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
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.
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2. Make Learning a Process — Not an Event
“The secret of success is constancy of purpose.” — Benjamin Disreali
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
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c. Three Levels of Learning: One Right For You
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 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
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.
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.