We’ll Breakthrough & Outlast COVID19!

Our Personal & Collective Leadership have been tested with Coronavirus. This setback blindsided us testing our readiness, growth, and resilience personally & corporately.

We’ve a choice, either to panic, complain & lose hope or take this setback to regroup & use it as a steppingstone to experience a quantum leap jump individually (in our health, career, business, etc.) and corporately (our healthcare, early warning, disaster prevention, security & defense systems) to take our advancement and civilization to the next level.

We all are humbled and recognized how we individually & collectively are vulnerable, our institutions & the knowledge we have accumulated are weak in the face of this deadly virus.

Regardless, it’s not helpful to blame one another & fingerprinting somewhere, at least, not NOW. It is also not beneficiary, at least in the long run, to panic and spend countless hours worrying about what might happen to us individually, the people we care about, our career, businesses, and so on.

Of course, this pandemic will definitely test our leadership, which nation, organization & person demonstrates resilience in the face of crisis. That is to be seen.

The question now is, what can we all do first to outlast this attack & ultimately use it to outgrow other similar attacks from any corner that may blindside us in the future.

Let’s stop panicking and losing hope. This doesn’t help anyone! Let’s be hopeful, BELIEVE, and be proactive while still fearful, uncertain, and in danger of being sick, losing our jobs, homes, loved ones, etc. Let’s do our part, and pray to God where He is good at- showing our scientists/leaders the solutions to defeating this enemy with the mind He gave us quickly and without further damages. Let’s pray to Him to protect us & the people we care about once we do our parts…

We will pass through this and survive to tell the story. We’ll be strong and become better after all of this.

Let’s do our best individually and collectively to stop its spread. Learn lessons individually and collectively on how to beat such threats differently and better than we did this time.

What do you plan to do from your side to protect yourself & others? What lessons have you learned from this experience personally and institutionally? What you should be doing starting from today to show leadership and develop your resilience to outlast this pandemic and its impacts now and in the future from similar threats? Going forward, what would you do differently to protect your health, career, and business from such future unforeseeable setbacks?

As you can see from the image above, like these resilient plants, we will break through and come out of this pandemic stronger and more determined!!!

Enrollment for the online course on ‘Overcoming First Timer Syndrome’​ begins soon

Some colleagues of mine asked and also supported me to produce the Dr. AZ Show for underdogs, and also craft some online courses for those supervisors and managers whose organizations won’t pay for their leadership development, and owners of small businesses. Regardless of being crazily busy with our clients and traveling, I’ve been producing the show every weekend and now ready to release the online course, thanks to all who made it possible.

Though the course worth a couple of hundreds, we decided to make it available only for a one-time payment of 49 USD, even then those who enroll during the 1st 72 hours get a huge discount (only 29 USD), eBook of Soft Skills that Make or Break Your Success for free plus the first 5 registrants gets one-hour free coaching. This offer isn’t based on business decisions. It is to help our community who may not afford to pay thousands of dollars to invite learning professionals like myself. Use the opportunity to grow.

To learn more about the course and enroll when the course opens, check this link: https://www.successpws.com/first-timer 

Go at the bottom of this page to sign up for free and get video clips, worksheets, and my leadership philosophy that are taken from the course. This chance gives you to make an informed decision about whether to sign up for the course.

Though Corinavirus attempts to make us bow our head down and fearful, we shouldn’t allow it to distract us. We have overcome similar other threats in the past, some worst than this, and it won’t be exceptional. Rather, we should use the time to grow as leaders and when the virus’s time comes to bow out, we rise again to soar.

Use this downtime to sharpen the sow and take your leadership to the next height.

Let me know if you may have any questions.

Sign up for the 7-days Challenge

You could be a leader just promoted as a team lead, supervisor, manager, or promoted yourself into opening your own business. Or, you could be an aspirant to take your next new leadership position. Or, you could be someone who has been in your current first-timer leadership position for a while. Or, you may be mentoring a first-timer. Or, you could be someone who has stopped challenging yourself to go to the next new leadership role because you are sick and tired of facing the challenges and uncertainties that come with first-timer position. If you said yes to one of these, you should join the challenge by signing up below:

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By the way, even experienced and senior leaders may experience the first-timer syndrome when they are placed in a new leadership position. The difference is that they could shorten the learning curve and lessen the impact. All leaders experience this syndrome when they are placed in a new leadership position regardless of the hierarchy in the organization they are promoted to. For example, someone was a manager and just promoted to an executive position or she was an executive and now she is promoted to a CEO position or she was already a CEO and asked to be a chairman. She will definitely experience the syndrome in the new position.

