The importance and power of forgiveness.

TE curates content for effective and efficient skills development and personal performance improvement. The aim is to provide actionable strategies that make you thrive at work and in life. However, today, my guest blogger narrates her story, for your reflection. If you read carefully, she will be able to teach you a lot about life, positivity and about forgiveness – a term we rarely understand. We are too fast to judge, even faster to react, complain and get muddled up in our internal or external conflict. However, we can get our power back and our positive attitude to life back, once we start forgiving, understanding that we need to embrace change as an inside job. Forgiveness is important and has the power to make you lead a happy and fulfilling life.

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Madeleine Black is a strong and courageous woman, who, despite her circumstances, has been a force for positivity and self-improvement. 6udmpm8z_400x400She is a survivor, her life journey has been nothing less than path of thorns but she has bloomed, embraced life and ensured that she makes each day count. Madeleine is a psychotherapist by profession, a public speaker and a lover of life. She has not only learned the art of forgiveness but aims to make a difference by speaking about violence and how can victims turn their life around to be a force for good. Her memoir –  – will be published by  J Blake Books this spring, 2017. She has also contributed towards the award winning forgiveness project.

Read her story…

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How to Become a Lifelong Learner in 5 Steps

Now that we know what makes a lifelong learner, let’s dig deep to understand the steps that you can take to become one. My guest blogger today, Melinda Markfelder, provides strategic steps to become a lifelong learner.

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Melinda Markfelder is an Instructional Designer for KMS Solutions in Virginia, USA.tdndbwhn She loves all forms of learning and has a passion for helping others create a well-oiled training machine. Melinda has a Master’s in Education and has been in the education field for 6 years. She enjoys camping and music festivals and wants a home library that looks like it belongs in a castle. You can follow Melinda on Twitter @MelMarkDesigns or follow her blog at: melindamarkfelder.com
Read what Melinda has to say about how you could be a lifelong learner (it’s absolutely crucial).

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As a professional in any field, personal and professional growth should constantly be on your mind. Do something for your career every single day – even if it takes just five minutes. iStock_39433564_XLARGE.jpgI’ve put together a list below of five things that Continue reading “How to Become a Lifelong Learner in 5 Steps”

What makes a lifelong learner?

Don’t we all love learning new things, the idea that we might dislike would be of “formal education.” However,  learning is fascinating and we keep learning through out our life. Today, not only are we in need of learning new skills often, adapting to new environments but also to keep our competitive edge. My guest blogger today, Mike Collins, talks about lifelong learning and why is it so important to be one.

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Mike Collins is a learning architect, a learning community evangelist, positive deviant & learning disruptor, and a lifelong learner, working with , Manchester, UK. cfyrn0vfMike is also an occasional blogger and an international speaker. He is a firm believer that HR/L&D and those in any leadership position have a huge part to play in building the workplaces of the 21st century by developing the environments, conditions and cultures in which we work and learn. He describes his focus and his “why” in most amazing way, as he says, “sharing and learning is what makes us who we are, it helps us develop as people. It helps us become better people AND helps us help others to become better people.”

Read Mike’s insights, to really understand what it takes to be a lifelong learner.

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Lifelong learning. It’s a term banded around quite a lot. I’m sure you’ve heard about it. It’s not been used to the extent that it could warrant being the next buzz word, but I’ve heard it a lot all the same. It’s a term I like as for me it’s as clear as Ronseal and does what it says on the tin. You learn as long as you live, through everything you do. That’s obvious though isn’t it? Or is it?

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It’s certainly not exclusive to those Continue reading “What makes a lifelong learner?”

Why you should be sold on e-Learning.

My guest bloggers and I might sound a like broken record, when we talk about the importance of lifelong learning. It is the one thing that gives us the competitive edge that we need. The advent of Massive Online Open Courses has made authentic learning not only easily available but also viable for professional and personal development. If you’re still not convinced about elearning, my guest blogger today, Ashley Chiasson, will ensure you’re sold on the idea of online learning.

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Ashley Chiasson is an Instructional Designer and e-learning developer aboutphotowith nearly a decade of experience developing high-quality e-learning solutions for various clients. In addition to being a small business owner, Ashley works for Mount Saint Vincent University as a part-time faculty member and resident Instructional Developer.  As a self-proclaimed ambassador of the Articulate software, Ashley truly believes that the only thing standing between you and your ability to create engaging and interactive e-learning projects is your imagination.

Read on, to understand how e-learning could be the right fit for you.

