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Outsourcing your knowledge

Albert EinsteinWhy knowing less helps you to do more.

Diane Shawe M.Ed. 

When you think about the power of your brain and how we learn, memorise and recall all those facts, it can get very confusing. Having taught for nearly 25 years and trained some of the brightest professionals over last 10 years, I believe that knowledge is divided in two distinct areas. We can either know about a subject ourselves or we know where we can retrieve information on that subject. The massive amount of information available online has opened an infinite library of easily and quickly retrievable information with simple search engines. I like to think of it as an organic external hard drive, an outsourced memory we can plug in at any time. Some have argued that the internet dilutes the most traditional kind of knowledge: knowing a subject ourselves. They argue that in some way it makes our brains less efficient, diminishing our intelligence and destroying our inner hard drives and memory.

You may remember (if you are of a certain age) that when you were young, you knew by heart the phone number of your closest friends. Since the introduction of digital directories on smartphones there is no longer any reason to memorise numbers by heart.   On the other hand, how many hundreds more contacts do you have now compared to then thanks to the digital directories? In reality, how much more connected are you? The real deal of the information age is not that it allows us to know more, but that it allows us to know less in terms of depth of what we know, as mentioned by David Brooks, a New York Times columnist, in his famous 2006 NY Times article[1] The Outsourced Brain.

neuroscience brain“Memory? I’ve externalised it.” He said, “I am one of those baby boomers who are making this the “It’s on the Tip of My Tongue Decade.” But now I no longer need to have a memory, for I have Google, Yahoo and Wikipedia. Now if I need to know some fact about the world, I tap a few keys and enjoy the vast resource of the external mind.”

I think the positive side of this is that we are free to expand our awareness of subjects we did not have space, or availability, to explore before. Our memory now has a different function: it is a digital index that remembers the existence of a subject and what are the best leads to find information on that subject. I too had thought that the magic of the information age was that it allowed us to know more facts. Then I realised that the magic of the information age is that it allows us to know less.

It provides us with external cognitive servants, silicon memory systems if you will, with collaborative online filters, consumer preference algorithms and networked knowledge. We thus can give these servants the massive raw data and liberate ourselves to think, explore and be creative. You can use your brain to learn new skills, the soft skills that are the true measure of success.

Your outsourced memory (the internet, the cloud and more) allows you to be aware of the existence of information you would never have come across before when you were limited to what your inner memory could hold. It allows you to increase the quantity (and thus the quality) of the information that you can process because you do not always have to worry about memorising every single detail of it. It allows you to use more brain power in linking concepts and applying them rather than remembering them. It empowers you to think and process information faster because your brain has the space to hold links to so much different information, and in doing so it expands your subjective time. Back in the analogue era, the difference between a deep brain and a shallow brain was the availability of information and the choice of whether to take in that information or not came second.

As an educationalist and technophile, combined with my outsourced memory I have the capacity to think deeper. Now that (nearly) everything is available, the power is back to you: it is up to you to take responsibility of what content goes into your mind and how you use your outsourced memory.

Now you have begun to outsource your brain and now have room to do something rather special with your neo-cortex. Enjoy.

 

How to increase the odds for your business

diane-shawe-elle-magazineIn business, there are no guarantees. There is simply no way to eliminate all the risks associated with starting a small business – but you can improve your chances of success with good planning, preparation, and insight.

Diane Shawe Author

Like you I Never Thought I Could answer 77 questions that would help me avoid business failure  – But I Finally Discovered The Secret! Here’s How… Are you really ready? Is Entrepreneurship For You?

Are you the right person for the business you have chosen?

I would advise you don’t skip the 77 questions, why? Well it would be like short changing your potentially new clients.

So persevere, some you will answer quickly, others you will need to do a little research, but believe it, it’s worth it, you will be clearer and more focused about what you are going to do.

Here are 10 questions related to Number 50 – 59 from the recently published ebook  What you don’t know might be costing you a fortune New Discovery reveals how by answering 77 questions you could avoid Business Failure by Diane Shawe

  1. Where do you see bottlenecks developing?
  2. How important is quality control?
  3. What is the current backlog?
  4. Is the product assembly line based or individually customized?
  5. What are the health and safety concerns in producing this product?
  6. Who are your suppliers and how long have they been in business?
  7. How many sources of suppliers are there?
  8. Currently, are there any shortages in components?
  9. How old is your company’s equipment?
  10. What is the yearly maintenance costs?

