Why is Body Language Important?

In life and business, first impressions are crucial. As the old saying goes, “You’ll never get a second chance to make a great first impression.” But did you know that you make an impression on people in the first seven seconds of meeting them? Your body language plays a big part in this first impression. Why is body language so important?

Body language tells other people a lot about who you are and how you feel in a situation. Our posture plays a vital role in showing our emotions, even if it is not voluntary. Positive body language helps people be more assertive and gains more attention and favor than defensive body language in any setting.

The words you speak certainly play a role in the message that you are sending out to your audience. However, be aware that your body posture, and your words are not sending the same signals. This verbal and nonverbal signal conflict can make you appear deceptive or untrustworthy. Mastering strong body language signals in three specific situations can help you succeed in your work, relationships, and community.

Work

Strong, positive body language is essential for business owners and employees alike. A positive, open body language fosters a team atmosphere and boosts morale. In the workplace, establish rapport with coworkers and clients by smiling, showing open palms, leaning forward, and making eye contact. These body language cues will help you develop and sustain healthy relationships at work. 

Relationships

We have all had a moment where we feel that our message in a relationship is being misinterpreted. This miscommunication could result from our verbal message not matching our nonverbal cues. For example, if you say to your spouse that you want to come to a consensus in a disagreement, but your arms are folded across your chest, you send mixed signals. Instead, try sending your message with your arms relaxed at your shoulders and a smile on your face. Learning to read body language can work to your advantage in personal and professional relationships. You can use other people’s body language to determine their thoughts and feelings and use it strategically to interact with others effectively.

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Public Speaking

Perhaps one of the most essential areas to use your positive body language is in public speaking settings. Here, your body language tells the audience everything about your credibility. A credible speaker will own the room with their body language and earn an attentive audience. You can also use other people’s body language to determine their thoughts and feelings. Reading the body language of others is a skill that you can practice, and with time, you can use it strategically to interact with others effectively.

Dr. Geneva Williams can help you improve your communication skills. We all need someone to talk to that can listen and give insight into various areas of our lives. Every great leader, somewhere along the line, has had a parent, teacher, big sister, or coach that they could trust to help them find their direction in life. Someone who has lived it and can help guide you. Dr. Geneva has been a listening ear, guide, and mentor too many women navigating through different phases of their lives.

Dr. Geneva is committed to helping people create extraordinarily personal, professional, and community impact through self-development and leadership strategies. So reach out today to invest in yourself and get started!

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The Impact of Stress on Memory

Everyone has had a moment in their career where they are asked a seemingly simple question, and they cannot remember the answer. This often happens in front of a group of colleagues. You sit there racking your brain and often beating yourself up for not being able to recall an important detail when put on the spot. It is a frustrating and humbling feeling when your memory fails you. Why does this happen? While there are several causes of memory lapse, stress is one factor that significantly impacts your memory.

First, your brain has a more difficult time taking in information when you feel stressed. Remembering a piece of information relies on three steps: acquisition of information, encoding it, and then retrieving it, which all require different parts of the brain. When stressed, the brain releases corticosteroids, which signal the amygdala to tell the hippocampus to consolidate a memory. When the brain is constantly covered in corticosteroids, it impairs the hippocampus, inhibiting its ability to form memories. Therefore, we have a more challenging time converting short-term memories into long-term memories when we feel the effects of stress. As a result, if you are in a stressful situation at work, your brain might not be able to convert the information you acquired into long-term memories.

In addition, these high-stress situations inhibit the brain’s prefrontal cortex, causing you to draw a blank when asked to perform on a test for a designation or a high-stakes presentation at work. However, the prefrontal cortex also regulates your body’s flight or fight response, positively impacting stress on memory, depending on the situation. Stress can also lead to exhaustion. It is no secret that our working memory is not in an optimized state for attention or cognitive tasks when we are tired.

