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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

 

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    • 03-Sep-2018
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    This consists of a series of four videos that: discuss the nature of wisdom, tell you where it may be found and where it is not, and presents key mental abilities needed to become wise.

    Video 1: Overview (11 minutes) 

    Video 2: Where It is Not Normally Found(so you won't waste your time) (9 minutes)

    Video 3: Classic Methods of Learning Wisdom (19 minutes)

    Video 4: The Mental Processes Associated with Its Development (26 minutes)

    Video 1: Developing Wisdom (Overview)


    Time: 11:11

    It pretty clear--powerful and rich are rarely wise. Sadly, those who have power and money typically do not use either of these wisely. And you boss is not much better. But if you take the time to develop this scare mental ability, your stock in the world to the people you care about than owning big time shares in a large corporation.

    These video covers:

    Different illustrations and stories on how wisdom works in the practical world

    Different definitions (after all, this is not accounting)

    The most likely source of this sought after mental ability (you can't blame mom and dad for not having it)

    Resource Video 2: Where You Can't Find It


    Time: 9:39

    Let's face it, many people who desire it, and spend their time looking for it in all the wrong places. Don't laugh, it happens.  A lot. For example, do you think it can be  found in:

    • Those with a high IQ,
    • Those with many degrees,
    • The talking heads on radio and television,
    • Books in the  library,
    • Centers of learning such as the the university,
    • Therapists,
    • Religious leaders,
    • CEO's, and
    • Political leaders.

    In some respects, wisdom is like happiness; a large number chase it for their entire lives but it continually eludes them. Indeed, if they have found wisdom, they would know how to be happy.

    Video 3: Learning Wisdom: Three Classic Methods


    Time: 19:15

    Learn a method based on the writings  of one of the world's greatest sages -- Confucius.

    Experience. Sad to say, the common man rarely learns from experience. Big mistake. You should laugh at someone who says experience by itself is valuable. Experience teaches us little without reflection. Do not be like the masses who like to say they have, "Twenty years of experience (meaning one year of learning followed by 19 years of mindlessness repetition). "

    Reflection. A key learning method missing from Western universities. Not practicing reflection is a big reason you don't learn from experience.

    Imitation.  Modeling is one of the three essential learning methods in the behavioral school of psychology. It is a much better method of learning than experience for a number of reasons.

    You will also find  four other individuals who have wise words for us along with two application exercises.

    Resource Video 4: Mental Processes Associated With Wisdom


    Time: 26:26

    This video focuses on the mental processes you will never learn about in a university classes. It's why wisdom something that won't be developed by writing a paper on it. They include:

    Intuition. Actually, there are two types. Believe it or not, we often decide based on feelings and then justify based on logic.

    Insight. It's not what they are saying, it's what they aren't saying that is important. It's what you don't know is important. After all, it's the missing pieces that are the most important to find.

    Foresight.  It's not whether you can solve the crisis, it's whether you can prevent the crisis from occurring in the first place.  A huge number of people lack this. Powerful people like heads of state can't see much beyond tomorrow.

    Dream Interpretation. Most psychologist believe dreams are messages from the unconscious. You know, that part of the mind that we typically blow off every day since most say, "I don't remember my dreams." In many cultures, those who interpret dreams are considered wise.

    Understanding of Myths. These type of myths contain hidden truths that are embedded in the story. Some of these myths are timeless--the get retold to each generation. This are important stories indeed. We will discuss the implications of the mythic story of Narcissus.

    Ability to Tell Great Stories. People love stories much more than they like facts and stats. The ability to construct teaching stories on the fly is a great on. Not only as a means of teaching, but as a method for changing someone without them becoming defensive.

    • 03-Sep-2018
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    Image by: A. Savan. Notice that the leader is out front, providing direction to those following.

    "You cannot manage men into battle. You manage things; you lead people."  Grace Hopper, Admiral, U. S. Navy (retired), Nova ( PBS TV), 1986

    To succeed you have to play two roles on the stage of business: manager and leader. For these two roles you want to be a star, a bit player.

    Yet many b-schools fail to clearly distinguish between these two vital roles. On the play of life, you are stuff with an ambiguous role. These professors typically say that leadership is just a small subset of management (called directing), and that people want to be managed. Such a lie. People don't want to be managed; but if you lead them, they will follow you anywhere.

    A depiction of elements of project management. Image by: alphamu57

    The truth is, both roles are critically important ones for success in business and government. People need someone to lead them, just as much as they need an effective manager. 

    Yet, too many suffer under incompetent managers and leaders who simply are bosses who throw their authority around. 

    But there is a huge difference between functioning as a manager and acting like a leader. You can't lead people the same way you would manage time, resources on the balance sheet or expenses on an income statement. 

    Discover what these are. Find out more about how to play each role so you too can be a star on the stage. 


    Mulbery Street, New York City, circa 1900

    Learning Objectives

    • Know the major functions, skills, and responsibilities associated with functioning as an effective manager.
    • Discover the major focus areas and behaviors associated with being an effective leader.
    • Dispel your confusion — understand the fundamental differences between being a leader and a manager.

