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Future needed competencies for the 4th industrial revolution research outcomes.

We have studied several scientific research studies undertaken and published by numerous authoritative institutions worldwide, on needed skills and competencies for the fourth industrial revolution.

Here in the image below is just a small sample of six of the many research publications we have studied:

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In summary it comes down to the following broad competencies, as agreed upon by member countries of the World Economic Forum:

Think systems, not technologies
Empowering, not determining
By design, not by default
Values as feature, not a bug
Transformation leadership dexterity

In more detail it comes down to the following competencies, by Dr JH Oosthuizen:

This position paper further expands on the intelligence types of Schwab (2016), and Oosthuizen (2016), to create a ten-factor intelligence type framework, namely:

1. Contextual (the mind) – how we understand and apply our knowledge (Schwab, 2016).
2. Emotional (the heart) – how we process and integrate our thoughts and feelings and relate to ourselves and to one another (Schwab, 2016).
3. Inspired (the soul) – how we use a sense of individual and shared purpose, trust, and other virtues to effect change and act towards the common good (Schwab, 2016).
4. Physical (the body) – how we cultivate and maintain our personal health and well-being and that of those around us to be in a position to apply the energy required for both individual and systems transformation (Schwab, 2016).
5. Entrepreneurial (the disposition) – how we recognise opportunity through synthesis of the whole and creative combination of resources (Oosthuizen, 2016).
6. Strategic (the orientation) – how we adapt to changing environments (Wells, 2012); gather, examine and disseminate intelligence of strategic value (Djekic, 2014).
7. Transdisciplinary (the perspective) – how we understand a system in relation to its larger environment, relationships and connections, bringing the information from separate disciplines together to create useful knowledge (Montuori, 2013:47).
8. Ecosystem (the coalescence) – how we grow and develop within the setting of the system of relationships that form our environment, the impact the environmental factors have on us, and how we impact one another and our environment (Bloom & Dees, 2008:47).
9. Socratic (the philosophy) – how we analyse ideas in terms of their opposites with the objective of creating a more enlightened synthesis (Chaffee, 2013:62).
10. Ethical (the morals) – how we differentiate between what is right and what is wrong, reach decisions and make choices based on this differentiation (Rich, 2013:4).

A conceptual 4th Industrial Revolution Intelligence (4IRI) framework is subsequently proposed, namely:

1. Contextual Intelligence (CI); plus
2. Emotional Intelligence (EI); plus
3. Inspired Intelligence (II); plus
4. Physical Intelligence (PI); plus
5. Entrepreneurial Intelligence (EntI); plus
6. Strategic Intelligence (SI); plus
7. Transdisciplinary Intelligence (TI); plus
8. Ecosystem Intelligence (EcoI); plus
9. Socratic Intelligence (SocI); plus
10. Ethical Intelligence (EthI).

The image displayed below provides a schematic representation of the framework.

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To stay relevant, companies are reconsidering how their talent requirements need to evolve, to meet the skills and workforce challenges created by rapid digitalization.

Attract, retain and develop talent: Be a great place to work for millennials and diverse employees. Empower and incentivize the workforce through development opportunities. Create a workforce with great digital skills AND great interpersonal skills.

Bring leadership beyond digital: Hire people with open mindsets and a willingness to change the status quo. Foster a culture from the top that is comfortable with digital technologies. Train senior leaders to “zoom in and zoom out”.

Adapt to different ways of working: Create environments where automation and artificial intelligence enhances humans. Prepare for the rise of the on-demand workforce.

The 7 technologies changing our world:

1. Computing capabilities, storage and access: Between 1985 and 1989, the Cray-2 was the world’s fastest computer. It was roughly the size of a washing machine. Today, a smart watch has twice its capabilities.

2. Big data: Each time you run a Google search, scan your passport, make an online purchase or tweet, you are leaving a data trail behind that can be analysed and monetized. Thanks to supercomputers and algorithms, we can make sense of massive amounts of data in real time. Computers are already making decisions based on this information, and in less than 10 years computer processors are expected to reach the processing power of the human brain. This means there’s a good chance your job could be done by computers in the coming decades. Two Oxford researchers, Carl Bendikt Frey and Michael A Osborne, estimated that 47% of American jobs are at high risk of automation.

3. Digital health: Analysing medical data collated from different populations and demographics enables researchers to understand patterns and connections in diseases and identify which conditions improve the effectiveness of certain treatments and which don’t. Big data will help to reduce costs and inefficiencies in healthcare systems, improve access and quality of care, and make medicine more personalized and precise. In the future, we will all have very detailed digital medical profiles … including information that we’d rather keep private.

4. The digitization of matter: 3D printers will create not only cars, houses and other objects, but also human tissue, bones and custom prosthetics. Patients would not have to die waiting for organ donations if hospitals could bioprint them. In fact, we may have already reached this stage: in 2014, doctors in China gave a boy a 3D-printed spine implant, according to the journal Popular Science.

5. The internet of things: Within the next decade, it is expected that more than a trillion sensors will be connected to the internet. If almost everything is connected, it will transform how we do business and help us manage resources more efficiently and sustainably. Connected sensors will be able to share information from their environment and organize themselves to make our lives easier and safer. For example, self-driving vehicles could “communicate” with one another, preventing accidents. By 2020 around 22% of the world’s cars will be connected to the internet (290 million vehicles), and by 2024, more than half of home internet traffic will be used by appliances and devices. Home automation is also happening fast. We can control our lights, heating, air conditioning and security systems remotely, but how much longer will it be before sensors are able to detect crumbs under the table and tell our automated vacuum cleaners to tidy up?

6. Blockchain: Only a tiny fraction of the world’s GDP (around 0.025%) is currently held on blockchain, the shared database technology where transactions in digital currencies such as the Bitcoin are made. But this could be about to change, as banks, insurers and companies race to work out how they can use the technology to cut costs. A blockchain is essentially a network of computers that must all approve a transaction before it can be verified and recorded. Using cryptography to keep transactions secure, the technology provides a decentralized digital ledger that anyone on the network can see.

7. Wearable internet: Technology is getting increasingly personal. Computers are moving from our desks, to our laps, to our pockets and soon they will be integrated into our clothing. By 2025, 10% of people are expected to be wearing clothes connected to the internet and the first implantable mobile phone is expected to be sold.