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Next, stress can impact our perceptions and, in turn, affect the memory of an event in which we were stressed or grieving. Think of a time you were in a stressful situation at work. Did you have a hard time recalling exact details of the situation later when you recounted the experience to a loved one? The stress you felt in the situation colored your perception and ability to recall what you perceived during the event. This explains why eye-witness testimony can be so unreliable. 

Finally, after they are formed, memories can change. When you retrieve a memory, it is colored with your current experience. Therefore, when you later receive misinformation related to something you experienced, you may create a false memory because the recent misinformation you received is easier to recall, tainting your memory of the event.

If you are experiencing significant amounts of stress, it is likely impacting your memory. The good news is there are plenty of strategies for coping with stress and improving your memory and quality of life. Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Prepare- Take the time to get ready for important meetings, presentations, and deadlines. Coming prepared will keep you in a calm state of mind.
  • Be punctual- Running late will trigger that cortisol response, leading to feeling stressed and frantic. Arriving a couple of minutes early will allow you time to handle unexpected stressors.
  • Smile- Believe it or not, your nonverbal cues can affect your emotions. So put a smile on your face to convince the world (and yourself) that you’ve got this.
  • Take a deep breath- Increase the supply of oxygen to your brain to promote a state of calmness and relieve your feelings of stress.

If you are looking for a trusted advisor to learn from and guide you through reducing stress in your life, Dr. Geneva Williams, a certified life coach, is your answer. With years of experience, Dr. Geneva is committed to helping people stop worrying and create extraordinarily personal, professional, and community impact through self-development strategies. Reach out today to get started!

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Learn How to Own the Room

Even the most experienced leaders have that moment when asked to speak to a group and nerves set in. As a C-level executive, speaking to an audience, the entire company or a group of employees or stakeholders comes with the territory. Owning the room as a speaker will help to cement your outstanding reputation and build respect for your leadership. Commanding the room requires a strong presence both verbally and nonverbally. Fortunately, having a strong, confident presence in any setting is a skill you can practice, master, and learn through executive coaching. So what is at stake when you speak in front of a group? How can you successfully make an impact verbally and nonverbally when presenting? 

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What’s on the Line?

The stakes are high when you are front and center, so take a minute to identify the factors that make these moments crucial for your career. 

Perception

When you speak to a group, others create perceptions of who you are as a person and a leader. Can they trust you? Do they respect your education and background? Do they admire you? The answers to these questions are crucial in creating a relationship with your audience. 

Career Advancement

The way you own a room can be a vital determining factor in your candidacy for the next step in your career. Show others that you have what it takes to advance in your executive leadership. 

Business Decisions

When speaking to stakeholder groups, decisions are being made for the company. A strong presence can differentiate between getting your new project approved or swaying new investors to invest in you.

Own the Room Verbally

There are a few cardinal rules of public speaking related to the verbal aspect itself. With practice, these skills are quickly mastered.

  • Rehearse beforehand
  • Speak in a firm, loud, and confident tone
  • Monitor the rate at which you speak
  • Use concise words

Own the Room Nonverbally

When it comes to commanding a room nonverbally, you can do a few things to win over your audience with your leadership presence.

  • Project a calm and collected nonverbal message by coming prepared and on time to the engagement.
  • Make eye contact with your audience to show confidence.
  • Smile to show you enjoy the topic you are speaking about and your audience.
  • Control the room with strong body language. Sit or stand tall, and keep your arms on the table or wide, not crumpled into your body.
  • Lean forward toward someone when you are speaking to show engagement.
  • Share the spotlight. The best leaders elicit feedback and thoughts from their audience regularly. Show that you value your audience’s feedback.

Hone these nonverbal and verbal speaking components to position yourself to deliver successful presentations optimally. 

Dr. Geneva Williams, a certified life coach, is ready to coach you as you learn how to own the room as a speaker. With years of experience, Dr. Geneva is committed to guiding, mentoring, and executive coaching people through various stages of their life. Learn how to create extraordinary personal, professional, and community impact through self-development and leadership strategies with Dr. Geneva. Reach out today to get started!

