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Diane Shawe makes finalist list for Diva Author Award for 2016

divas of colour diane shawe finalist 2016 Author CatogoryDivas of colour releases names of all finalists and award recipients for the 2016 award.

London, January 20, 2016. Organisers of Divas of colour has shortlisted the names of the finalists and recognition recipients for the 2016 award.

“The third edition of Divas of colour awards is the toughest yet with over 200 nominations, some awards with over 50 nominees. It has not been easy for the team to bring each category down to the final four maximum.

We would like to thank all those who took time to put forward names of these women and don’t be disappointed if your nominee is not shortlisted, rather stay in touch for dates for 2017 nominations.” Faustina Anyanwu , founder.

Diane Shawe Author, Founder and Speaker has been shortlisted in the Authors category along with Atiya K Jones, Chioma Nnani and Caroline Bell Foster. we’re happy to present to you our finalists up for Divas of colour 2016 awards. Congratulations to all nominees and all recognition recipients.

Faustina , founder states “we’re happy to present to you our finalists up for Divas of colour 2016 awards. Congratulations to all nominees and all recognition recipients”

All nominees and guests are cordially invited to the grand ceremony on the 26th of March 2016 at Hilton Hotel Tower Bridge , No5 Tooley street, More London, SE1 2BY. Tickets are now available to buy here.

The lists are as follows;

RECOGNITION CATEGORIES

LIFETIME ACHIEVER
Diane Abbott MP.

WOMEN OF HONOUR

Patti Boulaye (OBE)
Mayor Patricia Ekechi
Mandy Sanghera
Prof F. N Obasi
Sponsored by DIAL- A- CARER

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP

Stephanie Busari
Debbie Ariyo (OBE)
Pauline Long
Sponsored by NURUH SKINCARE.

– DIVA AMBASSADOR (Role model for women).

Akua Gyamfi
Nurse Chioma Okeke
Carol Jiani
Grace Alexander

Award CATEGORY FINALISTS


– ENTREPRENEUR DIVA

Placida Acheru
Nefateri Asantewa
Savita Kayê
Bianca Miller

– INSPIRATIONAL DIVA

Salome Ahenkora
Ini Usanga
Polly Harrar
Trishna Bharadia

– OUTSTANDING DIVA

Funke Abimbola
Vivian Timothy
Christy Amalu
Sheila Gatonye

– INTERNATIONAL DIVA

Sonia Poleon
Funke Abimbola
Paulette Harris German
Bibi Owusu- Shadbolt

– COMMUNITY LEADER

Rani Bilkhu
Lena Marshall
Manisha Tailor
Jennifer Okafor

– YOUNG ROLE MODEL

Cherie Johnson
Anaya Kamara
Elizabeth Boampong
Julia Bwoma

Diane Shawe ebooks and published books

– DIVA AUTHOR

Diane Shawe
Atiya K Jones
Chioma Nnani
Caroline Bell Foster

– DIVA ARTIST
Katongo Temba
Euphemia Chukwu
Precious Ngwu
Ijeoma Amazin

– DIVA TV/RADIO PRESENTER

Denise Nurse
Leah Charles King
Tomi Badejoko
Claire Clottey

– DIVA EDITOR

Delia Mayrschofer
Venicia Stelle- Guinot
Gold Ola

– DIVA FASHION STYLIST

Kaft Trendz
Afi Boateng

– DIVA MAKE UP ARTIST

Mercy Kudakwashe

Ends.

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Want To Start showing off your most recent qualification?


Here’s How To Get Qualified in Days, not Years Now!

London, City – January, 19 2016 – Innovation is alive and kicking in London, according to the organisers of 2014 FSB London Business Awards, who announced the finalists. The shortlist included Diane Shawe founder of AVPT Short Courses that provides soft skills courses to people looking to get a job, get a promotion or start a business by them training on their mobile devices.