Top 10 skills demands for 2022, by World Economic Forum, published 2018:

1. Complex Problem Solving Skills (including creative problem solving and learning from critical disagreements)
2. Critical Thinking and Self-Awareness (including ability to understand and control/correct emotional reflexes and instinctive biases)
3. Creativity (including the confidence and courage skills necessary to challenge the status quo and to tolerate the ambiguities/uncertainties of the creation process)
4. People Skills (including fact-based and consequence-focused feedback exchange, driving engagement, awareness and respect of diversities, cultivating high ethical standards and coherence)
5. Coordinating with Others (including personal influence skills, purpose-based intentional and rotational leadership, ability to hold clear mutual accountability in a collaborative, often virtual, context)
6. Emotional Intelligence (including self-awareness, active listening, effective two-way open communication, empathy, authenticity and courage of transparency)
7. Judgment and Decision Making (including proactive initiative, system analysis and learning on the fly)
8. Service orientation (including humble self confidence and open dialogue)
9. Negotiation (including positive orientation, mastering of both push and pull communication skills and multicultural/multi-functional fluency)
10. Cognitive Flexibility during Critical Situations (keep in calm, open to learn and generally resilient in front of uncertainties, ambiguities, disagreements and major change)

According to the World Economic Forum, the above skills translates to the following skills descriptions, which will grow in importance for 2022 (precisely what we are trying to dish out on a platter!):

  1. Analytical thinking and innovation
  2. Active learning and learning strategies
  3. Creativity, originality and initiative
  4. Technology design and programming
  5. Critical thinking and analysis
  6. Complex problem-solving
  7. Leadership and social influence
  8. Emotional intelligence
  9. Reasoning, problem-solving and idea creation
  10. Systems analysis and evaluation

It looks like the above two top ten skills can still be reconciled and combined, maybe into a top 12 skills.

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“Encourage and empower subordinates to empower yourself!”

What the next 20 years will mean for jobs – and how to prepare. Jobs of today will become obsolete, but not people, as job content will shift.  See it here: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/01/jobs-of-next-20-years-how-to-prepare/

 

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Ten year maintenance plans

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Ten year maintenance plans for sectional title management schemes in South Africa

1. We provide ten year maintenance plans inside the borders of Gauteng Province, South Africa.

We provide streamlined ten year maintenance plans for Community Management Schemes like Sectional title schemes, Share block companies, Home or property owners associations, Housing schemes for retired persons, Housing co-operatives, Gated Villages with a Constitution, Social Co-operatives and even some shopping malls.

We have a questionnaire which must be completed and returned to us, to enable us to start with drawing up the ten year plan. The questionnaire is in PDF format and can be downloaded from the Internet. We also pay a visit and conduct a joint inspection.

View my credentials here.

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Users of my services in Gauteng Province, also get a free copy of my ten year maintenance plan training guide.

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2. Ten year maintenance plan training guide.

Get trained in how to compile ten year maintenance plans with our streamlined system. As I cannot do all the work in all the outstretched regions of the country, I am making the training guide for my streamlined system available to others, who may need it.

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The sales page in PDF format, for this training manual can be downloaded by clicking here. If you want to find this information again in the near future, it may be expedient and advisable to store this PDF file on your hard drive, where you can easily retrieve it again.

2.1 Reasons for compiling this training guide:

All the required forms and regulations can be downloaded from the Community Schemes Ombud Service web site: http://csos.org.za/. They do not, however, have any guidelines on how to draw up and submit a ten year maintenance plan, except for the rules pertaining to the level of the reserve fund budget.

Consequently, after intense research, I discovered an example published by The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment of New Zealand, which I converted to the South African environment, by changing some of the linguistic terms. I found this to be a workable document, but a bit cumbersome, as all calculations must be done manually with a calculator.

I then combined the ideas and methods of the New Zealand example into a spread sheet calculation model by using a Microsoft Excel spread sheet computer program. Luckily I had ample experience with using the formulas inside spread sheet programs, as I previously had to develop several models for different purposes.

After receiving many enquiries and questions of how to do it and after compiling several ten year maintenance plans for different building complexes, I realised there is a need for guidelines.

From my previous lifetime experience in writing training manuals, I decided to come up once again with a training manual for compiling the ten year maintenance plan, which the Ombud Service require, but do not have any guidelines for.

The training manual has now become a handy guideline for building complex managements outside of Gauteng borders, as they are too far away to make use of my services in drawing up their plans.

However, if they do not have knowledge of using spread sheet programs, I can still do it with the help of a questionnaire to be completed by the management body.

Several manuals have been sold and I have already compiled several ten year plans for Body Corporate Managements, Home Owners Associations and Retirement Villages.

The biggest problem found so far, is that one cannot easily find a building construction expert, a spread sheet user expert and a financial statement expert, all rolled up into one single person. The solution for this dilemma is to assemble a team of knowledgeable persons for the task, if needed.

2.2 Table of contents for the Ten year maintenance plan training guide (40 pages):

1. Job skills requirements to become a provider of ten year maintenance plans
2. Information needed to compile a ten year maintenance plan.
2.1 Identification
2.2 Income statement information regarding owner common property levy contribution
2.3 Annual inspection results on structures to be renovated, equipment repairs & maintenance
2.4 Administrative Fund and Reserve Fund balances at latest year-end from financial statements
2.5 Personal contact details of persons responsible/accountable for the complex ten year maintenance plan (preferably more than one)
2.6. Complex Google maps coordinates or physical address
2.7. Latest audited financial statements included.
2.8. Describe what kind of agreement exists with unit owners, with regard to operational costs and maintenance costs.
3. Compiling a ten year maintenance plan manually, without using a spreadsheet program
3.1 Ten year maintenance plan example template without a spreadsheet program
4. Illustration of how to combine the Administration fund budget with the ten year Maintenance budget in a spreadsheet program.
4.2 Illustration of a Body Corporate 10 year maintenance plan (with MS Excel spreadsheets).
4.3 How to apply the rules of the law in the software program. See page 4 of the Act:
4.4 How to spread out maintenance cost to minimise levies. See rule 22 of the Act, page 37.
4.5 The purpose with the reserve fund.
5. Maintenance lifespan and costs for community complexes.
5.1 Building component and equipment lifespan/life cycle for ten year maintenance plans.
6. Illustration of how to report to the Community Schemes Ombud Service (CSOS).
7. Exceptional cases of adding a savings plan to the ten year maintenance plan.
7.1 Here is an example of equal annual amounts at 0% interest revenue
7.2. Here is an example of required annual savings at 3% interest p.a.
8. The following assumptions are part and parcel of the sale of this guide
9. Get a free spreadsheet program and save thousands
10. Bonus: Where to get these eight training manuals for peanuts. Use them for internal training sessions of employees or to train yourself
10.1 MS Suite 8 training manuals in hard copy
10.2 MS Suite 8 training manuals in digital E-book format
10.3. The one only MS Excel 2016 training manual in digital E-book format
11. Summary notes:
11.1 Easy bookkeeping
11.2 Effect of adding cost items to the Administrative Fund budget
11.3 Effect of adding cost items to the ten year maintenance plan
12. Last step of reporting
13. The huge market potential for providers of ten year maintenance plans

The market size is made up of all Sectional titles development schemes, Share block companies, Home or property owners associations, Housing schemes for retired persons, Housing co-operatives, Gated villages with constitutions, Social Co-operatives and even some Shopping malls with shared ownership. Community Management Schemes is the fastest growing type of building development projects in the country.