I recommend you get a little notebook and start working on each question. For those you cannot answer a specific question, stop do some research, find the answer and make a note.

This is also an invaluable exercise if you are already in business, it can help you clarify where you are today and help you plot where you need to get too and how to do it.

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Is free online courses dumbing down adult education?

Ignorance is not bliss

Ignorance is not bliss

Is free online courses dumbing down adult education?

Adult education has become under-valued in an overpriced educational infrastructure.

The people who need the most help are already systematically ripped off by greedy loan companies, NHS parking, having to pay charges for drawing out their own money from private ATM machines in poorer boroughs, pre-paid electric meter’s to name but a few.  The more you seem to need help the more you seem to have to pay.

Off course the arguments are always about risk, but to compound on top of their needs, a premium, just to make sure the risk is compensated for is questionable indeed.

But another kind of ripping off is taking place. ‘Free online education’ you may ask ‘why is this a rip off?’

I will answer this from my prospective initially and then make further arguments as to why we should be very concerned about this unpoliced, unchallenged butchery of the values originally infused into our adult educational system.

As Isaac Asimov—a master of science fiction literature—once said:

“No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.”

What has happened?  Why have these large institutions priced education out of some fundamental principles?

How can we make the new economic age enhance, rather than diminish, our quality of learning? How can we make this amazing innovation advance the prospects of all people especially those with experience and not just youth?

It is clear that at this moment most educational systems are not keeping pace with changing technology and the ever-evolving world of work.

Not enough people are thinking strategically enough in this area.  Fundamentally, we need to innovate what people learn, how people learn, when people learn, and even why people learn.

We must get beyond the traditional model of students sitting passively in classrooms, following instructions and memorising material that they are tested and scored on which sometimes turn out to be of little use in an ever changing economy. It is evident that computers can do that for us!

What should a 21st Pedagogy for Adult Education Look Like?

A 21st century educational system must focus on the areas where humans can outclass computers—such as in cognitive skills, interpersonal skills, fine motor skills, or sophisticated coding skills.

We need to make sure that the type of education can keep a population in work or self-employment, performing meaningful tasks relevant to todays and tomorrow needs within a community.

I believe that education has to become student centric and move away from solely institutional constructs that are not fluid to change.

There has always been a great deal of lip service given to the idea of learning by doing, but not much has been done about it. In fact, John Dewey remarked in 1916, in his book, Democracy and Education:  

“Why is it that, in spite of the fact that teaching by pouring in, learning by passive absorption, are universally condemned, that they are still so entrenched in practice? That education is not an affair of “telling” and being told, but an active constructive process, is a principle almost as generally violated in practice as conceded in theory”


I think it is imperative that this century focuses on Adult Transformative Learning because, if we don’t, we are already seeing the internet unintenionally affect the minds of some of our  impressional adults who have no sence of usefulness within our society and can be easily motivated in learned stimulative blended information that could be perceived as devisive withing many communities.

“Transformative learning is a structured way forward in time of crisis when Individuals face Collective Challenges”

                                                 Diane Shawe M.Ed.

During the last twenty years, the use of the word “crisis” seems to have increased around the world. Referring to sudden and intense political, economic, social, psychological, cultural or environmental changes, this term emerges now more frequently in everyday vocabulary.

According to transformative learning theory, the emergence of a crisis represents a potential opportunity for personal and/ or collective transformation, grounded in the capacity of individuals and groups to revisit the perspectives through which they interpret their own experience.

Considering recent history, how does the emergence of social, economic, political, cultural, intellectual or environmental crisis manifest an opportunity, or an expression, of transformative learning?

In the mean time I think that some of these fundlemental questions need to be addressed:

  • How does the experience of individual or collective crisis affect the way one learns to critically interpret one’s own experiences?
  • What are the learning resources required in order to overcome the experience of individual or collective crisis?
  • What kinds of learning opportunities facilitate the management of personal and collective transformations triggered by a crisis?
  • What are the emerging issues and how do they affect research on transformative learning?