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With the current landscape of the job market, lifelong learning is a necessity. Our population is also aging, and with retirements, there will be more instances of organizations conducting on-the-job training for current employees who will be replacing retirees. iStock_45928986_XLARGE.jpgUsing e-learning to facilitate these training experiences only makes sense – it’s efficient, and if designed well, extremely effective! Instead of using additional resources (e.g. a face-to-face trainer), e-learning can become an affordable training solution to fill workplace knowledge gaps Continue reading “Why you should be sold on e-Learning.”

Self-motivation in the simplest form.

Motivation and drive to succeed that is crucial for our optimal performance. Self-motivation is no joke; several academicians, researchers and learning and training professionals, dedicate their life’s work to this topic. Anyone interested in personal development needs to strategically understand what motivates them, what drives them to stay hungry and strive harder for success. Motivation is an important part of emotional intelligence, which drives us at work and in life. My guest blogger today, Urbie Delgado, shares a wonderful story about self-motivation that’s sure to get you thinking about your drive and self-motivation.

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Urbie is an instructional and learning experience designer. urbieHis experience includes teaching animation and programming with Estrella Mountain Community College and course production in the corporate, K-12, and government market segments. He currently works for the federal government developing transformational training for healthcare providers. Urbie holds a BA degree in behavioral science from Western International University and an Ms Ed. degree in instructional design from Capella University. He has certificates in multimedia production and continuous improvement through the UC Santa Cruz Extension. Prior to his work in teaching and learning he worked in high technology manufacturing for companies like Intel and Motorola maintaining semiconductor production equipment.

His long standing experience, and an excellent approach to his work and life makes the right person to talk about motivation. Here’s what he has to say, read on..

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I interviewed with a prospective client the other day. It was a panel sort of affair. You know, the one with the long narrow tables arranged in a U-shape with the division manager, a subject matter expert (SME) or two and that dude from contracting seated on each side and you in the middle. Anyway, we were moving along splendidly when I got The Question.

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Who What Where on Blackboard

WHAT MAKES YOU THE ONE (WE SHOULD BRING ONBOARD TO DO THE JOB)?

Like any good contractor worth her or his salt I had given this some Continue reading “Self-motivation in the simplest form.”

It’s time for disruptive learning.

We are in need of more and more disruptive innovation, whether in learning and development or performance improvement. We need disruptive strategies that makes us strive harder, grow, think strategically, lead our own path and hack growth. We are inundated with structures and dated information, which sometimes hinders our progress. We’ve become rigid with our thinking not only at work but in life, and it’s time un-think and bring in the disruption. My guest blogger today, Shannon Tipton, writes about disruptive learning.

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Shannon Tipton is the Owner of Learning Rebels. unnamedShannon is a skilled learning strategist with over 20 years of leadership experience, developing successful learning strategies and infrastructures for training departments within organizations in North America, Europe and Korea. She works with training teams and organizations developing learning solutions that brings about business results. Recognized as bringing real-world expertise into the learning field, Shannon integrates technologies and social learning tools to strengthen workplace alignment, enhance collaboration and increase learning connectivity.  Shannon is also the author of “Disruptive Learning.” She frequently speaks at conferences across North America and Europe. Shannon’s blog “Learning Rebels” is in the top 100 elearning blogs.

There are some excellent tactics that Shannon writes about, read on…

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Status Quo Sucks.  So Sayeth George Carlin.

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George Carlin was on to something. Let’s think, are successful businesses built on mission statements saying something like “Keep Calm & Keep the Status Quo” or “Status Quo is the Backbone of Innovation”. I’m thinking no.

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5 Tricks to Boost Your Learning.

These days, lifelong learning is not an option but a necessity. In an ever growing competitive market, no matter which field of work we are in, we have to ensure we’re continuously learning, enhancing our skills and making every day count. In this process, do we ever question ourselves – how can we boost our learning? I certainly do and my guest blogger today, Emma Webber, is here to tell us about the same. Read on…

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Emma Weber is CEO and founder of Lever – Transfer of Learning and author of Turning Learning into Action: emma-weber-e1424409764779A Proven Methodology for Effective Transfer of Learning (2014, Kogan Page).  Emma’s firm belief, and the platform on which she has built her successful global business, is that the key aim of learning in the workplace is to create tangible business benefits. She established Lever – Transfer of Learning and the Turning Learning into Action™ (TLA) methodology to help organizations and their employees convert learning to effective action back on the job. A recognized authority on the transfer of learning, Emma has been a guest speaker on learning effectiveness at conferences in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and the USA. Emma’s second book, Making Change Work: How to Create Behavioural Change in Organizations to Drive Impact and ROI, co-authored with Jack and Patti Phillips of the ROI Institute, was published on May 2016 by Kogan Page.