2.3 Job skills requirements to become a provider of ten year maintenance plans:

• Knowledge of building construction and building regulations.
• Knowledge of the lifespan of construction components (civil building disciplines).
• Knowledge of construction component costs.
• Knowledge of construction component labour cost.
• Knowledge of construction tools cost.
• Annual inspection of structures to identify what must be changed, repaired or replaced as preventative maintenance actions against higher eventual cost.
• How to spread preventative maintenance actions out over time to minimize and even out costs for owners.
• How to plan ahead for the prescribed maintenance reserve fund annual levies, not to fall irreparably behind.
• How to decide what escalation formulas to use over a planning period of ten years.
• How to combine the operational cost financial entries and maintenance cost financial entries into one planning and monitoring cash flow projection document for ten years.
• Knowledge of interpretation of financial statements and balance sheets.
• Knowledge of technological improvements in the building industry.
• Knowledge of law requirements and changes thereto.
• Knowledge of spread sheet calculation models and the theory of finance.

It is clear that a combination of technical, mathematical, financial and a few other competencies will be needed. It is very seldom that one will find all the above skills and knowledge rolled up into one single person. However, one can contract knowledgeable persons in when needed. As time goes by experience and knowledge will also grow.

The following training manual is included as a free bonus for the buyer:

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2.4 How to purchase the ten year maintenance plan training manual:

Buy this training guide through the secure servers of PayPal for $91.00 with your credit/debit card by clicking the image below. On 2018-10-19 the currency conversion rate was 1 USD = 14,47 ZAR. Therefore $91.00 USD x 14,47 = ZAR 1316,53.

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3. Maintenance guideline advice on maintenance lifespan/life cycle replacement/renovation:

Economical replacement point in time: When the cost of repairing a capital item is more than 50% of the new replacement cost, it is better to replace it (rule of thumb).

Building weak spots: When it comes to building construction components like cemented bricks, paving and concrete, it is normally renovated, as the lifespan can go far beyond 100 years. Gutters, roof covering and roof structures can be another thing, depending on the material and previous preventative maintenance actions. Water leaks can make wooden beams, rafters and purlins to rot. It can also make ceilings to soften, discolour and sag, cause steel to rust and fungi to grow on all types of material. Fungi growth is a real high health risk. Weather conditions can thus create the need for premature renovations to building structures. Falling objects can damage ceramic floor tiles.

Older housing buildings in coastal areas present own unique maintenance problems, as well as buildings still having asbestos cladding or roofing.

High priority and risk: For most residential complexes landscaping and security are high priorities. Landscaping and gardening for aesthetic reasons and security because of the high crime rate. In the case of retirement villages, health and medical facilities and medical equipment may also be classified here, depending on nearness and dependability of such outside facilities. Depending on importance it may be better to budget an amount than to be surprised by unexpected premature failure. If premature failure does not occur, the available budget can always be used for other expenses or to make a bank account stronger. Technological advances can render high priority equipment sooner as out-dated.

Differentiation between small and major: The differentiating figure to decide what must be regarded as Small repairs and replacements versus Major repairs and replacements is an arbitrary figure. The lower the differentiation figure, the more items and amounts will shift over to the ten year maintenance plan. All administrative amounts, including small repairs and replacements plus the reserve fund budget will form the complete budget for a new year.

The following can be applied to a complex of 450 units, which can be regarded as relatively big. In other cases of smaller complexes, the division of cost between Administrative Fund and the ten year maintenance plan may differ.

Small for 450 units:
Lifespan if cost replacement for an individual item or job is below R 20 000.00 for Administrative Fund Budget:
• Electronic devices and equipment – 3 years
• Electric machinery, devices & equipment – 5 years
• Gardening machinery, equipment & tools – 5 years
• Security machinery, devices & equipment – 3 years
• Interior office & room furniture – 12 years
• Vehicles like bicycles, scooters, ride-on lawnmowers, motorbikes & golf carts – 10 years
• Tar roads (potholes) – 20 years (depending on underneath compacting material and soil deficiencies)
• Paved roads (sagging) – 20 years (depending on underneath compacting material and soil deficiencies)
• Cement repairs, painting & varnishing – 7 years
• Smaller building construction renovation (other than paint) – 30 years
• Steel construction renovations – 10 years

If replacement cost is above R 3000.00, always consider repairs according to the 50% rule when failure occurs, as it can help to reduce actual expenses against budgeted figures.

Major for 450 units:
Lifespan if cost replacement for an individual item or job is higher than R 20 000.00 for ten year maintenance plan:
• Electronic devices and equipment – 5 years
• Electric machinery, devices & equipment – 7 years
• Gardening machinery, equipment & tools – 7 years
• Security machinery, devices & equipment – 5 years
• Interior office & room furniture – 20 years
• Vehicles like LUV’s, cars, trucks, ride-on lawnmowers, motorbikes & golf carts – 12 years
• Tar roads (potholes) – 20 years (depending on underneath compacting material and soil deficiencies)
• Paved roads (sagging) – 20 years (depending on underneath compacting material and soil deficiencies)
• Cement repairs, painting & varnishing – 7 years
• Major building construction renovations (other than paint) – 30 years
• Steel construction renovations – 10 years

Always consider repairs according to the 50% rule when failure occurs, as it can help to reduce actual expenses against budgeted figures.

The bigger a complex the higher the differentiating figure can become. What may be big for a complex with 10 residential units may become small change for a bigger complex with more units. For instance, R 3000.00 for one household may be regarded as big, but small for a complex of 50 units.

The lifespan indicators above can be broken up further for individualised items and its lifespan adjusted according to own experience with it. In other words, it can be fine-tuned.

One gets sophisticated computerised systems for calculating economic replacement point in time for vehicles and other equipment. All running and maintenance costs must then be separately and individually captured according to cost codes. These systems are, however, only viable for big vehicle fleets and big quantities of the same type of equipment.

4. The purpose with the ten year maintenance reserve fund:

The sole purpose with the reserve fund is to provide for all unforeseen and unexpected expenses, not budgeted for and not covered by levies, whether it is administrative or maintenance.

The reserve fund budget must be calculated on the Administrative Fund total budget only. It must also be used to pay for the major items in the ten year plan. Furthermore the ten year plan is not part of the Administrative Fund Budget.

The first due date for filing the plan with the Community Schemes Ombud Service (CSOS) was January 2017.

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Why capitalistic systems can fail

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Why capitalistic systems can fail.

Repeat of article posted in beginning of 2015.

The Utopian capitalistic systems are in a crisis. How can it be?

Why are capitalistic systems now faltering after all the years of success in democratic Western cultured countries? If economists analyse the economic problems encountered in Western Europe over the last couple of years, what reasons do they come up with? What are the core mistakes or flaws?

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Unsound decision making: For a private company to break even, total income must at least be equal to total cost. The law of productivity is that for productivity to be positive (more than a ratio of 1), total income must be more than total cost.

Although not measurable, it implies that the impact of labour on income (like all other cost categories), must also be more than the total cost of labour to company. If this principle can be broken down for each employee, it also implies that the CEO of a company must have a positive effect on profits (meaning his/her impact on total income must be more than his/her total cost to company).

The same view should be held about the remuneration of a Minister and Director of a Government department.