Whether you are an aspirant 1st timer or already experiencing the syndrome or intends to coach and mentor a first-timer, you should join the 7-days challenge I’m going to issue. Sign up below so that you will get resources that empower you to overcome the syndrome or help others overcome it.

During those 7 days, I’ll send you free educational video clips and worksheets that empower you to overcome the first-timer syndrome you are experiencing or may experience in the future via email. You will get some insights, perspectives, tools, and approaches that allow you to succeed in the transition.

I’ve been in some first-timer leadership positions. During those transition periods, I experienced anxiety, fear, frustration, and feeling of misplacement. I survived but I could have overcome these feelings and quickly stepped up if I had some guidance and help. These were tough times. I found myself unprepared mentally, personality-wise, and lacked some skills I needed. I could have done better if I had some support that I’m now providing to you during those transition periods.

I also facilitated onsite workshops and public seminars for first-timer supervisors and managers. I’ve had also opportunities to coach and mentor first-timers. I’ll share with you my own experience of how I overcame the syndrome and the insights and tools I used to help other first-timers.

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Don’t face the transition without preparing yourself and getting some help. Don’t assume that you can easily plow through the transition period without working on your attitude, mindset, confidence, soft and people skills, and personality it takes to overcome the challenges the first-timer position throws at you.

The video clips and worksheets I’ll email you during those 7-days will empower you to overcome the first-timer syndrome.

Sign up for the 7-days Challenge and also recommend if you know someone who has recently taken a new leadership position as a team lead, supervisor, managers, or business owner.

I look forward to working with you during those seven days and beyond.

Overcoming 1st Timer Syndrome: Own Your Place

Your first-timer opportunity should have been a celebratory moment but ended up becoming a source of constant stress? Do you experience constant nagging within that you aren’t ready or competent enough for the current leadership position or the one you are aiming at? Do you feel like you aren’t in charge? In Episode 8, I shared how first-timers could be able to own their place, feel, look, and act as if they are in charge.

Before we proceed, if you haven’t watched the previous episode where I emphasized the importance of knowing your place. In that episode, I suggested some questions you should ask and get answers to. If you may have any feedback or questions, let me know. If you have already watched Episode 7, it might have already increased your confidence but knowing is not enough to overcome the first-timer syndrome.

This is now time to own what you know and benefit from it. You scanned your environment and increased your knowledge about yourself, the organization, your team, and other key stakeholders. You have to use these data to own your place. Having the necessary knowledge by itself is not enough. You should take charge from the start by putting your best foot forward from the get-go. In Episode 8, I will show you how you may become or at least look confident, assertive, and in control of your environment.

People are watching you when you climb the leadership ladder. The more you climb and you are leaving people below, it is natural and easy for them to look up to you and see everything you say, how you behave and act from ‘below’. That is why you have to own your place so that you show to people that you care about the organization and the people you serve, and comfortable and in charge of your new place and role ‘up there’. I’m not talking about faking it. Of course, the worst comes; you fake it until you make it. I’m talking about demonstrating a sincere demeanor that shows that you own the place. Of course, I’m not suggesting you become arrogant, autocratic, and bully.

In my previous first-timer positions, I remember the struggles I had. Initially, I wasn’t even consciously aware of my inability to own the places. Looking back retrospectively, my words, behaviors, decisions, and actions were tentative and full of hesitations. Then, I upgraded myself into being conscious but didn’t know how to own my place. What is more? The moment I decided to own it, I didn’t know how to do it smartly. I appeared over the board. I lacked the competencies to show confidence outwardly in my behaviors and assertiveness in my words, decisions, and actions. Of course, in my latest first-timer positions, I understood its importance before I even take them plus I quickly owned the place. I also coached and trained first timers to own their place. That is why I’m going to share with you some of the insights that enabled me to own my first-timer positions, and those I coached and trained.