How can we effectively deal with some of these burning question when we are constantly dumbing down Adult education?

If you would like a copy of  my full essay on this topic fill in the form below to request a copy be sent to you.

Why are they contaminating bottled spring water?

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Most Bottled Water is FILLED With Fluoride, Here’s a Complete List of Brands to Avoid

“Fluoride seems to fit in with lead, mercury, and other poisons that cause chemical brain drain,”Grandjean says.
“The effect of each toxicant may seem small, but the combined damage on a population scale can be serious, especially because the brain power of the next generation is crucial to all of us.”

As with other fresh water supplies (e.g., spring water, lake water, river water), bottled waters have low levels of fluoride.
Fresh surface water contains an average of just 0.05 ppm. To put this in perspective, artificially fluoridated water (using industrial-grade fluoride chemicals) contains 0.7 to 1.2 ppm fluoride, which is 14 to 24 times more than the average natural level.

Fluoride Health Problems

There is a lot of controversy surrounding the presence of fluoride in public drinking water (fluoridation). For starters, before fluoride was used to fight cavities, it was (and still is) used in insecticides and rat poision.

Fluorosis is a condition that wears down the enamal of the tooth, leaving behind white spots, making the teeth more vulnerable to cavities and decay. Fluorosis is a very real health condition that can effect both children and adults. More and more evidence is mounting against the use of fluoride, even in small amounts. But it doesn’t appear to be a critical issue according to the US Surgeon Generals, as the last 5 Surgeon Generals have supported the fluoridation of drinking water. Incidentally, the claimed health benefits almost always point to oral health. Fortunately, the CDC is calling for new labeling rules requiring manufacturers to list a product’s fluoride content, which we have found to be missing in some cases.

What is too much Fluoride?

Fluoride itself is actually required by our bodies in low doses. When consumed in high amounts, specifically the man-made fluoride that is in public drinking water, can cause problems.

An estimated 5-10g of sodium fluoride can be lethal for some adults. While fluoride provides benefits to your oral health, it can also come with adverse side effects, that vary in severity depending upon the amount of fluoride consumed. Excessive consumption of fluoride can lead to gastrointestinal discomfort. This can occur with doses 15 to 20 times lower than actual lethal doses (0.2-0.3mg/kg). Fluoride in exessive amounts can also cause problems in the formation bone.

Here are some bottled water brands that contain little to no fluoride:

