The Legacee Academy

Expertise You Can Apply —  Skills You can Master

Learn Valuable Work Expertise and Job Skills

"Everyone complains about the cost of education, but no-one complains about the cost of ignorance." 


"After all, if it was just about knowledge, most of the world’s leaders would be librarians." 

A Better Way to Get Ahead

Employers don't just want expertise, they also want skill. Behavioral skills. Not the skill of writing scholarly research papers and taking tests. An "A" does not mean real world competence.

So what's missing? Two things:

    • Relevant theory that can be practiced.
    • The motivation and feedback mechanisms to reach mastery.

Sound, Practical Theory. This is not about “blue sky” theory — you know the kind of stuff so impractical that you can’t use it in the real word.  It’s about what employers want and entrepreneurs need.

Build Deep Expertise. What’s in your long-term memory matters. You can’t Google it when the boss asks you a question. And when ignorant, you can’t even use the search engines properly since they won't know what questions to ask.

Strive To Master Skills. We don’t just want leaders who understand the theory, but can’t lead. The focus is on moving from novice to mastery. 


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Real World Application. OK, some things are nice to know. But when it comes to our two primary roles (digital marketing or transformational leadership), you got to make things happen in the real world.

Receive Badges. This are attached to specific competencies in a concentration.

Get a Certificate. Complete a concentration and receive a Legacee Academy certificate as recognition of your accomplishments.

Experienced Instructors. Instructor-based courses and classes that we offer online have individuals who really know the topic.

Skilled Guides. In skill-based learning, Legacee Academy guides are mentors and coaches who will guide your practice.

Potential Project (Gig) Work. For these that build skills (Level II learning), you can receive additional training to serve as a the role of Guide or Instructor.

“Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.” -- Shakespeare, The Twelve Night, ( Act II, Scene V)

Now you too can benefit by increasing expertise or skills — either to make yourself more attractive to employers or to expand your ability to make income. You can: 

1. Take Legacee Academy public online classes as they come up. Not a bad way to fill in expertise gaps if the timing works. 

2. Take Short Courses, OR Self-Paced Learning  OR Full Classes as they become available. 




Checkout Upcoming Academy Programs

Online Full Classes and Short Courses

Build Expertise — Academy Short Courses and Full Classes

    • 03-Jun-2019
    • A Six-Module On-Line Full Class
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    This is due to the fact that leadership is influence, and we don't influence things, we influence people. And the more you understand about how cognition affects behavior, the better you will understand what you see.



    Module 1: How To Emerge as a Leader


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    Assume you have just been given a position with a new title—you are in charge of a group of strangers. The title and the position help, but you still have a challenge, you must emerge as there leader.



    Module 2: What Makes a Group a Group and a Team a Team


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    Another type of leader in demand in today's world is the one you can build teams. A team leader is difficult, much tougher than being a supervisor of a group. However, teams are worth going after since teams out perform groups. And companies that know how to develop teams and their leaders typically out perform those who don't.



    Module 3: Avoiding The Bad Leader


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    We tend to focus on the good, but we also need to understand the bad. Bad leadership has two aspects to it: the first is the person who is not effective as a leader, who has little influence or who has to rely almost exclusively on authority. A second dimension is the person who has a great deal of influence who can cause people who can engage in unethical or immoral actions.


    Module 4: Personality Traits 




    Traits are characteristics, patterns of behavior and thinking that are consist over time. They are also strong tendencies to act in a similar way across many different types of situations. For example, an introvert consistently will not say much, while the extrovert is continuously uses the voice. For leaders, traits are valuable in two ways. First, by identifying traits in another, one can predict how that person will act in the future. Secondly, it is reasonable to assume that certain traits associated with the being a leader and others associated with being a follower.


    Module 5: The Psychology of Success


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    Success as a leader begins with understanding what goes on inside. For example, an entrepreneur must possess both management ability and leadership skills if the business is to grow. Learn what the psychologist's have identified some of the common aspects important in success.


    Module 6: Social Psychology — Understanding Organizational Culture


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    Sad to say, one can succeed as a leader in one culture and miserably fail in another. It's important to understand the key organizational and national differences that impact leader influence. Rather than look at all national cultures, the focus is on East and West.


