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Dr Richard Orbe-Austin, Own Your Greatness
In this episode, I’m really excited to have as my guest, Dr. Richard Orbé-Austin who is an executive coach and a licensed psychologist, with a focus on leadership development, career advancement, and diversity, equity, & inclusion issues. He is a co-founder and partner of Dynamic Transitions Psychological Consulting, a career and executive coaching consultancy, which is located in NYC.
Dr. Orbé-Austin has been a keynote speaker and an invited presenter at various conferences and meetings and consults to academic institutions, corporations, and nonprofit organizations on issues related to leadership, career development & transitions, and diversity, equity & inclusion. He is the co-author of the recently published book, “Own Your Greatness: Overcome Impostor Syndrome, Beat Self-Doubt, and Succeed in Life”, which he co-authored with his partner, Dr. Lisa Orbé-Austin. The goal of the book is to provide a systematic formula to eliminate impostor syndrome and to assist readers to own their talents and power, in order to fully realize their goals, & to lead a more balanced life.
In our discussion, Richard and I talked about:
- How many of our negative thoughts are automatic and how we can interrupt the patterns
- How we can give ourselves positive feedback
- The 3-Cs framework of Clarify, Choose, and Create
Listen to the podcast to find out more.
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Show Notes from this episode with Dr Richard Orbe-Austin, Co-Author of Own Your Greatness
Key points and takeaways from this episode include:
- Career development is part of our identity.
- The 3 C’s Framework for Overcoming Impostor Syndrome
- Clarify your impostor syndrome origin story. Recognise the stories that you are telling yourself.
- Choose an alternative scenario. Reframe your negative thoughts.
- Create new opportunities. Experiment with new roles. Find your dream team.
- You have the power to change your story and to really have a different way of moving in the world.
- We all tell stories about ourselves. The challenge with impostor syndrome is that these stories are not accurate.
- Own your accomplishments. Identify and internalise your strengths. Recognise that you are someone who has a particular talent to contribute to the world, and you have the self-efficacy to really control your path.
- Taking feedback from people who know you and care about you allows you to honor that space and place to understand the unique strengths that you want to leverage.
- Recognise what you do well. Take some time to appreciate your strengths.
- Celebrate small victories. These things sustain you and motivate you. These things allow you to feel genuine appreciation for yourself.
- Pride is an important thing to have. It is not arrogance or a lack of humility. Pride is a job well done. It is appreciating yourself and being kind to yourself.
- People who have impostor syndrome are usually the ones who are putting in the effort. They are the ones who are achieving. They are the ones who are overworking for the benefit of the organisation. Hence, you are far from being an impostor and you are legitimate.
- Having empathy for yourself and others is critical. Be kind to yourself. Allow yourself to make mistakes. Don’t beat yourself up and tear yourself down.
- Automatic negative thoughts are the things that let you continue to feel like an impostor. Recognise those thoughts in your head. It’s all about being able to label them as such and being able to find a positive counter-argument to it.
- Reprogram and recondition your mind to have a more positive and more accurate assessment of who you are. Give yourself grace and give yourself feedback that is accurate.
- Positive affirmation is based on data. Recognise that there are plenty of opportunities and evidence that exist to show why you are worthy and great.
- Celebrate having an idea. Celebrate getting through every stage of creating your business. These celebratory pieces that go with the journey are critical to sustain you and to keep your motivation up.
- Success is not just about the outcome. Success is all about learning from the process and having a growth mindset when you make mistakes. Set short term goals for yourself and recognise that you are learning, growing, and adapting along the way.
- Feedback is a gift. It allows you to really grow and understand your areas of strength and areas for further development. It comes from a place of caring to help us grow and change.
- Feedback is a moment in a time that reflects a particular situation. It is not a broad generalisation of you not being good enough.
The Buzz – Our Innovation Round
Here are Richard’s answers to the questions of our innovation round. Listen to the conversation to get the full scoop.
- #1 thing to be more innovative – Give yourself time to reflect on opportunities to innovate. Build the space to think about the things you want to pursue. Give yourself the opportunity without judgment to let ideas flow through.
- Best thing for new ideas – Take risks. Test ideas out.
- Favourite tool for innovation – Pomodoro technique and meditation.
- Keep project/client on track – Having accountability and always having clear tasks and goals to meet.
- Differentiate – Understand what your specific niche is and be able to really leverage that. Understand what it is that you enjoy doing and what it is that you might as well specialise in.
To Be a Leader
Make sure that you are consistently connecting and building your network. Understand where the opportunities come from. Cultivate that and make time from your busy schedule to continue to grow, innovate and meet people.
You can reach out and thank Richard through their website.
Richard suggested we have a conversation with playwright, screenwriter and Kennedy Center Fellow, Sheldon Shaw. So Sheldon, keep an eye on your inbox for an invitation from us to the InnovaBuzz podcast, courtesy of Dr Richard Orbe-Austin.
- Website – Dynamic Transition Psychological Consulting
- Twitter – @DrROrbeAustin
Cool Things About Richard
- He is the son of Haitian immigrants. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, and was raised in Queens, NY.
- He was the founding director of NYU’s Graduate Student Career Development Center.
- He is an avid runner and enjoys reading historical nonfiction.