Whether you are a complete beginner or more experienced, on one of our career development short courses you will find yourself learning in our enjoyable and professional environment online or at one of our Express workshop. For time poor clients or customers wanting a newly recognised qualification, AVPT Short courses is the place to enrol.

Our courses allow you to take full advantage of our specialist facilities and the expert tuition at your fingertips with a full take away manual for further reading.Taking a short course is ideal if you want to add new skills to your tired CV, brush up on an old hobby or refresh your skills, build on your current practice develop expertise to help start your own business review your career build a portfolio for college or work. We have a range of different creative short courses available.

You can be confident in your future success with our fully trained and qualified tutors, they’re as dedicated to your personal development as you are about landing that big promotion, starting that passion project of a business venture, retraining or making that essential career move.

For the past ten years we have been consistently training time poor individuals, organisations and governments all over the world by supplying high-quality soft skills courses that are all globally accredited. At our Academy, we have taken out all the stress of retraining by offering over 390 globally accredited courses in a way that fits in with you and your lifestyle.

Once you’ve decided you want to invest in your professional development; it’s time to choose a study style that suits you. You can either work through a home study manual or online using your own device with an allocated personal tutor or in the classroom for a fast one, two or three-day course. Visit http://www.shortcourses.expert for more info

Dubai, UAE Leading experts Diane Shawe and Eryca Freemantle will be joining the Professional Beauty Show

Diane Shawe and Eryca Freemantle in Dubai 2016Dubai, UAE Leading experts Diane Shawe and Eryca Freemantle will be joining the Professional Beauty Show

 

(http://professionalbeauty.ae/e/pb/site/exhibiting/) held in Dubai in February of 2016.

The pair plans to share their expertise in how to train for careers in the field of establishing your own International Training Academy as well as insider tips about how to prosper in the industry. They are excited about meeting with their VIP guests at the 2 day show were they will introduce a range of master classes and Franchise opportunity (www.signature-masterclasses.com).

Diane Shawe M.Ed is the founder and CEO of AVPT Short Courses, (www.avptglobal.com) which features the training class: Getting You Qualified in Days not Years. She is a focused on delivering quality materials developed using her strong management background as well as

Getting you qualified in the Hair Extension Sector

Getting you qualified in the Hair Extension Sector

leadership positions at all levels. She is an established author and specialises in strategic planning, training, product positioning, and branding.

Throughout her career, Diane has worked for the Department of Employment as Head of Training, in business development for the Department of Trade and Industry, and as project director in information technology for The Philips Group. She is also actively involved in a number of influential Government Committees and Business Excellence Organisations and has been recognised with a number of prestigious honours and awards.

During her presentation, Diane will deliver a talk entitled: Ever Wanted to Set up an Academy? http://professionalbeauty.ae/e/pb/site/livestages/ Using her fountain of experience in training, strategic management and education, Diane Shawe will reveal the top 10 things you need to consider when setting up a Hair & Beauty Academy. This informative session will cover:

1. Area of Excellence
2. Satisfying the demand
3. Deciding on location
4. Target students and how many to cater for
5. Prospectus and pricing
6. Will courses be ad hoc or term timetable
7. Key members of staff
8. Who will you work with
9. Your business plan
10. Accreditation

Eryca Freemantle is a Global Beauty Industry Strategist known primarily for her work in the makeup industry throughout the world. Formally advisor on the panel at London College of Fashion (UAL). She will be speaking on Embracing All Tones of Women. In addition to her work within the beauty industry, she also works as a TV presenter in the UK and Africa presenting features on makeup for all women.

Featured in Forbes Magazine, she firmly believes that ‘All Women are beautiful.’ Eryca is one of the few experts that embraces and specialises in makeup for all skin tones and frequently works with A-list celebrities and multinational makeup brands worldwide.

Her partners and colleagues consist of the world’s best creative artists and teachers. Collectively their work has been with Naomi Watts, Naomi Campbell, Seal, Christian Dior, NY Fashion Week, Sephora, and many others.

