Problem: many brilliant innovators wouldn’t recognise their own shortcomings in the charm department even if … (insert painfully humiliating scenario) Solution? Get ready for the Science (or Zen?) of Charisma
Robert Scoble interviews Olivia Fox, who gives captains of industry and academia (e.g. at Deloitte, MIT, Harvard, Yale and Stanford) the means to overcome ‘impostor syndrome’: a pervasive sense that you do not deserve the credibility that you have been given and that every time you speak, you are terrifying close to betraying some inexcusable incompetence you feel you possess but which you have so far succeeded in concealing.
Olivia Fox Cabane is a speaking and communications coach, and founder of Spitfire Communications.
We’ve all heard of innovators needing to be able to able to “embrace failure as an acceptable consequence of being innovative”, but she seems to be taking this to another level:
“In the space of innovation specifically, one of the things that’s most fascinating to me is seeing how important it is to know how to fail successfully and how only the best innovators and the best leaders know how to do that”
In other words, it isn’t merely important for innovators to be tolerant of, or even to enthusiastically embrace failure, she suggests that there is a phenomenon of “failing successfully” which she believes is dependent upon [my extrapolation here] ‘constructive cognitive responses’ (to failure) which she feels she can equip innovators to deploy
She is also the author of The Pocket Guide to Becoming a Superstar in Your Field, a handbook on the art of networking.
She is considered an authority on business relationship building, and has been featured and quoted by leading news and business media, including Bloomberg TV, MSN.com, Entrepreneur Magazine, BusinessWeek, The New York Times, and Smart Money.
She has lectured on charisma at Yale University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard University.