The personal and professional implications of ‘feeling phony'

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So, you secretly believe you shouldn’t be doing your job and at some point, you’ll be found out.

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So, you secretly believe you shouldn’t be doing your job and at some point, you’ll be found out.

Perhaps you think someone is going to realise you’re a fraud and that everyone around you is smarter, more qualified and capable that you are.

Or, you’re often uncomfortable with praise and question your abilities, your role in the workplace or as a professional.

Maybe, you fear being exposed and the sense of failure that will bring and you may even think that your career is being impeded by a nagging feeling that you’re ‘faking it’.

You’re not alone. It’s a recognised experience that’s been researched for over forty years and it’s called the impostor phenomenon (no, #itsnotabloodysyndrome).

This final seminar in the series provides an evidence-based exploration of how the impostor phenomenon may be preventing you, or those you know, from being comfortable with your professional achievements and/or realising your career and personal potential.

Explore the impacts and consequences of the IP on the self and for others, particularly colleagues and family. Consider where it comes from and review possible responses and personal interventions to diminish the consequences of IP personally and professionally.

Who should attend?

-People who know they could take on the world if only they could get over their fear of being found out as a fraud, their fear of failure or their fear of success.

-Leaders who recognise potential in their people but have been unable to unlock latent talent in their people.

-Leaders responsible for human resources management, systems and processes.

Dr Theresa (Terri) Simpkin is a forward thinking, industry focused academic, consultant, public speaker and educator. Driven by an almost insatiable urge to see people and organisations harness their potential, Terri finds professional and personal satisfaction in working with people who know they and their organisations can be better.

Driven by her frustration at the glacial pace of real change from inclusion practices, her professional development programme, Braver Stronger Smarter, is based on her own research into the impostor phenomenon; advancing over forty years of previous work in the area. The initiative aims to diminish the workplace, leadership and personal implications associated with the experience. This work has a focus on inclusion and minimisation of implicit bias in organisational and social structures.

As an experienced consultant, she has worked with industry associations, large organisations and SMEs. She has advised government agencies on skills, labour and training strategies and informed the Australian Government on skills shortages and labour market issues. In short, she has a fascination with structures that support and inspire the best in people.

As an educator, Terri has worked extensively in vocational education, the university sector and executive education. Generating responses to pressing organisational challenges, she draws on creative and evidence-based sources to deliver context aligned suites of interventions and/or initiatives. She was named one of the 50 most influential women in the data economy for her work developing world leading Master’s programmes and advising industry on workforce challenges.

She is a regular contributor to industry journals, publications, radio and television media.

Churchill Fellow, CPHR, MCIPD, PGCert (HE), Trustee of the Baker Dearing Trust.

Specialisms: Inclusion, Impostor Phenomenon, Org. Development, PG/Executive Education, Workforce Development/Planning, Leadership, Industry 4.0.

Find Dr Terri Simpkin, here.

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