At the show, Eryca Freemantle will share some of her industry secrets of success including:

1. How she remains at the top of her industry after nearly 30 years

2. Her love of the psychology of makeup

3. How makeup literally saves lives

4. Her experience of working with some of the world’s most famous celebrities

5. How you can attract A-list celebrities to your salon

Last year Professional Beauty GCC welcomed over 3,000 trade only visitors from beauty, hair and spa confirming its status as the key exhibition for the industry in the GCC region. The exhibition is doubling in size in 2016 and will take place at a larger venue, The Meydan, Dubai on 1-2 February 2016.

It is the perfect place to discover the latest innovations whilst being updated on forthcoming beauty trends and education. Professional Beauty welcomes all trade professionals from the beauty industry including, senior buyers, salon/ spa owners and nail technicians.

Please register as press quoting promo code PB7 here https://registration.n200.com/survey/34oy239vm3n1l

Visit http://www.signature-masterclasses.com

 

Can you Maintain Continuity of a Team in the face of personal ambitions and solicitations from other companies?

Building Better TeamsOne of the biggest problems team leaders face is maintaining the continuity of the team. Once the right people are in place on your staff, how do you keep them there in the face of their ambitions and solicitations from other companies?

article by Diane Shawe M.Ed   Accredited Clarity4d Business Partner

Clarity within the team can go a long way toward solving the first problem, and embedded processes that recognise peoples’ contributions can help with the second problem but this can often be a slow and costly procedure.

Well, I went on the most incredible 3-day accreditation course on this very matter, and I just had to blog about it before sending out some information to various organisations who might find it useful. In a nutshell Clarity4d help each member of staff become better at making the team more efficient through feedback and coaching, in days rather than weeks, it’s a game changer!

Research on why people leave companies or underperform found two key reasons: 1) they don’t like their boss,

2) they don’t feel appreciated.

Teaching managers to be “coaches” rather than “bosses”—asking questions rather than just telling someone what to do—would help to create UNITY WITHOUT UNIFORMITY. But where do you begin?  The Old fashion words such as Molding a Team of Leaders does not go down well in today’s working environment. Educating and bringing people along with you instead of dragging them is far healthier and cost effective in many ways.

GETTING YOUR TEAM TOGETHER

So you’ve taken the time and made the effort to spot, recruit, develop, and get in place a group of smart and talented people who are your direct reports. That’s crucial. But the bigger challenge is educating these high-energy, high -powered, high-ego people into a working team of leaders who synchronise their efforts and propel the business forward. Individual team members naturally focus on their own functional specialties and have their own personal ambitions, but those differences often cause them to pull in different directions especially considering the inherent tensions that exist between various silos of the business.

As the leader, you have to get your direct reports to submerge their egos, aggression, and personal agendas so they’re pulling together. You can’t mediate every dispute, ensure that every trade-off is properly made, or that information is flowing as it should on a daily basis. Clarity4d can provide the tools to help all team members learn how to develop team communication strategies, so the business will perform better as they focus and commit to the total business.

Clarity4d will help them create a common granular picture of the company in its external context as you see it or even more critical the way the market it moving. That way, they’ll know how their respective areas fit together, and they’ll have both the motivation and information they need to keep their efforts aligned. You have to mold people’s behavior as well. Too often, talented and ambitious people have a single-minded focus, little aware of what their colleagues in other silos are doing, at worst deeply suspicious of them.

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Resources and information are hoarded, and communication is sporadic and formalistic. You’re the one who tolerates or challenges narrow self-interest, big egos, and dominant personalities. Most of the work of educating a team happens in group settings, which may require that you change the way you lead. You can’t just work with your direct reports one to one, setting their budgets and goals in private and coaching them individually as you shift your attention from one part of the business to another. You have to help the group create a picture of the total business and correct any disruptive behaviors in the presence of the team, so you need the emotional strength to direct and stand up to powerful individuals on whom you depend on.

