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Walters Art Mueseum, Sappho and Alcaeus by Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836–1912)

 



These programs is designed by Murray Johannsen, a business owner and a professor at both Korea University and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Mr. Johannsen has an MBA from the University of Iowa and an M.A. in Psychology from Harvard University. Feel free to contact him through LinkedIn or by email

 

Develop Expertise Useful in the Real World

    • 10-Sep-2018
    • 12-Nov-2018
    • A 4-module Online Program. Offered as SELF-PACED Learning For 4-Weeks (Level I Learning: Expertise Develop) OR As a SHORT COURSE Over 8-Weeks (Level II Learning: Skill Building)
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    Image from the ceiling from the Sistine Chapel. Painting by Michelangelo

    A Program For You, Your Children and Grandchildren — Learn It Yourself — Teach It To Them

     

    Finding flaws matter. After all, your strengths get you hired, your weaknesses get you fired. Yet most people would not know how many flaws they have let alone whether they have a fatal flaw. 

    There is nothing worse then finding out you can't advance due to factors you control.

    Those who wish to lead and live an ethical life understand the importance of building habits known as virtues to counteract the tendency for us do bad things. It's like an ethical vaccine preventing descent into the abyss of bad habits, negative emotions and unproductive states.

    Those with the moral authority to lead, have virtues followers identify with.  More importantly, they Take Action to practice and install these in day-to-day activities that make up work and life. After all, it’s a poor sort of ethical system if you can't use it to guide daily decisions and actions.  

    By taking this class you will learn:

    • Why humans are good and bad: but you can choose the good
    • how to reveal your flaws and search for the elusive fatal flaw
    • A powerful way to evolve yourself by defining your virtues
    • About installing your virtues —it’s about making yourself better

    Module 1: You’re Good and You’re Bad: The Paradox of Your Mind

    "Everybody has good and bad forces working with them, against them, and within them.” ― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

    “The insufferable arrogance of human beings to think that Nature was made solely for their benefit, as if it was conceivable that the sun had been set afire merely to ripen men's apples and head their cabbages.” — Cyrano De Bergerac


    Antonio Canova (1757–1822) Justice. Image by: Fondazione Cariplo

    Module Description

    The Ego, as the primary part of the mind that deals with realty, also has some characteristics that prevent it from achieving happiness. This session looks at a number of these limitations.

    Freud was the first Western psychologist to point out the Ego was wrapped in a cocoon of largely unconscious mechanisms that protect—the way a blanket protects a baby. However, in adults, these Ego defense mechanisms filter and distort realty in ways that prevent the Ego from dealing with anxiety and dangerous truths. And so the Ego stays immature--often entering a state of arrested development.

    Learning Objectives

    Level I: Knowledge and Understanding

    • Understand the major flaws associated with human nature.
    • Know the common model used in Western psychology for the nature of of your mind.


    Level II: Skills Development

    • Develop the insight to discover your flaws and search for the Fatal Flaw
    • Document your flaws as they exist.
    • Develop the insight to know what will make you virtuous
    • Develop the self-discipline to be able to develop a virtue.

    Key Concepts

    • Morality and Ethics
    • The Ego and The Unconscious
    • Jung" Shadow
    • Karma
    • Postive
    • Negative
    • Self-deception and Cognitive bias
    • Ego (Neurotic) Ego Defense Mechanisms


    Module 2: The Search For The Fatal Flaw

     “A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most.”   George Bernard Shaw

    Hieronymus Bosch The Seven Deadly Sins

    Hieronymus Bosch- The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things

    Module Description

    If each of us that the potential to do good and bad, we should understand the nature of the bad in hopes that we can prevent this from occurring. In other words, assuming free will (a big assumption), you will choose what path you travel down. Just as important, is your ability to recognize pathologies in others. In this case, we are going to focus on traits and behaviors, the kind of thing you can observe in yourself and see in others.

    In this module, you will do what very few people do — document your flaws. For example, if you ask the average person what their top ten weaknesses are, they would look confused, the offended before going into denial that they have any flaws at all. Or perhaps they will give you a fake one—the kind of thing that you would do if you were in an interview.

    The search for the fatal flaw is a characteristics that will cause you no end of grief if you do not take care of it.

    "Power Corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely." — Lord Acton. Said in 1887, these words still ring true today. But you should also understand that, money corrupts just as much as power.

