professional development

The CYA Email – Will We Ever Be Free? 

The CYA Email – Will We Ever Be Free? 

Did you get that in writing?

Because if it’s not in writing, it didn’t happen. I have heard this many times in my work career, and even lost a job I loved because I only had a verbal agreement. Unfortunately, simply doing good work isn’t always enough - we fear not getting credit, not being heard, and of course we fear having our heads on the chopping block when things go south. All this creates a culture of “covering your a$$” at work that negatively impacts company culture.  

No Need to Fake it Till you Make it – Impostor Syndrome

No Need to Fake it Till you Make it – Impostor Syndrome

The impostor syndrome (also called impostor phenomenon, impostorism, fraud syndrome and the impostor experience) is getting a lot of attention, but it’s not new. Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes coined “impostor phenomenon” in research they published in 1978. In the more than 40 years since, it’s become an epidemic, affecting at least 70% of business leaders and managers, and its negative effect on our professional and personal lives is profound. 

There is No Benefit to the Doubt

There is No Benefit to the Doubt

In observing many people present ideas, pitches, and presentations over the years, I continue to hear the following phrases in meetings:

“Well, you know, um, I think that…”

“Well, maybe, we could…”

“I’m not sure about this, however….”

“This may not be the best idea, but….”

These are all examples of “Doubt language.”