Totem Talks
Totem Talks
Mar 23, 2022
Episode 63: Competence over Confidence
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Hello fabulous followers!  In this month's Totem Talks we explore the very real and pervasive phenomenon of confidence - and the ability to come across as confident - masking a serious lack of competence in any particular skill or role.

This is especially true in organisational cultures that promote people on the basis that they "speak up" or "engage confidently" with stakeholders.  By themselves these are worthy skills, but in the overall context of a role?  We're not so sure.

Whilst offering insights and a few ways for organisations to break this trend, Helen Frewin and Mark Smith discuss the career limiting and often prejudicial effects this phenomenon has on those who are likely to be extremely competent, but choose to listen to others', rather than speak over them.

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