Letting your guard down with Booth Insights

by Kavya Thota, Class of 2019

by Kavya Thota, Class of 2019

BoothInsights is a program offered through the Leadership Development office that was created to foster meaningful discussions about topics that are common to most of us at Booth. The consistency of the gatherings combined with the topics creates a close knit group built on trust and confidentiality. It’s beautiful to witness the trust that blooms amongst groups like this and the amount of vulnerability that people choose to showcase to a group of acquaintances. To be vulnerable, especially in situations where there is so much emphasis on brand and image, is a great strength. It’s a gift, and not just to those that share, but also to the ones that are listening.

The reason I wanted to lead BoothInsights is two-fold. I enjoyed my conversations with my first year BoothInsights group as a participant and was honored to be one of the people that the members of the group trusted enough to share such intimate details with. I wanted to lead it so I could learn to not just be the one to ask questions during the discussions, but to facilitate the discussion in a way that allowed other participants to ask questions. Essentially, I learned to create an environment of a safe space that fosters curiosity, empathy, and understanding to learn from each others’ experiences. In Managing in Organizations, we learn that people’s behaviors are  heavily dependent on the situation. At BoothInsights, we can see in all our stories how situations have affected our behaviors.

Booth Insights group with Diana Jiang, Lilly Xie, Sonia Siok, Lauren Campbell, Kavya Thota (group leader), Michael Morris, Rena Nishijima and Tatsu Hanada

Booth Insights group with Diana Jiang, Lilly Xie, Sonia Siok, Lauren Campbell, Kavya Thota (group leader), Michael Morris, Rena Nishijima and Tatsu Hanada

I would encourage everyone at Booth to participate in at least one quarter of BoothInsights. It’s important that we reflect on and share topics such as community, relationships, and life philosophies because they create more meaningful relationships and an authentic self. Letting your guard down is not just fluffy advice, it’s known to create better relationships at work through openness, cooperation and more efficient communication.

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