    • 03-Jun-2019
    • A Six-Module Full Class On-Line
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    Today, you can seek financial independence by creating a personal brand. For once you have a  large following, you have a business model. And you can do that part-time until you want to go full-time. You don't have to be a employee in a corporation, you can be a superstar with fans. 

    The Six Modules in the Class will provide the roadmap of the journey toward greater success—whether you want to stay solo or pursue the dual branding opportunities presented by having a corporation or social enterprise.

    Learning Areas:

    Module 1: Opportunity and Peril: The Social Media Landscape

    Module 2: Must Know Truths about Personal & Organizational Branding

    Module 3: Getting Noticed — Choosing Your Positioning and Differentiation

    Module 4: Find Your Voice—How To Construct Powerful Messages

    Module 5: Choosing The Right Mix Channels and Mediums

    Module 6: Campaigning and Curating Essentials To Consistently Broadcast Your Message


    "I once used the word "obsolete" in a headline, only to discover that 43% of housewives had no idea what it meant. In another headline I used the word "ineffable," only to discover that I didn't know what it meant myself." — David Ogilvy

    Clearly, you have always had the ability to have a personal brand, to be a star on the stage of life. For the most part, these would be individuals in the performing arts, and great writers. In fact, the b-schools completely and still mostly ignore who to create a personal brand—preferring instead to focus on the corporate identity, In fact, few b-schools even have a class on publicity.


    • 10-Jun-2019
    • A 6-Week On-Line Full Class With Instructor (Digital Marketing)
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    If you know how to use publicity, you will easily make your numbers. After all, getting your message out to millions through traditional media will rocket your numbers up. You don't have to change your message, if you have designed it to be newsworthy.

    In a world where big media is controlled by big business, publicity offers a low-cost method of reaching a mass audience. Many a small business has used it successfully to grow rapidly. The Internet has generated new types of word of mouth–one based on email; and increasingly, on video. This is a course which is about using the Internet as part of a program for publicity.

    You will Learn About:

    • Understanding The Nature of Publicity

    • Setting a Solid Foundation: Making Your Writing Newsworthy

    • Publicity Strategy: Putting Together a Plan

    • Publicity Tactic 1: Writing Engaging Pitch Letters

    • Publicity Tactic 2: Writing and Distributing Publicity Releases

    • Publicity Tactic 3: Constructing a Media List

    • Publicity Tactic 4: Writing and Distributing Articles

    • Publicity Tactic 5: Developing a Media Friendly "Press Room”

    • The Future of Web Publicity    
    • 17-Jun-2019
    • A Six-Module Full Class On-Line (Track II)
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    According to the Direct Marketing Association as of 2009, email marketing delivers $43.62 for every dollar spent. Whether this number is true or not (after all, the DMA is not the most unbiased of sources), the consensus of experts is that email works. And what makes email marketing so effective? Fundamentally, it's about getting people to give you permission to send them information; the mechanics of email campaigns; and your ability to send interesting, relevant content.

    Four Course Modules

    a. Email Marketing Strategy: The Must Understand Rules of the Game

    b. How to Run and Optimize an email Marketing Campaign

    c. Copyrighting Guidelines: How to Write Compelling Headlines, Motivational Prompts and Interesting Newsletters

    d. Proven Methods you can Use to Build an In-house List.

    Take Aways. This is an applied course. You will: 

    Develop Interesting headers

    Devise compelling paragraphs

    Design a newsletter or email promotion

    Put together an email campaign.

    Evaluate results and suggest improvements

    • 24-Jun-2019
    • A 6-module online program. Available as a six-week Instructor-Led Full Class (Level I: Learning Expertise) OR as a twelve-week Dual Track Full Class (Level II: Skill Learning)
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    "When managers and other responsible persons in business organizations are asked how much of the work day is spent in communicating, the replies range from 85 to 99 percent." -- Harold Zelko and Frank Dance (1965)



    This course focuses on six essential leadership communication skills—the kind of skills that lead to increased levels of responsibility and increased pay. 

    After all, one cannot be effective as a leader if one doesn't posses stellar communication skills. 

    And really, you can never get too good at the art of communication.

    Modules include:












    • 01-Jul-2019
    • A 6-Week On-Line Full Class With Instructor A 6-Week On-Line Full Class With Instructor (Digital Marketing Concentration: Track I)
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    Most people have many contacts in their network, but few know how to leverage these contacts. There is a similar phenomenon in chemistry, where there exists both potential energy and kinetic energy. Potential forever remains a possibility. Kinetic energy makes things happen. And so it is with your Linkedin network, you must convert potential energy (contacts) into the kinetic kind (referral sources, appointments and interviews.)

