Legacee Academy Programs

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By Murray Johannsen.  Feel free to connect with the author by  Linkedin,  or by  email.


Tried of sitting in class and writing papers? Discouraged since knowledge taught is not applied? Want to learn skills desired by employers? Then check out our Academy programs. 

On this page you will find:

a. Why Learn Skills  

b. Academy Concentrations: Practical Learning You Can Apply

c. Three Degrees of Mastery

c. Major Learning Formats:

a. Why Learn Skills

1. Develop Knowledge and Skills Wanted by Employers  

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Image by: Roger Price. As said by Lester Thureau, former Dean at MIT,  “A competitive world has two possibilities for you. You can lose. Or, if you want to win, you can change.”

The 21st Century is very different than the ones that had gone before. Staying with old paradigms of learning will doubtless cause you great disappointment. That’s because with the rapid changes in technology, and especially with accelerating developments in machine learning,  will force people to upgrade their skills.

And to be honest, some degrees are so divorced from the real world as to be practically worthless.

I remember taking a business statistics class that consisted of wading through distribution after distribution — each one completely divorced from application. Years after graduating from the university, I would understand the importance of the normal distribution as a means of making “defect free” products through an application method called statistical process control. But somehow, that application was not even covered in this university class. (Personal Story: Murray Johannsen)

Employers often complain about new hires who lack needed real world skills. Gaining them gives you an advantage.

2. Make Learning a Process — Not an Event

“The secret of success is constancy of purpose.” — Benjamin Disreali

The classic method of delivery of learning in the university. Symbolized by the lecture hall. Image by Yinan Chen
The classic method of delivery of learning in the university. Symbolized by the lecture hall. Image by Yinan Chen

 

That’s not saying that classes, workshops and seminars aren’t helpful; or that reading a book in not useful; that taking a class by a good professor is not valuable.

It’s just that it is not enough. It’s best to make skill development something you do every week — ideally incorporating practice into your daily routine.

Check Out This Learning Parable for a classic story by Aesop that applies here.


b. Academy Learning Concentrations

 “If you want one year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want ten years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want one hundred years of prosperity, grow people.” — Chinese Proverb

Legacee Academy learning programs are not meant to be as comprehensive as what you would find in a university. They focus laser-like focus on a small set of people skill-sets that will make a difference in your life and the lives of others.

Great leaders and great founders have to start somewhere. It helps to have some basic leadership theory. And you can never get too good at communications.
Great leaders and great founders have to start somewhere. It helps to have some basic leadership theory. And you can never get too good at communications.
Get Started with Leadership Foundations
The focus here is the basics, what one would need to know to step up to a leadership role as a supervisor.
Twelve Vital Verbal Communication Skills.
Let’s face it, if you can’t effective leadership requires eloquent communication skills. There are 12 verbal skills, thirteen if you count interviewing.
Some skills take more time that others to fully develop. The four concentrations on this page are very important.
Some skills take more time that others to fully develop. The four concentrations on this page are very important.
Accelerate Skill Development with The Methods of Masterssm 
A program focus on the skill of building skills needed to build application skills such as those above.
The Quest of Heroes: Developing Transformational Leaders
Technically, this is a leadership style, but it is one of the most important styles you can develop to drive change and enhance innovation. 
The most underused resource we possess is what resides between the ears. But to use this, you need to know how to use it.
The ABC’s of Performance ManagementPractical Motivation.
Motivation fuels behavior. It energizes all our actions. Great leaders are skilled motivators. 

If you like what you see, be sure to contact us for more detailed information.


c. Three Levels of Learning: One Right For You

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Unlike universities, you can customize your approach to learning. We don’t belief in one size fits all approaches to learning. You can choose courses or even modules based on your needs.

 

Level 1: Expertise

This is the level of understanding and knowledge. Besides the standard techniques used in universities to assess learning, we use a pretest that looks at understanding. Then at the end of the class, you rate yourself on how well you did. 

Level 2: Skill Development

Don’t be a professor — do something with the knowledge you have.

We encourage participants to offer suggestions to improve content or come up with application assignments. If fact, when it comes to skill practice, choosing a context that’s right for you is very, very important.

The focus on taking tests and writing papers for a grade has its strengths. However, many leadership degree programs don’t put equal emphasis on practice and application and the necessary elements to be successful at skill-based learning.

Dual Track Learning

The rail road tracks symbolize the dual track process -- a method that will take you much further down the road.

The Dual Track is our term for the two essential drivers needed to learn skills: skill-based theory and skillful practice. These are actually a set of learning methodologies that must be kept in mind to successfully implement skill-based learning programs

Level 3: Become a The Master Instructor

One can become certified to deliver this content because one has the gone through level two learning. Once you know something really well, you can share it and help others develop their skills. 


d. Major Academy Learning Methods

Comparison of Academy Full Classes and Short Courses
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Academy Full Classes 

These typically consist of six modules, normally taken in a six-week cycle or twelve-week cycle depending on how learning is applied.  For example, skill-based learning takes a little but longer since we must allow time for practice. These are offered as public programs or for Gold members.

Academy Short Courses 

These are one module from a Full Class offered individually. It is a discrete leadership skill, one learnable with practice. For example, there are twelve verbal communication skills, each of which becomes a 12 communication modules or short courses.  

Wrap-Up

Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil
The term academy is old, going back to the ancient Greeks. According to Wikipedia: Before Akademia was a school, and even before Cimon enclosed its precincts with a wall, it contained a sacred grove of olive trees. These trees were dedicated to Athena, the goddess of wisdom, outside the city walls of ancient Athens. The site of this Akademia was sacred not only to Athena but to the other immortals. Image by: Dr. Lidia Kozenitzky

 

Today we are seeing more universities jump on the bandwagon and offer “skill learning” programs mostly with a master’s degree attached. But really, it’s theory, theory and more theory. It’s as if they perceive that only role in the real world is that of librarian. 

If you want to learn skills valued by employers, find out more about our Academy learning programs.

Leadership Skill Development