Saturday, 3 June 2017
I met up with a colleague for coffee. It was a “getting to know you better”’ meeting that is part of building quality relationships with people. I want to mention here and before I go on that this is a key part of developing powerful relationships. If you meet people with the sole intention of “selling at them” you need to prepare yourself for a lonely existence!
Now, my colleague is successful; he has developed and grown a business and is liked, trusted and sought after. Half way down my first Americano, he told me that he worried (and I mean ‘keep you awake at night’ worried) about being found out, wanting.
We talked a little longer and by Americano no.2 we’d established the reality of his situation – that things are positive, healthy and vibrant for him. Having come to this conclusion it felt only right to acquaint my partner in caffeine with what is called the Impostor Syndrome.
In the broadest of terms, Impostor Syndrome is a feeling of:
- I’m not up to this
- I will be found out
- I am not worthy of this
- There are better people than me
…I am sure you get the picture!
We talked our way through another high quality coffee and agreed the following plan:
1. He’d reflect on things
2. He’d share his thoughts with someone close to him
3. We’d meet again and if necessary put some actions in place
After doing exactly that, the result was a relaxed, future focused and positive client! Great news for him and his family.
For me, I have the satisfaction of shifting a self-limiting belief, helping to free up some thinking as well as knowing that the only thing that might keep my colleague awake now is a coffee induced insomnia.
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Sunday, 2 April 2017
If you're in Birmingham you can rely on the Number 11 Bus. It goes around the City-The Outer Circle. It always leaves and always returns and the absence of one signals the impending presence of another.
Some years ago a group suggested that people might want to spend 11 hours on the Number 11 on the 11th of the 11th month-starting at 11:00 and finishing by 23:00. I don't think it caught on for some reason even though participants were encouraged to take pictures and post them..Strange, I thought it was a winner!
Today on the Andrew Marr Programme, hosted by Eddie Mair, the newspaper reviewers considered how the return of Saturday Jobs would help young people to understand the importance of turning up on time, looking the part, knowing how to serve people and how to take instructions and so on: you get the drift. It was suggested that this would make them more employable.
Oh would it? It's the prospect of work that makes people employable.