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Self-doubt always shows up the strongest at your lowest points, and you must overcome it to succeed.

  • Maybe you just lost the bid to a huge project, or your best team member just quit as you were trying to manage an unhappy customer who left a bad review online.
  • All of a sudden you begin to wonder if you have what it takes to lead. Your self-doubt grows and negative follow suit. On certain days you feel great, and then on certain days, your inner critic goes into overdrive. It feels like you are failing massively.
  • You forget all the…

Don’t accept bullying as the norm.

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How can you deal with bullying at work?

Is there any way you can confront a bully and win? It would be great to have a blueprint to follow that guarantees a high success rate, but that is not the reality. This article suggests a few things to do to improve your chances of challenging a bully and winning. It would be a great idea if all organizations could offer similar training to their workforce because of its prevalence at work but that is not the case either.

According to Dr. Judy Blando, in her doctoral research dissertation on Workplace Bullying and Its Effect on Job Satisfaction and…

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Imposter syndrome is when you feel your skill or ability is inadequate, and you think that you don’t have what it takes to be an expert. Clinical Psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes coined the term in the 1970s.

This is how Pauline Clance described the Imposter Phenomenon “Imposter syndrome makes you doubt your skills and achievements. You begin to think you are fraud and think that others would call you out for it at any time”.

The good news is that you can stop imposter syndrome from taking over your life. For some, you experience the fear for a…

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Have you ever disagreed with your boss but didn’t know how to express your opinion? You know your idea would have a better return on investment than your manager’s, but you fear communicating your idea would make your boss look bad.

Do you have a different suggestion from your boss, and you’ll rather go with your idea because you think it would be a better fit for you? However, you are at a loss on how to navigate expressing a contrary opinion? To be frank, you fear speaking out may put you in your boss’s bad book.

So what do…

What’s the starting salary?

I had no clue. How was I going to go for a job interview and have no idea how much to ask! That was the situation I was in many years ago when I relocated. I was in the dark on how I was going to negotiate my salary.

The good thing was that I started thinking about my salary way before I was ready to apply for my job(I needed to secure my state licensure, and it was a long process because I am a Foreign Graduate). That worked to my advantage.

Okay, since I…

Why you are the cause of conflict in the workplace Image by Ryan McGuire from Pixabay

Whether you work in a small organization, or you work in a big organization, conflicts are bound to happen. It’s part of life. Conflicts arise because there’s a disagreement in a plan or an idea or a miscommunication. The common factor in all conflicts is people. You can’t have conflict without the participation of other humans. Therefore knowing the human causes of conflict in the workplace is valuable and necessary to managing conflicts at work. Here are a few examples of the human factors that lead to conflicts.

1. Personality clashes.

Differences in personalities can be a major cause of work conflicts. If…

You can improve your confidence too. Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Do you ask yourself how you can improve your confidence at work, or what you can do to demonstrate confidence? Have you admired how some of your peers look so confident? The good thing is that you can improve your confidence too.

There are a few questions to ask yourself to get a clearer picture. What makes other people you admire appear confident? What do other people do that you interpret as confidence?

The reason you think some other people appear confident while you don’t is because of the qualities they demonstrate. Therefore the key to confidence is to identify…

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What do people think of you as a professional in the workplace?

Perception is what people think of you and what you think of others. Is it important to know how other people regard you? Yes, it is. It is your reputation!

People say perception is reality. What people perceive about you becomes who you are. Therefore, it becomes necessary to manage how your peers, boss, and clients see you.

“You are difficult,” says your coworker. However, you think you are assertive. “You are not a team player,” says your boss. However, you think you are introspective. …

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This article is about how evoking the right emotions is a personal branding strategy.

For those of you that don’t care what other people think, all you want is to do your job and get out of work. You may want to rethink this approach. Think about what that attitude does to your personal brand and reputation.

My first degree’s in physical therapy and because of that, I have a science background. I like to know if there’s a scientific basis for the things that we do. I was researching on the decision making process. I wanted to know what…

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Can you get your peers to see things from your point of view? Do you have great ideas but you are unable to convince your coworkers or your boss, or are you a business owner finding it difficult to get your staff to adjust to new changes? Maybe you need to master the art of persuasion.

The art of persuasion is a skill that is important to have in today’s world because you need to persuade employees, clients, co-workers, or your boss about your plan.

At some point, you will need to either pitch your idea, negotiate some contract or…

Oyinkan Akinmade

Speaker & Workplace Coach. Helping you take charge of your work life. Download my confidence checklist.

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