    Learning Objectives

    Level I: Knowledge and Understanding

    • Identify the definitions of the seven deadly sins.
    •  Understand how Allport defined the different category of personality traits.
    •  Discover the Big Five personality traits

    Level II: Skill Development

    • Capture your "bad" personality traits..
    • Document your top sins and explain why these are a problem.
    • Document insights into emotions/states of mind that are considered to be weaknesses.

    Key Concepts

    • The Seven Deadly Sins
    • Negative emotions
    • Harmful states of mind
    • Personality Traits
    • Cardinal
    • Central
    • Secondary
    • The Fatal Flaw


    Module 3: Evolve Your self — Define Your Virtues


    “The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.” Elizabeth Taylor

    “Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.” George Washington

    Module Description

    Most people, that vast majority I belief, never ask themselves what they should be, what they should become by the time they check out of life. Sure, everyone focus on money and having lots of it, but very few focus on this issues of the character. Do you want be kind? Or is this unimportant. How about creative? Or resilient? or Optimistic? It seems strange that we would spend more time on our taxes in a year than we would what kind of person we should be. In this section, you will put together a profile for your "Ideal Self."

    Learning Objectives

    Level I: Knowledge and Understanding

    • Understand the nature of the ideal self.
    • Know the nature of moral virtues as defined by the Catholic Church
    • Know that there are competitive traits helpful in sports
    • Identify traits commonly associated with great leadership

    Level II: Skill Development

    • Define a set of future roles you would like to play on the stage of life.
    • Evaluate what set of virtues will help you to play your next to rooms.

    “Virtues are too difficult,” I told him, shaking my head. “Look how old you are and you’ve hardly made a dent in them. I’ll admit, you seem to have zeal nailed, as well as faith and temperance. Self control? I’ve got my doubts based on your recent actions. I’m not seeing the kindness, love or generosity, either. That humility thing seems to be pretty far beyond your reach, too. Really, really far. I’m sorry to tell you this, but from what I can see, the sin of pride is a major component of your character. Dude, you’re old. You should have these things pretty well ticked off your shopping list by now. I’m seriously disappointed. Seriously.”

    Debra Dunbar, A Demon Bound

    Module 4: Take Action

    "We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” — Aristotle

    “Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” — Marcus Aurelius (Roman emperor, 121-180 AD. 



    Image taken by: Murray Johannsen

    “Where we stand in times of controversy is a measure of our character,” said the Rev.  Jesse Jackson, an Apple shareholder who attended the meeting. “Some leaders only follow opinion polls. Others stand up for their principles, refuse to compromise, and mold opinion. We have such a leader of Apple, Tim Cook.” Benner, (2016) Apple Shareholders Show Their Support for Tim Cook, New York Times, Feb 25..

    Module Description

    Once you know your starting point and your destination, you still have to get from here to there. And this frankly, is the hard part. It's easy to come up with the map, it's hard to walk down the path. For what you are striving to do is reduce your bad behaviors, flaws and sins and substitute a better set of behaviors which we call the virtues.

    Unfortunately, this is not like taking a class, which you will only due once. You will have to practice many times. And you will find that sometimes you take a step forward, you will take a step back and it seems like you are standing in place. Don't worry about it. 

    Learning Objectives

    Level I: Knowledge and Understanding

    • Understand the nature of procrastination
    • Understand why few have strong self-control and will-power to resist temptations
    • Discover how Ben Franklin was able to develop his virtues

    Level II: Skills Development

    • Practice using the same technique as Ben Franklin Technique to develop your virtues.
    • Develop a combination of techniques to mentally practice developing one virtue that is not being used.

    Other Skills To Develop

    • Reflection
    • Insight
    • Self-Control

    “Don't make another's pain the source of your own happiness.” Mark Frost, The Paladin Prophecy

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    • 17-Sep-2018
    • 28-Oct-2018
    • A 6-module Online Program. Available as a FULL CLASS with an Instructor Over 6-weeks. (Level I Learning: Expertise Developmnt)
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    “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” — Kennedy Family Motto

     

    This class is about developing more insight into the kind of success required to deal to deal with difficult times and challenging situations. 

     For example, to be resilient in the face of adversity is one of the most important elements of successful entrepreneurs.