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Books for Millennial Women

Reading an inspiring book can feel like you just had a chat with a trusted friend or inspiring mentor. Through any stage of life, great books can help you get through challenging times or encourage you to plot your next steps toward your personal or professional goals. Let’s peek at a few books millennial women should read.

Sally Rooney Books

Millennial women searching for fun fictional books to read will enjoy books by novelist Sally Rooney. In addition, readers will enjoy seeing shadows of their own relationships in both Conversations with Friends and Normal People.

Broke Millennial Takes on Investing

Erin Lowry is a financial journalist who writes a book for millennial women on investing. The author’s second book on finance for millennials is an excellent book for people who feel intimidated in the investment space. 

Big Magic

Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat Pray Love, explores how everyone needs creativity in their life. Through this book, she teaches you how to use your inner creative being to improve the quality of your life.  

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Creating Your Next You

Award-winning expert Dr. Geneva Williams shares 15 strategies to release your negative thoughts and focus on building a new, fulfilled life. Walk away with ideas for reprogramming your subconscious mind and feeling more in control of your thinking.

Unleashing the Fabulous You

Do you have hidden traits that will help you embrace your values, skills, and accomplishments? Millennial women can learn from Dr. Geneva Williams about defeating self-doubt and owning their self-confidence. Explore how to recognize your own strengths in this must-read book!

Staying Positive in Tough Times

Dr. Geneva Williams writes about her proven system to improve your mindset. Learn three simple steps for millennial women to stay positive in tough times and enjoy peace of mind during life’s most challenging times. 

Why Worry?

The second book in Dr. Geneva Williams’ “Creating a Positive Mindset” Bundle teaches you how to turn concern, doubt, and fear into excitement as you navigate your relationships and career.  If you are a millennial woman looking for a trusted advisor to learn from, Dr. Geneva Williams, a certified life coach, is your answer. With years of experience, Dr. Geneva is committed to helping people invest in themselves and find purpose and direction in life. Learn how to create extraordinarily personal, professional, and community impact through self-development and leadership strategies with Dr. Geneva. Reach out today to get started!

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How Do I Find My Purpose and Direction in Life?

Have you ever had a moment, a day, or even a couple of weeks where you find yourself wondering what your life’s purpose is? Or maybe you have been pondering your direction in life? This feeling can be overwhelming and even leave you feeling confused and isolated. But the good news is that in these moments of considering our life’s purpose, we can find growth. If you find yourself asking, “How do I find my purpose and direction in life?,” follow these simple steps: 

Show Up For Yourself

Dig deep to determine what direction you want to take in life and start at the beginning. Part of showing up for yourself in finding your purpose is not overthinking what is ahead. Your journey will take time and effort, so commit to start at the beginning and embrace the process. You may not have every answer, but the rest will follow when you move in the right direction toward your purpose. Pro tip: Don’t look for a shortcut. It doesn’t exist.

Recognize Opportunity

It is easier than ever to learn new information in today’s world. So challenge yourself to stop pretending you know everything and start asking questions. The internet is a wealth of information about almost any direction you want to take your life. We all need someone to talk to that can listen and give insight into various areas of our lives. Every great leader, somewhere along the line, has had a parent, teacher, big sister, or coach that they could trust. Find someone who has lived it and can help guide and mentor you.  

Give Yourself Credit

Your belief in yourself will go a long way in helping you find your purpose and direction in life. Focus on your inner voice and your strengths as you evolve. As you listen to your inner voice, end the cycle of negative criticism. Notice your thoughts and stop to examine them when they are negative. Ask yourself what evidence you have of this negative thought and what advice you would give a friend if they had these thoughts. Replace negative thoughts with realistic positive statements.’

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Embrace Failure

You will stumble in your journey but resolve to get back up and celebrate each and every step you take toward your goals. Accept your flaws as they are and commit to improvement in the future. Your mind can be your best friend or worst enemy. So practice a positive growth mindset and know that failure just puts you closer to finding your purpose in life.

