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The Secret to Keeping Online Course Participants Engaged to the End

"Nobody uses it!" cried the head of Learning Technology.

That was way back when I was working alongside some of the brightest and best in developing online learning tech at the Henley Management College (now the Henley Business School).

But my own students were using it. Over in Singapore where I was running the Asia Pacific arm for the Henley MBA programme. We were using the exact same platform with the exact same content. But there was a big difference.

We were running at 87% of...

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How to influence someone you don’t know well—4 universal appeals

How to influence anyone and everyone

In this episode we are exploring how you can influence and motivate anyone or everyone.

We're even going to learn some lessons from the President of the United States and just how he won the election.

Jeff sat on a bar stool at the front of the room. He had no slides, no props, just sat and talked. Within minutes, he had everybody in the room on the edge of their seats eagerly nodding and ready to follow him wherever he went.

None of us in the room had met Jeff before. In fact, none of us...

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The Power of Trust to Succeed

The power of trust to succeedTrust is the most fundamental building block of any relationship whether in business, politics, marriage, family or friendships. In the real world, trust signifies different things to different people but it frequently boils down to one point: trust is essential to your success.

Once lost, rebuilding trust is one of the most difficult things to accomplish for the reason that the thought of the betrayal can forever haunt the aggrieved. Rebuilding trust is definitely tough, but it’s not...

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Strive to Leave a Legacy or Chase After the Wind?

Strive to Leave a Legacy

Stress! Do you suffer?

Of course you do.

How much is caused by others and how much do you cause yourself?

When you really think on this, you uncover some rather painful truths about stress. Most of it is caused by yourself.

Like you. I like to place demands on my performance. Far greater demands than I would ever allow anybody else. Well perhaps my wife would debate that, but I don’t demand so much from other people.

Like you, I have a desire to leave something of a legacy. I want to achieve...

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How to Influence Anyone and Everyone

How to influence anyone and everyone

In this episode we are exploring how you can influence and motivate anyone or everyone.

We're even going to learn some lessons from the President of the United States and just how he won the election.

Jeff sat on a bar stool at the front of the room. He had no slides, no props, just sat and talked. Within minutes, he had everybody in the room on the edge of their seats eagerly nodding and ready to follow him wherever he went.

None of us in the room had met Jeff before. In fact, none of us...

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Is Empathy any use?

Are you brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities. We've all heard how we need to be more empathetic with others, to truly understand what it is like to walk a mile in their shoes. But what is it and is it actually any use?

em·pa·thy

"theintellectualidentificationwithorvicariousexperiencingofthefeelings,thoughts,orattitudesof another." Dictionary.com
So what is empathy really and how is it different from sympathy? Empathy means that we need to become vulnerable, which...

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5 Componenets of an Effective Team

Teamwork Matters

The synergy IllusionOrganizations accomplish what they do because ofteamwork. Whether you are in business, sport, education, the church and even marriage – teamwork is what paves the way to success. What a leader can do with a great team far surpasses anything they can accomplish alone. As a leader learns how to unite the right people around a shared vision, their influence truly begins to take off.

[Tweet "One is too small a number to achieve greatness. Dr John C Maxwell"]

According to Dr.John...

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What are Competence and Competency

What are they and how do they affect performance?

Competence and competency

The concept of competence remains one of the most diffuse terms in the organisational and occupational literature (Nordhaug and Gronhaug, 1994). Exactly what does an author mean when using any of the terms of competence?

The concept of individual competence is widely used in human resource management (Boyatzis, 1982, Schroder, 1989, Burgoyne, 1993). This refers to a set of skills that an individual must possess in...

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Where are you leading you to? 7 steps to your new goal

You already know that you really need to have a clear goal in your personal development as a leader. Without a goal you don't know where you are going. And that's exactly where you will end up... drifting somewhere... maybe it'll be great, maybe it'll be a waste of your time. Here are the 7 steps to your new leadership development goal:
  1. Who is in your Inner Circle?
    • The people closest to you can raise you up or tear you down. Take a long hard look at those who are in your inner circle and...

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Why use simulations? Because lectures and case studies don't cut it!

In spite of the extensive evidence, it seems that traditional lectures, use of staticcase studiesand 'knowledge transfer' continue to be the main methodologies used by teachers and trainers.

It is time to change. Gen iY is here and if we continue with last century methods, we have little chance of being their guides of choice:

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