Harness the New Tools for Training

Transform Training

Over the next five years, how you train and educate your staff won’t just change; it’ll transform.

What’s the difference?

  • Changing means continuing to do essentially the same thing, only introducing some variation in degree.
  • Transformation means doing something utterly and radically different.

For example, moving our music from cassette tape to CD changed how you listen to music. But going from a CD to having all your music in digital format on your smart phone and with you at all times transformed how you listen to music.

Exponential changes driven by processing power, storage, and bandwidth are now reaching a stage that allows us to transform business processes including how we educate and train our workforce. This transformation will certainly accelerate. The only question is whether your organization will take advantage of it.

So what does the future of corporate training look like? To get a clear picture, you first have to know a few facts:

  • The majority of phones professionals are using worldwide are smart phones. In other words, your employees’ phones are actually multimedia computers with internet access. That alone has huge ramifications for training them.
  • Tablets and smartphones are outselling PCs globally and employees have access to them wherever they go including home. So smart mobile devices like phones and tablets are rapidly becoming the new platforms for training and education. That doesn’t mean employees are no longer using laptops, it means we are using them in different ways and much less.
  • These smart devices will get exponentially smarter every year, giving us new capabilities. It used to be to access a super computer you had to be a university or major corporation. Today, even a small company can access (from their phone) a super computer in the cloud and run advanced simulations.

Knowing these things, it’s time to rethink how to train your employees from here on out.

Here’s how to do it

New Tools for Training:

  • Implement Just-in-Time Training
    For most people, the best way to learn something is by doing it. That’s what just-in-time training enables people to do. Rather than sit in a classroom or one-on-one with someone and learn, people can learn in real-time. Remember, most employees have a multimedia computer with them at all times (their phone or tablet). With just-in-time training, they can access any element of what they need to know at the moment of need. If they have a question or need assistance, they simply touch an icon on their device’s screen and are connected to a live trainer who can help. If the trainer needs to see something to give assistance, the employee can aim the device’s built-in camera to the problem so the trainer can see it. This alone would cut training costs tremendously.Does this mean we eliminate classroom or other formal training sessions? No. There will still be formal training, but less of it because now we can have distributed training in real-time that’s just-in-time. So this isn’t about getting rid of something; it’s about using a new tool for training and education.
  • Create Interactive Training Materials
    We also now have the ability to create interactive training manuals and textbooks. In the past, e-books have been static, basically an electronic PDF of the book. Now they are becoming dynamic e-books where you have embedded audio, video, and links to other resources. And thanks to visual communications, you can even have a way for employees to tap a special button in the training manual and be connected to someone who can give more advanced training on a specific subject.Additionally, employees can tap into a series of videos that allows them to personalize the training for their specific needs. Since the training manual is no longer static, employees can personalize the manual by plugging into a menu of more advanced training options embedded within.
  • Today, training is measured in one-hour blocks of time. One hour needs to become ten-minute blocks of highly focused time.
    I recently heard some one say they watched “an entire TED talk” as if it was a long amount of time. Our attention spans are short and the list of things each of us must accomplish seems to be getting longer. Measuring the units of training in one-hour blocks of time is already obsolete.By taking advantage of the virtual, mobile, social, and visual revolutions that are already taking place, we should measure employees training units in ten-minute blocks that include a short focused lesson with an application tool.
  • Tap Into the Gameification of Training and Education
    Gaming isn’t just for kids. Interactive gaming is a tool that can transform training and education. I’ve identified five core elements of gameification that when applied together can dramatically accelerate learning. They are:
  1. Self-diagnostic. Interactive, competitive, and immersed training modules can know each person’s skill or knowledge level and progress accordingly. It can know where someone left off and give next steps from that point when the person logs back in. This is the best way to allow for individual training and learning.
  2. Interactivity. Regardless of someone’s inherent learning style, learning is much more effective when you’re interacting with the material, not passively sitting there. When you learn by gaming, you’re interacting with the information and concepts and actually doing things. It’s no longer passive training.
  3. Immersion. In the recent past to the present, video games use interspatial 3D, where you go into worlds. So instead of images popping out at you, you go inside to them. That’s how games on the Xbox 360 and others have been working for years, by using a regular television set or flat panel display. This sort of technology gives an immersed effect, which engages people more.
  4. Competition. Humans are naturally competitive beings. When you’re sitting in class or doing one-on-one learning, there’s little competitive value. No one advances until the session is over. However, when you’re competing, as in a game, there’s an adrenaline rush that keeps you engaged and focused on the task at hand. In an effort to “win,” people master concepts faster.
  5. Focus. When you’re playing a game, you’re forced to focus. You have to do A in order for B to occur. If you don’t do A, then you won’t get far in the game. Focus is the result of interactivity, competition, immersion, and self-diagnosis. When you can focus, you can learn virtually anything…fast.

