Personal Confidence & Motivation


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Do you have the self belief and confidence to make a difference? Do you “just know” that you’ll succeed no matter what? Do you know what motivates and gets you going? And do you know how to tap into the motivations of other people?

In Personal Confidence & Motivation written by Sean McPheat (Founder and Managing Director of management development specialists, MTD Training) you’ll find the answers to all of these questions and much more besides. You’ll understand how to build your own confidence levels and how to generate confidence in an instant. You’ll then move to the topic of motivation and you’ll be able to really understand this area of personal development.


Image Source: Flickr – Run On Beat by Run on Beat

8 Tips for effective scheduling


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In our daily routine we are unceasingly exposed to facts and events that can easily draw our attention away from tasks which are essential for being efficient and fully productive at work.

Effective scheduling can help us prioritizing and preventing unfruitful struggles to cope with the demands placed upon us.

Geoffrey Whiteway on Coaching Positive Performance lists eight tips that – if daily implemented – can help us scheduling:

  1. Plan the night before: making plan the night before, will ensure you less anxiety and better night sleep.
  2. Select 1 key task: identify the most important task for each day and get that task completed.
  3. Key task first: Life is unpredictable and if somethings happens that plays havoc with your plans, getting the most important task done first will increase the probability for your day to still be effective.
  4. Context based lists: If you have more than 20 tasks to be completed, make a list and put specific tasks under headings based on the situation you find yourself in, or the resources available to you at the time.
  5. No agenda, no meeting. Avoid meetings which do not have a clear agenda, as they tend to be just “talking shops”.
  6. Establish rituals. Routines allow you to get important, repeated tasks completed with maximum efficiency and minimum thought.
  7. Only time specific tasks go in your calendar. Tasks without a deadline risk being continuously put off.
  8. Projects vs. tasks A task is something which needs to get done but has not been done yet. A project is something which needs to be done, but has not been done yet and will take more one task to get done. There is real benefit in thinking this way and breaking each project down into tasks.


Image source: Flickr – photosteve101



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If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;

If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,

And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Father and Son

Image source: Flickr – Kwanie

Don’t get innovation all wrong!!


As Jack Weich (Executive Chairman, The Jack Welch Management Institute) says in his article “You’re Getting Innovation All Wrong“, we should not be scared by innovation. In particular, everyone should engage in the game without waiting for the “innovators” to come.

“You’ve got to make innovation everyone’s job, all the time.”


Image source: FlickrThomas Hawk (CC-BY-NC 2.0)


How to find work you love


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We often spend years and years, day after day in job we don’t really love. Or we struggle trying to find out which job we would really love.

Scott Dinsmore shares what he learned from his personal experience in this deceptively simple TED talk about finding out what really matters to you — and then getting started doing it.

The first step? Understand yourself!


The Origins of Loyalty: Kindness Over Toughness


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True loyalty originates from kindness, not from fear!

Indeed, according to Daniel Goleman, one of Linkedin’s most appreciated INfluencer and author of “A Force for Good”, if you want a loyal team, you must choose kindness over toughness.

Discover more here!

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