Monthly Archives: February 2009

Karate, Kata, Kumite & Kime: A Business Model

The idea of drawing parallels between martial arts and business practice is not new.  John Barnes and Richard Richardson, two highly successful  businessmen and entrepreneurs (Harry Ramsdens) liken business to Judo in their excellent book Marketing Judo.  They show how … Continue reading

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Do We Already Have the Resources In-House?

No matter how much business operators try to convince me, I have never fully bought into the idea of using outside, contract staff.   Let me explain … There are times when new people bring a different dynamic to what we do … Continue reading

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What are the Dangers of Self-Esteem & Self-Confidence?

This may seem to be a pointless question after my last few posts, but self-esteem and self-confidence, like most other qualities must be held in balance. We have all met the ‘over-confident’ and those whose ego and self-esteem are so … Continue reading

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How Can We Build Self-Esteem & Confidence in Others?

Self-esteem is the foundation on which confidence can build.  People who feel valued and know their self-worth are then more able to try new things and be prepared to fail.  Unfortunately, failure has become a dirty word in business and … Continue reading

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What are the Benefits of Building Self-Esteem & Self-Confidence?

In short, many!! But let’s start by considering what we will avoid.  When we are continually dragged down by low self-esteem and low self-confidence the impact is much wider than our work; it affects our whole life! Biologically, our bodies … Continue reading

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How Can We Affect Self-Esteem & Self-Confidence in Others?

It is always worth considering what impact we can and do have on the self-esteem and self-confidence of other.  If these qualities in us are affected by external input from our parents, peers etc (i.e., others) then we too can … Continue reading

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Self-Esteem & Self-Confidence

Today I’m going to start a ‘mini-series’ on what I see as possibly one of the most crucial elements to any success story:  self-esteem and self-confidence.  I’ve put them his way round for a reason that will become apparent as … Continue reading

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