  • A Better Water
  • Agromas Natural Mineral Water
  • Albertsons
  • Alpina
  • American Fare
  • American Star
  • Appco
  • Aqua Fresca
  • Aqua Panna
  • Aqua Pure
  • Aquarius Natural Mineral Water
  • Arbor Springs
  • Arlington Springs
  • Aquafina Water
  • Aqua Systems
  • Aqua Von
  • Artesian Wells
  • Augusta Medical – Daniels
  • Badger Water
  • Besco Pure Premium Drinking Water
  • BIOTA Colorado Pure Spring Water
  • Bio-2
  • Black Berry Farms
  • Blue Ice Natural Mineral Water
  • Boney’s
  • BORNEO
  • Bountyland
  • Buches
  • Calistoga
  • Callaway Blue
  • CAPA
  • Cascade
  • Century Springs
  • Chemung
  • Chippewa Spring Water
  • Citi Stop
  • Classic Selection
  • Clearly Arctic
  • Clear Mountain Spring Water
  • Clover Company Limited
  • Coach
  • Cold Country
  • Cohutta Mountain Spring Water
  • Cowboy Squeeze
  • Crowne Plaza Drinking Water
  • Crowne Plaza Natural Mineral Water
  • Cruel Jacks Spring Water
  • Crystal Mountain Spring Water
  • Crystal Point
  • Crystal Ridge
  • Crystal Spring Natural Spring Water
  • Culligan Water
  • Dakota Splash
  • Dannon
  • Deep Rock
  • Deep Rock Crystal Drop
  • Deep Rock Fontenelle
  • Deja Blue
  • Desert Quench
  • East Phils
  • Eco Quest
  • Elite
  • Equatorial Natural Mineral Water
  • Essentia Water
  • Eureka
  • Evian
  • E Water
  • Family Pantry
  • Famous Ramona Water
  • Flowing Springs
  • Food Club
  • Founders Square Bank
  • Fresh Brands Artesian
  • Fresh Brands Distilled Water
  • Fresh Brands Drinking Water
  • Fresh Market
  • Get-N-Go
  • Glacier Bay
  • Glen Summit Springs Water
  • Glen Summit Distilled Water
  • Glenwood Inglewood
  • Gordon Food Service
  • Great Bear
  • Great Value
  • Harvey’s
  • H2O4U
  • Henry’s
  • Hidden Valley Natural Mineral Water
  • Hillcrest Distilled Water
  • Hillcrest Drinking Water
  • Hillcrest Spring Water
  • Hilton PJ Natural Mineral Water
  • Hinckley Springs
  • HINT
  • Hi-Sprint Drinking Water
  • Hi-Sprint Natural Mineral Water
  • Hog Wash
  • Hon Less Natural Mineral Water
  • Ice Jam
  • Inland
  • Istana Natural Mineral Water
  • Joe Muggs
  • Joe Ragan’s Pure Water
  • Junior Johnson
  • Just Squeezed
  • KLGCC Natural Mineral Water
  • Kroger Bottled Water (Reverse Osmosis)
  • Krystal J Artesian Water
  • Krystal J Distilled Water
  • Laure
  • Leroy Jenkins Ministries
  • Logansport Savings Bank
  • Lowe’s
  • Martins
  • Masafi Pure Natural Mineral Water
  • Mercurio Produce
  • Mesra Drinking Water
  • Mesra Natural Mineral Water
  • Misty Mountain
  • Monadnock Mountain Spring Water
  • Montclair
  • Mountain Energy
  • Mountain Forest
  • Mountain Valley Spring Water
  • Mutiara Natural Mineral Water
  • Nantze Springs
  • New Frontier Bank
  • Niagra Mist
  • Nicolet Distilled
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Oasis Pure Drinking Water
  • Oasis Sparkling Water
  • Ogallala – Clear Cool Water
  • OUI Drinking Water
  • OUI Natural Mineral Water
  • Paiges
  • Parmer Pure H2O
  • Patriots Choice
  • Pelangi Natural Mineral Water
  • Penta Ultra Premium Purified Drinking Water
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Polaris Water
  • Pristine Natural Artesian
  • Purely Sedona
  • Quick Stop
  • Rain Soft
  • Refresh Natural Mineral Water
  • Reiser Drinking Water
  • Request Foods, Inc.
  • Rip Time
  • Roundy’s “Purified Water”
  • Safeway – Refreshe
  • Sam’s Wine & Spirits
  • San Faustino Natural Mineral Water
  • San Pellegrino
  • Santee Springs
  • Scheopner’s Water
  • Sequoia Springs
  • Scotts
  • Shamrock
  • Shop-N-Cart
  • Shur-Fine
  • Silver Creek Purified Water
  • Silver Creek Spring Water
  • Sky Drinking Water
  • Smart Water
  • Snow Valley
  • Spinx
  • Stator Bros. Markets
  • Summit Mountain
  • Summit Springs
  • Summit Valley
  • T-Rex
  • Teton Mountain Lodge Spring Water
  • Tweetsie
  • United Dairy Farmers
  • Volvic
  • Vitamin Water
  • Veta Drinking Water
  • Valutime
  • Whistler Water
  • Whole Foods 365
  • Woodland Spring Water
  • Wyoming Machinery “Catipillar” Spring Water
  • Zodiac

List of brands to avoid that are known to be high in fluoride:

  • Alhambra
  • Arrowhead
  • Belmont Springs
  • Crystal Rock
  • Crystal Springs
  • Deer Park
  • Diamond Springs
  • Hindley Spri
  • Ice Mountain
  • Kandiyohi
  • Kentwood Springs
  • Mayer Bros.
  • Mount Olympus
  • Nursery Water
  • Ozarka
  • Poland Spring
  • Pure Flo
  • Puritan Springs
  • Shenandoah
  • Sierra Springs
  • Sparkletts
  • Zephyrhills

The list contains data provided by the International Bottled Water Association that you can use to make sure you’re not feeding fluoride to yourself and your family.