Many leaders think molding a team isn’t worth the effort, but they’re missing a tremendous opportunity to differentiate themselves and build the business. The more people can see the entire anatomy of the company, the team, each and the intersections of its moving parts, along with the broader context in which it operates, the better job they do. When they all see the same facts, discuss their observations and thoughts, and come to understand the interconnectedness of their functions and skills, they’re able to raise the bar, setting higher goals and achieving them faster

So how do you map out your teams strength and weakness and put them all to a positive use in a matter of days?  Clarity4d Profile and Team Profiling solution is designed to give strategies for communicating with people with different personality preferences.

SHAPING A COMMON VIEW OF THE TOTAL BUSINESS

A team of leaders starts being molded when everyone is on the same page. To be on the same page, you first need to understand more about yourself and know more about how others see you.  Once you have identified how personal influence can be enhanced by meeting the needs of others, the team can then move towards getting on the same page.  The key is to develop an internal team dialogue in which each member contributes to the discussion that shapes the team’s collective view of the business— its challenges and opportunities and the resources available. Getting on the same page tests the cognitive bandwidth of not only each member of the team but the team as a whole. Once drawn, however, the conventional picture channels the team’s energy and, more important, provides a reference point for future dialogue as the team members influence and are influenced by their colleagues. The stage is set for collaboration.

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Keep a mental inventory of the skills and methods for getting things done for each member of your team. One team member may be too blunt in arguing a point with others, another may be too shy to participate in debate, and yet another may have a habit of holding back information essential to reaching a good decision. All these impediments to effective teamwork must be clearly identified to the individual, and he or she must be counseled in overcoming them.

Feedback is most effective when given in written form and given frequently, but human beings typically can change only one or two behaviors at a time.

Most people don’t like to give feedback, but they have to look at it from the proper perspective.

Feedback says you’re committed to someone’s development.

Higher performers want to know how to get better, and the only way to achieve this is share numbers, reasoning, and results to share a single view of the business and its context. Having the intellectual courage to confront behaviors that harm the team’s effectiveness. Anticipate, surface, and resolve conflicts. Pick the right people. Provide prompt feedback and coaching. Recognise and avoid derailers.

Having all the right people and great processes isn’t enough. You also have to have the right behaviours and to get the right behaviour people need to understand more about team member’s preferences.

Everything we’ve covered so far needs to be translated into results. The first and most critical step in execution is choosing the right goals. This is where the buck starts. Many leaders are conceptual, high-level intuitive thinkers, this matters because understanding the other variable such as Sensing v Intuition,  Thinking v Feeling thinkers and Introversion thinking v Extroversion thinking can misalign people’s energy within a team.

ARE THE EIGHT KNOW-HOWS BURIED IN YOUR TEAM?
  • Positioning and Repositioning: Finding a central idea for the business that meets customer demands and that makes money.
  • Pinpointing External Change: Detecting patterns in a complex world to put the company on the offensive.
  • Leading the Social System: Getting the right people together with the right behaviors and the right information to make better, faster decisions and achieve business results.
  • Judging People: Calibrating people based on their actions, decisions, and behaviors and matching them to the non-negotiables of the job.
  • Molding a Team: Getting highly competent, high-ego leaders to coordinate seamlessly.
  • Setting Goals: Determining the set of goals that balances what the business can become with what it can realistically achieve.
  • Setting Laser-Sharp Priorities: Defining the path and aligning resources, actions, and energy to accomplish the goals.
  • Dealing with Forces Beyond the Market: Anticipating and responding to societal pressures you don’t control but that can affect your business.

DO YOU KNOW WHO’S PERSONAL TRAITS THAT CAN HELP OR INTERFERE WITH THE KNOW-HOWS IN YOUR TEAM?

