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...]

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...]

Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?

Are You Your Own Worst Enemy I remember when I was first starting out in business, a consultant said to me, “The best thing about your company is you, and the worst thing about your company is you.” I didn’t really understand what this meant at the time but over time it certainly made sense to me. Are you your own worst enemy? Do you know what your faults are and the potential impact that this could have on your business? It sounds … [Read more...]

Spare a Thought For Your Competition

Spare a Thought For Your Competition Letting people down affects everyone. Spare a thought for your competitors when you provide a service and let a customer down. You may just excuse your mistake and explain it away as a bad week in business, however the ripple effect of this is so much bigger. Let’s take Search Engine Optimisation as an example. An SEO consultant offers his services to an insurance company saying that he can get their … [Read more...]

Office First Impressions Last – Buy Second Hand Furniture

Office First Impressions Last - Buy Second Hand Furniture Everybody likes to work in a pleasant, warm environment. However people prefer to have a job over having an expensive office desk. What is sometimes seen as necessary expenditure for a start-up company is one of the causes of the culture that kills it. Take two companies: boo.com – expensive furniture, expensive chairs, expensive offices. People who came to work for boo … [Read more...]

11 Top Tips for Team Motivation

11 Top Tips for Team Motivation Have you ever wondered how to motivate your team? Here are 11 top tips to help you out. 1. Know their Strengths Do you understand what makes your team around you buzz and feel motivated? What are the drivers and things that are important for them? What do they get passionate about and enjoy doing? Simply put, what are they great at? It’s so much more important to focus people in on their strengths and … [Read more...]

Being Generous With Your Contacts

Being Generous With Your Contacts Do you know people who find it impossible to share knowledge or contacts with others? They are reluctant to make introductions, or pass on contacts that could be instrumentally helpful to others. The same could go for ideas and knowledge as well. Are you like that? Without realising it, they can seem possessive when it comes to ideas or helpful contacts. They think that by passing ‘gold-dust’ on to others, … [Read more...]

Free Drinks That You Pay Yourself

Free Drinks That You Pay Yourself I love the band Athlete and their song “Flights to El Salvador”. In the lyrics there is a great line: “Free drinks that you pay yourself.... can’t quite put my finger on it”. Athlete, who were signed at the time to Parlophone who are owned by EMI, raise a question for me with these lyrics. In the music industry it is well-known when a band takes an advance for an album, there are lots of costs incurred. … [Read more...]