    Class Modules


    This online class is about developing contacts and taking actions that covert work leads to prospects to work. You will learn how to:

       • Develop both personal positioning
       • Put together your branding strategy
       • Develop more high quality leads
       • Take more effective conversion actions


    1. Building a Strong Foundation: The Essentials of Branding, Positioning and Differentiation


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    You have the option of presenting ourself in many different ways. Whether one wants to do so depends on the nature of the product or service. Sometimes people want to hire the expert. Sometimes, they want to hire the business. Sometimes they want to hire an expert who has a business. This section looks at the corporate entity and how it might be used on this medium.

    2. Enhancing Your Personal Brand: Developing a Top-Drawer Profile

    "A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five." — Groucho Marx


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    Getting found by the prospects such as head hunters involves the smart use of your profile. The issue is two-fold, first, being discovered during a search and second, once they are on the profile getting and keeping them interested.

    3. How to Properly Leverage Group Membership 

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    There are thousands of groups you join. Some groups you join because of a common interest, (i.e. technology) or (much more likely), it's where the clients or recruiters hangs out. Once you join a group you can: share your knowledge to help others, post a news article, start a discussion, answer a question, or post a job lead.

    4. Growing Your Network: Utilizing, Influencing and Boosting Social Capital



    It's long been known that in professional circles the quality of the network is very important. In the old days, one used a rolodex and a phone. Today your options are more numerous and more complex. Linkedin presents one way to leverage a network, but it is not the only way. The way Linkedin manages the network is through "degrees of separation." This model has strengths, but it also has major weaknesses. For example, to assume all individuals you know are equally important, and is willing to help you out is not a valid assumption.

    5. Advanced Methods of Projecting Your Expertise

    "If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail." — Unknown Source


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    Linkedin has both basic functions which one must master and the advanced options which you can choose to use. ANSWERS as the name implies is a service defined to get answers to your questions. Its value lies asking good questions and answering the same. How do you jazz up a profile? You can add applications. While it is not necessary, potentially one can create another channel to impress. Some may want to host an event. Events offer a valuable way of getting to people together either locally or on the web. For example, you could host a local group or might want to offer a webinar of some type.

    6. Managing Your Reputation
    Before one starts to develop a personal brand, its wise to take a look at what is already being said out there since most individuals will not only check your profile, they will also do a quick check on Google. And of course, you want to keep some information out of the public domain to discourage identity theft. 

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    • 08-Jul-2019
    • A Six-Module Program. Available As An Instructor-Led Full Class (Level I Learning: Expertise Development) OR Available As A Dual Track Full Class (Level II Learning: Skill Development)
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    This leadership training package contains down to earth, practical techniques based on behavioral principles to extinguish problems or ignite topnotch performance.

    • How to identify what turns employees on and off about work
    • Social rewards to recognize, praise, and commend superior performance.
    • 5 tools to initiate and prompt desired actions.
    • Crucial traps to dodge when applying negative reinforcement and punishment.
    • Internal and external motivators which change behavior.
    • The secrets of using modeling to set standards.
    • Four sound, proven triggers that prime dynamite performance



    • 08-Jul-2019
    • Full Class On-Line With Four Modules (Concentration: Transformational Leadership) Elective

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    Often "executive teams" aren't. They function like a group of feuding kids fighting to please a difficult father or mother. Without effective leadership, groups never evolve into teamsundefinedthey get stuck performing on the floor of mediocrity, not the ceiling of possibility.

    Besides problems with group dynamics, research indicates that 30% to 60% of the time spent in meetings is wasted. Despite its importance, few managers run good meetings. More importantly, bad meetings result in problems not getting solved and wrong decisions getting made.

    Learn tools and techniques to increase motivation and participation; set codes of conduct; decrease conflict; evolve a group into a team; establish consensus; define roles and responsibilities; and play the critical communication roles that lead to action.

