Confronting Imposter Syndrome


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Slides for discussion at ProductCamp Silicon Valley March 22, 2014
Confronting Imposter Syndrome for Women in Tech, Product And Others; uncovering the dirty laundry in Silicon Valley & Product Management

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Confronting Imposter Syndrome

  1. 1. Confronting Imposter Syndrome by Cindy F. Solomon March 22, 2014 © Cindy F. Solomon
  2. 2. Cindy F. Solomon, CPM, CPMM © Cindy F. Solomon •Host, Global Product Management Talk •Founder, Startup Product movement for product excellence •Contributing author: ProdBOK, Product Management And Marketing Body of Knowledge and 42 Rules Product Marketing #13 Emulate Twitter •20 years of web development, services, consulting & software product marketing and management at Apple, Vadem, NetObjects and start-ups in Silicon Valley.
  3. 3. © Cindy F. Solomon Questions Who’s here? What do YOU want?
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  8. 8. © Cindy F. Solomon Dunning-Kruger “One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision.” —Bertrand Russell, The Triumph of Stupidity
  9. 9. © Cindy F. Solomon Ada Initiative • Impostor Syndrome is the feeling that you aren't actually qualified for the work you are doing and will be discovered as a fraud. • It is prevalent among women in open tech/culture, many of whom have been socialized to value other's opinion of their work above their own, and to do things "by the book."
  10. 10. © Cindy F. Solomon Imposter Syndrome • the higher the standards you like to set for yourself, • the more you are used to being an expert • the more self critical and type-A you are naturally inclined to be, • the higher the chance that you will experience this ‘Imposter Syndrome’
  11. 11. © Cindy F. Solomon Upside Imposter Syndrome symptoms are a signpost that you’re moving in the right direction: • into a new, expansive realm of possibility.
  12. 12. © Cindy F. Solomon Watch video: Read transcript:
  13. 13. © Cindy F. Solomon Step one Talk about the issue. Denise Paolucci, Ada Initiative board member and Dreamwidth Studios co-founder "Overcoming Impostor Syndrome"Watch video: Read transcript:
  14. 14. © Cindy F. Solomon Two Watch your language. Some ideas are self- reinforcing. Watch video: Read transcript:
  15. 15. © Cindy F. Solomon Point three Teach the things that you know. Even if you think you don't know them. Watch video: Read transcript:
  16. 16. © Cindy F. Solomon Four Question the corrections that other people give to you. Watch video: Read transcript:
  17. 17. © Cindy F. Solomon Number five Ask questions. Watch video: Read transcript:
  18. 18. © Cindy F. Solomon Six Ask for perspective checks from a friend.Watch video: Read transcript:
  19. 19. © Cindy F. Solomon Seven List your accomplishments and own them. Watch video: Read transcript:
  20. 20. © Cindy F. Solomon Eight Practice accepting compliments.
  21. 21. © Cindy F. Solomon Nine Get more background information for comparisons.
  22. 22. © Cindy F. Solomon Ten Remember that you are awesome. Really. I promise. (And others feel this way, too.) Watch video: Read transcript:
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  24. 24. © Cindy F. Solomon Thank you for sharing your precious time! Please connect! @cindyfsolomon Startup Product, movement for product excellence @startupproduct Global Product Management Talk, weekly broadcast @prodmgmttalk Webcast Digest, daily curated online events @WebcastDigest