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Liked or Respected?

“Would you rather be liked or respected?” It’s a weird question to be asked, because it’s really silly to think that it’s impossible to be a leader that’s respected and liked as a person. You don’t have to be Miranda Priestly, respected but absolutely feared to the point where she’s referred to as a devil, nor should you be like Michael Scott, who is nice enough as a person, but isn’t a great boss. Here are a few things to remember to balance being respected and liked:

1. Don’t seek to be liked.
Remember not to avoid situations just so you’re liked.

2. Take time to know your people.
Understand that friendship doesn’t happen right away.

3. Be confident but humble.
Be self-assured, but share the limelight with your team.

4. Be open-minded.
Consider other views, and then weigh in.

5. Don’t let your pet peeves get in the way.
Focus on other’s needs rather than your own personal preferences.

6. Encourage diversity.
Don’t create clones.

7. Put yourself in the line with your team.
“Work it out for yourselves!” shouldn’t be in your vocabulary.

8. Seek excellence, not perfection.
Be reasonable, and make room for forgiveness when mistakes happen.

9. Provide empathy.
Attend to your team’s human needs, not just their employee needs.

10. Encourage innovation.
Change is scary, but necessary. Give your team the courage when change happens.

Being likeable alone limits you as a boss, and being respected alone is a very isolated way to live. Learn more at John Robert Powers.

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First Day Fashion

A first good impression can be hard to make; but it could probably be easier when you’re 100% sure you look good. Check out our first day fashion suggestions here.

It doesn’t matter if it’s your first day at a new company, or your first working day ever. First days are always pretty nerve-wracking. While we can’t help you remove all those nerves completely, we can help you be a bit more confident when you step through those doors – by helping you choose the perfect outfit to wear on your first day. After all, it’s been proven that a great outfit boosts confidence and increases productivity! So, here are our tips for your first day fashion:

• Know the dress code.
No one wants to be that person who wears either a shirt-and-jeans combo in a corporate setting, or that person wearing a three-piece suit while everyone’s a bit more lax. So, find out if your office prefers a more casual look or more formal clothing from their employees.

• Remember your commute.
If you’re going to have to fight through a throng of people on the train, the bus, or even in line for that taxi, maybe try to think of an outfit that won’t end up a wrinkly mess once you get to the office.

• When in doubt, go neutral.
Bright and outrageous outfits tend to be a silent way of grabbing people’s attention. And as the new guy/girl, you’re already doing that on your own, so you don’t want your outfit to be the first thing that speaks for you. Stick to black, brown, tan or navy pieces. They look great on everyone, and will help you blend right in.

• Make sure it fits.
Essentially, anything that’s overly baggy or too tight has a tendency to look unprofessional. So try to find something that’s comfortable but also fits properly!
With these in mind, find an outfit that works well for you, and make sure to walk in that office with confidence, because Confidence is Powers!

How To Project Confidence

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One of the best ways to command attention and respect is to project confidence at all times.

  1. Be self-aware. The best way to build confidence is by knowing yourself. Know your strengths and enhance them. Identify your limitations and work on them. Reflect on your intentions, motivations, goals and aspirations. Self-confidence is born of self-value. Individuals who engage in visualization project an air that they are in control of their destiny.
  2. Let your light shine.  Confident people share their gifts with others. Do not be self-effacing and timid, but don’t be a braggart either. Believe in your worth and value. Make positive contributions to your circles of interaction—in the family, amongst friends, at work or school, etc.
  3. Allow others to shine.  The best way to show confidence is not to be intimidated by the strengths of others. Recognize the gifts of others and affirm them. There is room for everyone to shine!
  4. Project confidence through the ABC’s of Personal Development:
    • Appearance. Always look your best. Watch your visual poise (proper posture, stance and carriage) as well! Looking good is the first foundation for feeling good!
    • Behaviour – watch your words and actions at all times. Graciousness is the soul of confidence.
    • Communication. Learn to communicate effectively and efficiently. Embrace all opportunities to grow your communication skills – from conversation to even public speaking. Confident is he or she who can speak intelligently and persuasively in front of others.
  5. Work towards achieving your better, if not best Self! Commit to a life-time of personal development. Enhance your gifts; turn your limitations into strengths. Keep focused on achieving your life’s dreams, goals and aspirations. Confidence comes from racking up personal successes. This becomes the charisma that draws others to you!

For more tips on how to improve yourself, contact John Robert Powers and find out how we can help unleash your full potential.


How to Stop Being an Introvert & Overcome Shyness

shyDo you suffer from severe shyness? Are you interested in meeting new people but feel awkward and unsure when doing so? Do you want to participate in conversations but get tongue-tied and overly conscious? These are all the tell-tale signs of an introvert; someone who is afraid of meeting new people, constantly feels self-conscious, lacks self-confidence and hates being the centre of attention. If you find yourself watching your friends socializing and wondering why it is so easy for them but so hard for you then you need to take control of your shyness. Being an introvert leaves you on the periphery of life but John Robert Powers can help you to gain the confidence you need to be a part of the action. Follow these steps to break out of your shell!

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