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 cfsolomon@gmail.com
  2. 2. Cindy F. Solomon, CPM, CPMM © Cindy F. Solomon cfsolomon@gmail.com •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. www.linkedin.com/in/cfsolomon/
  3. 3. © Cindy F. Solomon cfsolomon@gmail.com Questions Who’s here? What do YOU want?
  4. 4. © Cindy F. Solomon cfsolomon@gmail.com
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  6. 6. © Cindy F. Solomon cfsolomon@gmail.com
  7. 7. © Cindy F. Solomon cfsolomon@gmail.com
  8. 8. © Cindy F. Solomon cfsolomon@gmail.com 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 cfsolomon@gmail.com 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." http://bit.ly/1dCpDBk
  10. 10. © Cindy F. Solomon cfsolomon@gmail.com 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’ http://onforb.es/1iJTCG2
  11. 11. © Cindy F. Solomon cfsolomon@gmail.com Upside Imposter Syndrome symptoms are a signpost that you’re moving in the right direction: • into a new, expansive realm of possibility. http://onforb.es/1iJTCG2
  12. 12. © Cindy F. Solomon cfsolomon@gmail.com Watch video: http://bit.ly/1gLxuwJ Read transcript: http://bit.ly/1rNDg4i
  13. 13. © Cindy F. Solomon cfsolomon@gmail.com Step one Talk about the issue. Denise Paolucci, Ada Initiative board member and Dreamwidth Studios co-founder "Overcoming Impostor Syndrome"Watch video: http://bit.ly/1gLxuwJ Read transcript: http://bit.ly/1rNDg4i
  14. 14. © Cindy F. Solomon cfsolomon@gmail.com Two Watch your language. Some ideas are self- reinforcing. Watch video: http://bit.ly/1gLxuwJ Read transcript: http://bit.ly/1rNDg4i
  15. 15. © Cindy F. Solomon cfsolomon@gmail.com Point three Teach the things that you know. Even if you think you don't know them. Watch video: http://bit.ly/1gLxuwJ Read transcript: http://bit.ly/1rNDg4i
  16. 16. © Cindy F. Solomon cfsolomon@gmail.com Four Question the corrections that other people give to you. Watch video: http://bit.ly/1gLxuwJ Read transcript: http://bit.ly/1rNDg4i
  17. 17. © Cindy F. Solomon cfsolomon@gmail.com Number five Ask questions. Watch video: http://bit.ly/1gLxuwJ Read transcript: http://bit.ly/1rNDg4i
  18. 18. © Cindy F. Solomon cfsolomon@gmail.com Six Ask for perspective checks from a friend.Watch video: http://bit.ly/1gLxuwJ Read transcript: http://bit.ly/1rNDg4i
  19. 19. © Cindy F. Solomon cfsolomon@gmail.com Seven List your accomplishments and own them. Watch video: http://bit.ly/1gLxuwJ Read transcript: http://bit.ly/1rNDg4i
  20. 20. © Cindy F. Solomon cfsolomon@gmail.com Eight Practice accepting compliments.
  21. 21. © Cindy F. Solomon cfsolomon@gmail.com Nine Get more background information for comparisons.
  22. 22. © Cindy F. Solomon cfsolomon@gmail.com Ten Remember that you are awesome. Really. I promise. (And others feel this way, too.) Watch video: http://bit.ly/1gLxuwJ Read transcript: http://bit.ly/1rNDg4i
  23. 23. © Cindy F. Solomon cfsolomon@gmail.com
  24. 24. © Cindy F. Solomon cfsolomon@gmail.com Thank you for sharing your precious time! Please connect! www.linkedin.com/in/cfsolomon/ @cindyfsolomon Startup Product, movement for product excellence http://startupproduct.com @startupproduct Global Product Management Talk, weekly broadcast @prodmgmttalk Webcast Digest, daily curated online events @WebcastDigest

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