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BBC - Relationships - Improving your confidence - Confidence at work

Who Cares Wins

Good, short article on increasing your confidence at work:

One solution is look at things from a military-style perspective - when you want to make a change to an environment or situation you can do it in two ways: infection or explosion. There are several practical things that you can do.

Explosion is radical and immediate - there are usually casualties and fall-out. Infection is about making slow, positive change - influencing others by your positive example. Its effects are more lasting and often more beneficial.

At work we usually wait until we’ve had enough of a particular situation and explode, leaving a lot of bad feeling and damage. If we can begin to infect our environment in a positive way on a daily basis, the changes will be lasting, less damaging and sustainable.

Unrelated side benefit: if you read this article aloud in a very cheerful English accent, you sound kind of like the guy in the motivational video (“Who Cares Wins”) on The Office.

TOPICS: Tips, Work
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Merlin Mann is an independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster. He’s best known for being the guy who created the website you’re reading right now. He lives in San Francisco, does lots of public speaking, and helps make cool things like You Look Nice Today, Back to Work, and Kung Fu Grippe. Also? He’s writing this book, he lives with this face, he suffers from this hair, he answers these questions, and he’s had this life. So far.

Merlin’s favorite thing he’s written in the past few years is an essay entitled, “Cranking.”




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