Now, if a private company has used up capital reserves and keeps on spending more than income, it will go bankrupt relatively fast, not so? If the Government of a country keeps on spending more than its income, it can print more money, borrow more in some or other form or simply raise taxes in many ways; but if it goes on for too long, it can drive a country into bankruptcy. The underlying reasons for the problem under discussion probably can be found in both the private and public sectors, but which one is the biggest culprit?

In the private sector we measure productivity of operations, processes, machinery & equipment in sophisticated manners. We call it productivity of cost of capital outlay and measure it in terms of payback period, return on investment (ROI) and net present value (NPV), to help us make wise economic and profitable decisions.

However, when it comes to measuring the productivity of human talent (capital), we are suddenly out of options, at a loss for words so to speak. The only remote and known measurement method we can use to encourage higher productivity in humans is by means of a performance management system. A proper performance management system can also regularly show up pockets of idleness and over-employment. To what extent do Governments use these methods?

The true basis of capitalism: The purest form of capitalism requires that a Government be as small as possible. It must be lean and mean (small, efficient and effective, with minimum taxes) so that private enterprise can flourish to create needed employment opportunities under conditions of free competition, with minimal distortions. These distortions usually start when stupid decisions are made by ruling political parties to entice more votes for an upcoming election process.

Governments moved away too far from true capitalism: It seems that ruling Governments have been allowed to become bloated and grow out of proportion, as if they wanted to create Kingdoms for themselves, enhancing individual positions to that of fat cats, instead of trying to fulfill the role of servants to their countries. They have slowly encroached as dictatorships, disguised under the umbrella of democracy. On the other hand, banks in the private sector have led Governments by the nose for too long.

Pertinent questions: If the above statements, assumptions and theories are found to be sound and true, or only partially true, one can begin to ask further questions about Governments, like:

1. Have they constantly ignored the advice of brilliant Economists in their countries?

2. Do they still chase the goal of minimum taxes?

3. Do they make use of a proper performance management system?

4. What methods do they apply for sound decision making?

5. Why have citizens allowed their Governments to grow out of proportion?

Future outlook: Some Economists are predicting that it will take Western European countries and the USA at least 30 years to recover from their present debt crisis. It is a pity to find the USA in the same boat, as we need them in the battle of expanding democracy on the worldwide political playing field.

For those who still live in a dream world, thinking nothing can go wrong with capitalistic systems, see further opinions on these pages:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Recession

http://recessionalert.com/world-recession-update/

http://recessionalert.com/world-recession-update-apr-2013/

http://ourfiniteworld.com/2013/01/06/2013-beginning-of-long-term-recession/

http://www.globalresearch.ca/worldwide-recession-forecast-for-global-economic-growth-the-failures-of-monetary-policy/5319355

http://www.cnbc.com/id/49898014

http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/03/european-commission-says-no-growth-until-2014/

http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/05/global-manufacturing-stagnates-global.html

Conclusion: If the present situation are not regarded as a cruel wake-up call by the citizens of the countries in crisis, all the utopian visions and improved political systems developed over centuries, may turn out to have been in vain. Surely these Government have let them down in a big way.

What is wrong with capitalism nowadays?

Governments have created economically sick countries.

Article posted in beginning of 2015.

What is wrong with capitalistic systems in western cultured countries today? Capitalism started out great a few decades ago and brought about enormous economic growth, prosperity and development. Then gradually, over the past ten to fifteen years or so, the blooming apple started to turn sour. What are the reasons for this turnabout for the negative?

1. What we know is that Governments have become too big in employee numbers, salary and benefits increases and ambitious expansions of infrastructures. In short, Government expenditures have outgrown optimum levels. Governments have strived to become powerhouses like Kingdoms, with bloated kings and princes in charge.

2. They have forgotten the golden rule of capitalism, which is to keep taxes as low as possible to stimulate free enterprise activities and growth in the private sector. That is how job creation takes place.

3. Higher Government expenses must be financed with higher taxes in some or other form, so they start to tax individuals and businesses to a standstill. Add to that huge amounts of theft of public funds through corruption by Government officials and you have a surefire way of creating a fast rolling wall of economic recession or even depression!

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This is what Robbie Plugh from http://www.techno-twerp.com/ wrote several years ago:

“America is in deep trouble. Dead broke in fact. If America were a listed company, the plug would have been pulled long ago. The receivers would have checked out the books, pronounced the company dead and called time.

Like a family whose expenditures exceed income and then makes up the difference by borrowing on credit cards, the US government`s own deficit spending is largely financed by Asian central banks, notably China and Japan.

Did you know that just twenty years ago America was the largest creditor nation the world had ever known? Now it lays claim to being the largest ever debtor nation. After years of spending like a drunken sailor, America’s net foreign debt now approaches a staggering three trillion dollars.

Under the Bush administration the deterioration has been particularly rapid. Soaring government expenditures, greatly boosted by the Iraq war, tax give-aways, homeland security, all further undermine the financial well-being of the country.

Now you won’t hear much talk of this from government spokesman, nor from much of the sold-out mainstream press and business media. You certainly won’t hear it from the hucksters on Wall Street. To listen to them you would be forgiven for believing all is hunky-dory. They have managed to stage a mock recovery in the stock market and even pulled the dollar back a tad from recent heavy falls.

But, believe me, this is a smokescreen, a scam, much like the tale of the emperor’s clothes. A great nation brought to its knees while its politicians look on, seemingly helpless.

Alas, it gets worse. You see, five separate events are gathering strength and, like a perfect storm, will soon converge, causing massive economic turmoil. All of which leads inexorably to a major economic downturn

EVENT #1 – The “Twin Deficits” – the US Trade and Federal Budgets – spin mind-numbingly out of control and long-ago surpassed all records. To finance these deficits, the government relentlessly continues borrowing. Throughout history all great empires have collapsed, not at the hands of their enemies, but from within. They all went broke. It appears a tall task for America to avoid a similar fate.

EVENT #2 – A Dollar Collapse. Desperate for money the government turns to the printing press. The dollar bills get churned out, inflation takes hold, interest rates soar. No longer do the financial markets dissect the weekly money-supply figures. But the foreigners do. You can bet your boots alarm bells are ringing. They will stop lending, they will stop investing in US assets. The dollar has been dropping in the currency markets for three years now. It will continue. The dollar is doomed.

EVENT #3 – Housing Bubble Finally Bursts. For some years easy money brought a runaway jump in prices to near ludicrous levels. But times-they-are-a-changing. Mortgage arrears grow, as do foreclosures. Across the nation prices are weakening. Higher interest rates bring increased mortgage repayments, causing further foreclosures. Prices decline more, bringing with it the dreaded “mortgage deficit” – the mortgage exceeds the house values. This brings on more home sales. And so it continues.

EVENT #4 – Job Losses Pile Up. As our glorious “Captains of Industry” close or down-size plants throughout America, lured by slave labor in China, massive lay-offs ensue. The government loudly boasts new jobs are being found. Yeah, right. A once well-paid factory job replaced with a low-paid job at a Walmart store near you or at Pizza Hut. Economists call this the “employment gap” which simply results in less disposable income. In turn, company profits decline, more lay-offs … an endless cycle.

