Resilience-Building: the What, Why and How (Series 3)

Resilience – it’s fast becoming another one of those buzz words being used by HR and managers, to ensure employees are better equipped to deal with the demands of the 21st century workplace. But what exactly is resilience? Isn't it something innate we either happen to have or not have? And if that’s not the … Continue reading Resilience-Building: the What, Why and How (Series 3)

The benefits of a more confident workforce (Series 2)

Confidence is the key ingredient in optimising performance, alongside skill and will. To engender step-change and achieve real success, risks need to be taken. But without confidence no one would dare try. Confidence breeds greater efficiencies. There is more independent thinking, with less need for reassurance. Decision making becomes quicker and more decisive. Building confidence … Continue reading The benefits of a more confident workforce (Series 2)

Possible threats to confidence? (Series 2)

As we have already seen confidence is elastic. Even the most self-assured can suffer crises of confidence, resulting in a crushing downward spiral. This can be recognised through a number of difference behaviours: prevarication and the continued need for reassurance in decision making; increased anxiety and over-confidence. It is useful then for both individuals and … Continue reading Possible threats to confidence? (Series 2)

How can we build greater confidence in the workplace? (Series 2)

One of the most robust ways to gain confidence is through achievement, from being able to master activities. The more you do something well, the more confident you become as a result.  However twinned to success lies the possibility of failure, so even making that first attempt requires confidence. The phrase chicken and egg comes … Continue reading How can we build greater confidence in the workplace? (Series 2)

What is confidence and where does it come from? (Series 2)

Stajkovic describes confidence as the combination of hope, self-efficacy, optimism and resilience. A confident person is someone who figures out what to do and how (hope), develops a belief that they can do specific tasks (self-efficacy), forms a positive outcome outlook (optimism), and works on the belief that they can bounce back if things go … Continue reading What is confidence and where does it come from? (Series 2)