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CBODN 'In The Know' Book Discussion - "Overcoming the Should Syndrome – A Case Study of Michelle Obama "

  • 13 Mar 2019
  • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Virtual AND In-Person: Insperity 7950 Jones Branch Drive | McLean, VA 22102


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CBODN 'In The Know' Book Discussion

Topic: Overcoming the Should Syndrome – A Case Study of Michelle Obama 

Description: This session will discuss Michelle Obama’s life and career through the lens of the Should Syndrome, a condition where we make choices based on what we they think we are supposed to do or should do rather than what we want. Should Syndrome sufferers tend to hold themselves back and aren’t able to realize their full potential.

In her recent autobiography, Becoming, Obama reveals how she often felt that she wasn’t “good enough.” She recounts her challenges in deciding to leave a lucrative job at a prestigious law firm to pursue a career that more closely aligned with her passions and skills. She also discusses her reluctance to be a politician’s wife and how she navigated through the significant challenges of being the first African American First Family, while trying to stay true to herself, protect her daughters, and define her role. Using The Should Syndrome as a reference, we will explore Obama’s “Shoulds,” how they influenced her choices, and how she was able to break free from them. We will also discuss how both books can help you help your clients realize their full potential and become exceptional leaders.

Facilitator: Karen See

Bio: Karen See is an author and consultant who has spent much of her 30+ year career helping organizations discover and implement more effective ways to achieve their mission. In 2016, she wrote and published The Should Syndrome: Break Free and Start Living the Life You Want. Modeled after best-selling books such as The One Minute Manager and Who Moved My Cheese, The Should Syndrome uses a fictional narrative to teach people how to understand and then change patterns of thinking and behavior that get in the way of living the lives they want. Karen based this book on extensive research and her own personal experience as she learned to live a full and balanced life. She currently works part-time as a consultant at MITRE and is writing a novel about women, equality, and self-discovery.

Source: Amazon.com 

CoP Leader:

Laura Mendelow 



**Registration required in advance to ensure sufficient seating, and to help us design the best experience for a blend of in-person and on-line participation.  (It will ask whether you intend to be in-person or virtual).  Thank You!

In-Person Venue:  Insperity | 7950 Jones Branch Drive | McLean, VA 22102

Virtual Participation:  Zoom link and/or dial-in info is included in the registration confirmation email.

Cancellation Policy: Event follows federal Office of Personnel Management policy and decisions.  If federal government is closed, event will be canceled. 

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