This is what she has to say…

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You may be a great learner already – but are you using what you’ve learnt?

Attending a skills training or personal development workshop may give you information but it will only become a useful learning experience when it becomes your new way of doing things.

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Let’s NOT Agree to Disagree: Four Steps For Breaking Through An Impasse

According to this guest blogger of TE, “conflict can be a creative force when used correctly.” You read it right! We associate such negativity when it comes to conflict resolution and conflict management, however, there can be upsides to disagreements. My guest blogger for today, Nate Regier has something brilliant to offer towards ‘30 Days of Awesome Learning’ (30DOAL). You wouldn’t want to miss it, so read on…

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Nate Regier, PhD is the CEO and Co-Founding Owner, Next Element Consulting. NateRegierA former practicing psychologist, Regier has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology.He is an expert in social-emotional intelligence and leadership, positive conflict, mind-body-spirit health, neuropsychology, group dynamics, interpersonal and leadership communication, executive assessment and coaching, organizational development, team building and change management. An international advisor, he is a certified LOD® master trainer, PCM® certifying master trainer and co-developer of Next Element’s Leading Out of Drama® training and coaching system. He was the principal driving force behind the design and validation of NEOS,® Next Element’s flagship outcomes measurement tool. He is co-author of Next Element’s first book, Beyond Drama: Transcending Energy Vampires, and author of the recently released book, Conflict without Casualties.

Let’s see why we should agree to disagree… You’ll love it.

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Let’s agree to disagree could mean a lot of things;

  • I am tired of the conflict but don’t want to give in either
  •  I want you to stop badgering me
  • I don’t see any chance of finding a common ground
  • Compromise is not an option
  • I respect your position and will stop trying to convince you
  • I’m right, you think you’re right, and I won’t push it
  • Whatever!

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What happens next? How do you feel? How does it affect your relationship? Do you ever find a solution?

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Be resourceful: How to make the most of your available assets.

While having a casual conversation with a friend of mine, we started talking about attitudes at work. She told me, “I love that person at work who turns every situation in his/her favor. Nothing seems to stop him/her to achieve the goals, not matter what the situation might be. The best part is that the person never complains.”

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I listened to her intently, to the extent that she thought she almost lost me. I responded slowly, “you just stated qualities that we must adopt in order to succeed.

Confused? Let me explain. I could tell she was in awe of this person, (whoever she might be referring to at her workplace), clearly that person was a high achiever. She definitely wanted to be in the same situation but wasn’t able to. It reminded me of Tony Robbins statement in the same area, “99% of the times, when people fail to achieve their goals, they say it’s because of lack of resources. When in reality they forget, they are the resource.

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How to Cultivate Your Personal Brand.

Answer this question, how many of you ever felt that you don’t really know how effectively you should present yourselves? What I mean is, brand your identity, package your skills and knowledge in a certain way that is more appealing? If you’ve struggled with this concept, the first guest blogger, Zsolt Olah, in TE’s ‘30 Days of Awesome Learning’ (30DOAL), will be of great help. He lays out effective and actionable strategies for to take your brand to the next level. Read on…

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 ZsoltOlahZsolt is Director of Innovation and Learning solutions at  PDG (https://www.performdev.com/), where he’s responsible for a team to deliver innovative learning and performance solutions that drive business results. Zsolt worked as a Sr. Program Manager at Comcast University, where he was the thought leader in the creative learning solutions space, spearheading the research and application strategy of game thinking within corporate L&D. Zsolt is a frequent speaker at learning conferences, active on social media, often blogging on game thinking and learner engagement at http://www.rabbitoreg.com(an impressive site, I absolutely love checking his posts out). Currently, he’s working on a book on lessons learned in pursuit of engagement, motivation and inspiration in L&D. He’s a learning enthusiast and you can support his book through this site.

So, here are his tried and tested strategies on Personal Branding. You’ll love it:

“I still remember the first time I used a thermal camera. It was a hands-on session at college. We put our hands on the surface of a bucket of cold water. Then, after ten seconds we lifted it up. And there it was: our palm print was still clearly visible for a long time through the thermal camera. Now, of course, with your naked eye, there was nothing to see but water.

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I often think personal brand the same way. It’s the energy footprint you leave behind when you’re not even there anymore. Both digital and in real life (IRL). It’s invisible, unless you have a sensitive equipment to view it. We, humans all have that sensitive equipment. Every person in the room you meet virtually or IRL forms an opinion on you. The bad news is that your personal brand is very subjective. As if we all had our thermal camera calibrated differently. The good news is that you can shape that energy footprint you leave behind.

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