EVENT #5 – Stock Market Crash! Despite the best efforts of Wall Street’s finest to persuade you otherwise, the stock market is in trouble, there is no way back. With all the other events in play the market is poised to collapse. We shall be witnessing the mother of all crashes.

So what in the blazes can you do to protect yourself? In the second part of this article, I recommend five steps you should follow. In the meantime I would like to very briefly share one thought with you that will be greatly expanded upon in a next article: Vitally, get a second income. Work for yourself. If your job disappears at least you have a safety net. If this means working all the spare time given you, tough! What you do is your decision. Just make sure you are equipped to make it successful. The favored way must be to start an online business, probably the cheapest and simplest way to go. But do something. Get online and get your second income starting right now!

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Backward decay of South Africa

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Backward decay of South Africa

All aspects of life in South Africa have deteriorated from that of a developing country to that of a third world country, over the past 24 years of rule under the ANC.

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What path is the once beautiful and beloved country going to take? Somewhere better, or down the drain like some other African countries or down the drain like most South African Government Departments, from 1994 to 2018?

Here below is the ugly truth of farm murders in Limpopo province only:

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See this video of a tragic case of murder in South Africa, which is a daily occurrence:

Over a period of 24 years local government institutions like municipalities, have constantly failed in providing services and dismally failed in financial management and performance. Yet over this period nothing has been done by the ANC party to rectify the job requirements for municipal board members, who are supposed to act like board members in the private sector.

In 24 years of rule, the ANC could not identify and rectify the reasons for failure of service delivery by local municipalities. All that must be corrected is to impose qualification standards for councilors.

The ANC members like to boast about ESCOM performing so good that power cuts are no longer taking place, but in reality demand went down to below capacity, due to higher tariffs.

Unemployment is at the highest ever with more than 31% and a further 130 000 job losses for 2018 already by October 2018. When will the ANC ever start to improve it?

Was the ANC Indaba in Polokwane in 2007 a failure because of a wrong choice for President? One cannot expect more from someone who hasn’t seen the inside of a school!

Over the years the bail-out money wasted on the financial survival of the SA Airways could have provided houses for all shack dwellers in the country. The ANC is running more than 200 of these type of Government organisations, so, the question is: “What is the grand total of money wasted on Government controlled organisations?

Is there one single National, Provincial or Local Government Department, which out-performed its supposed goals or where no corruption took place?

Is there one single National, Provincial or Local Government Department, which is not overloaded with manpower?

Was there one single National, Provincial or Local Government Department, which strictly appointed employees on the basis of competency requirements and potential?

It seems that the ANC at one stage thought unemployment could be alleviated by creating unnecessary job titles in Government and State Owned Organisations.

In the recent Parliament debate on transformation of land ownership without compensation, most black speakers conveyed immaturity by allowing hatred toward whites to overshadow logical wisdom.

How can there ever be an ideal of a rainbow nation while the ANC is doing all it can to shoot themselves in the foot with low moral values?

When Minister Trevor Manual tried to install a Performance Management System for Government Organisations, he was ousted out of Government.

What positive outcomes were ever achieved by President Zuma? What image is conveyed when a President of a country declares that “Corruption is a strange Western thing”.

Education is for the birds – just be streetwise, like President Zuma and his inner circle cronies!

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How does the ANC as a party evaluate its success over more than 24 years? Why don’t they use more competent black persons, who are available but ignored?

What is there that can make any South African citizen proud (brimming with pride)?

Why is Julius Malema employing whites?

Why is it necessary for Parliamentary enquiry commissions to replace law enforcement duties of relevant Departments?

What was the true reason for installing the automatic electronic toll gate system in Gauteng, in addition to the existing toll gates? It reminds one of the notorious arms deal in the 90’s. The electronic toll system is receiving heavy resistance due to suspicions of corruption associated with it.

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The ANC party definitely performed exceptionally well in increasing poverty and unemployment. They have not used the opportunity afforded them for more than 24 years to prove to the people of the country any form of improvement.

It is only through the ANC Government where an employee can go on permanent leave with full payment for months and years on end (they call it suspension).

It is only through the ANC Government where an employee found guilty of corruption, can be rewarded for it by promotion elsewhere.

The root causes for all failures remain around insufficient knowledge and insufficient competencies.

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Is the country still moving forward to 2019 under a leaderless ANC ruling party?

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Do we have the Superman, who can do the necessary cleanup, fast enough?

It is actually real easy to find training manuals for improvement, that is, if one has an interest in improvement. The following two free to download examples underscore this statement:

1. Competency development guide for managers, by the United Nations:

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2. Training manual on police integrity, by The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF):

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Just click on the two images above to download the training manuals in PDF format.

The missing financial knowledge gap in Government.

The missing financial knowledge gap in most South African Government Organisations is locked up in the five essential financial skills for business people and non-financial managers:

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  1. Accounting principles
  2. Assessing financial performance
  3. Cash flow analysis
  4. Interpreting financial statements
  5. Reading a balance sheet

All five can be obtained free on the net. It can be downloaded individually. The images look like this:

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All five can also be downloaded for free in one zip file. The image for this download will look like this:

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Here is where to get all five: http://www.free-management-ebooks.com/

Again, it is very easy to get the knowledge, without any sweat, if the interest and willpower is there and not overshadowed by self-enrichment ambitions.

All about Project Management can also be obtained free of charge here:

http://www.free-management-ebooks.com/skills-project.htm

Changing street and town names is only a waste of time and huge amounts of money. It does not contribute an inch to building a rainbow nation. The highest potential contribution to building a rainbow nation is locked up in character building and building higher moral values, all through continuous education, continuous learning and continuous upbringing principles. Upbringing principles already start from an early age before school-going age! It must start at home from parenting care and influence and not entirely left to school teachers.

If 63% of new-born black babies will never know who their fathers are, not even to speak about the high rate of rape occurrences, how can there ever be positive cultural growth?

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This is a picture of Vikings on the war path of centuries ago:

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The era of the barbaric Vikings stopped centuries ago.

Read all about the Vikings here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vikings and here: https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vikings.

Keep up to date on what goes on in South Africa: https://southafricatoday.net/

How Governments can make capitalistic systems to fail, can be viewed here.

It has been proven time and time again that the best for a country, with a  capitalistic system, is when the leader of that country has a qualification and background in Economics and not the Law. If the leader of a country does not have the preferred qualification, he/she must at least have a good ear for advice from competent Economic advisers!

The easiest way to earn a remuneration package of R 3 to R 5  million or more per year, as a totally incompetent person for the job, is to be employed in Government. It is only through the ANC, where a State-owned bank can go bankrupt through looting. Julius Malema will never learn a life lesson or an economic lesson. He should be banned to Siberia, Russia, North-Korea or even China (where they work up to 16 hours per shift, every day of the week) for a few lessons! His graduation program at the University of South Africa, was not a big help in Economics. 

If Jacob Zuma is found guilty of high treason, must he then not be sentenced to die before a firing squad as of old?

In the mind’s eye of the beholder, thinking of the African National Congress, reminds one of the saying “Bloated in the glory of authority”.