The first thing that allowed me and other first-timers I helped to step up to own their place was recognizing a condition called imposter syndrome. I realized that all achievers experience this syndrome. The difference is the degree at which they are affected by this syndrome. When someone is affected, they tend to attribute their success to being lucky or cheated their way to get where they are in the current leadership position they are in. They may also find some excuses for why they got the job questioning whether they actually earned it. Most importantly, they questioned themselves, consciously or unconsciously whether they deserved it. They suffer within feeling inadequate, unworthy, waiting to be exposed, and in turn humiliated once people know them well.

The best way to overcome imposter syndrome is to embrace ourselves the way we are including our weaknesses and limitations to own one’s place and be in charge. Below are some of the approaches that helped my clients and me to own or place:

  1. Acting confident
  2. Becoming assertive
  3. Setting boundaries

For more, check out Episode 8 to learn more about the significance of Owning Your Place by overcoming imposter syndrome. In this episode, you will learn the importance of acting confident, being assertive, and setting boundaries. Watch the episode and let me know if you may have any questions and comments. If you may have any topic you want me to cover or questions you would like me to answer in the upcoming couple of episodes, let me know.

If you’re also interested to go deeper with me, make sure to sign up for the 7-days challenge I’m planning to issue soon. Within those 7-days, I will send you video clips and other helpful resources to overcome the first-timer syndrome you may already experience now or in the future. In order to get these resources for free, sign up for the email list by going to www.assegid.com

Don’t forget to subscribe to the channel if you haven’t yet so that you won’t miss future episodes. Like, leave your comments, and share it with those who may benefit from the show.

If you prefer to listen to the podcast version, here you go:

Overcoming First Timer Syndrome- Know Your Place

Have you heard people saying ‘Know your place’? People use it negatively. When people think you are where you don’t belong or deserve, they tell you to know your place. When it comes to a first-timer leadership position, the skepticism could come from your own self or others.

Consciously or unconsciously, you may think that you don’t belong or deserve this new position. You doubt yourself at many levels. If In case you think you know your place and you earn it, you may face skepticism from others such as your team members and other stakeholders. Those who competed for that the new position may think that you don’t deserve it. They may assume that they were the right fit for the place. Your team members, especially if you were peers and now you are promoted to lead them, some of your team members may not accept you right away, consciously or unconsciously.

The best way to shut down your inner critics and other skeptics is to actually ‘Know Your Place’ very well. Knowledge takes away any mystery. It sets you free, and in turn, increases your confidence. The question is what kind of knowledge you do need right away to know and then own the place from the get going.

The most important knowledge you need to have include:

  1. Yourself
  2. The organization
  3. Your boss
  4. The Team
  5. Key stakeholders
  1. You

The most important first knowledge is about you. Philosophers had been emphasizing the importance of conquering self than trying to conquer the rest of the world. They realized that the most subtle and dangerous foe that stands in the way the most and stop you from succeeding than what is in the outside. There is a powerful African’s saying, “If there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do us no harm.” Ask these questions:

  • From where did I come from?
  • Who am I?
  • Why am I here?
  • What should I be doing now?
  • Where am I heading?

The answers to these questions increase your awareness and your ability to manage and control yourself. Leadership begins with self. The more you lead yourself successfully, the more you could succeed leading others. On the other hand, if you cannot manage yourself, your emotions, time, and resources, chances are high that you may not able to lead others and their resources effectively. The more you know about yourself and get answers to the above questions, the more you develop confidence, and as a result, feel and look in charge of your new leadership place.

In Episode 7, I talked about the importance of Knowing Your Place by knowing more and in-depth about yourself, the organization, your boss, your team members, and other key stakeholders. I’m not talking about superficial acquaintances. You need to go deeper than you did when you prepared for the interview. This journey positions you to overcome the first-timer syndrome. Watch the episode and let me know if you may have any questions. If you may have any topic you want me to cover or questions you would like me to answer in the upcoming episodes, let me know.

If you’re also interested to go deeper with me, make sure to sign up for the 7-days challenge I’m planning to issue soon. During those 7-days, I will send you video clips and other helpful resources to overcome the first-timer syndrome you may already experience now or in the future. In order to get these resources for free, sign up for the email list by going to www.assegid.com

Don’t forget to subscribe to the channel if you haven’t yet so that you won’t miss future episodes. Like, leave your comments, and share it with those who may benefit from the show.

If you prefer to listen to the podcast version, here you go:

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