    "Managers have subordinates—Leaders have followers." — Murray Johannsen

    On Expertise Development (Level I Learning)

    • Major Learning Formats: a. Full Classes and b. Short Courses

    • The Five Concentrations of the Legacee Academy 
    • A Sample Short Course: From Tough as Nails Sample Structure  

    On Skill-Based Learning (Level II Learning)

    • Turn Theory Into Skills: Dual Track Learning (Article and Video)

    Discover Skill-Based Learning: Program Overview

    • Overview: Getting From Novice to Mastery

    • Skills Mapping: How to Define the Skills Needed for Future Success
    • 10-Sep-2018
    • A 4-Week On-Line Self-Paced Course in the Work Motivation Concentration (Level I Learning)
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    This is the basis for McClelland's Acquired Needs.   He only focused on three where should learn more about:

    • The need for power,
    • The need for affiliation, and
    • The need for achievement.

    These are powerful enough that they will drive your choice of careers and ultimately influence the degree of success you have in the world. But we see people using their jobs as a means of satisfying these needs in the world to work. Discover more about these three very important needs in video one. 

    Three Critically Important Needs You Need to Understand (Time 12:15) 

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    The remaining three videos will tell you more about each of these needs -- needs that you see operating in the real world.

    Video 2: Need ForAffiliation  (Understanding The Nature of Affiliation) (Time: 5:50)

    To the chagrin of the economists and the ire of the CFOs, people don't exist just to pump out as much work that they can to satisfy the greed of the stockholders. They also use work to satisfy social needs—their need for affiliation.

    Of course, some are low on the affiliation scale and they like nothing better than to be left alone. This is sometimes referred to as having a high need for autonomy. However,  those who are high on affiliation needs will choose jobs and careers but have lots of people around.

    People charge them up. People get them motivated. It's all about having friends.

    Need for affiliation is one of the most important of all the needs we possess. There is no more psychologically damaging punishment than to isolate someone from others. It’s important to understand this need since it drives choice of careers and whether you are happy doing what you are doing.

    Video 3: The Need For Power (All About Power: Why You and Others Find is so Seductive) (Time: 33.40)

    What is it about power? Those that have it want more. And those who don't have it, want it. Having power makes many people feel good. And so they spend their life continually seeking more of it.

    You might call power seductive, you might call this need self-reinforcing;  you might hate it, or you my love it but you can never ignore it. Some people believe that to really understand bureaucratic organizations, you must discover how those higher up in the dominance hierarchy exercise power.

    Honestly, most people have a distaste, a revolution toward power. Until that is, you get some. They one finds out that you really like it. Not just like it, but really want more. Power is not inherently bad, it is not essentially good, it all depends on how you choose to exercise it.

    Video 4: The Need For Achievement (Time: 36:50)

    It has long been known that one of the most important learned needs you can develop is achievement motivation. Not only is it associated with success as an entrepreneur, it is also a major component of emotional intelligence

    Achievers drive themselves to greater levels of accomplishment. Find out more about what it is and discover six techniques that you can use to influence his development for the thought, the prior to the development of money there is the drive to achieve. This presentation covers foundation techniques to increase this type of motivational force.


    • 24-Sep-2018
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    A Methods of Masters Practice Class

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

    This Class is Designed For:

    • Those who are new to mediation.
    • Those who abandoned the technique but want to start again,
    • Those want to use it as a tool for skill building.

    Learn The Knowledge

    This is designed as an introductory class, presenting a fundamental understanding of why it is important to learn how to relax and meditate to prevent adverse psychological and physiological problems associated with stress.  

    Develop The Skill

    Inside the class there are a number of audios and videos providing samples of how one should practice. And there are exercises to go through and assignments to complete. The class also contains discussion forums and methods to get feedback from the instructor and class participants.

    One Will Learn:

    • How stress affects the mind and body,
    • Why meditation positively impacts the mind and body.
    • To use the breath as a means of relaxing,
    • To relax the voluntary muscles using the mind,
    • To choose an object for meditation and concentrate on this.

    About the Instructor

    With degrees in Pharmacy, a MBA and a M.A. in Psychology, Murray Johannsen (bio) has a unique perspective in knowing how to use mediation to reduce the ravages of numerous stressors on both mind and body. He possesses deep knowledge and extensive experience on both the theory and practice of meditation and is skilled using and teaching mastery practices such as self-talk and visualization to jump start personal change and promote self-development. Questions? Feel free to contact him.

        

    Module 1: How Stress Affects the Mind-Body

    Image by: Uoaei1 Das Kreuz am Blassenstein bei Scheibbs (Niederösterreich), darunter dichter Nebel im Erlauf- und Donautal.

    Description

    Many people with rotten stress management techniques end up needing professional help. In some cases, this cry for help comes for the ravages of acute stress; in other cases, the health professional is seeing the impact of chronic stress.

    Chronic stress is a contributing factor to conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), ulcers, and atherosclerosis (closing of the arteries, typically around the heart.) While acute stress generates anxiety, worry and is associated nasty emotions such as anger.

    The module helps you understand the distress associated with stress.

