12 Ways To Grow Self Confidence And Personal Security

12 Ways To Grow Self Confidence And Personal Security I love people who are secure in their identity, yet are not verging on arrogance. Their self belief doesn't leave a bad taste in the mouth, and carries with it both authority and humility. Here's ways to grow self assurance and not need to look to others for approval. 1. Understand Our Strengths Strengthfinders, Myers Briggs, Belbin and the Enneagram are all great tools for this. Get … [Read more...]

See How Easily You Can Learn From Your Mistakes By Starting With Why?

See How Easily You Can Learn From Your Mistakes By Starting With Why? I've been fascinated by the question 'Why' for a long time. 'Why' is always a question I love to ask people, as the answers often unlock more interesting and insightful conversations. Our little baby Iona has reached that stage where everything is a 'Why.' Generally I find that her most natural way of observing the world before competition, self image, need for approval and … [Read more...]

10 Steps to Choosing the Best Books to Read

10 Steps to Choosing the Best Books to Read There's an approximate 2.2m books published each year, 48,857 published already this year (as of Jan 8th), and according to Google back in August 2010 there was a total of 130 million books that have ever been published. That's a lot of journeys. So how do you pick the best ones? I wrote a blog about listening and someone responded with a simple comment that it's easy (and enjoyable) to listen to … [Read more...]

Building Trust in Friendship

Building Trust in Friendship Be open with people who you trust. Trust is powerful and people need to earn it, but if you have found someone you do trust, take courage and look to be more open with them, and work to build trust in your friendships. Because deep levels of intimacy between friends doesn’t happen by chance, and people are in need of friends. Good friends. Why don’t you create regular times when you can both share heart with … [Read more...]

Faithful Leaders- Being Faithful in the Small

Many boys growing up want to score the winning goal on cup final day. At one time I did. To be hoisted onto the shoulders of your team mates, shooting into the top corner at full blast from 35 yards, causing your team to win in extra time. Walking up the steps to collect and lift the trophy to the screams of adoring fans, chanting your name and singing ‘You’ll never walk alone.’ Yeah, pretty obvious really. I mean, did you have these … [Read more...]

Business Blame Culture

Businesses with a blame culture that blame their staff for mistakes are businesses that can’t take initiative. It’s so easy for a business blame culture to emerge where people are punished, humiliated and made to feel small for the mistakes that they make. In such companies staff end up watching their backs, it’s everyone for themselves, but yes people do what they’re told to do, down to the letter of the law. Great you may think, but they … [Read more...]

The Importance of Storming within Successful Teams

Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing A lot of managers and business owners don't like the thought of team storming. They can feel uncomfortable when staff get upset and vocal about issues they don't like. Everyone knows that there will often be individuals that have an axe to grind, or seem only to focus on negatives. Some people call them 'half glass empty' people, others simply call them a pain in the neck. For some managers when the … [Read more...]

Looking after your customers as you grow: Amazon v Santander

I use to be a customer of these two companies, but now only one features in my regular bookmarks. For those of you from outside of Europe, Santander is a Spanish bank who in recent years has acquired and grown by purchasing Abbey National, Alliance and Leicester and more recently branches of the Royal Bank of Scotland. As a result in a relatively short period of time, Santander has established themselves as a very recognisable high street … [Read more...]