Confidence is 'the' key success factor for modern managers and leaders and yet many lack confidence in the following areas: Managing downwards when subordinates have higher qualifications or are qualified in a different discipline Influencing peers when there is no direct authority Managing upwards because you need to influence your boss Influencing outwards to clients and vendors With all these scenarios the keys to confidence are, 1) accepting that you are valuable and have
Image Expert reveals how industry leaders MUST stand out from the crowd Executive Presence: The French call it je ne sais quoi – which literally translated means “I don’t know what it is” and we use it when something has an intangible quality that makes it distinctive or attractive. Some lucky people are just born with it; the power to make heads turn as they enter a room. People sit up and listen when they speak and everybody wants a piece of them. Is it something you are born with, or can
Can you change your self? A new year is fast approaching and as the year clicks over on the calendar it is customary to make New Year's Resolutions and it is also customary to break them a few days later; which begs the question, "Can we change ourselves for the better?" From a self-leadership perspective, the answer lies in the question - to change we must change our 'selves'. 'Self' is a matrix of frames of mind which includes our self beliefs and values which make up our 'identify' and we
"If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere."- Frank A. Clark In my coaching and speeches I explain how we often react not to the actual obstacles in our life, but how we represent these obstacles in our mind, and the stories we tell ourselves. As a self-leader your can self-coach yourself to make manageable the obstacle you find in your path. The following questions will help you better understand how you have constructed the obstacle in your mind.
I remember asking a group of managers about work life balance at their company and was answered by a humorous, but sad response, "Here it's 90% work-life and 10% no-life!" I understand why the manager should say that, particularly as I find myself answering emails in the evenings and often working on weekends. For most part, work life balance is a myth and the term has been replaced with work life integration. Work Life Balance versus Work Life Integration With smartphones and tablets we
(first published May 2005 as part of Self Leadership International's monthly newsletter) Self-esteem podcast How's your self-esteem today? Are you feeling super-good about yourself? Or do you feel like yesterday's take-out food that has been left out in the rain? Have you been judging or criticising yourself? Or have you been considering yourself less 'worthy' than someone else? If you are not feeling super-good about yourself right now, or you know someone suffering from low
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Far be it from to argue with Jean-Paul Sartre, but I no longer think that, “Hell is other people,” I believe that hell is created by our thinking about other people. Have you ever lost sleep thinking about what someone else said or did? I know I have, and the worst offence, in my experience, is when you feel that person has judged you unfairly. This week I’ve had two conversations and some personal experience to remind me that, “What other people think about us is none of our business.” This
Coaching and Mentoring are essential for talent management. In retaining and developing your top performers, a manager must recognize when coaching and mentoring are the right tools for the right people. By knowing the strengths of your team members, their work behavior, and communication style, a manager can engage staff in creating an actionable plan for their performance goals, discover their approach to increase their effective results, and help them deliver on standards. Coaching and
We have all experienced days when we just don't have our usual zip and if this happens on a Monday then it gives further credence to the 'Monday Blues' myth. Research shows that more sick days (MC's) are taken on a Monday but moodiness and low engagement can happen equally on any work day. Whilst it's easy to blame the boss or the company for your lack of energy and commitment to work, I thought on this Monday that I would share some Self-leadership strategies for having a great Monday. Beating