Source: http://www.foodandourhealth.com/

 SHORT COURSES TRAINING

The dangers of being out-thought and out- manoeuvre by your competitors

soft skills training for sales team by diane shaweBuyers Don’t Follow a Linear Path anymore so why ask your sales team to do the same?

article by Diane Shawe M.Ed

The sales funnel relies on the theory that someone comes into the top of the funnel and sales fall out the bottom. But is that true in today’s world? Do we start at the top and make our way through to the end? Or do we start at the top, leave, jump levels, come back, leave again, come back at the beginning and some point come back and buy or totally just leave? Are sales people  following a linear purchase pattern or an erratic path of engagement that sometimes results in less and fewer sales?

Distraction is the Number One Barrier to Sale

Distraction is destroying the Sales Funnel. It’s clear that buyer behaviour is erratic, but they are also finicky and overloaded with information.. Distraction may very well be the number one barrier to a sale. We get distracted and abandon our cart. We stop reading the article that brought us to you. Simply put, any little distraction means we move on to something else and we may never come back. We are also finicky buyers, what we think one day may be dramatically changed by another piece of content that contradicts our previous opinion.

Let’s take a look at the Sales Funnel Concept.

The sales funnel has been around for as long as any of us has been in business. It is a tool that has been used to visualize everything from the sales process to marketing impact on an organization. I use to be a  fan of the sales funnel.  But the truth is, the traditional sales funnel model has been dead for years; we just haven’t come to accept it yet. They say a picture paints a thousand words, the problem is clients are overloaded with the same information.

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Buying patterns have changed drastically in the last decade. They’ve changed so much that they have truly broken the sales funnel as we know it.

Old habits die hard, so the big question is whether or not a sales funnel is still a viable model for sales concepts. Here are the biggest challenges I see with the sales funnel in today’s buying environment.

Selling the way your customer wants to buy…Not the way you like to sell

Sales Plan Mapping is all about Rapport.  Rapport is defined as:

“A state of mutual trust and respect existing between two or more people. Rapport is the primary basis for all successful communication.”

Sales Plan Mapping is all about Rapport.  Rapport is defined as: “A state of mutual trust and respect existing between two or more people. Rapport is the primary basis for all successful communication.”  To build rapport with someone you have not met face to face is a learned skill referred to as NLP.

Learning to Plan a Sales map requires knowledge in a new type of Consultative Selling.  Planning a Sale Map would mean learning new skills in 5 key areas:

  • Best Practices
  • Communication Skills
  • Strategy and Traction
  • Sales Project Management
  • Presentation

The strategic role of continuous education

One way to stay on top of a rapidly changing market is to implement a business strategy that maximises the synergies between lifelong learning and workforce productivity.

Without appropriate technological support, training programs appear to be less effective. No matter the size of your business, if you stand still and basque in your current success, this is surely the biggest route to new challenges.

Even though research has shown that E-Learning proves to be an excellent way to achieve quality results in a short timeframe, most users still only dabble with free flimsy or overbearing solutions that provide no tracking, evidence or further sign posting to continue competence training.

Getting the world back to work with skills we can trust

Getting the world back to work with skills we can trust

POINT OF NEED TRAINING

Point of Need Online-delivered learning, using mobile technology within a context of continuous education, is considered strategic because it:

  • Keeps the workforce appraised of their job functions’ developing requirements, enabling them to make a positive impact on their role individually and as a team and help that Organisation achieve its aims and goals
  • Aids succession planning, helping workers to acquire the knowledge and skills to help them progress within their Organisation
  • Allows Organisations to keep training budgets under tighter control, develop and retain existing employees and reduce the costs related to external human resources recruitment, selection and on-boarding

The current speed of change means that employees need to be trained continuously for Companies to avoid the dangers of being out-thought and out-manoeuvre by competitors especially on qualities such as leadership.