In a survey of a few years ago under black University students, the results indicated that more than 90% of them would prefer to be employed in Government and not in the Private Sector. The main reason given was that they could then also participate in the “get rich schemes” of looting and stealing. What a way to go for a Country!

What happened to the Code of Conduct for Civil Servants, which existed up to the end of 1993?  Flushed down the drain like everything else, from 1994 till today?

Listen to this radio interview about the 100 billion rand irregular spending since 2008 (corruption) at Escom:

500 Billion rand blown in ten years!

Just remember, there are more than 200 State-Owned Organisations like Escom.

High treason, High treason! How can any voter still vote for the ANC? Only when one is overwhelmed by ignorance and stupidity!

If a project can be looked upon as “urgent”, no tenders are necessary.  All government departments, in all government levels and government owned organisations misused this loophole for self-enrichment! All this crookedness without any preventative internal financial risk control measurements; nor any worry how it is going inside the organisation one is supposed to be in charge of.

Who was the Architect of this grand theft scheme?

All Government related organisations must be investigated for fraud and corruption and not only where such rumours have surfaced.

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Those culprits who participated in theft, demonstrated with those acts that they feel nothing for the millions of their jobless comrades struggling in poverty.

Corruption par excellence

Escom power tariffs should be 50% of what it is now!

The big question is this: Will Zuma escape or face jail sentence?

28 farm attacks, 1 farm murder in November 2018 in South Africa

A total of 28 Farm attacks, one farm murder and one foiled farm attack took place in South Africa during November 2018 alone. Here are the statistics: Gauteng – eight, Western Cape – five, Freestate – one, KZN – three, Limpopo – three, Mpumalanga – five, North West – four and in the Eastern Cape… Read more

See how the ANC miserably failed to live up to the promise of Nelson Mandela of “not boarding the gravy train” or “live like fat cats”:

The ANC proved they feel nothing for their brothers and sisters living in dire circumstances and poverty.


Let us now go to more positiveness in life:

Expert resources for parents and mentors to help raise young people’s self-esteem. To get more of these type of publications for free, just click the image below:

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“A person in a position of authority can only be as good as the subordinates can make him/her”.

Click the e-book image below to read the amazing revelations in a PDF file:

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The miracle of short interval control inside our performance management system:

The miracle of short interval control in accordance with the sergeant stripes principle, is that it opens up the opportunity for self-control and self-correction of deviations, on all levels, before a job position on a particular level has to report to the next higher level. It also minimises the control function and control frequency, by each consecutive higher level manager, so that supervision and control over subordinates become almost self-regulatory.

The great challenge for organisations is to progress from occasional backward looking performance appraisals based on historic performance, to regular forward looking performance management based on continuous corrective actions at a differentiating shorter control and planning time scale for each hierarchical level (planning, controlling and reporting according to the Sergeant Stripes Principle).

The strategic plan becomes alive through continuous short interval corrective actions.

So, we can rightfully name it as “The self-propelled performance management system”.

Quote: “Encourage and empower subordinates to empower yourself!”

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How to get higher marks in exams

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How to get higher marks in exams

Have you got an important test coming up that you really want to ace? Do you generally want to improve your grades? There are a number of tricks and practices which can significantly improve your chances of scoring high on a test. This article will help you in studying, analysing and solving exam questions, so read on!

1. Absorbing knowledge efficiently

1.1 Pay attention in your classes and concentrate. The best thing you can do to raise your test scores is to pay attention when you’re supposed to be learning the material: in class! Letting your mind wander or not showing up at all are both likely to make you miss out on key information that will later appear on tests.

1.2 Take good notes. This is important if you want to have an easier time studying later. Not only will writing the information down as you learn it help you in absorbing the information and paying attention, but you’ll have a reference for when you go to study later.

1.3 Do your homework. Homework, such as assignments and at-home reading are where you will find the rest of the information that will be on tests, so doing this homework is important. Schedule time and set aside a quiet place just for homework to help beat the procrastination blues.

1.4 Use mnemonics and other tricks. Various memory tricks really can be useful for remembering certain things like numbers, categories, and lists. Just make sure that you learn them correctly and don’t mix them up!

• Mnemonics are phrases which can help you remember the order of certain things. For example, “Katy Perry Came Over for Great Songs” is a great way to remember the biological classifications (Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species).
• Another memory trick is if you have to remember a string of numbers. Instead of trying to remember 2537610925, for example, break it up like a phone number: 253-761-0925. You can break up dates this way too. 14 Oct 1066 (the Battle of Hastings) can become a locker combination: 14-10-66.

1.5 Do practice tests. Ask your teacher or go online and print a few practice tests. Taking a practice test will help you figure out how much information you actually know vs how much information you think you know. Knowing your weak spots before a test is crucial!

2. Studying like a pro

2.1 Study frequently. Studying hard for only a few hours the night before the test isn’t going to help ensure perfect scores. If you really want to ace those exams, study old and new material every day, or at least several times a week. This will make test-taking a breeze.

• Take study breaks. When you study, make sure you take a 5-10 minute break after every 30 minutes of study. This will help keep your brain from getting overloaded and give it more time to absorb the information.
• On study breaks, try not to fill your brain with more information, even if that information is more about your favourite celebrity’s latest concert rather than Winston Churchill’s foreign policy.

2.2 Study according to your learning style. You may know that different people have different learning styles. Some people are visual learners, some people prefer sound, some need physical motion, and so on. Know how you learn best and work that into how you study.

• For example, if you learn better by physically doing things, try walking around while you study. If you learn better with sounds associated with the information, listen to music while you study. If you’re a visual learner, make a chart of the information you have to know.

2.3 Take advantage of sense memory. Your brain is pretty good at associating smells or sounds with ideas or memories. You should take advantage of this! While you’re studying, wear some unusual cologne or perfume (with a smell you don’t usually encounter) and then expose yourself to that smell again right before or during a test.

2.4 Listen to music . Your teacher probably won’t let you have headphones during a test, but you should at least listen to music, specifically classical music, right before taking a test.[1] Studies have proven that exposure to certain types of music right before rigorous mental activity can really help, by waking up your brain and increasing your awareness.

3. Preparing your body

3.1 Eat right. The most important thing is to eat, full stop. Being hungry during a test will distract you and make you tired. Don’t eat too soon before a test though, as some foods can make you tired. Instead, make sure you get a meal filled with lean protein before you have to take a test.

• Eating healthy will generally boost brain performance too, so make sure you’re always eating a healthy diet to help you learn all through school.

3.2 Sleep well. If you don’t sleep you won’t be able to focus when the pressure’s on! Make sure to go to bed early the night before a test, rather than staying up all night to study. Your brain won’t be able to hold on to all that crammed information anyway.

3.3 Have all the necessary supplies. Go to your test with all of the calculators, pens, pencils, blank paper, and other supplies you might need. Not having these things could mean you’ll have a much harder time!

3.4 Drink lots of water. Getting dehydrated during a test can be distracting and reduce your ability to think clearly. Stay hydrated before your test and bring a bottle of water with you to the test as well.

