How Imposter Syndrome Keeps You Playing Small with Kim Meninger

Episode 9 - APPROVED

It's quite challenging to have an insidious feeling that makes us doubt our abilities and worth.

At times, we may find ourselves pondering, "Why do I feel like I don't belong?" or "Why am I not good enough even though I have accomplished something?" leading us to believe that our achievements are just from pure luck.

Hey! It's common. That’s what you call Imposter Syndrome—many successful individuals have battled it at some point in their lives. 

So, how can we overcome imposter syndrome and start "playing bigger"?

In this episode, Kim Meninger will share with us her journey of self-discovery, unveiling her keys to building unwavering confidence and reflecting on how to overcome imposter syndrome.

With persistence and dedication, it's possible to conquer imposter syndrome. Always keep in mind your past accomplishments and your strengths, and focus on what you can do rather than what you can't.

Thoughts to Empower 

  • “In the workplace, we are striving for promotions, to lead projects, or to really show our skills. Most of it's centered on contribution, but imposter syndrome gets in the way of us producing our best results.” - Becca Powers
  • “We're not meant to compete with the guy from the other part of the business. We're there to compliment each other.” - Kim Meninger
  • “To be innovative and competitive, we need to be able to think differently and not just follow a prescribed set of rules.” - Kim Meninger
  • "You don't have to have it all figured out before you move. Move and build, it's okay." - Becca Powers
  • "Just because somebody's faster and louder doesn't mean they have better ideas than somebody else." - Kim Meninger
  • "If we really start believing that we have a place in the conversation, that we have a role to play, then we can bring our own ideas and our own points of view. Diversity of thought is really important."  - Kim Meninger

Key Points From This Episode:

  • How Kim's story influenced her attention towards imposter syndrome and psychological safety
  • Combatting imposter syndrome
  • Why workplaces enhance the human experience potential
  • How innovation thrives on diversity of thought
  • Is the workplace considered as a competitive arena?
  • Being loud and working fast does not guarantee better ideas and quality work
  • How meaningful contribution and impact drive individuals in the workplace

About Kim Meninger:

Kim Meninger is a leadership coach and TEDx speaker focused on empowering professionals and organizations to reach new heights by making it easier to be human at work. As a certified coach with a background in psychology, she offers strategies to overcome impostor syndrome and grow professionals’ overall confidence, visibility, and influence. She believes that everyone deserves a seat at the table and that an authentic commitment to inclusion and psychological safety is the key to long-term corporate success. Kim also hosts The Impostor Syndrome Files podcast and leads a weekly Leading Humans discussion forum, which is open to all.

Kim has a BA in psychology and an MBA from Boston College. She is an ICF Professional Certified Coach and a CCE Board Certified Coach with certifications in confidence, career, executive, and leadership development coaching. Kim also holds a certificate in executive leadership from Cornell University.

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