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How To Give a Lousy Presentation

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You might ask, what does a business professor and a historian have in common? They both can take fascinating people living in interesting times into topics that should be advertised as insomnia cures. When was the last time you pulled out an economics book increase your mental alertness?

This article functions as a checklist-one that you can use as a means of determining if your overheads are worth the paper they are printed on. It also covers a few basic presenter techniques such as (always one of my favorites) failing to have a backup plan.

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Sunday, March 25th, 2012 Skills Development No Comments

Skill Building: You Should Never Stop

One of the strategic blunders made by many is a they stop building skills. It’s like in the game of baseball. They somehow manage to get on first base, but they stop running they never go on.

One famous writer of human history who saw the same tendency was Aesop. And this is one meaning of his parable, “The Tortoise and the Hare.”

The Hare was once boasting of his speed before the other animals. “I have never yet been beaten,” said he, “when I put forth my full speed. I challenge any one here to race with me.”

The Tortoise said quietly, “I accept your challenge.”

“That is a good joke,” said the Hare; “I could dance round you all the way.”

“Keep your boasting till you’ve beaten,” answered the
Tortoise. “Shall we race?”

So a course was fixed and a start was made. The Hare darted almost out of sight at once, but soon stopped and, to show his contempt for the Tortoise, lay down to have a nap. The Tortoise plodded on and plodded on, and when the Hare awoke from his nap, he saw the Tortoise just near the winning-post and could not run up in time to save the race. Then said the Tortoise:

“Plodding wins the race.”

You might say, “How does that apply to me? Well, most people act like the Hare, they race to build knowledge and skills up to the point of graduation . . . .and then they stop.

The same rule about always building skills applies to your personal life and your business life. In fact, if you have a business, you have six skill building principles to keep in mind.

Monday, January 16th, 2012 Skills Development No Comments

Lessons From Rock Climbing

A hill or mountain is often a metaphor for a problem or obstacle that must be overcome.

A hill or mountain is often a metaphor for a problem or obstacle that must be overcome.

You might ask, what does rock climbing have to do with transformational leadership success? Quite a lot it turns out.

It turns out that the rules defining success in one endeavor, can be used in other. In this case, the heuristics that work in a sport also work in leadership. A heuristic is just a fancy word for a rule of thumb–in this a a fuzzy rule that works most of the time but not all of the time. And it works in many situations or not all. So it is not like a scientific law, a formula or an algorithm.

For example, we have all heard metaphors saying you must, “Climb to the top,” and “Work your way up.”  This video really describes a set of rules for getting from here to there.

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Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 Skills Development No Comments