Embrace the New Era of Training

The ideas mentioned here are already possible. Use them to redefine how your company trains its employees. Since businesses spend large sums of money on training and education, anything that can accelerate or enhance learning will save both time and money.

And always remember, if it can be done it will be done; if you don’t do it someone else will.

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Stages of Creativity

Stages of Creativity

First, you’ve got to recognize that there is a creative challenge. The research on innovation in business shows there are two approaches: exploitation and exploration.

  • In exploitation the creative challenge is to find new ways to make the most of the products you’ve got.
  • In exploration you look widely to see what else you could do that is new and different.

Leaders need to know when to explore, when to exploit – and how. And that starts with the simple awareness of what you are doing. Then there’s taking on a creative challenge. Highly creative people immerse themselves in everything they can learn about that challenge – and range far more widely than most others. That’s because a creative insight means putting together original elements in a fresh, useful way – and you never know where those pieces will come from.

This wide immersion requires an open awareness, a form of attention that lets the mind wander freely. Mind wandering, which has a bad reputation, is actually a crucial stage in creativity. It lets us come up with those precious new combinations of different elements, the one that will pay off in a creative insight.

But once you have the creative insight, you need to put it to use, to make it real. This is where many innovative people fail: they come up with terrific ideas, but do not know how to actualize them. Very often this means getting other people on board, whether a team, a teacher, colleague, or classmate.

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Mobilizing the help you need to actualize the insight requires social intelligence and relationship skills. Competencies here include understanding how other people think so you can put things in ways they understand, and other persuasion skills; collaboration and teamwork.

 

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The following questions will test your ability to think laterally. If you get more than 50% of these right you’re certainly strong on your lateral thinking skills . To try the quiz click here…

Time To Go Mobile

Think mobile, the younger generation are using their smartphone more and more to conduct business. As all of us increasingly use our mobile phones for business, mobile applications become not only helpful, but essential, to get work done fast and well. IF you want to stay a head then is time to go mobile. Just listen to these guys:

1. Contactually

Contactually is my favorite business app. My business is all about relationships, and Contactually makes it dead simple for me to follow up with leads and make introductions between my clients. There have also been many upgrades to the app recently, which makes it best in sales in the CRM class.
– Lawrence Watkins, Founder & CEO, Great Black Speakers

 

 

2. Asana

Asana has transformed our business. It connects the technical team with the marketing team. It helps everyone understand the value they are contributing. It’s a soft approach to holding everyone accountable to both others and themselves. In startups, there is always more to do. Asana helps us prioritize and organize everything we do. Both the website and mobile app are quite useful.
– Mitch Gordon, CEO/ Co-Founder, Go Overseas

 

 

3. Basecamp

If you use Basecamp to manage your team’s projects, then the mobile app is a MUST. On the road, you can check in on the status of projects, tasks of key team members, and even review clients’ input/approvals.
– Torrey Tayenaka, CEO / Co-Founder, Sparkhouse

 

 

 

4. MobileDay

MobileDay is an essential productivity app I use daily. MobileDay dials in and enters your access code automatically. By pulling meetings from my calendar, MobileDay reminds me when I have conference calls and enters them for me. What a time saver!
– Adam Lieb, Founder & CEO, Duxter

 

 

 

5. SignNow

SignNow is such a simple concept and has become my most-used third-party app. It gives me the ability to sign documents on the go. The team can work quickly and efficiently no matter where I am located around the world.
– Adam Cunningham , 87AM

 

 

6. Square

We do a full 80 percent of our sales on the road. We do this with theSquare app. It is fast and reliable, and our deposits are done daily with no monthly fees or transaction fees. It is just a set percentage of the sale price, which works out to be much less expensive for us than what we were paying with a merchant credit service.
– Jay Wu, Creator, Best Drug Rehabilitation

 

 

7. WorkFlowy

Entrepreneurs tend to be highly creative and, even when focused on a core business, they tend to have lots of ideas and tasks in their minds! The key for me to staying organized is WorkFlowy. It is like exporting your brain to a highly scalable, well-structured app. I keep WorkFlowy open on my computer all day as my to-do list organizer and idea repository. The iOS apps are phenomenal, too!
– Doreen Bloch, CEO / Founder, Poshly Inc.

 

 

8. Skype

I do a lot of business internationally and with TONS of freelancers.Skype is a lifesaver. If anybody ever has questions, they just ping me. I can answer it from my iPhone whenever I need to and from wherever.
– Travis Steffen, Founder, WorkoutBOX

 

 

 

9. Yammer
Our team members used to email each other small tasks, but at some point the flow of conversations became overwhelming. We moved to Google Chat, but interruptions from friends take a toll during the day as a little pop-up can disrupt your flow. Yammer allows our team to get the benefits of quick chatting through our phones without the to-do of opening an email or the distraction of a random conversation.
– Aaron Schwartz, Founder and CEO, Modify Watches

 

 

10. TripIt
Based in Seattle, life outside of the Valley and Madison Avenue is hardly recognized, so it’s pertinent I make an effort to be present with peers, mentors and investors — putting my company on the map … literally. With Tripit, I handle all of my travel details including booking, hotels and meetings. In the spirit of a lean startup, sans human administration, this app is an employee requirement. – Matt Ehrlichman, CEO, Porch

 

 

 

11. Genius Scan
No one could figure out how to use the “all-in-one” printer/scanner in our office, but when we discovered Genius Scan, that all changed. From saving notes to signing legal documents, it’s simply the easiest way to scan anything. I paid $2.99 for the upgrade and can sync directly with Dropbox.
– Ryan Buckley, COO & Co-founder, Scripted, Inc.

