I failed!

I will never forget the day one of my previous employers made a leadership change.

If you have ever been through an experience of being managed out of a company by an employer you will never forget it.

It happens due to cost containment, leadership changes or the different directions a company is going.

Or your time may be just up!

“It’s nothing personal, it’s just business.”

Ugh! Easy to say, but tough to absorb and not take it personally.

RIGHT, I have a family, expenses, etc., just like most people.

The worst part is how to respond.

I reenergized myself and tried even harder during that time. I was purposely laughed at during a small meeting presentation I conducted with others. It was difficult!!! I’m not sure how I survived, but what I did was try harder.

A few weeks later I was prepared to nail a presentation in a room of 100+ cross-functional teams, peers & senior leadership.

I did very well, & am proud of that speech to this day. Threw in some humor too. One of the team members that laughed at me during our previous small group session even complimented me on how well I did.


It’s how I responded that makes me who I am today.

I stayed positive at work, but behind the scenes it was one of the most difficult times of my life. It didn’t span just a couple of weeks, but well over a year…

It takes work. Ageism?

Confidence is a significant factor in the workplace and can have a substantial impact on various aspects of an individual’s professional life. Here are some ways in which confidence plays a crucial role:

  1. Professional Presence: Confidence contributes to a strong and positive professional presence. How you carry yourself, the way you communicate, and your overall demeanor influence how others perceive you in the workplace.
  2. Leadership: Confidence is often associated with effective leadership. Leaders who exude confidence inspire trust and can guide their teams more effectively. It helps leaders make decisions, take calculated risks, and navigate challenges with resilience.
  3. Career Advancement: Individuals who project confidence are more likely to be considered for promotions and career advancement. Confidence can make you stand out and be perceived as someone who is capable and ready for increased responsibilities.
  4. Effective Communication: Confident individuals tend to communicate more clearly and persuasively. They can articulate their ideas and opinions with conviction, making it easier for others to understand and support their viewpoints.
  5. Risk-Taking and Innovation: Confidence is closely linked to a willingness to take risks and explore innovative solutions. In the workplace, this can lead to creative problem-solving and a culture of continuous improvement.
  6. Networking: Confidence plays a crucial role in networking and building professional relationships. Confident individuals are more likely to approach new people, share their ideas, and build connections that can be valuable for career development.
  7. Job Performance: Confidence can positively impact job performance. Individuals who believe in their abilities are more likely to take on challenging tasks, persist in the face of setbacks, and perform at their best.
  8. Resilience: Confidence contributes to resilience in the face of setbacks or failures. Confident individuals are more likely to bounce back from challenges, learn from experiences, and continue to strive for success.
  9. Team Dynamics: Confidence can influence team dynamics. Confident team members can contribute more effectively, collaborate better with others, and foster a positive and productive team environment.
  10. Career Satisfaction: Confidence is linked to career satisfaction. Individuals who feel confident in their abilities and are recognized for their contributions tend to have a more fulfilling and satisfying professional life.

I became stronger, confident & more importantly consistent in my approach after this experience. Failure became a driver to more confidence today.

It’s important to note that confidence is not about being arrogant or overbearing. Genuine confidence comes from a belief in one’s abilities, a positive self-image, and a willingness to learn and grow. Building and maintaining confidence is an ongoing process, and individuals can enhance their confidence through professional development, learning, and positive experiences in the workplace.

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