Tag Archives: Self-confidence

Can praise be bad as well as good?

business people thumbs up - praise effort not ability

It’s generally well accepted that you should praise people; and that people will perform better if they are regularly praised when they do good things.  The premise is simple: people like being praised, so if you praise them when they do a good job they’ll want to do more good things and thus receive more praise.  Their self-confidence will improve and they’ll be happier.  However, is it that simple?  Or can praising people sometimes be […]

Leaning down the hill

Downhill skier leaning down steep slope

Back when I was a coder, writing software for a big systems house, one of my assignments took me to Switzerland for a year.  I’d originally learnt to ski by going on the odd school skiing trip; however living in Switzerland gave me lots of opportunity to improve. However my progress soon plateaued when I got to the black runs. Standing there on a steep slope looking down, my natural tendency was to lean back […]

Who’s filtering your calls?

business man looking at telephone handset

There are a lot of techniques out there for building self confidence; however the very first step to take is to stop knocking it down.  Let me explain. One weekend, when I was two, I went outside to play after lunch leaving my Dad to finish his; he’d started eating later having been working outside.  A few minutes later my Mum went outside and saw one of the neighbours, silently, but wildly gesticulating and pointing […]

Letting go of the baby

Baby being handed from one person to another

Owners of small to medium sized businesses often don’t have a clear idea of what will happen with the company when they eventually come to retire or simply want to pursue different interests.  Even when they do, they simply have trouble “letting go of the baby”. Will the company continue?  Is the company in a suitable state to be able to sell it or will it be the case of shutting the door and walking […]

How confident are you? – an alternative perspective

Two hands - one with thumb up and one with thumb down

Self-confidence is an important factor in determining how you think, feel and behave.  Your level of self-confidence largely determines what you make happen in life and what you ultimately achieve, so improving your self-confidence is key to you living life to your full potential. There are a variety of ways to develop self-confidence, such as celebrating your achievements and reminding yourself that although you’re not everything you are going to be, thankfully you’re not what […]