In the software world, the term 'imposter syndrome' has become a part of the common lexicon. It's so prevalent in our industry that even the mighty Jon Skeet wrote about it ... twice! Now if somebody as talented as the 'Chuck Norris of programming' has a hard time accepting praise, how are we supposed to?
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In the spirit of the new year, I'm going to share a confession and resolution. One that, at face value is significantly simpler and easier to keep than any gym membership you might have in mind. In practice, though, this takes real courage and confidence to bring to the workplace but when harnessed properly, I'm convinced it brings results like nothing else.
In our efforts to create a better workplace (which is a good cause), some cultures have grown into a state where we expect positivity from everybody we work with at all times. So much so, that negativity, scepticism and uncertainty have started to become socially unacceptable attitudes.
Open yourself a new tab and do a quick image search for the term 'Professional'. You won't be surprised by the results. What you're inevitably confronted with is an abject sea of pinstripe, handshaking, and clipboards. Why is it that the notion of professionalism has become so inextricably linked with appearance? Is there really a meaningful correlation between how we dress and how we act? I think there is, but not in a good way.
Trust people and they will be trustworthy and trust in return. Develop people, and they will develop the organisation. Give people a problem to solve (not a solution to implement), and they will out-perform any team that have been simply told what to do.