Pay it Forward

As you grow and find your direction, pay it forward by helping others do the same. Remember that mentor or friend that helped you along your journey? Do the same for someone else as you become an expert. Supporting others through a growth journey can complement your own path! 

 Let Dr. Geneva help you design a life full of purpose, passion, and vibrancy. Dr. Geneva is committed to helping people create extraordinarily personal, professional, and community impact through self-development and leadership strategies. One resource Dr. Geneva offers is her book “Creating Your Next You.” This transformational ebook reveals the 15 essential strategies, step-by-step, to begin using now in your life. Get your FREE copy today and join the other hundreds of readers to start transforming your mind and your life!

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What Does it Mean to Invest in Yourself?

Successful women wear many hats in their careers, community, and home life – and all too often, the candle burns at both ends. The struggle to find balance is a popular query for many, and the answer is investing in yourself. But what exactly does it mean to invest in yourself?

If the phrase “invest in yourself” has you thinking about cost, spending money, and savings, it is time to reframe your mindset. Investing in your life and well-being can cost very little monetarily. Instead, the investment comes in the forms of time and effort to improve professional, spiritual, physical, social, or personal aspects of your life. 

Financial investments, however, can help us define how investing in yourself can work. When you make a financial investment, you put resources into something that will help you earn a greater profit in the future. The same is true for you. Putting resources into making yourself a better and stronger person adds “value” to your life. As a result, you become a better version of yourself and feel happier, more fulfilled, and successful.

Take the leap and invest in your life by deciding that you are worth it. Then, choose one area of your life to focus on to start. Research shows that balance in these areas will lead you to a well-rounded and fulfilled life. 

  1. Spiritual 
  2. Physical
  3. Emotional/mental 
  4. Financial 
  5. Business/Career
  6. Relationships

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Allow yourself to take the time and put effort into your transformation. It will be hard work and exhausting sometimes, but keeping the end result in your mind’s eye will help push you toward your goals. Share your goals and intent to invest with those close to you. Having their support and encouragement will be critical. But remember that growth is a process that takes time, so know that it will come with time. You are the only one that can make the choice to invest in yourself and your life as a woman, and now is the time.

As you explore your best goals and options for a true investment in yourself, consider reaching out for professional help. Dr. Geneva’s Vibrant Life Blueprint online course offering could be an excellent start. Learn four simple steps that will change your life and how to apply them. Not only will you receive guided videos, but all four modules contain downloadable handouts, worksheets, and checklists. Let Dr. Geneva help you design a life full of purpose, passion, and vibrancy.

Dr. Geneva is committed to helping people create extraordinarily personal, professional, and community impact through self-development and leadership strategies. Reach out today to get started!

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Dismantling and Defeating the Vicious Cycle of Imposter Syndrome

Dismantling and Defeating the

Vicious Cycle of Imposter Syndrome

part 6 of a 6-part series discussion of imposter syndrome

Excessive feelings of self-doubt can hinder success, growth, and happiness. But it doesn’t have to.

 

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Imposter Syndrome

Imposter Syndrome (IS) is no longer a buzzword but has worked its way into normal conversations. This is perhaps the best defense in overcoming this syndrome. In order to dismantle and defeat something, the concern must first be addressed. People who struggle with imposter syndrome are talking about it and are normalizing IS conversations that were once taboo and too embarrassing to discuss.

Impostor Syndrome is fairly common with researchers believing that up to 70% of people have suffered from it at one point or another in their lifetime. Nonetheless, it doesn’t make it any less damaging to one’s confidence, career growth, and opportunities towards personal development. Calling attention to these symptoms that are aligned with mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression may further the consideration in identifying it as a diagnosis covered within the DSM, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Disorders handbook. Until then, many are left alone to manage the symptoms the best way possible.

