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Management Training News: w/c 6th November 2011

Management Training Resources: w/c 6th November 2011

This week, we have a new newsletter for you. It's called "Taking a Risk in Dangerous Times" and tells the story of how one man took a huge personal risk to help someone else achieve a simple goal. Read it in the first link below.

Other items in this week's "Management Training Resources" include our spotlight on the "Games People Play" SkillBooster; the meaning of JJ-DID-TIE-BUCKLE; how to get what you want from others; and a good positive energiser for the training room.

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"Taking a Risk in Dangerous Times"

01takingarisk_175 If you take even a minute's glance at the television, internet, or newspapers today, you can't escape the doom and gloom that leaps out from every screen and page. To believe the pundits, we are living in a dangerous world with disaster, catastrophe, and Armageddon around every corner. Such predictions appeal to our sense of the dramatic and no doubt increase our dependence on keeping tuned in to the doom-sayers. Such warnings remind us that there is a part of all of us that likes to feel safe and secure. It's the part that we call the Consolidator, where we feel happier putting up a protective wall, battening down the hatches, and finding a comfortable place to hide than sticking our neck up out of the parapet. But apart from moments of real threat, such an approach doesn't serve any of us well. Instead of protecting us from the outside, all that happens is that we become prisoners behind our own walls. And when we do that, we miss the opportunities that life presents... more

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Spotlight on the "Games People Play" SkillBooster

02gamespeopleplay_142 What sort of games do people play in your team and what can you do about it? Many people who are not engaged with others in their workplace teams often substitute real meaningful communication by playing psychological games. They are often unaware they are doing it but do it because it gives them a sense of winning their own game when winning at the team's game is denied them. The psychologist, Eric Berne, spent a lifetime chronicling the different games that people play, from making others feel guilty in "Lunch Bag" to how bosses show they're needed in the game of "Hero". In this one-page SkillBooster, you'll discover 9 of the most common games that people play, why they play them, and what you must do to bring people back to a psychologically more healthy state... more

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The 14 Most Important Leadership Traits

03jjdidtiebuckle_175 The United States Marine Corps is one of the most prestigious units of the American Armed Forces. Founded in 1775, its unique capability is to act as a task force in any situation in the world within days. Its most notable achievements were in the Pacific theatre of World War II, in particular, the battles of Guam, Okinawa, and Iwo Jima. The Marine Corps has a distinct identity within the US military as one of the best-led organisations with high esprit de corps. One of the reasons for this is its focus on leadership training and its adoption of 14 leadership traits that, for those who have been through the Marine Corps training, will always be known by the acronym, JJ DID TIE BUCKLE. This is what the 14 letters of the acronym stand for... more

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How to Get What You Want from Others

04gettingwhatyouwant_142 Assertiveness is many things to many people. At one level, it is a way of communicating with others that helps you honestly express what you want. At another level, it is a win-win view of the world in which you respect the genuine desires and rights of others in the same way as you respect the genuine desires and rights of yourself. Assertiveness is one of the ways we re-connect with the way we were when we were babies, which is who we really are, rather than the way we have learnt to become as a result of the world's sometimes false values. Assertiveness is a positive way of looking at the world not a negative one. It allows you to focus on deciding, getting, and enjoying what you want and leaving what you don't want to play no part in your life... more

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A Good Positive Energiser

05agoodpositiveenergiser_142 The purpose of a training energiser is to increase the energy levels of your trainees. The need for a training energiser may arise at any point in a course, for example, after lunch when people feel sluggish, or when the subject they are trying to learn is difficult and not easy to perform. That's when a group can easily become discouraged and defeated as they feel they have a mountain to climb. When you detect low levels of physical, motivational, and interpersonal energy, that's when you, as the trainer, need to stop what you're doing and get your trainees up out of their seats to re-charge their energy. The energiser needs to be short. It needs to be physical. It needs to have a message. And it needs to change their mood, spirit, and level of motivation. A good positive energiser that meets all of these requirements is "The Floating Egg"... more

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