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 …

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 …

SEVEN STEPS TO NAVIGATING Fear of failure

The following article appeared in the latest edition of Flybe magazine:   WORDS ROBERT KELSEY   Step One: DISCOVER YOUR TRUE VALUES Visualising your goals could lead you in the wrong direction without first establishing your true values. • Research your values across a long enough timeframe to span different moods and needs (for example, Sunday family get-together, Monday meeting, …

Here lies a mediocre banker

There’s no denying it, things have been OK lately. We seem to have mostly happy clients, there’s some hot prospects for more, the team appears motivated (prior to the high-summer slackening, no doubt) and even the new-office issues are settling down. This can mean one of only two things: a huge problem is about to hit us; or it already …

The Browser: Five books – Robert Kelsey on Overcoming Insecurities

The following article is currently on The Browser as part of their Five Books series. The interview was conducted by Sophie Roell.   Most self-help books promise to take you from 0 to 100, but many people reading them are starting at minus 100. The author of What’s Stopping You? picks books that helped him understand his own insecurities, and …

Visualization’s rights and wrongs

Since publishing What’s Stopping You? in April 2011 I’ve received over 300 emails from readers. Nearly always these have been positive stories of progress, although – of course – there’s been the occasional complaint, usually about a specific aspect that’s troubled them. Yet I recently received an email that troubled me. A key concept in the book was being attacked …

Fear and loathing in the City

A version of the following article appeared in Square Mile magazine in November. Robert Kelsey, author of the bestselling What’s Stopping You? argues that the City’s biggest problem isn’t greed, it’s fear I was a terrible City banker. My problem: fear. Fear of failure in fact. It wasn’t that I was unable to take the risks that are part-and-parcel of …

MT Expert: Conquer your fear of failure

A version of the following article appeared in September’s Management Today. Robert Kelsey, author of the bestselling What’s Stopping You? argues that fear of failure can disable decision making I spent five years as an investment banker before giving into my fears and getting out. I was terrible, although I was technically no worse than many others. My problem was …

Is being over ambitious a sign of fear of failure?

This article appeared in a recent edition of Mental Healthy. California’s Stanford University became the centre of a series of psychological experiments on children in the late 1960s and 1970s that transformed our understanding of drive, motivation and ambition. One of these experiments – the marshmallow test undertaken by Walter Mischel (measuring deferred gratification) – became legendary. Others less so, …