    This class shows you how to:

    •     Change group norms.
    •     Improve the meeting process.
    •     Evolve groups into high performance teams.
    •     Establish high performance teams
    •     Quickly set-up project teams
    • 08-Jul-2019
    • A Six-Module Full Class On-Line (Digital Marketing)
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    Today, you can't do digital marketing without the use of video. Not only does it enhance the brand and increase conversion, but video makes or breaks crowdfunding campaign. It's the text and the images that get people interested but it is the video that closes the sale. Studies have shown that a good video increases the likelihood of making a sale.

    It's much more powerful medium than just using text or images when building a personal brand. Honestly, hardly no one remembers the article you write but they will remember that video.

    Your will learn about:

    Module 1: Why Use Video? Understanding It's Business Case

    Module 2. The Top Platforms — What Each Does Well

    Module 3. Must Use Optimization Techniques

    Module 4: Setting-Up a YouTube Channel

    Module 5: Expanding the Fan Base: Strategy and Tactics That Work

    Module 6. Setting Planning and Executing a Campaign

    • 05-Aug-2019
    • A 4-Week On-Line Full Class With Instructor (Concentration: Transformational Leadership)
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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

     

    Changing yourself is hard, must harder than it appears. Changing others is harder still. Yet, change we must if we are to innovate and adapt to shifts in the environment. In this course, you will begin the transformational processes necessary to become a great transformational leader.

    In this intensive course, you will experience:

    • Learn to Better Learn 
    • The 4 Key Competencies of Transformational Leaders
      • Skill at Building Skills
      • The Transformational Mind-set
      • The Nine Sphere of Influence
      • Self-Improvement and Self-Mastery
    • The Major Tools Needed For Personal Change

    Over the next four weeks, you will:

    a. Meet other members of program

    b. Spend face-time with the instructor

    c. Assess your leadership knowledge and skills

    d. Experience learning modules in the program

    e. Better define your unique opportunities to lead

    f. Get a more detailed briefing on the seven classes in the main program


    • 05-Aug-2019
    • A 4-Week On-Line Short Course in the Verbal Communication Concentration (Level I Learning: Expertise and Skills)
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    Interviews are widely used.  A common ritual of corporations and governments across the world.  And it you you know what you are doing, you can get an advantage and standout. There is a number of these subtle technique that increase the likelihood of you being that one who gets that job. 

    Key Take Aways

    • 7 Cognitive bias you can take advantage of 
    • A powerful pattern to answer questions
    • Types of Questions you should ask
    • How To Prepare: The common mistakes to avoid
    • Great Openings: How to Nail the Positive First Impression
    • Five cognitive biases that you could use to shine   
    • What you must do to stand out
    • The three phases of the interview     



    Stand out From the Crowd

    Stand Out From the Crowd


    You have a two-week money back guarantee.

    • 19-Aug-2019
    • A 4-Week Skill-Building On-Line Short Course
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    Average speakers use a presentation to inform. Great leaders use the platform to persuade, motivate and to inspire. They know techniques one has to learn and practice to wow the audience. 

    Cleaver speakers know they must capture the audience’s interest in the first one to two minutes. They must make a positive impression based on nonverbal communication and subtle characteristics of the voice.

    And they sweat over how to make a strong conclusion. They know how to embed use facts, statistics, stories and anecdotes, they are skills at framing questions questions, etc. Other important variables deal with the use of support material such as facts, statistics, stories and anecdotes, the ability to ask and answer questions, etc.

    When the best visuals are combined without a dynamic, credible speaker, there a magic in words. Be ready to learn how to cast a few spells.

    Discover proven tactics to increase persuasiveness and the wow factor.


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    • 09-Sep-2019
    • A 4-Week On-Line Full Class With Instructor
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    "The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority." -- Ken Blanchard



    Many managers and executives depend too much on their authority -- a limited source of power that doesn’t work well on peers and the boss. Consequently, they fail to get the results they want.

    Additionally, many individuals rely too much on positional influence, rather than developing personal influence. Positional influence is typically limited and constrained, but personal influence is something that can be grown and expanded. Another fact limiting influence, is that many tend to act selfishly like dragons hoarding their gold; rather than socially, like philanthropists who spread the wealth of their influence to benefit others.

    This class expands your knowledge by providing practical influence techniques.  You learn about:

    How to project EXPERTISE.

    Ways one can use developmental COACHING.

     The Nature of building CHARISMA.

     Using VISION—The Power of Setting Expectations.

    If you are taking Foundations to Great Leadership concentration, positive reinforcement, punishment, relationships, and persuasion is covered in other Full Classes.



