia Ibarra, delves in depth about how, in this Harvard Business Review piece.  The stories we tell ourselves throughout our lives, justifying our own negative behaviors, can work against us in the workplace and prevent us from rising to higher positions and reaping their benefits.  When acting in one way is comfortable, we feel untrue to ourselves to act in a different, yet possibly more productive, way.  If we can be flexible and recognize that we aren’t being unauthentic when changing the way we do things, either at work or otherwise, we may be surprised at the positive things that are brought our way!

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