    Learn, Practice and Improve of psychological pillars that help you to overcome adversity.


    "Remember, anything worth doing, is going to be difficult." — M. Johannsen, Advice to future entrepreneurs

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    • 17-Sep-2018
    • 29-Oct-2018
    • A 4-Module On-Line Program. A 4-module Online Program. Offered as SELF-PACED Learning For 4-Weeks (Level I Learning: Expertise Develop) OR As a SHORT COURSE Over 8-Weeks (Level II Learning: Skill Building)
    Picture by neurovelho, Sheet Music is the essential theory underlying the creation of all music.

    A FULL CLASS IN THE SKILL-BASED LEARNING CONCENTRATION

    “Our knowledge can only be finite while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite.” -- Karl Popper, Austrian philosopher

    Course Overview

    In the 21st Century, each of us must continually upgrade knowledge and skills. To not do so means we risk unemployment, under employment and a life of stagnant wages. While we live in an Information Age, few schools and universities bother to teach us how to convert theory into skills. Few understand the steps–the processundefinedof how to build skills. The goal of this class is to accelerate someone going from the novice stage to the mastery stage.

    This course presents many insights useful in:

    Defining Skill-based Theory. Not all theory is can be turned into a skill. Discover how to tell what works and what does not.

    Module 1. Must Know Theories For Learning New Behaviors

    “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” -- Leo Tolstoy

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    Knowing how to get the most out of learning a new behavior means we have to step back and know what understand motivates it. There are three of behavioral theories: classical conditioning, operant conditioning and vicarious learning. You will discover the role each plays, the importance of knowing how to use this ourselves., and ways to apply it.

    Module 2. The Major Cognitive Learning Models

    “You tend to become what you think about.” -- Earl Nightengale: The Greatest Secret


    Roden: The Thinker: Image by: Yair Haklai

    Module Description

    The second major school of learning in psychology relates to cognition. Here the focus is on the black box of the mind, not on observable behavior. Inside the black box, there are many processesundefinedprocesses that run outside of conscious awareness. For example, listening is an extremely important mental process that has few observable elements.

    To learn how to listen, we must go in inside the black box and make changes. This module first looks at general theories of learning then it focuses on Bandura’s Self-Efficacy Theory as one of the more important models affecting our ability to learn.

    3. Discovering Skill-Based Theory 

    “It AIN’T so much the things we don’t know that get us into trouble. It’s the things we know that just ain’t so.” undefined Mark Twain


    Page from book illustration fungi (or mycology) of different species. Woodcut and text. Done in 1581.

    Sound theory one can turn into a skill is surprisingly hard to find. Chefs know that no matter how one cooks the food, bad ingredients still produce tasteless food. It’s a variation of garbage in and garbage out —bad theory produces crummy results. Discover guidelines on how to evaluate the content, determine appropriate context and judge the “experts” to reduce the possibility of trying to build a flawed skill based on bad theory.

    One should take a look at theory from a couple of different aspects. The first is validity; i.e. do you think the method will actually work. There are many theories and models invented by professors which really aren’t valid, despite what the statistical models say.

    The second framework of analysis on how detailed the method is. Does it give you enough information to be able to mentally or physically practice.

    Module 4. The Legacee Skill Model

    “Fire! Ready! Aim!” undefined American saying

    Before on goes on a journey, it’s good to have a map. Before one builds a skill, it’s important to have a Content Learning Guide. The guide helps to flesh out the thinking process. to clearly define theory, process, outcomes and a methodology for learning.

    Goal setting is an important part of the process. Many of us have been exposed to goal setting at work. However, the process that we use in this class is different that what is done in business or government. The first part of goal setting is to use language to draft on a piece of paper what types of results one is looking for. The second phase of the process is to change the words in to images. Many would argue the the images are more important than the words. This is our view as well.

    • 21-Sep-2018
    • 21-Dec-2018
    • A 6-module Online Program. Offered as SELF-PACED Learning For 6-Weeks (Level I Learning: Expertise Develop) OR As a SHORT COURSE Over 12-Weeks (Level II Learning: Skill Building) (Also in Concentration: Leadership Foundations)
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     "Just because you have two ears and a mouth, doesn't mean you know how to communicate." -- A Mother's Advice To Her Son.

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    Despite it importance, few people spend the time to really understand it or to improve the component skills of interpersonal communication. So you might way, the competition is weak.

