8 ways to successfully identify confidence

The following article appeared on the leading HR website Changeboard Posted on 27th January 2016 by Robert Kelsey “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right”. So said US industrialist Henry Ford – condemning half the population to self-fulfilling under-confidence. Ford’s maxim is, in fact, wrong, beacause Ford misunderstood the nature of confidence. Confidence is not omnipotence. …

8 ways to be more confident at work

This article first appeared in Goodhousekeeping.co.uk (and was most definitely written by me!). Do you feel under-confident in your workplace? Feeling under-confident not only decreases your job satisfaction but it can also impact your progress and prospects. But it doesn’t have to be that way and what better to time to adopt a new attitude at work than at the start …

Q&A: Making good first steps with your career

Below is an edited transcript of my live Q&A with the National Centre for Universities and Business, a not-for-profit organisation bringing together universities and business. Adi Gaskell (moderator): Hello all and welcome to this live Q&A – Making Good First Steps With Your Career – with author Robert Kelsey. Robert is the author of four books on how to succeed at …

Groups to avoid: the moaning canteen gang

I call them the “moaning canteen gang” – that coterie within any sizeable company that hates their employer. They’re certain their bosses can do no right – and are vocal in letting everyone know: advertising their disgruntlement – usually during breaks – like a badge of honour. The moaning canteen gang is a tight unit. It knows who’s onside and …

Essex breeds outsiders like nowhere else

A version of this article appeared in the Essex Chronicle Bestselling author Robert Kelsey has just written The Outside Edge with the aim of helping those that “don’t belong” succeed on their own terms What does a white male know about being an outsider at work or in business? Since the publication of The Outside Edge: How Outsiders Can Succeed …

Is this the best time and place to be an outsider?

  Is now the best time to be an outsider? Since the launch of the book, I’ve been asked this several times in interviews, and it’s got me wondering. Certainly, as a society we seem to be producing more and more people that feel like they don’t belong – but this doesn’t necessarily equate to an advantage for the estranged. …

The bitter Sugar-coated pill that Labour must swallow

So Lord (Alan) Sugar has quit the Labour Party – appalled, apparently, with Ed Miliband’s anti-business rhetoric and general agnosticism towards wealth creation and the private sector. Hardly big news, I guess: some questioned his affinity in the first place while others wondered whether it was, in part, the inequities of the UK’s honours system that led him to embrace Labour. Certainly, the …

A “park the bus” election that ignores our entrepreneurial future

Am I the only one thinking this a God-awful election campaign? With the polls on a knife-edge it’s become more like an Arsenal Vs Chelsea fixture – with the focus being, not on winning, but on not making mistakes, avoiding the loss. The two main parties are supposed to be travelling the country on their election buses, but appear – …

OMG! I think I’m a female entrepreneur

The Centre for Entrepreneurs (of which I am deputy chairman) and Barclays Bank recently launched a report on female entrepreneurs. Called “Shattering Stereotypes”, the aim was to use surveys and empirical data to undermine our perceived ideas (and even prejudices) regarding women as owners of start-up companies. This it did admirably – noting that women entrepreneurs were on average younger …