September 8, 2020

119: Quiet Your Imposter Syndrome with Todd Palmer

We’ve all heard it before. That little voice telling you that any moment now everyone is going to realize you have no idea what you’re doing. Or maybe it’s saying they’ll figure out you don’t really know what you’re talking about. Whatever your imposter syndrome says to you, it’s time to tell it to be quiet.

In this episode, I speak with Todd Palmer. Todd is an executive coach, keynote speaker, renowned thought leader, author, and CEO who is committed to helping business owners tackle their obstacles and clear their path to success. He specializes in helping leaders join the mission statement of the organization with their personal core values, while addressing fears, self-doubts and imposter syndrome. He brings a unique blend of authenticity, transparency and vulnerability to help leaders & organizations achieve their highest goals.

Todd and I talk about imposter syndrome – what it is, how it’s different from your inner critic, and how to overcome it’s unhelpful voice. Plus, how getting past your imposter syndrome can make you a better manager.

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Read the related blog article: How To Overcome Imposter Syndrome’s Unhelpful Voice

Key Takeaways

  • Imposter syndrome and your inner critic work together; your inner critic says you’re not doing enough and your imposter syndrome fears you’re not able to be better and will be exposed for being a fraud.
  • Imagine putting your negative voices in the passenger seat so you can control the wheel and drive forward despite their chatter.
  • If a manager feels pressure to be an all-knowing, all-powerful savior for their team, they won’t reach out for help when necessary or deeply listen to their team.
  • We all have our zone of genius where we personally shine but we can’t excel at everything. Change your expectations to focus on what you’re great at.
  • We can’t wait for the motivation; take action first and motivation will follow.
  • Anchoring your motivation to helping someone else may help you move forward and take action when imposter syndrome strikes.
  • One of the greatest gifts we can give our staff is not to solve their problems, but to help them feel seen and heard.
  • Say “tell me more” three to five times before giving advice.
  • A manager’s other central listening task is to remove the “bottlenecks” that make their staff’s work life difficult.
  • When a manager exposes their authentic, imperfect self and reaches out for help, it gives their staff permission to overcome their own imposter syndrome and reach out for help.


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