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Happy Women’s International Month!

While no one can deny that women today stand on the shoulders of heroic women who came before them to shatter glass ceilings and create more opportunities, we must also acknowledge that we still have a lot of work to do to reach gender equality. 

As we know, diversity is not only a moral duty but also a business imperative to futureproofing any organization.

In today’s Your Smart Future edition, you will discover one of the most insidious obstacles that stands in the way of women and minorities (hint: it is not the glass ceiling) and strategies to overcome one of the giants that both men and women face in their leadership growth. 
How To Avoid & Identify the Glass Cliff
If you have spent any time in the corporate world, you may be aware of the glass ceiling. Despite the growing national conversation about equality, women in business still struggle to advance beyond a certain point within their careers. But equally insidious is the glass cliff phenomenon, in which women and minorities get promoted quickly during times of crisis — only to see their career trajectories stagnate once again when that moment has passed.
Who Is Your Impostor?

One of the obstacles that prevents us from going after what we really want and keep rising is the impostor syndrome.
We all suffer from it, both men and women.
The term was coined by clinical psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes in 1978, when they found that despite having adequate external evidence of accomplishments, people with imposter syndrome remained convinced that they don’t deserve the success they have.
Dr Valerie Young has identified 5 types of impostor syndrome.  Which type are you?
The perfectionist: I should deliver a perfect performance 100% percent of the time.
The Superman/Superwoman: if I were competent, I would be able to do it all.
The Natural Genius: if I were competent, this should be effortless.
The Soloist: if I were competent, I could do everything myself.
The Expert: if I were competent, I should know everything that is to know. Before I can put myself out there, I need in depth education training and experience.

Self-Coaching Space: Do you take ownership of your accomplishments? 

The inability to acknowledge and internalize successes is a core theme of the Impostor Syndrome.

Create a list of all your accomplishments large and small and make note of your skills and the specific actions you took that contributed to those wins.

Save the date:  April 5th Virtual Smart Future Connect!
Reflection and relationships are two critical keys in building a meaningful life and career.

However, unlocking those powerful keys has become more challenging in our new virtual world.

So, what about saving 30 minutes a month to take time to reflect on your growth, to ask an expert questions, and to make new friends?

This is the concept of Virtual Smart Future Connect and it is FREE.

You bring your cocktail; I bring the insights and we connect and grow together😊.

The first e-gathering of Virtual Smart Future Connect: Monday April 5th from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm ET.

Topic: Simple Strategies to reduce stress and get your groove back (even when you think you do not have time)

----> Please register here to access the zoom link.
Smart Fact of The Day
The earliest known female physician lived in ancient Egypt around 2700 B.C.
Thanks for spending your coffee break with me  😊

Feel free to share with me your thoughts, concerns, questions about the future of work, your leadership journey, and your career acceleration.
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‘See you soon, till then – remember to shape your future today!.
Stay connected!


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