Why beating impostor syndrome is so difficult

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On this week’s episode of Secrets of the Most Productive People , we discuss our experiences with impostor syndrome and how we’ve learned to combat it. Impostor syndrome is a common phenomenon among high-achieving people. The term was reportedly coined in the 1970s by psychologists Suzanne Imes and Pauline Rose Clance while they were studying professional women. It’s the idea that despite hard and unbiased evidence of professional success, a person feels like they are not good enough at whatever it is that they do. They are afraid that others will see them as a fraud . Read Full Story

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These are the industries that are hiring for professional roles now

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We spoke to recruiting experts, and these are the types of jobs and industries that are still seeking qualified applicants during a pandemic. If you’re looking for a gig to help pay the bills, grocery stores and delivery companies need help—and fast. But if you’re looking for something permanent or want to take the next step in your career, you may be able to find a professional role, too, says Michelle Armer, chief people officer at the job site CareerBuilder . Read Full Story

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How to share positive news without sounding insensitive during the pandemic

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At a time when many people are struggling, you should give extra thought to how and where you share your wins. The unemployment rate is starting to improve and businesses that were shuttered are opening back up, but experts predict a wave of bankruptcies in the third quarter . A lot of people are hurting professionally and financially from the pandemic, but not everyone is failing. Some people haven’t been negatively impacted and are even thriving. Read Full Story

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The hot new amenity for churches? A professional video studio

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Professional-grade studios, complete with soundproofing and engineering booths, are helping preachers take their services online during COVID-19. For Reverend Kevin Williams of the Holy Trinity Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York, the pandemic has been devastating for the social, in-person tradition of church services. Back before the pandemic, Sunday crowds would range from 40 or 50 people to nearly 150 on especially busy days. Now, those numbers are basically zero. “It’s been very, very, very tough,” Williams says. Read Full Story

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3 signs that your coworker may be struggling with mental health issues

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A clinical psychologist notes that when we no longer encounter people in the office, we need to be more proactive to detect the red flags that indicate mental health issues. The COVID-19 outbreak and its implications are causing an increase in employees’ stress levels and symptoms of depression and anxiety . The lack of social interactions coupled with financial and professional uncertainty is difficult for most people, resulting in work-related stress. Read Full Story

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What it’s like to be a Black HR leader in this moment

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We asked several Black HR professionals to share how they’re navigating their work lives right now. This is not my story. These are not my experiences. These comments—written by Beverly Carmichael, T. Tara Turk, Victorio Milian, Janelle Peterson, Madison Butler, and Angelique Hamilton — provide a window into the experiences of Black HR professionals in this moment in time. All are navigating the complex intersection of protests, police brutality, and racism under the backdrop of a global pandemic that’s disproportionately impacting Black and Latinx people. Read Full Story

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I’m a Latina veteran who works at Amazon. Diversity isn’t about checking a box

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It’s vital to design products that work for everyone—and for ensuring businesses’ survival. Demonstrations around the country have drawn attention recently to the need for more women and people of color in the professional world. Everyone from Apple to the NFL has pledged to diversify their hiring practices. Last month, Adidas announced that 30% of new U.S. positions would be filled by those from the Black or Latinx communities. Read Full Story

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The pandemic is deterring women from becoming entrepreneurs

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A new survey of professional women and nonbinary individuals who previously had high aspirations to start a company reveals that fully half of these people have delayed their entrepreneurial plans or scrapped them altogether. In August of 2019, the World Economic Forum published a sobering statistic : If the trends at the time continued, it would take 208 years to close the gender gap in the U.S. Read Full Story

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COVID-19 effect: How Mable pivoted to support vulnerable Australians

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Mable is an online platform which connects people with disability and older Australians with independent care and support workers, nurses and allied health professionals in their community. It differs from other provider models, as it gives more choice to both users and the independent support workers, so they feel they’re in control – something that can often feel ‘taken away’ in these groups.

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3 things you can do now to be a more inclusive leader

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One key to becoming an inclusive leader is to develop some basic skills that will prime you for turning diversity into a competitive advantage. Most people think of leadership as a formal role that entails being in charge and having power over others, having a high professional status, and a successful career. This makes leadership rather exclusive, and by definition, there must be a small number of leaders relative to the much larger number of followers, subordinates, etc. Read Full Story

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3 new ways to engage your professional community virtually on LinkedIn

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LinkedIn’s director of product explains how to do this if you’re job hunting, pursuing business leads, seeking career guidance, learning more about an industry, or simply building and maintaining relationships. The world of work has transformed dramatically in the last six months. Not surprisingly, we’ve seen huge shifts in the way people are learning, staying engaged, and connecting to their community. It starts with virtual everything—virtual learning, virtual events, and virtually connecting. Read Full Story

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