We do exactly the opposite because we know the power and potential of failure and vulnerability. We lay all of our ‘very super special feelings’ (as we like to call them) out on the table for other professionals, our competitors and the general public to relish with us. I know…. Outrageous! Prosperously unprecedented! (If you are starting to feel lightheaded or nauseous please sit down and take deep breaths – I realize this is a lot to take in).
Every year, the dance company I am a Co-Owner of produces a show called the Very Super Special Feelings Show. It started with the executive team borrowing inspiration from Salon of Shame and integrating with with dance. That is right, the executive suite put on a show ... that people paid to go see ... where the central topic of focus was their past failures, reflective journal writings and painfully embarrassing moments. To make the scene even more ridiculous, they were paired with a well known performing artist who acted out their tale through dance.
You might be thinking this can’t be real, and I wouldn’t blame you. But it is. And it has only grown more popular.
We get request from other performers and business owners to read and to dance. Not only do our colleagues and staff want to participate, individuals/groups we partner with professionally ask to join in as well as people that would be considered our competitors.
The event turns into a terrifying, exciting, hilarious, strange and heart-warming experience for all involved. It is something you’ve probably never seen before, and may never see again. We know the importance of vulnerability, peer to peer learning, resilience through failure and failing fast. Our business and our executive team are more successful as a result.