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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Talent Retention Strategies

Effective Comprehension

Before you can memorize a skill, you have to understand it. If you don’t entirely comprehend the concept or skill you’re learning about, you can’t expect your brain to file it away in your long term memory. If you’ve already attended leadership development training but don’t quite understand all of the concepts, attend another seminar or program until you fully grasp the concepts that are being demonstrated and taught.

Only after you have mastered comprehension of a new skill can you begin to use other strategies that enable you to cement the ideas and skills in your mind so that you can use them every day for the rest of your life. Think about your schooling. Did your instructors teach you a new concept one day and then move on to another the next? No. They took weeks to teach a new concept so that their students fully grasped the new material. Best education practices say that it takes 10 days to teach a new concept in order for students to really memorize things. Think about this the next time you attend a weekend leadership or negotiation course.


Picture yourself employing the new skills and concepts you’ve learned during your leadership development training. Don’t think that the new skills you’ve learned will apply to your next job or a few years down the line. It can be applied right now, but you have to envision yourself employing the skills. Think through your daily routine and anticipate the times when you can use the skills you’ve acquired. Visualize conversations you’ll have throughout the day and take time even at work to remind yourself that you can employ leadership, influence, and negotiation strategies at any moment.

Learning a skill and being consciously aware of your power to use that skill are vastly different from each other. For example, you can go through life knowing you have the knowledge of how to cook, but if you fall back on old routines and just decide to order pizza for every meal you’re not utilizing your full potential and you’re not visualizing the meals you could have if you simply applied your knowledge.

Understand How You Learn Best

Effective teachers know that not all students learn the same way, and effective business men and women also need to understand this in order to thrive. At your management training seminars, you were probably instructed in a few different ways including lecture, group activities, and independent study times. Did one of these especially click for you, or were you previously aware of your optimal learning methods? Understanding how you learn best will help you when you try to study the things you’ve learned or when you try to practice your new skills.

If you learn best during lectures, look up online continuing education videos or podcasts to activate your prior knowledge. If you learn best in a group setting or by teaching others what you’ve learned, get some of your colleagues together and share what you learned at the seminar. The point is to always keep learning and if you know what learning strategies work best for you, your chances of remembering the information and skills will increase.


Things that Makes a Great Career Coach Institute

# Offer courses in strategic locations. This will show those who wish to enroll that your institute is legitimate and they will know where to find you. You can also hold seminars and have other coaches hold lectures here. Online courses should be available as well. This allows you to reach more people and create a client base that is not restricted to your location.

# Have programs that provide different levels of instruction. Offer programs that are fast track for those who can invest all their time in learning what needs to be known to become a coach. Also offer those that have work and can only enroll in programs part time. Offer programs that are accessible to everyone.

# With regards to online courses. Make sure that these courses can be accessible anytime. Teachers can record their classes and make them available in the internet at any time.

# It is very important to take note that your career coach institute should offer a program on how to run a coach practice and business. When you become a coach you may take this for granted, but what you don’t know that learning how to run a coaching business is a very integral part in you becoming a coach, because if you do not know how to run a business then you can be headed for a disaster. Being a good and effective coach is not enough if you do not have any clients. You will need to know how to run a business and how to market and promote your career coach institute.

# Another point that you must not forget as you put up your career coach institute is making sure that you do not concentrate on only teaching what is available in books or journals. Make sure that your coach aspirants experience what coaching is. Let them have mentors and let them experience coaching first hand.

# Lastly, your programs should offer certifications that are accredited with governing bodies in coaching like the International Coach Federation (ICF).

Having these qualities in your career coach institute will ensure your success in the coaching industry. Go ahead and start your institute now!

Tips for Writing a Perfect Cover Letter

Don’t copy your resume

Your cover letter is not copy of your resume so don’t include the information already stated in your resume. Find out different tactics to communicate your skills in unique way. You may include some highlights from your resume but don’t copy what is already mentioned in resume.

Catchy beginning and ending

You have to sell yourself so make the first paragraph of your cover letter very meaningful. Don’t waffle; just keep the paragraph short and precise. Describe the reason how you are different from other candidates and how you can be valuable asset for the organization. Finish your cover letter with a call to action for an interview and let them know that you are available.

Discuss organization & job

Do some research about employer and tell them what attracts you most towards them. Include some information about company and reveal how you can be best match for this particular job.

 Include numbers

Along with qualitative evidence of your skills, try to include some quantitative figures. Pick out the most relevant skills matching the job description and disclose them in outstanding manner. Include some real examples and give solid numbers wherever you can.

Reveal your personality

Cover letter is reflection of your personality so make sure that it reveal how enthusiastic and ambitious you are. Add dynamic verbs for describing your skills (e.g. motivated, instilled etc. for describing teaching skills).

Limit to 1 page

Most of the employers prefer that cover letter should not exceed 1 page. It is an acceptable way of introducing yourself and drawing attention of employers so keep it to the point. Make sure that it is brief and clearly portray your true picture.

Stay professional

Write your cover letter in professional manner. Use professional language and reflect originality in your letter. Avoid grammatical or typo mistakes. Keep it simple and avoid using raw language. Although complicated words sound interesting but it can give an impression that you have copied the letter and have no personal emotions attached.

Getting your dream job is considered very challenging in this competitive environment. You have to think out of the box to differentiate yourself. Put an effort on your cover letter and just wait for the results.

Know Mistakes Made by Leaders

If you were to take a few seconds off your time to observe the most effective leaders, they are the men and women who know how to work together with other people, especially those who have a lesser title. Leaders definitely want to achieve success in everything that they do; however, they should also see to it that they are able to steer their subordinates towards this path, in order to make it happen. Most effective leaders tend to believe in themselves and in their skills so much, that sometimes these become their downfall. If you want to keep up the good work, and avoid the mistakes that fallen leaders have made, you should keep a few things in mind.

We all know that confidence is key in everything you do. Whether it’s talking to an individual, or doing a task, you will need to be confident. However, there is a difference to being confident, and being cocky. Those who are given a leadership role tend to allow this to go to their heads. Because of this, they fail to see the more important things, and tend to focus their attention on the fact that they were given such a role. They let this go to their heads, and assume that they are better than the rest. For that reason, a lot of men and women fall from their high positions. If you have been given such an opportunity, you need to be thankful for the privilege, and not let it go to your head. No one wants an egotistical individual; no one listens to these types of people. Always be humble, and you will be able to go a long way.

Additionally, you should always keep in mind to know how to delegate tasks properly. Know what skills and talents your subordinates possess, so that you can assign to them challenges that they will be able to do well in. If you fail to acknowledge the things they are good at, you won’t know how to assign them tasks that are more up their alley; therefore resulting in discord. Taking note of these common mistakes will help you avoid from committing them.