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How My Teacher Almost Dashed My Dreams Of Writing

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When I was 8 years old I remember my teacher Mr Lester ripping up my homework and accusing me of copying the story I wrote for my homework that week. I remember it was a story about being lost in the woods at night, I use to be afraid of the dark back then.

I cried and said I hadn’t copied it, he gave me detention on top of that and called me a liar.

I was so embarrassed and ashamed I never did well in English Literature again just to spite him I thought but really he had squashed my confidence.

16 books later all published on Amazon with my most recent which took 3 years to write and a healthy vibrant blog with over 35k followers which I have been nurturing since 2010

Do you think adults in position of influence realise what they can do to a child?

Never let negative people define who you are or what you want to become.

Coaching is also important and if you want to propel your vision coaching can help you stay laser focused with a strategic plan

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Here’s the Main Reasons Adult Education is Broken and I’ll Prove It To You

Is Adult Education Broken?

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Adult education has become undervalued in an overpriced educational infrastructure.

The people who need the most help are already systematically ripped off by greedy loan companies, NHS parking, having to pay charges for drawing out their own money from private ATM machines in poorer boroughs, pre-paid electric meter’s to name but a few.

The more you seem to need help the more you seem to have to pay.

Off course, the arguments are always about risk, but to compound on top of their needs, a premium, just to make sure the risk is compensated for is questionable indeed. But another kind of ripping off is taking place. ‘Free online education’ you may ask ‘why is this a rip-off people”?
I will answer this from my perspective initially and then make further arguments as to why we should be very concerned about this un-policed, unchallenged butchery of the values originally infused into our adult educational system.

Is Adult Education Broken by Diane Shawe Author (2)So if you all but think Adult Education is Broken and all but given up, this book spills the beans on what has gone wrong, what questions need to be addressed and if certain issues are tackled by Government, then there’s Hope,

As Isaac Asimov—a master of science fiction literature—once said:

“No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into
          account not only the world as it is but the world as it will be.”

So the big Question is – What has happened?

  • Why have these large institutions priced education out of some fundamental principles?
  • Why on the other spectrum are all these free courses flooded the market?
  • How can we make the new economic age enhance, rather than diminish, our quality of learning?
  • How can we make this amazing innovation advance the prospects of all people especially those with or without experience and not just for the youth?

It is clear that at this moment most educational systems are not keeping pace with changing technology and the ever-evolving world of work.

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“If unemployment formed a country it would be the 5th largest in the world”

                                                  Isaac Asimov

Not enough people are thinking strategically enough in this area.  Fundamentally, we need to change what people learn, how people learn, when people learn, and even why people learn.

We must get beyond the traditional model of students sitting passively in classrooms, following instructions and memorising material that they are tested and scored on which sometimes turn out to be of little use in an every changing economy.

“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those
                                     who can best manage change.”                       Darwin

Throughout the ages, every human society has experienced challenges adjusting to population growth, maintaining structural order and creating channels for future generations. How well a society prepares the next generation for survival is imperative for the society as a whole but we have stalled in this process.

There seems to be a range of systemic failures such as

: failure to find a formula to develop teachers convergent and divergent Is Adult Education Broken by Diane Shawe Author (3)facilitating skills
: failure to consider cultural relevance
: failure to develop enterprising and entrepreneurial skills
: failure to prepare about taking personal responsibility
: failure to provide adequate technology and supporting curriculum
: failure to encourage international engagement
: failure to manage growth of academic misconduct

Diane Shawe Author states that “the traditional belief that we must prepare ourselves to be ‘employable’ is under threat. The counter argument encourages us to ‘gear up’ for earning our own money, rather than seeing income as someone else’s responsibility”

With the population dramatically aging and low-level jobs increasingly swallowed up by machinery, entrepreneurship will be a necessity for many, rather than a lifestyle choice for some.

SMEs are of course already leading this charge but in order to gear up for the future we need to start off by asking a serious question, defining criteria’s and examining trends, impact these trends will have and plan a way to jointly prepare current and future generations to be both employable and entrepreneurial.

We are living in a new economy—powered by technology, fueled by information, and driven by knowledge. And we are entering the new century with an opportunity on our side but huge problems that require new thinking.

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How to become a successful Project Manager by AVPT Global

To become a successful project manager, you need to look to build and develop these skills.

article by Diane Shawe M.Ed
CEO Academy of Vocational & Professional Training

Project management isn’t just for construction engineers and military logistics experts anymore. Today, in addition to the regular duties of your job, you are often expected to take on extra assignments – and to get that additional job done well, done under budget, and done on time.

At our 1 day workshop we  intended to take you from a supervisory or administrative position to that of a project manager. However, this one-day workshop will familiarise you with the most common terms and the most current thinking about projects. In the mean time lets take a look at the skills checklist and the bullet points for effective project management.