  • Ambition—to accomplish something noteworthy BUT NOT win at all costs.
  • Drive and Tenacity—to search, persist, and follow through BUT NOT hold on too long.
  • Self-confidence—to overcome the fear of failure, fear of response, or the need to be liked and use power judiciously BUT NOT become arrogant and narcissistic.
  • Psychological Openness—to be receptive to new and different ideas AND NOT shut other people down.
  • Realism—to see what can actually be accomplished AND NOT gloss over problems or assume the worst.
  • Appetite for Learning—to continue to grow and improve the know-hows AND NOT repeat the same mistakes.

DO YOU KNOW WHO’S HAS THE COGNITIVE TRAITS IN YOUR TEAM THAT COULD IMPROVE THE KNOW-HOWS?

  • A Wide Range of Altitudes—to transition from the conceptual to the specific.
  • A Broad Cognitive Bandwidth—to take in a broad range of input and see the big picture. Ability to Reframe—to see things from different perspectives.

It can get really complicated, but with Clarity4D’s Profiling tools and range of workshops you will find your team members around the world, at home, school or socially easier to communicate with as you become clearer on how you can tend to their preference whilst appreciated your.

Try this simple questionnaire and we will send back your profile report.  We will then explore how it can be used in a team environment. Click here to start the journey to better team building.

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2 Tips on How To Put Optimism Into Practice On a Daily Basis

Practice being Optimistic each day

Practice being Optimistic each day

Can Optimism be taught?

Being optimistic does not mean forcing yourself to become persuaded that you should always look on the bright side of things. Becoming optimistic is something you can learn. It is a state of mind that is not so hard to assimilate, one that enables you to live quickly the life you want to live.

Optimism is a state of mind

Optimism is a concept that is often poorly explained. Having a high state of mind does not mean that you reject reality because you want everything to be rosy. It means that you can tackle any situation with a state of mind that gives you every chance to take advantage of it or to turn situations around in your favor if you need to.

People often think human beings are either optimistic or pessimistic by nature and that there is nothing we can do about it. This is specifically a cynical way of seeing things! Unfortunately, people often dwell on this incorrect observation.

There are obviously optimistic people. Admittedly, they have an advantage over others, but it does not mean that pessimistic people are destined to remain bleak.

Being optimistic, in a general manner, means that there is a way out of every situation, but it will only show if you do your best, so events turn in your favor.

Being optimistic is not a mere vision of life according to which everybody is good and that all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds, one that consists in denying reality – which often refutes this idyllic point of view.

Being optimistic requires first of all that you be realistic and accept the world as it is: that is, with its positive and negative aspects.

Likewise, you can’t say that people are inherently good because some are, while others are not.

In fact, the truth is more subtle than that because these two tendencies do reside in every one of us. Life consists in expressing our qualities for our own sake but also for that of our dear and near ones or humankind.

To become optimistic, you, first of all, have to be realistic and accept the ambivalence of this world and human beings – they can both be good and bad in turns. The second step is to take action by counting on favorable outcomes to arrive and hoping that the people you’ll meet will adopt a positive attitude. Seeing things this way is fundamental.

First of all, know that, if you are not optimistic by nature, as described in the definition above, you will need some time before you naturally become confident at being optimistic. So, summon your patience. But you may not have to wait for too long if you apply the advice you will find below.

Here is how to bolster your optimism or become optimistic. You may be confronted with two cases:

1.    You have already gone through a situation that did not turn in your favor:

– Do not feel guilty for this failure learn from the experience so you can deal with such a case differently next time.
– Approach the situation in question from a different perspective by visualizing it turning out in your favor and doing what you can so it turns in your favor.

2.    If a situation is unprecedented for you:

–    In this case, it is even easier: approach the situation by visualizing it turning out in your favor and by doing everything you can so things go your way!

These two ways of acting is a learning process which will gradually become second nature to you, helping you to earn one success after another.

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