Posts Tagged ‘ confidence ’

Confidence vs. Competence

We have an enormous tendency to confuse confidence with competence. We want someone who can do the work, but we tend to trust the person that looks the part. Doing so is inherently dangerous, and points to some significant biases we may not even recognize.



Produce, Or Procrastinate?

Schedules are a source of tyranny. They often force us to produce, even when we don’t want to. Leadership and success isn’t always about endurance and sheer bloody-mindedness, though. Listen to the cues along the way.



The Will to Lead

Leading change is a challenging undertaking. In particular, we must as individuals find the confidence to lead in the face of indifference, uncertainty and sometimes outright opposition. One of the key influences on our motivation, and on our will to lead, is a curious quality called agency.



Wrestling With Strategy & Change

Virtually my entire career has been, in one way or another, focussed on the creation of change. I am not a status-quo kind of guy. What I’ve learned about realizing strategy and managing change in organizations.



This Is What Imposter Syndrome Looks Like

Unless you have been living under a rock, you will know that Emma Watson gave an extraordinary speech to the United Nations on Saturday last. Watson was launching the UN Women #HeForShe campaign for gender equality.



Ego, Ownership & Happiness

Marnie McBean isn’t your normal, average, every-day Canadian. For starters, she’s won several gold medals at the Olympics. She has a healthy ego. She’s proud that she has a healthy ego. And she thinks more Canadians need to embrace their awesomeness.



Making Big Projects Seem Small

I have something of a reputation as a procrastinator. Ill deserved, mind you, but present nonetheless. As an illustration… I have been working on my thesis since 2004. At least, I have been enrolled in a doctoral program in which the production of a thesis figures strongly as a required deliverable. While there were moves…
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