    Still, at some point in climbing the organizational latter, your skills in this area will either make you or break you. Make the  investment in interpersonal communication skills, it will pay off many times over.

    What Employers Want When Hiring


     Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers 2018 Job Outlook Survey

    Still, at some point in climbing the organizational latter, your skills in this area will either make you or break you. Make the  investment in interpersonal communication skills, it will pay off many times over.

     

    LEARN THESE 6 INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
    • TWO-WAY COMMUNICATIONUsing the Full-Duplex Method to drastically reduce miscommunication
    • LISTENING SkillsSix types of listening: Five that improve listening and one that doesn't
    • NONVERBAL CommunicationHow to better read face and hear the meaning in tones and intonation
    • The Use of QUESTIONS: Eight types of questions that shape a conversation
    • Your RELATIONSHIPSHow to generate positive impressions, increase trust, & be better liked
    • INTERVIEWING: Most people don't spend the time needed to polish their communication skills before the interview. And so, they lose the job. Don't let this happen to you.

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    • 01-Oct-2018
    • 31-Dec-2018
    • A 6-module Online Program. Offered as SELF-PACED Learning For 6-Weeks (Level I Learning: Expertise Develop) OR As a SHORT COURSE Over 12-Weeks (Level II Learning: Skill Building)
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    "A competitive world has two possibilities for you. You can lose. If you want to win, you can change." — Lester Thurow, former Dean, MIT Sloan School.

    Standing pat on existing competencies is a recipe for disaster; for skills today are not the one's you’ll need tomorrow.

    The path to success has been compared to climbing a mountain. The greater the achievement, the tougher the climb. To succeed, you will need climbing skills. But first, you need a map. For it doesn't pay to be lost and confused, uncertain of direction, full of doubt over what roles you want to play, what mountain you want to climb. 

    There is a solution, a method called Skill Mapping. It's a set of practical techniques that allow you to decide the work role(s) wanted, the skills needed and the actions required. So first come up with a map you can follow then build the skills you need. There are six modules in this course presented as steps on a journey.

    Steps You Must Take To Map Your Future

    1. Define Your Current and Future Roles

    2. Continually Scan the Environment

    3. Document Opportunities and Threats

    3. Know Thyself

    5. Define Strengths and Weaknesses

    6. Take Action

    Take as an on-line class or with your own Master Instructor for individualized mentoring and coaching on the Dual Track

     

    Step 1: Visualize Current and Future Roles

    "The door of opportunity frequently opens for those best prepared to walk through it." — Murray Johannsen


    Roles aren't just played in Hollywood and Bollywood. On the stage of work, you can be a bit player or a star. Imagine your future roles a future you define — not your boss, not your parents, not your university — you.

    Now you will be looking at three roles, your current one, the next one and your aspirational role. After all, if you don't have a destination on the journey of life, you are forever lost. 

    Step 2: Continuously Scan the Environment




    Sure, you can surround yourself with a zone of complacency and now understand what's going on. But the world is stronger than your security blanket. You might as well know as to be ignorant.    

    Step 3: Decide on Your Threats and Opportunities

    "Luck is what you call it when preparation meets opportunity." — Gen. David Petraeous, Frequent Saying, Washington Post, June 23, 2010


    You’ll be in the career slow lane if you can’t sense opportunity. Worse, you can lose what you have if you don’t deal with primary threats. Be a strategist — of your own career. 

    Globalization is not all peace, love and happiness. The evolving global economic structure has created a number of real threats and possible threats that will have to be dealt with and planned for. This section will look at existing threats and highly probable ones impacting global business.

    It was once said that opportunity is often masked as an insurmountable problem. Since there are no lack of problems in the world, we all must be surrounded by opportunity.

    Unfortunately, very few people know what opportunity is let alone sense it. To paraphrase a Winston Churchill hill saying, "The average man trips over opportunity, but quickly stands up and keeps going."

    Step 4:  Assess Your Core 5 Competencies

    “You get hired because of your strengths, fired because your weaknesses.” — Murray Johannsen




    Image by: AnonMoos

    You can't easily change your traits, but you can build your skills. Some skills are always in demand and always pay well. Paradoxically, these are often skills not taught in the universities.  

    In the Core Five model, every role has a unique set of five competencies. They are:

    • Technical. 

