getting ahead

Improving inclusion: Getting ahead for competence in a world obsessed with confidence

You’re skilled, but do you feel overlooked at work? If you’ve ever felt passed over or that you need to put on a ‘show’ in order to get ahead – this is the presentation for you.  A key part of improving inclusion is in the way we judge ‘confidence’.

Not progressing is too often blamed on ‘lack of confidence’, but this hoax misses genuine capability. This means we fail to get the right people into the best jobs. ​

Let’s redefine confidence, to make it less about doing a ‘song and dance’ and more about who actually knows their stuff. Not with gimmicks, but by getting credit for your valuable skills and hard-earned insights – your competence. 

Dr. Doyle-Morris will focus on how to:

-Capitalise on what you are doing well to silence the ‘imposter’

-Convince others to value your hard-earned experience 

-Redefine confidence so it doesn’t continue to advantage the ‘status quo’.

This presentation has been customised for online interaction with attendees in 35-40 minutes. It is often paired with either a panel discussion, or Q&A with Dr. Doyle-Morris.

Drawn from tactical solutions from ‘The Con Job’ Led by Dr Suzanne Doyle-Morris 

 A. Authentic confidence for aspiring professionals 

Too frequently those with ‘showy confidence’ are promoted above their competence level, dearly costing organisations, teams and skilled individuals the roles they deserve. 

The way forward is to ensure we value competence above its showier, ‘smoke and mirrors’ cousin: ‘confidence’. 

In this workshop, we look at the practical ways to build your ‘natural confidence so you are recognised for what’s already great about you (and should be rewarded): your competence. 

You’re ambitious and you want to progress. By looking at the practicalities of showcasing your authentic confidence borne from hard-earned experience, you’ll be better able to: 

-Distinguish yourself from overconfident under-performers 

-Highlight and get recognition for your competence 

-Speak up and prepare for meetings

-Articulate and justify ideas 

-Challenge overconfidence in others 

Come along to this workshop as we’ll focus on recognising the difference between the superficially impressive and the genuinely valuable so you can make your expertise work better for you. This way your approach and contributions will gain recognition for being ‘competence-first’. 

 B. Shining a light on competence for managers 

People rarely leave companies, they leave bosses. 
You want to be not just the kind of manager for whom people stay, but for whom they go the extra mile. 

You know that’s what creates better team cohesion, higher engagement and happier stakeholders – because ultimately a manager’s performance relies on that of their team. 

As you rise through the ranks, your job is no longer being the star of the show, it’s making sure your team shines. By harnessing self-awareness for both yourself and your team members, you’ll better identify and champion competence by being able to: 

-Better understand and identify with a wider range of people 

-Tackle imposter syndrome in self and others 

-Delegate while maintaining control 

-Provide and seek feedback

-Express disagreement and annoyance 

Come along to this workshop to unpick how the best way to do this is to reward actual skills and competence, not a false sense of ‘confident bravado’. That’s a useless quality with which many don’t identify and can actually hide underperformance. Join us to make your management ‘competence-first’. 

Are you ready to expose the greatest ‘Con Job’?

Here’s what you can do:​

  • -Hire me to start a conversation on this subject in your organisation. Clients say their employees are still talking about the messages days ​later which starts a legacy of impact.  
  • Download my speaker sheet for more info 
  • -Join the Confidence vs Competence campaign by following #MoreCompetence on Twitter
  • -Click here for my YouTube playlist for career tips on the battle between Competence vs Confidence
  • ​-Once you’ve read the book, I’d love it you’d write a recommendation on Amazon so others can see how you felt and what it made you think! ​

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