On confidence

Over the last several years I have been on a mission to increase my confidence.  I am better than I used to be but still have some bad habits.  Until recently I was blissfully unaware until I got some feedback from my last job interview

“you know your stuff but you need to show more confidence in yourself”

This was pretty surprising as I thought I was coming across confident.  Upon reflection I realise that there are areas that I can focus on to make myself appear more confident.

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Cogs

In the corporate world there seems to be a big hard-on to aspire towards top level leadership.

Answering e-mails on your holiday or at your son’s football game doesn’t really sell it to me.

As a by-product of this thinking many organisations almost shove this level of career development down it’s workers throats.

But what if someone doesn’t want to?

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Managing someone with more experience: The Baby Manager

My mum always said you knew you were getting older when you started to see policemen that were younger than you; so I don’t know what Tracey thought when I walked in and said:

“Hi, I’m James, your new manager.”

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Office Etiquette – It’s ok to…

Saw this kicking about.

Thought it was nice reassurance for working in an office to show that doing these things are ok…

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Dealing with the negative

I bumped into someone from my old team the other day.  With her was my replacement who had begun the role a month ago.

 I am not rude and didn’t want to blank her, so I began talking to her so that she wasn’t just sat back observing our conversation.  I introduced myself and asked how she was finding the job.  Her response surprised me.

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Everyone could potentially be a leader

I was reading a book on leadership, when someone remarked “Aspiring to be a manager are we…”

There still seems to be a wide confusion between being a leader and being in charge.

So to put it clearer – you may call yourself a manager or the boss – but that doesn’t mean you are a leader. Continue reading