 

 

 

12. Shoeboxed

I’m terrible — I mean really terrible — with receipts. With Shoeboxed, I’m able to take a photo after every business meal or purchase, add a note and then never worry about the paper again. It’s a huge advantage, and It has also made compliance and tax time much less stressful.
– Sean Ogle, Founder, Location 180, LLC

 

 

 

13. HipChat

We live in a virtual world today, and our team of eight is spread across four different time zones, with one traveling in the mountains of Canada. To make sure everyone feels close to each other and is on top of things, we’ve brought in HipChat as our virtual mobile water cooler and private team rooms. Everything from chitchat to strategic discussions has its own place once we’ve “stepped into the office.”
– W. Michael Hsu, Founder & CEO, DeepSky

 

 

The Educators How To Start Your Own Business

How To Start Your Own Business

With unemployment at record highs, one way for you  to get a job is to start your own business.

Instead of waiting for someone else to hire you, why not set up a company and employ yourself? Some are natural-born entrepreneurs with a fantastic idea they turn into a successful new venture. Many want to earn more money or be their own boss. Some seek greater flexibility or a more favourable work-life balance. Many simply have no alternative, perhaps after losing their job.

Starting up a business can provide you with a more rewarding life, but there are no guarantees. The start-up survival rate remains low.

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However, the good news is many new businesses do survive and if you take care of key start-up tasks properly and in the right sequence, you can get your new venture off to a great start.

The Sage guide to starting your own business covers all the topics you need to start your business, including:

  • Deciding when to launch your new business
  • Boosting your start-up knowledge
  • Deciding who you’ll sell to — and how
  • How to analyse your competitors
  • Creating a brand
  • Writing your business plan
  • Registering your business
  • Managing your business finances

Start your own business

Start with an idea

If you’re thinking of starting up a business, you’ll first need to come up with a realistic idea that you can turn into a product or service. Find local support, including help with developing business ideas, on theNational Enterprise Network website.

Register your idea

You might have already come up with an idea for a business you think there’s a market for, or invented something you think people will want to buy. Find out how to register your idea to make sure nobody copies it without your permission.

Turn your idea into a business

  1. Research your market – identify potential customers. Talk to them and find out if your idea is meeting a real need.
  2. Develop and plan – test your product or service with real customers, make changes, and test it again. Keep doing this until you’re sure there’s a demand for it.
  3. Find partners and suppliers – think about who you’re going to work with to develop and sell your idea.
  4. Set up your business – work out which legal structure is right for you, and whether you want to sell shares.
  5. Get funding – explore different sources of business finance, from bank loans to government-backed schemes.

Few Key Factors:

1- Timing 

The way the start-up entrepreneurs tell it, it is tricky to start a business at any time – not just during a recession – but their particular business idea is so niche, so focussed, and so special that they shrug off the gloom and just get on with it.

The upside of starting a business during a downturn is that things can only get better as the economic climate improves, and you will have learnt an awful lot in the difficult times that you can use in the easier ones.

2- Idea

Lots of people go about finding their niche by using business school tools such as market analysis or sector research. Clever, but remote. Why not start a business based on a need you yourself have, that is not properly addressed by existing suppliers? Keep it simple, and answer an in-your-face need. If you have got the need, and the idea, then come the operational problems.

3- Tools

Most homes and most students are already equipped with quite a lot of the tools any business needs to reach a worldwide audience from day one.A laptop and a mobile phone is all the infrastructure a new business needs to get up and running.

  • Laptops can edit sound or movies, design software, and keep track of all the details of a start-up business at minimal cost.
  • Internet connectivity allows a start-up entrepreneur to collaborate with video conferencing at almost no cost, an extraordinary breakthrough.
  • The internet also enables a new business to reach a specific, even worldwide marketplace with a minimal outlay.

4- Cash

Now, what about funding?

Starting any kind of business always used to need money: from savings, relatives, angel investors, a bank loan. The latter is reputedly horribly difficult at the moment. For several reasons, including the technology mentioned above, not having pots of cash is now much less of a problem than it used to be. Several of the start-up entrepreneurs I have met needed only credit-card loans to get their businesses up and running – a potentially costly route, mind.

Just get on with it!

Follow your instinct! 

 

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