The Edges of Lean — Episode 31 Continuous Improvement and Overcoming Imposter Syndrome with Tara Halliday


Do you experience self-doubt? Have you ever wondered if you have “Imposter Syndrome?” Does it impact your ability to influence and drive continuous improvement? Today I speak with Dr. Tara Halliday who is an imposter syndrome coach about her career and about principles that can help us when we experience imposter syndrome.


Tara has a Ph.D. in engineering and has practiced as a holistic therapist and coach for 21 years. She specializes in solving what is commonly referred to as “imposter syndrome”. She is the author of Unmasking: The Coach’s Guide to Imposter Syndrome, and Understanding the Science of Imposter Syndrome




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 Key topics in this podcast:

  • Tara’s career background
  • How her coaching career started
  • What is Imposter Syndrome? 
  • How did it impact her career? 
  • How do you get out of your comfort zone? 
  • What is the amygdala?
  • Negative impacts of having Imposter syndrome
  • Imposter syndrome in-depth explanation 
  • Imposter syndrome and your sense of right and wrong
  • Imposter syndrome myths
  • Why neuro-linguistic programming doesn’t help with imposter syndrome
  • Tips to manage to imposter syndrome
  • How parents can help their children not develop imposter syndrome.



  • Imposter syndrome is very common (up to 70% of people experience it)
  • It is created early in life – and is part of our brain’s way of protecting us from the world.
  • Many of the methods that people use to manage imposter syndrome are not effective, but there are effective measures out there that can be used 
  • Having trustworthy allies can help to manage and get rid of the imposter syndrome
  • We benefit from appreciating our own worth as a human.
  • If you think you have imposter syndrome, Tara has a quiz you should take to find out more about it.


Words of wisdom or Tweet-ables 

Tara Halliday

“Learning involves mistakes and mistakes doesn’t mean you’re bad”