3.5 Don’t do anything different. If you aren’t used to drinking coffee, now is a bad time to start. Try not to do anything different in your basic routine the day of or the night before the test. This can really throw you off.

4. Acing the test

4.1 Write important things down first. As soon as the test starts, write down all formulas or other important information on some scratch paper before you start going through the questions. This will help keep you from blanking when you need that information later.

4.2 Do the problems you know first. Always do the fast, easy problems to which you know the answer first. This will help make sure that you get as much of the test done as possible. If you get stuck, just move on to the next problem that you can answer quickly.

4.3 Cross out the wrong answers. Once you’ve answered the questions you know, move on to the ones you’re not sure about. When you’re dealing with multiple choice questions, eliminating answers that you know are impossible or silly will help you better decide between the possible options.

4.4 Look for clues in the other questions. Sometimes the answer to a question can be contained within or hinted at in another question on the test. Look at other answers or questions to help jog your memory.

4.5 Never leave questions blank. Unless you’re docked for incorrect answers, never just leave a question blank. Especially if it’s multiple choice; you’ll at least have a 25% chance of getting the right answer.

• As mentioned above, this is where eliminating wrong answers will come in handy.

4.6 Pace yourself. This is important! Always keep track of how much time you have and try to use your time wisely. You can always go back to check or improve your answers later!

5. More study tips:

• Focus. When studying for your exam, be somewhere where there are no distractions. Also, make sure you have eaten and have had plenty of sleep, otherwise you could become tired and unfocused easily. Have no distracting things around you.
• Get rid of any unnecessary ‘time wasting mechanisms’ while studying. This includes TV, computer (only if you need Internet access), mobile phones, tablet, or even your siblings!
• Studying while containing fear inside yourself is a waste. Get rid of fear and any other possible bad feelings before studying.
• A good timetable will help you. You may organize it in such a way that a long/hard subject takes more space than a short/easy subject. Remember, however, that all subjects should be studied.
• Make notes while studying. Write a synopsis for your subject if you are studying it for the first time/ in the beginning of the school year. This will help you in the future examinations by allowing you to remember the contents of your subjects.
• Make a list of all the things you need to do to study for each subject, and how long you think it will take you. Use this information to make up a study timetable. Be certain that you have given yourself all the time you think you need, plus a little extra per subject, in your study plan. Also make sure your study plan has enough space in it, so if something comes up one day, you can shuffle around your plan so that you don’t lose study time.
• Study in a silent place, so that your mind won’t be distracted from what you’re studying.
• Never fret over lost marks in previous exams and get depressed. Instead, take a deep breath whenever you think about it, be optimistic and study well for upcoming exams. This will help you to do well in your exams.
• There is no shortcut to success. For this reason, you have to make a great deal of effort.
• Studying while having something in mind that you want to do is a waste of time. Do everything you want first then study; as your brain will not beg you to stop studying. However, if you have nothing in mind, then don’t play (for example) before studying – finish your job towards school and then enjoy in the rest of the day.
• Attempt the questions which you find easy first and then the ones that seem harder.
• Study in phases. Each phase should not exceed 40 minutes in time. Take a break after each phase (up to 20 minutes).
• Write clearly and be direct to the point. Don’t write any irrelevant information. Don’t wrap the right answer in a wrong answer. Write in full sentences. Don’t expect the examiner to link your sentences, fill in the space or any other thing. Think that the examiner is your little brother, and you are explaining to him.
• Each subject has a unique way of preparing, studying and answering its questions. Some competitive exams (university exams, for example) need a long and complex preparation, while your school exams may need preparation of one or two weeks.
• When you are preparing for a test or exam- forget about the actual test or an exam and just know that what you are doing exactly.
• Never try to study at the last moment, because it doesn’t work and you will forget everything that you learned in the past 2 hours.
• Make sure you are studying in a place with bright light. It will make you feel fresh.
• Never try to cheat in exam or any type of test.
• Have a good night’s sleep and wake up early in the morning to go over the topic. This helps refresh your mind, helping you consume information easier rather than going it over at night when your mind is tired.
• Don’t use cell phones and social media while studying, even when you are on a break.
• Search the internet for some good tips for studying and jot them down in a notebook or a piece of paper.

6. Warnings

• Do not be overconfident. If you are, then your grades will slip. For example, you get 95/100 in you maths exam, and if you think you don’t need to study, your second exam you will get 80/100.
• Never try to cheat. You are very likely to get caught, which would result in a zero. Be confident. Believe in yourself. If you have the attitude to do well, then you will!

Source: https://www.wikihow.com/Get-Higher-Marks-in-Exams

More free study tips:

https://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/health-and-support/exam-preparation-ten-study-tips

https://www.examtime.com/blog/study-hacks/

https://www.wikihow.com/Study-For-Exams

http://www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/studying-training/studying-tips-resources/top-10-exam-tips

https://student.unsw.edu.au/studying-exams

https://blog.suny.edu/2013/12/scientifically-the-best-ways-to-prepare-for-final-exams/

https://www.howtostudy.com/study-smart-before-exams/

https://www.daniel-wong.com/2015/08/17/study-smart/

https://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/exams/exam-study-tips/exam-study-tips

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Here’s another excellent article: https://oneclass.com/blog/not-listed/119163-how-to-write-exams-25-successful-exam-techniques-for-multiple-choice-essay-and-quantitative-exams.en.html

No matter how intensive and hard you search, the best study techniques on the planet is right here under your nose. It is the first priority for a better lifelong career path for all young people.

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Review of how to score high in exams training manual.

The title of the training manual is “How to attain high scores in tests and examinations at High School, College and University”.

The success of a memorisation technique, depends on how strong it can build chemical brain bridges for increased brain retention and brain recalling abilities.

This is the first priority for any young pupil or student to a career path into the future.

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Review of the art of public speaking self-training course

The self-training course consists of a 275 pages training manual and 50 audio’s.

Thousands of politicians and businessmen from many countries attended this very same face-to-face workshop course.

The only difference is that it is now a self-training distance training course.

Course benefits:

By: Dale Carnegie (1888-1955): “A great start to shaking off public speaking jitters, socializing and mastering the art of small talk”.

The principles of public speaking written by Dale Carnegie decades ago in this book are timeless. They are just as effective in working a crowd in today’s society as they were back then. He delves into ways of commanding and charming an audience with the right energy, tone of voice, pitch, pronunciation and vocabulary. Armed with the principles highlighted in this book, you can do more than convey a message to a group of people, you can move them.

Carnegie gives useful advice and hints on public speaking stating that when you have something to say, are adequately prepared and have mastered an audience then public speaking success is eminent. He delivers a topic by topic approach offering solutions to common public speaking problems. Moreover, each chapter features practice questions and exercises to help the reader understand the subject better.

By reading this book, you can acquire confidence before an audience; efficiently convey your message by inflection, change of pace, emphasis and subordination. You can learn to influence people through exposition, description, narration, suggestion, argument and persuasion.

Throughout the book there are numerous quotes and references from influential individuals and institutions to emphasize the subject. The book is also riddled with numerous stories and examples to expound on the subject and to paint a picture in the reader’s mind on what constitutes an effective public speaker as well as what kind of speech is considered effective.