The Skills Checklist

  • All encompassing
  • Goals met as soon as possible (product, time, and money)
  • Applies knowledge, skills, and techniques
  • Balance competing demands
  • Work with a mixture of people/technology
  • Multi-task
  • Define the scope of the project
  • Define goals you can meet and keep them
  • Time management
  • Management identity clusters
  • Strong project management identity
  • Good at documenting steps
  • Self-confidence
  • Flexibility

Summary stages of developing a project

“The only thing worse than training people and having them leave, is not training them and having them stay”

“The only thing worse than training people and having them leave, is not training them and having them stay”

Conceptual/Creation/Initiation Stage

  • Establishing a need
  • Determining feasibility
  • Searching for alternatives
  • Preparing proposals
  • Developing basic budgets
  • Determining basic schedules
  • Naming the starting project team
  • Study; discuss, and analyse
  • Write the project definition
  • Set and end-results objective
  • List imperatives and desirables (SOW)
  • Generate alternative strategies (Brainstorming)
  • Evaluate alternatives & choose a course of action

Planning/Growth/Sell Stage

  • Setting goals
  • Listing tasks to be done
  • Developing schedules in a sequence
  • Developing a budget
  • Getting your plans approved by stakeholders
  • Conducting studies and analyses
  • Designing systems
  • Building and testing prototypes
  • Analyzing results
  • Obtaining approval for production
  • Establish the project objective
  • Choose a basic strategy for achieving the objective
  • Break the project down into subunits or steps
  • Determine the performance standards for each subunit
  • Determine how much time is required to complete each subunit
  • Determine the proper sequence for completing subunits
  • Determine the cost of each subunit
  • Design the necessary staff organization
  • Determine the number of staff needed
  • Determining kind of positions
  • Determine what training is required for project team members
  • Develop the necessary policies and procedures
  • Market study
  • Pilot test
  • Computer simulation
  • Estimating labor costs
  • Estimating labor
  • Estimating overhead
  • Estimating materials
  • Estimating supplies
  • Estimating equipment rentals
  • Estimating general and administrative

Implementation/Execution/Operation Stage

  • Getting the time
  • Getting the money
  • Getting the people
  • Getting the equipment
  • Meeting and leading the team
  • Communication with all stakeholders
  • Controlling the work in progress
  • Establishing standards
  • Monitoring performance
  • Inspection
  • Interim progress reviews
  • Testing
  • Auditing
  • Taking corrective action

Termination/Close out/ Evaluation Stage

  • Letting go of the project
  • Celebrate success
  • Release resources
  • Project completion checklist
  • Test project output to see that it works
  • Write operations manual
  • Complete final drawings
  • Deliver project output to client
  • Train client’s personnel to operate project output
  • Reassign project personnel
  • Dispose of surplus equipment, materials and supplies
  • Release facilities
  • Summarize major problems encountered and their solution
  • Document technological advances made
  • Summarize recommendations for future research and development
  • Summarize lessons learned in dealing with interfaces
  • Write performance evaluation reports on all project staff
  • Provide feedback on performance to all project staff
  • Complete Final audit
  • Write Final report
  • Conduct project review with upper management
  • Declare the project complete

The Statement of Work (SOW)

  • The purpose of statement
  • The scope of statement
  • The project deliverables
  • The goals and objectives
  • The cost and schedule estimates
  • The list of stakeholders
  • The chain of command
  • The communication plan

Project Management Fundamentals 1 day training course

Our  one-day workshop will help you teach participants how to:

–       Define the terms project and project management

–       Identify benefits of projects

–       Identify the phases of a project’s life cycle

–       Sell ideas and make presentations

–       Prioritise projects

–       Begin conceptualszing their project, including goals and vision statements

–       Use a target chart and other planning tools

–       Complete a Statement of Work

What’s Included?

  • Instruction by an expert facilitator
  • Small interactive classes
  • Specialised manual and course materials
  • Globally accredited certificate

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Developing and Maintaining a Succession Plan

Get qualified in days not years!

by Diane Shawe M.Ed

A 1 day Business Succession Planning  training course can be incredibly beneficial to any SME organisation.

Change is a hallmark of today’s business world. In particular, our workforce is constantly changing – people come and go, and move into new roles within the company. Succession planning can help you make the most of that change by ensuring that when someone leaves, there is someone new to take their place.

It is surprising that from a one day  workshop we could  help you learn or teach your staff:

  • The value of succession planning for successful businesses.
  • The key elements of a succession plan in terms of roles, responsibility, function, scope, and evaluation.

Introduction and Course Overview

First you will have an opportunity to identify your personal learning objectives and then we would cover the following areas.

1 day intense workshop lesson Plan:

A Need for Succession Planning

To begin, participants will explore the differences between succession planning and replacement hiring, including some of the advantages of succession planning.

Defining a Succession Plan

This session introduces the SUCCESS acronym, which defines the succession plan process that the remainder of the course will focus on.

Pre-Assignment Review

Next, participants will use information gathered in their pre-assignment to identify the critical people in their organization.

Identifying Resources and Analysing Risks

This session will give participants some tools to identify internal and external successors. We will also look at a sample risk assessment.

Defining Roles, Responsibilities, and Functions

During this session, participants will start creating risk assessments, individualized engagement plans, and succession plan profiles.

Gathering Information

This session will help participants identify ways to look within their own organizations and determine what the critical positions are.

Forecasting Needs

There are six key ingredients to being able to forecast what people you will need when. Participants will explore each item in small groups. Participants will also learn about the role of coaching and mentoring.

Putting the Plan Together

Next, participants will learn about using Appreciative Inquiry and Leadership Quality Assessments to develop a succession plan.

Putting the Plan into Action

During this session, participants will explore the idea of phased implementation. We will also look at using technology to facilitate putting the plan into action.

Evaluating and Reviewing the Plan

This session will look at the importance of evaluation. Participants will also work on modifying an evaluation check list to suit their organization’s needs.

How can you enrol?

It’s simple you can just click here and select if you would like to do the course on-line or attend one of our fast track workshops.