Impostor Syndrome

What is impostor syndrome and can coaching help?

Do you suffer from impostor syndrome?

A number of clients that I work with say they feel like a fake, an impostor at work.  They dread the moment when they will be found out and everyone realises they shouldn’t be there.  These feelings, beliefs and behaviours have been identified as Impostor Syndrome or Impostor Phenomenon and awareness has grown substantially over recent years, with many more people identifying this as one of their challenges. The term was first used in an article written by clinical psychologists, Pauline R. Clance and Suzanne A. Imes in 1978.  It is present in many leaders and senior executives who have achieved a great deal and are respected by their peers – no matter how successful they are, or how many times they’ve been promoted, they still feel deep down they are there by chance.

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Limiting beliefs

Are your limiting beliefs holding you back?

The human brain is amazing.  It can learn languages, identify symbols and make sense of them, solve mathematical and scientific problems, remember song lyrics from years ago. Truly an amazing thing to behold.  BUT it can also be highly simplistic.  Like when it fails to differentiate between fact and fiction. Between beliefs and reality. And that’s what I want to look at today.

You can listen to this on a podcast.

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Goal setting

Goal setting for business or career

Goal setting and planning isn’t just for the New Year.  In fact, it can be hard to motivate yourself to set goals then, immediately after Christmas, when the weather can be bleak and you might be a little exhausted with everything.

Goal setting and checking in with goals can be done all year round as ensuring things are going to plan and making any tweaks necessary to make achieving what you want a lot more realistic. 

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Coaching relationships

Relationships – what to do when things get difficult

This is relevant for all types of relationships, whether in or out of work.  It’s been useful for coaching clients struggling with business partners or colleagues as well as friendships outside of work.

Relationships, especially worthwhile ones take some work. As little kids at school, we’re able to put in the work as we see each other frequently, tend to be more upfront and honest when we don’t like what they’re doing, but also when we do like what they’re doing.  Even if we fall out with them, they will be there at school the next day, so we have to make up and get on with it.

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Coaching and change

Dread difficult conversations? Think about responding differently.

Dealing with difficult conversations

We can’t control others and their behaviour.  We can only control our own behaviour and the way we respond.

Listen to this on Coaching with Catrin Mac podcast.

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