A poorly educated workforce results in decreased, indeed ever decreasing, levels of productivity and reduces their ability to deliver results. Ignorant and poorly skilled staff can’t (or, at least, shouldn’t) be promoted — since they don’t have the appropriate skills to help their company reach its business objectives. So Organisations need to go to the expense, in terms of time and trouble, of recruiting staff with new knowledge and competencies from outside the organisation to cover middle and senior level positions. It’s important to realise that not only does this practice have a negative impact on the organisation, regarding high costs per individual worker, but company results show that this approach isn’t always successful.

According to recent research (Lifelong Education and Labour Market Needs, published in The EvoLLLution online newspaper) examining the need for continuing education in the workforce, 64% of executives who are recruited externally fail within four years of joining the organisation.

Ideally, every company should have a Personal Training Needs Analysis plan in place for each of their employees. This project should engage the employee in identifying training programs that will enable the employees to develop the necessary knowledge and skills specific to them.

How can we help up-skill your sales team without them taking too much time of work?

Modernising your Sales Team – Project Manage Sales Mapping Whitepaper by Diane Shawe M.Ed

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

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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

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.

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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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10 Top Tips on How to Influence Online buying by Diane Shawe

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The trends and predictions are already in for 2016. Many digital advancements will be made in 2016, from the rise of mobile messaging apps to mobile commerce finally gaining some mojo. 

You the reader even you are becoming more savvy and intend to be heard when things are not going right.  Smartphone use is driving up the number of inbound calls to businesses. Voice-activated search has been rising steadily. Consumers are talking to personal assistants through their smartphones and cars, and those “assistants” are getting smarter. And with the rise of smart watches and connected home devices, they’re talking to a wider variety of devices from various locations.

Marketers need to be prepared and ready to optimise digital content for speech-based (not keyword) queries and learn how to make sure that content can be discovered by personal assistants.

– So what about small businesses, the lone sole trader, what can you do to influence online buying?

  1. Change your ads Your prospects could get bored seeing the same ad all the time. Statistics show people usually see the same ad 7 times before they actually buy. Just change them enough to keep them from being over-exposed. For example, if your ad said. “FREE Killer Marketing E-book!”, you could change it later on to “FREE Sizzling Marketing E-book!”
  2. Give people a deadline to order. Tell people if they order by January 15 2016, they will get a discount or free bonuses. This will create an urgency so they don’t put off buying. Another example, “Order before 8:00 p.m. and get a second product of your choice for free!”
  3. Publish testimonials on your ad copy. They will give your business credibility and you’ll gain people’s It’s important to include the person’s full name and location with the testimonial.
  4. Allow people to make money reselling the product or Tell people they can join your affiliate program if they order. You could pay them per sale, per click, per referral, etc. Just provide them with proven and tested marketing materials, detailed statistics and plenty of affiliate training.
  5. Offer a buy-one, get-one-free deal. If you sell more than one product, this type of deal works People will feel they are getting more for their money and will order quicker. You could also offer them a ‘buy one, get one half’, ‘buy two, get the third one free’, ‘buy two, get a free watch’.
  6. Have them sign up to get access to download a free e-book. The subject of the e-book should be related to your target audience. You could have them sign up to a opt-in list or your regular The e-book should have high perceived value so they’ll take the time to sign up. Landing pages are really good for this.
  7. Give your visitors a free membership inside your Members Only web site or closed membership group on LinkedIn or Facebook. Have them sign up to receive a user name and password or an exclusive invitation. Members groups are particularly good on LinkedIn and your blogs because each time you post some news they get an automatic update.
  8. Offer your visitors free consulting via e-mail. Have them fill out a web form to e-mail you with their When you answer their questions, include an offer for a product you sell or highly recommend products that could help them. You could join the product’s affiliate program to earn commission if they take your advice.
  9. Give people free bonuses when they order your product or The free bonuses could be books, jewelry, reports, newsletters, etc. Make their bonuses sound extra valuable by listing their retail value, either separately or together in one amount, or limiting how long you will offer the bonuses. (you can partner with free gift websites)
  10. Provide free package and postage with all orders. If you can’t afford it, you could offer free P&P on orders over a specific You could also offer a rebate on their P&P costs. Most customers probably won’t send in the rebate card unless it’s a huge shipping cost, for example, £30 or more

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