Executive and Creative Confidence

by Jörgen Eriksson on December 6, 2012

“If you don’t have confidence, you will always find a way not to win.”
– Carl Lewis

Self-ConfidenceI often speak with friends, clients and colleagues about the importance of executive confidence in business. In my view, confidence means expecting a positive outcome that is both a cause and a result from winning.

Confidence teaches us how to react intuitively to circumstances that we can not control, giving us a belief in ourselves, our teammates, our organisations, our systems, our processes, and our network that becomes self fulfilling.

Most of us immediately know when we come across a confident person. To start with, the most attractive attribute in a person is confidence. They are the people who ask more questions than they talk about themselves. They effortlessly make and keep eye contact. They have a firm grip when shaking hands. They speak loudly and clearly, and make sense in what they say. They smile often and make good use of wit.

Bearing Mediacom frontThere may be a fine line between confidence and arrogance, and really successful people are those who knows how to navigate this thin line. The good news is that confidence does not come by birth but can be learned through life.

Confidences gives people the determination to work toward difficult goals, the spirit to bounce back from adversity and the composure to confront their circumstances honestly, especially during bad times. These expectations allows us to maintain our advantage, when things are going well.

To be successful in life as in business, it is important for us to know how to tap into our inner sources of confidence and move forward and act without hesitation.

For an interesting parallel, recently I came across the enclosed Ted talk where David Kelley of IDEO talks about creative confidence. Enjoy!

David Kelly on how to build your creative confidence

About Jörgen Eriksson :

Jörgen Eriksson is the founder of Bearing and is the Chairman of the firm since it was created. He has successfully expanded Bearing into covering projects on four continents. He is also Adjunct Professor of Innovation Management at the International University of Monaco and at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona and he is an active member of the Founders Alliance organisation.

Working with consulting engagements across Bearings practices, he has over the past fifteen years participated in and supervised a large number of client projects, from innovation system development and place development and branding, to merger and acquisition assignments and leading edge research and business development activities for key clients.

His new book, Branding for Hooligans, will be published in 2015. It is about how innovation and branding are key survival factors in our modern times of hyper competitive markets.

Prior to Bearing, he was Director of Europe, Middle East, and Africa for Trema Treasury Management, a technology and consulting services provider, supplying financial software solutions for the global financial industry, Clients included The European Central Bank, Citibank, SEB, South African reserve Bank, Deutsche Bank, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), as well as many other large financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies.

Early in his career Eriksson was educated at the Stockholm School of Economics, where he studied economics, financial economics and philosophy. He then worked in Scandinavian investment banks and also for the Swedish Institute of National Defense Research.

You can contact Jörgen on e-mail jorgen.eriksson@bearing-consulting.com, connect on LinkedIn on http://fr.linkedin.com/pub/jörgen-eriksson/0/38/8a0/ and follow him on twitter on joreri508.

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