Imposter Syndrome Unwilling Participants

As the open dialogue continues on this vicious cycle, we should remember that akin to mental health matters, imposter syndrome is not a one-size-fits-all phenomenon. Recall the five types of imposter syndrome below. Can you relate to any of them?

  1. Expert. This type is never satisfied with their level of understanding and is convinced they must continue learning more.
  2. Soloist. This type insists on working alone and will refuse to ask for help from the fear of appearing incompetent or weak.
  3. Superhero. This type works non-stop taking on more than the usual workload in an effort to make up and overcome their feeling of inadequacy.
  4. Perfectionist. This type is never satisfied nor happy with their work and instead of recognizing their strengths, they are fixated on their flaws.
  5. Natural Genius. This type is the overachiever who sets exceedingly and at times unrealistic goals then become emotionally crushed when not achieved.

We refer to anyone suffering from imposter syndrome as unwilling participants because it is only logical that no one chooses to impose these self-sabotaging tactics on themselves. The fact that it has yet to be recognized as a mental health disorder, doesn’t negate the damaging effects. Suffering from imposter syndrome can be devasting and adversely impacts one’s lifestyle and mental health. In light of the propensity, getting past imposter syndrome involves commitment and dedication.

Imposter Syndrome is an illusion of incompetence despite outward evidence.

Defeat Imposter Syndrome Permanently

  • Speak Up. While IS is not recognized as a diagnosis, the symptoms are akin to common mental health conditions. It is likely millions of people suffer silently from anxiety and depression and when these conditions are left untreated, it can end in a life of misery or worse, suicide. The first step towards defeating IS permanently is to not suffer in silence and speak up about the feelings you are experiencing. Speaking with someone will provide you with a sounding board and the opportunity to separate perception from reality. Acknowledge your feelings, but also accept the facts. Remember that IS is an illusion, thus strive to focus on outward evidence that proves the worthiness of achievements.
  • Identify core beliefs. The feeling of being an imposter is based on a set of ideas of formulated beliefs. These beliefs serve as internal core beliefs, something we accept without question. These beliefs can determine to what degree we see ourselves as worthy, competent, and capable. IS nurtures negative beliefs deadly to our self-esteem and has a huge influence on our sense of belonging. Thus, identifying detrimental core beliefs is key to overcoming this cycle. Once identified, change them. One suggested method is through a practice of positive self-talk. It’s something we do automatically, but we want to become deliberate in our thinking by replacing negative thoughts with positive ones. Rely on evidence of achievements such as promotions, raises, recognition, and awards to justify positive self-talk.
  • Develop a growth mindset. A growth mindset is the understanding that abilities can be developed through dedication and intentional efforts. IS sufferers find it challenging to recognize and accept their achievements. However, a growth mindset, allows you to reason that you are worthy of your achievements. A growth mindset accompanied by positive self-talk will allow you to begin valuing what you are doing regardless of the outcome. Individuals who believe in their talents with gratitude will find increased motivation, innovation, and productivity. A growth mindset will inculcate positive thoughts in defeating imposter syndrome.
  • Distinguish fear from fact. The reality is that at times we will feel a sense of insecurity as well as some fear when striving after goals. This is a normal reaction. Hence as you encounter these fears it is important to distinguish fear as a normal reaction and not consider the fear as proof of the fact that you are not worthy or deserving of recognition. It is unrealistic to believe consistent awards, promotions, and accolades are bestowed upon you from mere luck or timing. Dismantling imposter syndrome means overcoming the feeling of unworthiness and finding a healthy balance between normal fear while discarding fears not based on facts will help eliminate faulty thinking.
  • Track your success. IS does not happen overnight, nor will dismantling and defeating it occur in a night. And to clarify, tracking your success is not the same as measuring your success. One of the hardest things for someone who is dealing with imposter syndrome is to grasp their own success, even when others speak highly. One way to defeat this feeling and provide proof is to actually document your wins. By doing this, you are able to gather your thoughts, reinforce new and positive beliefs, and establish a new mindset. By tracking your success you will be able to distinguish unhealthy fear from normal fear.

