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Both Sides of the Confidence Building Coin | Mary Biever | One Writing Mother

Both Sides of the Confidence Building Coin

Effective managers know there are two sides to the confidence building coin.

  1. The first side has a head on it and it says, “Yes, you can.” This is what effective managers say as they work to inspire those who work around them. Then the manager gets the right heads on the right coins and makes sure those around them are sufficiently prepared and have necessary tools. Those are tools to not only do jobs but measure their results and evaluate their effectiveness.
  2. The other side of the coin doesn’t have tails on it. It has wings. The effective manager stays out of the way and offers room for those around them to think through their ideas, don their wings, and soar to greater success.

When an effective manager has sufficiently prepared both sides of the confidence building coin, ┬áregardless of whether the coin lands on ┬áthe head or the wings – everyone wins.

A friend of mine (who happens to be an outstanding manager) recently put my head on one of her coins and inspired me again last night to try my wings. Her confidence in me reminded me to tackle challenges and aim higher.

This morning, I realized that’s my job now as the mother of teens about to try their own wings. The first part is preparing them and the second part is then staying out of their way.

So here’s my challenge to you: look at the coins you already have.

Are you making best use of them and inspiring them to do more, grow more, and be more?


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