The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. This method is designed for work with individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organizational leaders. It can be facilitated in clinical, educational, and professional settings. During the process we explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. We examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding us back and we identify the new choices and practices that will move us toward more authentic and wholehearted living. The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead.
Many years ago, when we were expecting our first child and I was juggling a job and my doctoral course work, my husband asked me, “What’s the vision for your career?” To this day I’m not sure where it came from but I answered Steve’s question with total clarity, “I want to start a global conversation about vulnerability and shame.”
Through fits and starts, failures and successes, my work has afforded me the opportunity to speak to people around the world about the importance of showing up and being brave, even when it’s hard. Especially when it’s hard.
As the conversation grew and the work took on a life of its own, I felt a growing ethical imperative: If I’m going to put language around complicated concepts like vulnerability and shame and ask people to dig into their experiences, I have to make support and help as accessible as possible. If, as folks become more familiar with my work, they find themselves in deep, swift water, or they simply want to learn more about translating the research into empirically based practices, I need to ensure that there is a community of qualified, trained, and certified helping professionals available to help guide them through this work and their journey. This is The Daring Way Community.
Welcome to The Daring Way! Here you’ll find stories about the great work facilitators around the world are doing, and The Daring Way Referral Network for folks looking for Certified Facilitators.
Thanks for being here. Here’s to a braver world,
Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work.
She has spent the past sixteen years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of four #1 New York Times bestsellers – The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, and Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and The Courage to Stand Alone.
Brené’s TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 30 million views.
In addition to her research and writing, Brené is the Founder and CEO of BRAVE LEADERS INC – an organization that brings evidence-based courage building programs to teams, leaders, and organizations.
Brené lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Steve, and their children, Ellen and Charlie.