    Learning Objectives

    • Discover the impact of acute and chronic stress on the body.
    • Know how stress impacts the normal functioning of the mind.
    • Know the relationship between stress, illness and immune suppression.
    • Understand how increasing stress levels impact work performance.

    Application Assignment

    • Produce a personal profile documenting your intellectual, emotional, behavioral, contextual and physiological stress symptoms.

    Module 2: Using the Breath To Relax

    Image Source; National Cancer Institute. Anatomy of the respiratory system, showing the trachea and both lungs, diaphram, and their lobes and airways.

    Description:

    For many, there is a vague understanding that when anxious, one breathes faster and shallower. At extreme levels of stress, some start breathing “like a dog” and will even hyperventilate.

    However, the reverse is also true, breathing slowly and deeply relaxes the mind and the body. However, few people understand how to use the breath to relax.

    This module will show you how to use the deep breath technique to quickly relax.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Discover the relationship between the breath and feeling anxious or feeling relaxed.
    • Experiment with slow breathing to control and reduce stress.
    • Practice using the deep breath technique to reduce anxiety.

    Application Assignment

    • Practice using the different variations of the Deep Breath Technique to reduce the impact of stressors in our life.

    Module 3: Mastering the Fine Art of Progressive Relaxation

    Source: Welcome Trust. Muscles Man’, Pseudo-Galen, Anathomia

    Description:

    Stress is associated with a physiological mechanism known as the “fight or flight” response; meditation is associated with the exact opposite mechanism, the relaxation response. So while stress results in anxiety and worry, meditation generates peace and serenity.

    Meditation has been used for thousands of years in the East, but it is relatively new to the West. Since it is relatively new, most people don’t understand its benefits. This module explains the primary benefits for learning meditation. Benefits that include but are not limited to reduction of stress and anxiety.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand the physical and psychological benefits associated with the regular practice of meditation.
    • Discover the positive aspect of meditation on the mind and body.
    • Learn the access steps necessary to enter a meditative state.

    Application Assignments

    • Practice accessing the meditative state. While meditating, choose between several different types of meditation objects. Explore how to better this special state of mind.

    Module 4: Learning How to Mediate

    A Mandala made available as a post on Google+ by the Dalai Lama

    Description:

    Stress is associated with a physiological mechanism known as the “fight or flight” response; meditation is associated with the exact opposite mechanism, the relaxation response. So while stress results in anxiety and worry, meditation generates peace and serenity.

    Meditation has been used for thousands of years in the East, but it is relatively new to the West. Since it is relatively new, most people don’t understand its benefits. This module explains the primary benefits for learning meditation. Benefits that include but are not limited to reduction of stress and anxiety.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand the physical and psychological benefits associated with the regular practice of meditation.
    • Discover the positive aspect of meditation on the mind and body.
    • Learn the access steps necessary to enter a meditative state.

    Application Assignments

    • Practice accessing the meditative state. While meditating, choose between several different types of meditation objects. Explore how to better this special state of mind.
    • 15-Oct-2018
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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.


    • 22-Oct-2018
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    A Full Class in the Methods of Masters Concentration

    “The best way to learn something is by harnessing your imagination.” --  M. Johannsen

    University researchers in this area have long known that high performers in sports use a combination of real and mental practice.  Both produce better results than either used alone. These high performers know what the rest of us don’t -- how to use guided image as a tool of mental practice. STILL, most of us don't know who to use imagery to improve application skills 



    Module 1: Vision to Dreams: 10 Types of Imagery Used by the Mind

    You face a choice in life. You can do what the system wants or you can define a vision for yourself.” -- Murray Johannsen


    Charles Allston Collins (1828–1873): Convent Thoughts


    Besides mind is a image processor. It uses imagery in many ways, often in ways we are not conscious of. Imagery has certain characteristics -- one needs to understand these elements to 

    • The Best Times to Use Imagery. Some times work better than others -- find out what they are.
    • Ten Types of Imagery you can use
    • Accessing Receptive Imagery. How to allow more unconscious content to surface.
    • Improve the up and down channels use of imagery is a much better way to presenting to the unconscious what you want.

    Module 2: How To Construct Powerful Goal Imagery


    You have to act like a writer who is putting together a script of the movie. The more detail, the better the movie. But it all starts with goals. One has to be clear 

    • Constructing Proper Goal Images. If the unconscious doesn't know what you want, it can't help you get there. 


    Module 3: How to Practice Using Process Imagery 

    "Only perfect practice makes perfect." -- Murray Johannsen

    Image by: SD Dirk: High Jump Triton Invitational 2011


    To really make it  In this ph

    • The Theater of the Mind. This is one powerful visualization method to see what comes next and to get it right.
    • Editing Your Movie. BeThere are a number of techniques 
    • Practicing Dissociated and Associated. Such a simple technique but one that really gets the job done.
    • Shifting From Director to Actor. 

    Module 4: Reflection


    Image by: Martin Basmajians

    Now comes the fun part undefined creating, changing and finessing your imagery. You can chose a number of different applications but the important thing is to practice. Practice and evolving the imagery that is being used. 

    • Fine-tune Reflection. Evaluate your practices and experiences with
    • Practice on a set of skills of your own choosing



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