<![CDATA[inclusiq - Blogs & Vlogs]]>Thu, 23 May 2019 15:12:31 +0100Weebly<![CDATA[Best Selling Female Authors (Business Books)]]>Tue, 21 May 2019 15:00:00 GMThttp://inclusiq.com/blogsandvlogs/best-selling-female-authors-business-booksI've been in business a long time, and in this video I've chosen three books that I think every career women will enjoy. 
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<![CDATA[How to create your own USP (unique selling point)]]>Tue, 23 Apr 2019 12:30:00 GMThttp://inclusiq.com/blogsandvlogs/how-to-create-your-own-usp-unique-selling-pointSo what’s a USP - or unique selling point?
If you are a woman working in a male dominated field - your USP is that you’re the only woman in the room! That’s a start -and it does have benefits, but you want to be remembered for more than that! So today, I’m going to help you find out what your own personal USP is. 
In this video I’ll give you 2 simple practical tips to find your USP.
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1. Find as many examples as you can when people have given you feedback.
Think about 360 feedback, appraisals, letters of recommendation, LinkedIn testimonials, feedback from clients - anything you can get your hands on. Feedback from others is vital because other people’s opinions about us are much more important than what we think of ourselves. We all get fired, hired, or promoted based on what other people think.
2. Gather new feedback. Ask friends, colleagues and clients to describe you in 3 words or phrases.  

You might want to ask them for a negative one so you get a rounder picture. I would hope to see an overlap between how friends and colleagues describe you. If you do, it means you’re being authentic in both places.However… if your friends say ‘Hilarious with a wry wit’ but your colleagues say ‘Quiet, and serious’ it means there’s a disconnect, which is something I can help you with. Listen for the keywords people keep using to describe you. When you see a pattern in certain words being repeated - Bingo -  that tells you what your USP currently is. That is: how you’re viewed by others - your brand. If you feel that you are not happy with your USP, or you think it needs to change in order to land that dream job, you may want to consider my coaching programme, Pathway to Promotion.
So - you’ve scoured for old feedback, and got some new feedback, and now you’ve got your USP.
Now… use what people say about you to your advantage - it really helps you sell yourself. Whether it’s in a job interview, in a new project meeting, or with new colleagues.  For example…I’m excited to be joining this project, colleagues often joke about my eye for detail, so I’m hoping to make myself useful’ ... or ‘I’d love to be considered for this role, as it feels perfect for me. Some of the most common feedback I get is about my creativity and out of the box thinking.'  Nowhere have you said ‘Look at me world, I’m practical or detail-oriented’ - you’re letting the feedback you’ve had, do the talking, which makes building your USP authentic - something that’s really important to my coaching clients.

If you’re reading this because you’re on the hunt for a new job, I think you’ll like my video 'Stand out CV's - 6 Simple Steps.'
<![CDATA[Executive Coaching for Professional Women]]>Tue, 16 Apr 2019 18:03:53 GMThttp://inclusiq.com/blogsandvlogs/executive-coaching-for-professional-womenWe have created a condensed six month executive coaching programme to help professional women, but particularly women working in male dominated fields, achieve their career goals.

It’s all done online – combining the best of individual live sessions with video & e-mail support. There are spaces on the programme right now!  

If you're not sure executive coaching is your thing, you can book a FREE, no-obligation 30 minute session with Dr Suzanne Doyle Morris, to find out if it's right for you. 

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Find out more about the executive coaching programme.
<![CDATA[Impostor Syndrome and the Professional Woman:┬áCan You have One Without the Other?]]>Wed, 20 Mar 2019 12:30:00 GMThttp://inclusiq.com/blogsandvlogs/impostor-syndrome-and-the-professional-woman-can-you-have-one-without-the-otherWhat might you, Maya Angelou and Michelle Obama all have in common? Self-doubt perhaps? Otherwise known as ‘impostor syndrome’, it affects women, no matter how accomplished or well-qualified they are, far more than it does men. On book tours for her bestseller ‘Becoming’, Michelle Obama exposed this frailty when admitting to feeling like an imposter most of the time. Similarly, the acclaimed novelist Maya Angelou admitted: "I have written eleven books, but each time I think, 'uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody, and they’re going to find me out.'"