Life By Design

Overall, the vicious cycle of imposter syndrome can be dismantled and defeated through mindfulness and using some methods mentioned. In doing so, we can diminish the effects of imposter syndrome and life by design. As discussed in previous posts, a wider public discussion on this topic will allow this to become a community effort. A community of employees, employers, and professional coaches with a focus on the efforts.

If you are here for the first time, please see earlier discussions: Are You A Fraud, Mental Health And Imposter Syndrome, Imposter Syndrome and The Role of Bias, What Is Corporate Responsibility Towards Imposter Syndrome In The Workplace, and 5 Strategies for Employers to Combat Imposter Syndrome In the Workplace.

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Why Do I Feel Like a Fake Imposter at Work?

5 Strategies for Employers to Combat Imposter Syndrome in the Workplace

Part 5 of a 6-Part Series Discussion of Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome is being publicly recognized as a real-life counter-productive experience, and employers are taking on responsibility within the workplace.

 

Why is Body Language Important?It can be argued that a majority of employees at some time or another have felt inadequate in their capabilities. It can also be stated with certainty that they have experienced a sense of insecurity wavering their confidence. Yet, that is not the same as struggling with imposter syndrome (IS). The former experiences are fleeting moments with no notable damage, whereas imposter syndrome is persistent with a realized detrimental outcome. The greater argument being formed surrounding this topic is the impact that imposter syndrome has on employees and consideration of employers’ responsibilities to help counter their experience within the workplace.

Coined by psychologists Suzanna Imes and Pauline Rose Clance in the early 1970s, imposter syndrome has been widely defined and accepted as, An internal experience of intellectual phoniness that appears to be particularly prevalent and intense among a select sample of high achieving women.” Despite recognizable achievements, the wrongly self-imposed belief remains that they are not bright and live in constant fear of being discovered as a fraud. However, modern discussions have included all genders as having experienced this phenomenon. Regrettably, these feelings come at the cost of anxiety, depression, self-sabotage, stress, and other recognized mental health diagnoses.

Recent conversations are about the beneficial role employers will have in mitigating these problems. It has been perceived by first-line management that the unfavorable impact within the workplace due to imposter syndrome can cause employees to underperform despite their talent, skill, experience, and prior favorable recognized past performance. Imposter syndrome has become a trap with an outcome to negatively impact a company’s bottom line.

The success and sustainability of any company are dependent on their foremost stakeholders, their employees. Imposter syndrome has the potential to become a barrier to workplace productivity. To counteract this possible outcome, employers would fare well to consider strategies that will create a culture and space to minimize impact.

Strategies for Employers

  1. Gain an understanding of imposter syndrome. While not given a medical diagnosis, the likeliness is akin to anxiety, depression, and stress. Bringing in a trained IS facilitator to cover how this condition impacts, employers will afford company managers the benefit to gain empathy. It is reasonable in that since it is unlikely a stamp will be on the forehead of any with these experiences, management’s new knowledge will prove beneficial for all employees. A core strategy is to partner with professionals with a focus on helping leadership understand this phenomenon while providing custom-tailored programs for easy implementation.
  2. Implement a DEI imposter syndrome program. Corporations must be commended on their active efforts in creating programs for their employees to feel a sense of belonging. Some organizations have significant diversity programs. Not only is this a responsible outlook, but it sends a clear message to their employees that they are valued and that they matter. Corporations can have their human resources department collaborate with IS facilitators to coordinate a monthly “lunch and learn” allowing space for open discussion and real-time employee feedback. This information is beneficial for management to ensure company goals are met based on the capabilities of human capital.
  3. Arrange a mentor partnering program. This is perhaps the most beneficial tactic towards counteracting imposter syndrome. The core symptom of IS is the persistent thought of being found as a fraud despite recognized professional achievements. Building a relationship with a mentor could help thwart IS symptoms. A mentor is able to provide a perspective that the employee is unable to view on their own.  The pressure to produce high-quality work can lead to performance anxiety. Working with a mentor will bring about a more realistic outlook for the employee experiencing imposter syndrome to increase self-esteem and productivity.
  4. Offer an incentive to join the company IS program. Employees suffering from imposter syndrome do so in secret which is why the condition is hard to detect and defeat. Employers who create an incentive for all employees to join the program are removing barriers of embarrassment and the fear of being found out. The incentive should apply to management as well. With mentors and employees belonging to the same ‘in-group’, it creates a sense of belonging and vaccinates teams against negative self-perceptions. Team-building exercises for this type of program have proven to increase productivity. They serve as motivators and strength builders, thus a strong contender as a viable company option for company morale.
  5. Promote racial equity. Along with acknowledging the need for corporate diversity and inclusion programs, employers would want to discern the need to consider dismantling implicit bias and any inherited structural bias. These two topics provide an opportunity for open germane conversations within organizations to bring about awareness of imposter syndrome’s negative influence on communities of color. Including this aspect as a primary strategy to incorporate as corporations give notice to significant barriers for business and employee growth as a sustainable and profitable company is vital.

