Professional Development Programs

Over-Achiever, Under-Believer:
How to Match Your Confidence to Your Competence

Female professional speaker, Maureen Zappala, discusses leadership principles during her conference keynote speech.You’re talented, accomplished and successful. People think you have it all together. Yet you still think to yourself “Oh my gosh! I don’t t know what I’m doing! And everyone is about to figure it out! They’re on to me!”

You feel like a fraud, an impostor. You discount your success, often explaining it away as due to luck, or an accident or perhaps due to a grand mistake somewhere. You live in near-constant state of being discovered as incompetent or stupid. This drives you to work harder, accomplish more, and strive for more goals. But the fear of being discovered never leaves you.

You suffer from the Impostor Syndrome or the Impostor Phenomenon.

It’s estimated that 70% of people suffer from this. That alone should give you encouragement: You are not alone. But, be even more encouraged! There are proven strategies that can silence that impostor voice so you can embrace your success and be confident to move further ahead without fear of being unmasked as a fake. You can be released from the clench of the counterfeit so you can match your confidence to your competence.

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Leadership is NOT Rocket Science

Maureen Zappala, professional keynote speaker, discusses how to be an effective leader.Great technical experts do not automatically make great leaders and managers. Unfortunately, far too many people are promoted into a leadership position simply because of technical competence and superiority.

But that often sets them up for failure. They don’t have the right “soft” skills to lead well. The result is that everyone loses. The leader is discouraged. The crew is frustrated. Upper management is forced to accept lower morale and productivity. Leadership is not rocket science. It’s just as complex, but it’s completely different.

In this session, Maureen will uncover a unique twist on leadership that can transform a technical expert into a managerial superstar. When leaders discover the “Five Alives” — the five key capacities that every employee needs to fulfill, they will be able to lead with authority, passion and confidence. And, their teams will begin to explode with loyalty and camaraderie. Leadership is not rocket science!

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Is Your Supersonic Team Producing Subsonic Results?

Leadership keynote speaker, Maureen Zappala, talks about teamwork & productivity.Would you like to have your team be more engaged, more enthused, and more productive? A Gallup poll conducted in 2010 indicates that 71% of employees are either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” from their job. WOW! What’s that costing your company? Lots.

You, as a leader, can begin to turn this around! You know you have star players on your team…and there’s a LOT you can you do to make them SUPERSTARS. Take some lessons from the jet engine testing world…while leadership isn’t rocket science, there are things you can do as a leader that the greatest propulsion researchers do too.

Explore three aspects of leadership that are so basic and fundamental, that most leaders unwittingly overlook. You CAN learn the secrets to being the leader they need so they become the team you want. You will gather your data, you will push the envelope, and you will see how small changes in power setting make a huge difference. You CAN propel your team to peak performance by thinking like a rocket scientist.