When I was writing my first book ‘Beyond the Boys’ Club: Strategies for Achieving Career Success as a Woman Working in a Male Dominated Field’ I was amazed at how many accomplished women struggle with the sense that at any day, they’ll be ‘found out’ for how little they know. Women who lead large teams, women with a slew of qualifications behind their name, women who are seen as leaders in their field - the kind of people most of us aspire to be. In many ways, a book about successful women, wouldn’t have been complete without tackling Impostor Syndrome.
That’s not to say men too don’t struggle with feelings of self-doubt as well. It is widely claimed they simply hide it better than women - the ‘fake it till you make it’ mentality, of which there’s likely to be some truth. However, I would also add that amongst the corporate clients I advise, historically led by men, the credibility and commitment of women is indeed more likely to be questioned.  If the man who takes off for his child’s sports day is seen as a ‘dedicated dad’ but the woman who does the same is seen as ‘not committed’ - is is any wonder women begin to buy the idea they are less credible and experience a creeping sense of self-doubt?
Doubt is contagious. This is particularly true if there are few role models around her with whom she identifies. Asking the more accurate question ‘Will I succeed here?’ starts to bleed into the more undermining question:  ‘Will I succeed?’ Conversely, if you are a white male, native speaker in the country in which you work, feeling uncertain, looking around and seeing lots of leaders ahead of you with whom you identify is reassuring. It also ‘seeps’ into your identity to creates a sense of security and certainty that you are likely to be on the right path - the opposite of self-doubt.  
In the 25 years I have focused on the psychology of professional women, I’d advise 3 truisms:
  1. Accept Impostor Syndrome is part of the package. I have yet to meet a professional woman from any field who has completely dispensed with self-doubt. No matter how old, no matter how accomplished. The goals is not to overcome it, it’s simply to work around it.  I once ran a workshop for professional females on risk-taking and overcoming indecision. One of the delegates, a woman with a sciences PhD  admitted quietly to the larger group that she often felt like a fraud at times. I asked the group who else felt that way at times. Every single hand was raised—much to her relief when she cried out: ‘I thought I was the only one!’ If you think success can come to you only once you are perfectly sure of yourself, you will be waiting forever. Successful working women have moments, even days of self-doubt … but they still know they can make the most of any situation and overcome mistakes they will make along the way.
  2. Own the wins that seemed impossible before you did them. I grew up struggling with maths and let that define my boundaries for a long time. So when deciding on how to collect the data for my PhD, I specifically chose statistical modelling. I knew it would be hard, but I needed to shed my fear of maths or risk always defining myself as ‘Suzanne: She’s a good talker, but terrible at maths’.  As I now begin the daunting task of writing my third book, I remind myself: ‘I’ve done this before - and at least this time I’ve already been through the learning curve!’ We often diminish struggles we’ve managed to handle simply they’re in the ‘rear-view mirror’ of life.
  3. Accept self-doubt as a ‘gift’. Clearly, this is the ill-fitting gift you didn’t want,  the one in the terrible colour where you’d like to say to the giver: ‘‘Really, you shouldn’t have!’ But impostor syndrome can still be a gift - if you act on it. That feeling is the key motivation which keeps people listening to others, motivates them to improve, and encourages them to be empathetic. In fact, recent research has highlighted that competence and confidence are actually inversely correlated. That is the more confident you become, the less you worry about and therefore try to improve your competence. As a coach who works with senior leaders, this is worrying stuff. No doubt you’d rather have a highly competent team working with you than one that is just highly confident?  
Like Obama and Angelou, know that feeling like a fraud at times keeps you growing. It keeps you on your mettle. They certainly didn’t go with the 1st thing they ever created - much like you, they knew they had to hone their craft and get stronger (which Obama clearly does with those amazing arms!) Just like them, it’s likely to take you a lifetime. The only way to ‘get over’ self doubt’ is to learn instead to ‘coexist with doubt’. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to get your resume past the robots]]>Tue, 12 Mar 2019 21:05:11 GMThttp://inclusiq.com/blogsandvlogs/how-to-get-your-resume-past-the-robots Already, companies are using Artificial Intelligence (aka robots) to scan your CV.  Would your CV pass the 'bots' test?
This video takes you through six simple steps to help make sure your CV makes it through to the next stage. 

1. Use keywords from the job description
2. Choose the correct format
3. Bots don't like graphics
4. Results, NOT duties
5. Double check your spell check
6. Don't forget your cover letter

Watch the video to find out the details, and share it with any women you know who are looking for a job in a male-dominated field.