ProjectConnections Newsletter
July 30, 2018
You are more than your resume. Assessing yourself honestly means noting all the things you're good at, too. This week, Carl Pritchard coaches us through a bout of imposter syndrome with practical suggestions that help you see your true value to the team. Plus, we have skill-building and coaching tools to help you step beyond your self-imposed limits.
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Featured Article
Imposter Syndrome
Carl Pritchard

Carl Pritchard When my boss told me I'd be writing my first book on risk management in the early 1990s, I explained that I really didn't have the credentials to be a risk expert. He pointed out that I did have the credentials to be a writer, which was true. But even as I researched and wrote the book, and even as it was published, I still suffered from enormous self-doubt. No matter what I did, it didn't feel like enough to validate my credentials.

It's not about your resume. My doubts certainly didn't come from my resume. They came from me. You lose the imposter syndrome battle when you can't even convince yourself that you have a basic degree of competence.

There are critical steps you can take immediately to overcome the self-doubt inherent in almost all of us. They generally involve trusting others, rather than ourselves.

Fight imposter syndrome with three practical exercises »

From The Blogs
The Latest Useless Metric, by Alan Zucker
Whether it is to track the progress of a job, calculate the expected value of a project, or remain under budget, project managers are tracking and controlling a lot. I do not want to talk about useFUL metrics. I want to discuss useLESS metrics. One, in particular, came to me recently.

Fight Imposter Syndrome and Advance Your Career
Ways to Gain Career-Enhancing PM Skills and Experience
Pointers and suggestions for accelerating the development of skills and experience you need to expand your project management career options.

Career Management as Personal Marketing and Business Development – MEMBER
This paper provides a comprehensive picture of valuable skills to develop as you move through your career, with the very important context of why you need them from the "customer's" viewpoint. It also explains how presentation skills, technical expertise, meeting management skills, networking, business understanding, and the like can provide incredible career leverage, and how you can develop and market those skills.

Learning By Layering, by Geof Lory
Instructor-led training is rarely the end of the learning process. Patient practice and feedback on applied skills allows you to have your cake and eat it, too.

Project Manager Assessment Tool – PREMIUM
How do your skills stack up against typical PM roles? This assessment uses detailed questions about the skills and experience required to perform a PM's past and current work: education, project experience, tool familiarity, people management abilities, and more.

Project Manager Development Profile Form – MEMBER
A one-page form allowing comprehensive assessment and development planning for individual project managers across categories such as management skills, career ambition, and short- and long-term growth potential. This is handy for executives who need to coach PMs, but also for individual team leaders and PMs who want to understand what managers and executives are looking for.

Project Manager Coaching Guidelines – SPECIAL
This Premium resource is free to registered Members until August 31, 2018
One of your best strategies for career advancement (or just fighting off imposter syndrome) could be a coaching agreement with a skilled manager. This guideline gives you ideas for setting up and carrying out a coaching arrangement to improve your skills or develop new ones.

Project Support Group Survey and Results – PREMIUM
What do the project managers in your organization want to learn, do, and improve? Ask them! This template provides a survey approach for use by a new or proposed "Project Support Group." Such a group is formed in some organizations to support all its project managers, especially newer project managers who may need training, mentoring, or coaching.

Corporate Subscriptions and Licensing
Want your team members to have their own access to templates and how-to resources for their project work? Need to share documents and deliverables beyond your project team? We make it easier with affordable corporate subscriptions and licensing. Detailed information regarding corporate options is available online. Give your whole team, or even the entire organization, cost-effective access to our comprehensive online library of resources. You already know how helpful it's been for you. Now it's time to share with everyone else. Find out more »

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