Meet the DDOs

You know how there are people, when they realize that vulnerabilityis important, they kind of walk right toward it? Well, first—that’s not me; and, second—I don’t even hang out with people like that! . . . Vulnerability is at the core of shame and fear and our struggle for worthiness, but it appears it is also the birthplace of joy, of creativity, of belonging, of love.

—Brené Brown, University of Houston

In this chapter, you’ll get inside three deliberately developmental organizations (DDOs). You’ll meet some of the people who call them home—leaders, new recruits, and experienced employees. Some of these people will appear again in later chapters. You won’t get a comprehensive, top-down introduction to the companies or to ...

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