    • Leadership. 

    • Management. 

    • Strategy and Tactics, and 

    • Self-Mastery. 

    Be smart — build what the universities don't teach you but corporations want — and what your desired roles require  

    Step 5:  Determine Your Own Strengths and Weaknesses

    “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” — Sun Tzu, The Art of War

    “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ― Abraham Lincoln

    As Legacees founder likes to say, “Your strengths get you hired, your weaknesses get you fired." There’s nothing worse than being blind-sided; you can’t fix what you don’t know was broken. 

    And remember, no great dream is every achieved with the strengths you now have. Iif you see yourself as an unfinished work, as someone who doesn’t want the same job for 30 years, as a person who wants to move up the ladder of success, you better work on those weaknesses.

    Step 6: Take Action


    Mapping. On the journey of life, you better have a map or you will always be lost. That's the purpose for the first six steps. 

    Once map has given you the layout and your destination, but one must choose from among different paths to get there. For example, skills needed must be built and ignorance diminished.   

    This is the Routing. Choosing the best path is not so easy when you have lots of alternatives to sort through.

    One has to figure out how this has to be done. Understand that there are others who can do your job and machines might as well so forever build skills. Don't stop  

    This is where assessments, a mentor, or a coach comes in handy — it’s vital to get feedback from an expert. They can provide specific details only someone who really mastered a skill is capable of knowing.

    And to make the course more enjoyable, there are:

    Memorable Quotes. Lots of them from the famous and the wise.

    Beautiful Images. Numerous paintings from the old masters. After all, eyes were not made to see in black and white.

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    • 08-Oct-2018
    • A 6-Module Online Program. A 6-module Online Program. Offered as SELF-PACED Learning For 6-Weeks (Level I Learning: Expertise Develop) OR As a SHORT COURSE Over 12-Weeks (Level II Learning: Skill Building)
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    A Program in Learn and Master a Skill

    Overview

    This full class is oriented toward applying the skill development model and the mastery practices in focused on developing an application skill of your choice.

    Throughout the program, individual skill builders have been applying what they know. Theory has ben sanity checked to know that it works, skillful practice has been applied to make sure that one understands the this one needs to employ to get better and better. There will be both the joy of victory and the agony of defeat. Quite satisfaction at making something happen and bone-grinding frustration when it didn’t. Mastery practices have to be mastered and processes have to be perfected.

    In this case, one will take an application skills and really work hard at putting what you know to the test of the real world. Choice of an application skill is up to you. For example, you could choose one of the 12 verbal communication skills that underlie great leadership. Communication is a fertile ground to plants seeds of perfection since these skill-sets are so important and they tend to be neglected.

    Key Steps in the Process

    1. Define the Theory Set. Choice of good theory is a really important step. Bad theory results in skills not learned.
    2. Come Up With a Practice Plan. A skill must be perfected in a particular context.
    3. Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice Skilled Practice. This is really a cycle. One A cycle that one needs to keep improving.
    4. Lessons Learned. At the end of practice, one needs to step back and take an entire look at the what occurred. What went well and what can be improved.
    5. Next Project. Personal improvement never stops. Should never stop. It needs to be a habit.

      Role of the Instructor

      The instructor will mostly function as a coach rather than as someone who shovels more information at you. 

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      Image By: SD Dirk

      • 15-Oct-2018
      • A Single Module Online Program. Offered Self-Paced for 30-days (Level I Learning: Expertise Develop)
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      Melpomene (Tragedy) by Edward Simmons.

      "The door of opportunity frequently opens for those best prepared to walk through it." — Murray Johannsen

      Success is more than just living in the present. Some people have dreams, but few have vision. Some simple live in the present, but others use the present to prepare for the future.

      For example, birds live in the moment, but squirrels use the moment to prepare for the future. Birds exists day-to-day, squirrels store food in the summer for winter. And so it is with people.

      This module covers essential elements needed to stimulate foresight and construct a vision.


       

      Create Vision — Activate Imagination


      Learning Objectives:

      • Develop the information sources for a robust program of environmental scanning.
      • Develop a deeper understanding of foresight
      • Practice developing a vision for your future.


      • 29-Oct-2018
      • A Single Module Online Program. Offered Self-Paced for 30-days (Level I Learning: Expertise Develop)
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