    • 09-Sep-2019
    • A 4-Week On-Line Full Class With Instructor
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    This class expands your knowledge by providing practical influence techniques.  You learn about:

    The Rules of Using AUTHORITY.

    How to Enhance Professional RELATIONSHIPS.

     The Essence of MOTIVATION:  Positive Reinforcement & Punishment.

     Using PERSUASION —The Power of Setting Expectations.

    If you are taking Foundations to Great Leadership concentration, positive reinforcement, punishment, relationships, and persuasion is covered in other Full Classes.



    • 16-Sep-2019
    • A 4-module Online Program. Offered For 4-Weeks (Level I Learning: Expertise Develop) OR Over 8-Weeks (Level II Learning: Skill Building)
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    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


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    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


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    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.

    • 23-Sep-2019
    • A 4-module Online Program. (Level I Learning: Expertise Develop) OR Over 8-Weeks (Level II Learning: Skill Building)
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    A Full Class in the Skill-Based Learning Concentration

    This is an applied class. This program presents a step-by-step format to enhance learning of complex skills. It includes a practice assignments designed to try out new skill development techniques.

    Module 1. How To Practice: The Bare Essentials

    “You can’t learn to swim by reading about it.” – Henry Mintzberg 

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    People continually underestimate the importance of practice. In many corporate settings, the trainer or seminar leader provides training but typically leaves little time for development. The importance of practice cannot be underestimated.

    Skills cannot be build without it. Practice can be physical, but it doesn’t have to be. It can be mental as well.

    Module 2. Enhancing Your Practice: How to Use Visualization and Guided Imagery

    “Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control events.” undefined Andrew Carnegie

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    Mental practice is as powerful as physical practice in building skills. Despite its importance, few understand how to use the mind to build skills. This directly results in a tremendous loss of corporate training dollars and a a huge indirect in terms of skills never developed and never perfected. Learn how to use mental imagery to more quickly develop skills and enhance the usefulness of training programs you attend.

    It’s been known for years that visualization is a key factor in harnessing the healing factors lying untapped with the mind. The same can be said about its importance in building skills undefined its use accelerates the process of learning. But like all tools, one has to know how to use it. There are different types of imagery. Some is known as receptive–useful in both insight and creativity. Another type is known as programmed–a category helpful in skill development. Still other types of imagery are associated with certain types of states, for example such as transitioning between wakefulness and sleep.

    Module 3. Enhance Your Practice: Using Reflection and Self-Monitoring

    “The problem with the world is that the ignorant are cocksure and the wise are full of doubt.” undefined Betrand Russell

    John William Godward (1861–1922): Idle Thoughts

    It has long been known that feedback is an essential element of performance, but there is a real art in knowing to deliver it. One of the most difficult aspects of building a skill is to develop a sense of self-awareness during the practice phase. It is so difficult, that only the champions really know how it is done. However, without the development of this component skill, one really shows very little improvement in the skills we use the most.

    Traditionally, feedback is something one can get from an expert who also posses good coaching skills. However, given the nature of the skills most of you are developing, you will mostly likely not have access to a good coach.

    Sometimes a good friend can provide meaningful feedback and this is worth a try. If these two sources are not available, one has two other techniques: mindful practice and reflection. The assignment is going to be focus on the last two techniques.

    Module 4. Enhancing Your Practice undefined Generating Internal Motivation

    “Skill is nil without will.” undefined Judah ibn Tibbon, c. 1120-c.1190 Spanish physician and translation

    Karl Briullov (1799–1852): Nun"s Dream

    As Abraham Lincoln once remarked at a cabinet meeting, “If I knew what brand of whisky he [General Ulysses Grant] drinks, I would send a barrel or so to my other generals.” Motivation drives skill development. Unfortunately, many skill development efforts fail because those in it don’t address what how to motivate themselves properly. While we can solicit support from friends and family, champions understand they must develop the internal drive to keep going despite the many set-backs one will encounter. Divine the secrets of using internal and external consequences to increase internal motivation. In many cases, a few weeks is not enough time to really master a complex skill. One has to keep at it for years. On example is a foreign language or getting a black belt in Judo. To prevent giving up before the task is complete, one has to address the issue of motivation.


    Image by Mutante. This board is symbolic of mastery of one of the most complex games known–a game that requires years of years of practice to be able to master it.

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