What is “Running Naked”?

In my career, I’ve helped a lot of teams change things they didn’t like about themselves.  To do this, I’ve encouraged them to “run naked.”

By “run naked” I’ve meant expose what they do and how they run to everyone else in their organization.

If you “run naked” two good things happen:

  1. Other teams see that you have nothing to hide, start to trust you more, and stop politically sniping at you.  I mean, if you saw a naked man fall down, would you want to hit him while he’s down?
  2. If you have to “run naked”, well, you damn well get yourself in better shape.  Who wants to watch a pot-belly run?

These principles have helped new teams, and old dysfunctional teams, start to seriously improve their performance, and raise the performance of their organizations.

Starting last June, I decided I wanted to change some things about myself as a person (not just a professional).  I’ve had some success over the past 12 months changing some things privately. 

But I’ve decided that what’s good enough for my professional career should be tried on the personal goals.  Therefore, I’m going to attempt to apply the “run naked” philosophy to my personal goals, and this blog is my attempt to be more public about those goals.

I encourage feedback, both negative and positive.  I will strive to be open in my posts (although I will keep some elements clothed to protect the privacy of others).

Lastly, I promise while I will philosophically run naked, I will not subject anyone to photos of me actually running naked.  Enjoy.

2 thoughts on “What is “Running Naked”?

  1. GNP

    I’ve personally found that “running naked” toward my personal goals has been very worthwhile and much less scary than I originally anticipated. It’s surprising how much support and useful information comes your way when you put yourself out there and let people know what’s important to you and what help you need to achieve your goals.

    Good for you starting this blog!! Look forward to following it closely.

  2. dannyman

    Nice unit!

    I have been stumbling around somewhat naked for a long time now. Lately I have been trying to shut up and run better, but with a bit of Spandex, metaphorically speaking. So, I’m looking forward to following your blog, and hopefully hitting some pace on my own. 🙂

    I will share with you my “apropos quote”:

    “No man knows himself or can describe himself with fidelity. But he can reveal himself. This is especially true of Gandhi. He believed in revealing himself. He regarded secrecy as the enemy of freedom – not only the freedom of India but the freedom of man.”

    –Louis Fisher
    The Essential Gandhi




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