Overall, imposter syndrome is a result of an employee not feeling supported and possibly disconnected within an organization. Organizations willing to take on a corporate responsibility will work to establish a safe environment allowing employees to focus on productivity as the result of feeling and being supported.

If you are here for the first time, here are earlier discussions, Are You A Fraud, Mental Health And Imposter Syndrome, Imposter Syndrome and The Role of Bias, and What Is Corporate Responsibility Towards Imposter Syndrome In The Workplace.

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Learning Lessons from Grief, Coping with Loss, and Managing Stress – Ep. 117 with Lori Tucker-Sullivan

Grief is an impossible emotion to avoid. Throughout life, we may often find ourselves in moments of loss, no longer having a person whom we’d never imagined this journey without. While the pain of mourning is undeniable, the loss of a loved one does not have to halt your destiny and growth forever.

Today we speak with Lori Tucker-Sullivan. Lori is an author whose writings have appeared in a number of world-renowned publications including the Washington Post, Motherwell, and The Sun. She holds a BA in Communications and Journalism from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Spalding University.

Her Pushcart Prize-nominated essay “Detroit, 2015” told the story of her decision to move back to the city following her husband’s death. Following her own encounter with losing a life partner, Lori pursued a project titled “I Can’t Remember if I Cried”;  a book profiling the widows of famous rock and roll stars, slated for release in 2023.

Lori shares her own story, as well as the countless gems she’s gathered through her process of speaking with other widows. Truly an insightful, motivating conversation!

 

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Rebuilding After the Pandemic and Finding Your Purpose in Helping Others – Ep. 116 with Denise Fair Razo

Meet Denise Fair Razo, who found herself at the forefront of Detroit’s battle with Covid-19 when appointed as chief public health officer by Detroit’s mayor just a few months before the pandemic’s start.

2020 catapulted the American healthcare industry into the spotlight as never before. The Covid-19 pandemic altered every facet of our previous concepts of normality.

Detroit found itself at the epicenter of the chaos, at many points leading the nation in infection rates. Amongst the tragedy came opportunities for reflection and reformation of long-standing pillars we’d previously assumed unchangeable. 

Denise and her team led efforts to keep Detroiters safe. In this conversation, Denise gives behind-the-scenes insight on what she’s seen, heard, and learned, as well as shares her inspiring journey of finding her purpose in helping others.

KEY TAKEAWAYS 

  • Are we indeed in a post-pandemic society?
  • Tips on becoming a better leader.
  • How can we take better care of ourselves throughout this pandemic?

QUOTES

  • “If nothing else, healthcare should change in terms of how we are responsible for our own bodies.” – Dr. Geneva Williams, 6:27
  • “Leadership is hard, especially during a crisis, but it is necessary.” – Denise Fair, 24:40

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