Take this short assessment to see how confident you really are. Then do something about it. Use the hints and tips and follow any of the many links within the article that are most appropriate for your needs
Are you stuck inside your comfort zone? Do you fear stepping into the unknown? Did you know there are health benefits when you do? Listen again to BBC Radio Oxford's Jo in the Afternoon show where I meet Roy Locock who jumped in his 32 year old MG Midget and travelled around the world alone and Jonathan Luker who left his job in IT to set up his own "authentic" lemonade business. Click the link below My Confidence Clinic is at the start of the show.
Part of developing yourself is honest self-analysis, and being able to develop others requires effective leadership skills. Have a read through these leadership attributes and do an honest self-assessment of where you sit and what your needs might be. Then, we challenge you to do something about it. We in the L&D area can help, so get in contact if you've identified a gap.
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This links in well to what we are trying to do with these Scoop.it pages.
Basically it's saying that leadership is idiosyncratic. What works well for one person may not be appropriate for another.
You need a variety of approaches to help different people. The article advises using personality type tests like MBTI, it's worth noting that most of these have been proven to be inaccurate and even harmful although they do still have their uses.
We believe that Scoop.it is a great way to provide a drip feed of current ideas and thinking to spark ideas and debate, it's up to you how you choose to use them.
How to keep learning when people think you know it all.
It is hard to let others know that you don’t know everything they think you know. But it’s also essential in order to let yourself out from this self-presentational vice (“I’m the expert, but how do I stay an expert without others seeing I’m not an expert at everything”).
Using the confidence/competence loop can drive performance and inform, inspire and ignite those you lead. Jump-start your confidence with these application techniques.
There are several basic areas of study that, as we study them, we can become more effective coaches and leaders. This long list includes both human behavior and learning. The psychological concept I want to talk about today comes from the intersection of these two fields of study.
Don’t worry; I’m not going to go all academic on you (though you could, with a simple web search, find lots of scholarly work on what we are going to talk about).
Here is the concept – the confidence/competence loop.
We all recognize that our success accelerates when we are confident. The reason is simple. Without confidence we revert to fear, and when we are fearful we don’t take any action. We get tentative, we delay and we procrastinate. When you are able to let go of fear, you take action more quickly and easily.
I like this concept. It has worked for me in the past in situations where I woudl like to be more confident. To me it's all about being prepared and knowing my subject. If I am competent at what I'm doing, confidence comes naturally!
Confidence is one of the most important personal qualities for succeeding in the workplace. Sometimes it doesn't matter how much you work or how skilled you are, it is how you project yourself that matters to co-workers and employers. If you are not confident in yourself and your abilities, others will pick up on it.
Learn to build self confidence with these 10 strategies. Self confidence is the difference between feeling unstoppable and feeling scared out of your wits. Your perception of yourself has an enormous impact on how others perceive you.
My favourist suggestions...8) Speak up and 10) Focus on your contribution. All too often, we worry that people will judge us and this fear is rarely justified. By putting this fear aside and focussin on the positive contribution we can make rather than how we're feeling, you're tkaing the first steps in building your confidence at work.
Learning a new language makes the brain grow, according to researchers who studied young recruits at the Swedish Armed Forces Interpreter Academy by measuring the brains of participants before and after the language training.
There's also evidence that suggests learning a second language can reduce the likelihood of Alzeihmer's onset.
There's growing evidence that contiuous lifelong learning is healthy for you and your brain. It's exercise for your brain.
If you want to learn a language, why not try duolingo.com - it's a free effective language learning tool. (it won't work on our network so wait till you get home)
Companies today aren’t managing their employees’ careers; knowledge workers must, effectively, be their own chief executive officers. It’s up to you to carve out your place, to know when to change course, and to keep yourself engaged and productive during a work life that may span some 50 years. To do those things well, you’ll need to cultivate a deep understanding of yourself—not only what your strengths and weaknesses are but also how you learn, how you work with others, what your values are, and where you can make the greatest contribution. Because only when you operate from strengths can you achieve true excellence.
As you build your career, your initial progress is slow. But through deliberate practice, you gain traction, entering into a virtuous cycle that propels you into a sweet spot of accelerating competence and confidence. Then, as you approach mastery, the more habitual the work becomes, the less you enjoy the "feel good" effects of learning: these two cycles constitute the S-curve.
Understanding the S-curve of skill development can help you be less discouraged when you are acquiring new skills, and it also explains why you need to throw yourself a curve once you have achieved mastery of a skill.