2 hikers walking towards the summit of Mount Everest
2 hikers walking towards the summit of Mount Everest
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I work with a lot of high achievers, both from my previous life in tech companies as well as my current coaching clients. I also work with many women and people of color. Imposter syndrome is a familiar concept to many of us.

Imposter syndrome is described on wikipedia as:

a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their skills, talents or accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.

Valerie Young in The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It highlights a familiar internal…


Yellow post-it note with a lightbulb sketch pinned to a bulletin board
Yellow post-it note with a lightbulb sketch pinned to a bulletin board
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I have decades of experience giving in-person keynotes, talks, and leading workshops or design sprints. I would always follow the same formula— sketch out an outline of the talk in rough blocks, translate the points into slides, design a gorgeous slide deck, and build out the slides while populating the talk content. …


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I sat down to write this article and perhaps because I’ve been so prolific and similar themes keep re-emerging, realized that I’d previously written on The Power of Play. This creative concept keeps re-emerging.

One of the biggest self discoveries I’ve made this year is tuning in to the power of play. More specifically, I’ve integrated it better into my work life rather than solely being playful at home.

I’ve always tended to have a serious persona at work. Others view me as professional, competent, and sometimes outrageous / intense, whether in the ideas I shared or how I show up. I’ve been a professional design leader for 22 years so I would often run design sprints and lead brainstorm sessions. In those sessions, I’ve led people through playful exercises, including one time I had 100+ engineers play a speed-dating game to get to know your colleagues. And I deeply know and teach that mistakes are OK, brainstorming is about generating tons of bad ideas, and how to get the most creativity from everyone through a facilitation process. Yet my persona through all that was quite serious—I was the conductor of all the play and not actively being playful myself. …

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Tutti Taygerly

Leadership coach & champion of difficult people; designer of human experiences; ex-Facebook; surfer, traveller, mom; tuttitaygerly.com

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