We do tend to complicate the process of being more authentic at work, so here is my straightforward take:
No need to overthink it.
Authenticity is the quality of being real or true. (Cambridge Dictionary)
When we see someone acting authentically it appears, and feels, genuine. When we act with authenticity it feels, and appears, honest.
It will take some time to identify your Core Values, but, once you have them, you can simply score yourself out of ten in terms of your effectiveness when it comes to aligning your behaviours and actions to those Core Values.
The benefits of acting this way at work are surprisingly far-reaching:
So far, so good. In theory, I'm sure this all makes complete sense.
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The biggest complaint people have when they contemplate asserting their Core Values at Work is a fear of upsetting others. In fact, this extends out to all areas of life and can be a major stumbling block for anyone on the path of personal growth.
When we seek enlightenment, it is easy to forget that our outcomes are merely our personal perspective. In the case of our Core Values, they will be based on our own life experiences, our interpretation of the what has happened and even our individual personality.
Back to the main concern of fearing causing upset to others. This only becomes a significant issue if we mix up honesty and truth.
As our Core Values are personal, it is "valuable" to avoid trading in absolutes when we engage with others. The phrase "Brutal Honesty" emerges when we speak to others in an uncensored way. When we act without compassion, we run a significant risk of upsetting others. Brutal honesty is shared with no concern for anything other than our desire to speak honestly.
The alternative to brutal honesty is to Speak Your Truth. When we speak our truth we acknowledge it is nothing more than our perspective. This approach ensures we create a gap in our conversations to let other elements pour in, such as;
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