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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. 


Pallas Athena, Picture from the Austrian Parliament Image by Jubalon

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

    • 29-Jul-2019
    • Available as a Self-Paced Short Course (Level I Learning: Expertise) OR a Skill-Intensive Short Course (Level II Learning: Expertise and Skill)
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    Painting of Joan of Arc. Saint of the Catholic Church. Patron of the French Army. A peasant girl who liberated France from British in the siege of Orlean and thus changed history. 

    If you act to change the existing order of things, you are on the Quest of Heroes. 

    This gives you a great and noble purpose, to fundamentally make your world a better place. For in the structure the hero's journey, we see our own struggles to achieve. 

    The story of the hero is ancient, yet still alive today.

    Many of our greatest works of literature and our most popular movies have as their fundamental focus the Quest of the Hero. 

    And in the story of the hero, we see our own story—or what might be your own story. For it is true today as it was in the past, that doing anything great is going to be difficult. 

    Yet, we can earn from those who have gone before, and make our own road easier, the journey quicker, the path less likely to end up in failure.

      Learning Objectives
      Level I Learning: Expertise
        • Identify the essential elements needed to move from average to great.
        • Delve into the power of myth to understand the challenges you will face.
        • Get inspiration from the Hero archetype in the great stories from the past 
        • Understand the Four Core Competencies of Transformational Leaders
        • Know why transformational leaders and Great Founders need to act less like managers and more like heroes.
        Level II Learning: Skills
        • Assess where you are on your Quest
        • Choose your path, construct your vision for what you will do next
        • Find two heroes that will serve as an example and source of inspiration
        • Delve into identifying flaws limiting your success



        Pallas Athena statue, in front of the building of the Parliament in Vienna, Austria. Image by: Zebulon. An example of both myth and archetype that survived for thousands of years. 

        We all face a choice, to strive to do something great or to die forgotten. For Heroes do great things. And because they do great things, they will not die forgotten

        Don't become just a name on a stone — unremembered after the children and grandchildren are gone. 

        • 29-Jul-2019
        • A 4-Week On-Line Self-Paced Course in the Transformational Leadership Concentration (Level I Learning)
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        "When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”  — Kennedy Family Motto

        Many problems bedevil us. We face rejection, job loss, lost friends and love ones, but still we must go on. In psychology, resilience is the capacity of people to cope with problems, issues, and catastrophes. 

        Underlying all success is the mental toughness to overcome defeats, losses, problems, obstacles, mistakes, the critics, the naysayers, the pessimists, the complainers, and those who say it can’t be done. The fundamental truth: nothing rolls down the hill until after it long has been pushed up hill. 

        Anything really worth doing, is going to be difficult. 

        And since most everyone will face difficulties at some point of life, it is important to understand how resiliency works and how mental toughness can be enhanced.

        Learning Objectives

        • What resilience is — what it isn't
        • What it takes to increase your mental toughness
        • Why all great success rests on a foundation of resilience
        • The nature of control in achieving success — both internal locus and external.
        • How not to respond to adversity—the trap of learned helplessness.
        • Take assessments, perform exercises and do application assignments


         



        • 29-Jul-2019
        • A 6-module Online Program. Available as a Twelve-Week Dual Track Full Class (Level II: Skill Learning)
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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. 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. 

        The is solution?

        A method called Skill Mapping. It's a set of practical techniques allowing you to decide the the skills needed and the actions required.

        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. You meet with a MASTER INSTRUCTOR at the beginning (before class starts); at the end (for debrief and lessons learned); and once a week through the class.

         

        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.

        • 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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        • 26-Aug-2019
        • Available as: a Self-Paced Program (Level I: Learning Expertise) OR a Dual Track Short Course (Level II: Skill Learning)
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        Image by fazen

         "It's not what you know; but who you know." — American Saying

        This module focuses on a key factor of success — your personal and professional relationships. 

        Knowing how to relationships present many benefits. To sum up: 

        • Employees all want to work with someone they like, 

        • They only listen to those they trust

        They know how to convey a positive first impression,

        • They want to work for someone who has credibility, and 

        • They prefer to work with someone who has the empathic skills to deal with their less desirable emotions.

        And of course, one cannot exercise influence if the relationship is not sound. This is one thing, we never get too good at. 



        • 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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        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

        Image by: Luxmart Art

        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.

        • 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 

        Youth with Violin by Giovanni Martinelli, oil on canvas, ca. 1640-1650

        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

        AnAntonio de Pereda (1611–1678) : The Knight’s Dream
        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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