Many people who think they are good public speakers are left in doubt after reading this book. ‘The Art of Public Speaking’ is an essential tool to help you learn to work a crowd, leave them charmed and hanging onto your every word.

Dale Carnegie’s classic book The Art of Public Speaking is chock full of timeless tips of practical public speaking wisdom as relevant and true today as they were when the text was first published in 1915. The Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie and Joseph B. Esenwein is a manual for people who have to speak in public, and it is still in use today. Whether the occasion in question is sharing travel experiences with friends, a toast for newly-weds, or a public debate, the tips and tricks collected in this book will come handy anywhere.

The book describes how to make effective use of one’s voice and gestures, how to gain and convey confidence in front of a large audience, and which methods to use to convert the listeners to one’s own cause. Each chapter contains examples and a list of practice exercises. The last 15 sections are real speeches by famous men to function as a study aid.

Dale Carnegie, author of the legendary How to Win Friends and Influence People, began his career as the premier “life coach” of the twentieth century by teaching the art of public speaking.

Public speaking, as Carnegie saw it, is a vital skill that can be attained through basic and repeated steps.

This is an intensive and thoroughly tested course to help the business and professional man in his speaking, both public and in private. The course has aided thousands of business and professional men to become creditable speakers, many of whom were formerly unable to say half a dozen sentences effectively when facing an audience. This course has developed men.

It has increased their faith and vision, and shown them how to use their latent forces to the fullest possible extent. It has made leaders out of many who were previously only mute followers.

Dale Carnegie Training shows how the tried and tested Dale Carnegie principles are still relevant in today’s digital world. Since 1912, business professionals and organizations have turned to Dale Carnegie’s powerful books and winning interactive seminars to help them reach new levels of success.

Dale Carnegie Training’s professional corporate, leadership, and teambuilding training courses, offered online and in the classroom will help your organizational development program meet your business needs.

The art of public speaking:

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Table of contents for “The art of public speaking” (275 pages, 32 chapters and 18 appendixes):
Foreword
Chapter 1 – Acquiring confidence before an audience
Chapter 2 – The sin of monotony
Chapter 3 – Efficiency through emphasis and subordination
Chapter 4 – Efficiency through change of pitch
Chapter 5 – Efficiency through change of pace
Chapter 6 – Pause and power
Chapter 7 – Efficiency through inflection
Chapter 8 – Concentration in delivery
Chapter 9 – Force
Chapter 10 – Feeling and enthusiasm
Chapter 11 – Fluency through preparation
Chapter 12 – The voice
Chapter 13 – Voice charm
Chapter 14 – Distinctness and precision of utterance
Chapter 15 – The truth about gesture
Chapter 16 – Methods of delivery
Chapter 17 – Thought and reserve power
Chapter 18 – Subject and preparation
Chapter 19 – Influencing by exposition
Chapter 20 – Influencing by description
Chapter 21 – Influencing by narration
Chapter 22 – Influencing by suggestion
Chapter 23 – Influencing by argument
Chapter 24 – Influencing by persuasion
Chapter 25 – Influencing the crowd
Chapter 26 – Riding the winged horse
Chapter 27 – Growing a vocabulary
Chapter 28 – Memory training
Chapter 29 – Right thinking and personality
Chapter 30 – After-dinner and other occasional speaking
Chapter 31 – Making conversation effective
App. A: 50 Questions for Debate
App. B: 30 Themes for Speeches with Source-References
App. C: Suggestive Subjects for Speeches; Hints for Treatment
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – Newell Dwight Hillis
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – Henry Watterson
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – John Morley
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – Robert Toombs
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – Theodore Roosevelt
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – Alton B. Parker
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – John W. Wescott
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – Henry W. Grady
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – William Mc. Kinley
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – John Hay
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – William Jennings Bryan
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – Rufus Choate
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – Albert J. Beveridge
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – Russell Conwell
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – Victor Hugo

Dale Carnegie’s Top 10 Tips for Improving Your Social Skills, by HENRIK EDBERG

“The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesus. And I put them in a book. If you don’t like their rules, whose would you use?”

“Who was Dale Carnegie?” you may wonder. Well, he was a guy that was born 110 years ago. He died in 1955. He was a rich man, a very successful man.

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“Forget yourself by becoming interested in others. Do every day a good deed that will put a smile of joy on someone’s face.” – Dale Carnegie, the very first person in history to initiate, lead and do research on human interrelationships.

He wrote a little book called “How to Win Friends and Influence People”. It went on to sell over 30 million copies. It still sells today and is probably one of the best books on how to improve your social skills.

Carnegie then continued to write more books and to create courses on how to interact with people, on how to make friends and on how to gain influence. Her are a few of the books:

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In this article I’ll explore 10 of my favourite tips from Dale Carnegie. And as the opening quote says, these tips have been time-tested for the last few hundreds or thousands of years. They are pretty solid:

1. Create your own emotions.

“If you want to be enthusiastic, act enthusiastic.”

Emotions work backwards too. You can use that to your advantage. If you are stuck in a negative emotion then you can often shake it off. Change your body – how you move, sit and stand – and act as you would like to feel. Enthusiasm and other positive emotions are much more useful and pleasurable for everyone in an interaction. Because…

2. It’s not so much about the logical stuff.

“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.”

This is so key. Logic is good but in the end, in interactions and in life, we are emotional creatures. We send and receive emotions from other people. That is one reason why body language and voice tonality is often said be up to 93% of communication. Now, those numbers were for some specific situations but I still believe that these two ways of communication are very, very important.

The body language and the voice tonality is a bit like the rest of the iceberg, the great mass below the tip of the words we use. Those two things communicate how we are feeling and give indication to what we are thinking. And that’s why it’s important to be able to change how you feel. To be in a positive mood while interacting. Because that will have a great impact on how you say something and how you use your body. And those two things will have a big impact on your results and relationships.

3. Three things you are better off avoiding.

“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.”

Now these things may not be easy to avoid all together. Much of our interactions and perhaps even bonds are created and maintained through those three negative C’s. There is a sort of twisted pleasure in criticising, condemning and complaining. It might make you feel more important and like a better person as you see yourself as a victim or as you condemn other people’s behaviour.

But in the end these three C’s are negative and limiting to your life. Bringing up negative stuff and wallowing in it will lower your mood, motivation and general levels of wellbeing. And this can trap you in a negative spiral of complaining, complaining with other complainers and always finding faults in your reality.

You will also be broadcasting and receiving negative emotions. And people in general want to feel good. So this can really put an obstacle in the way for your interactions or relationships.

4. What is most important?

“The royal road to a man’s heart is to talk to him about the things he treasures most.”

Classic advice. Don’t talk too much about yourself and your life. Listen to other people instead. However, if they ramble on and on, if they don’t reciprocate and show and interest in your life then you don’t have to stay.

Some things people may treasure the most include ideas, children, a special hobby and the job. And…

5. Focus outward, not inward.

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”

A lot of people use the second, far less effective way. It is appealing because it’s about instant gratification and about ME, ME, ME! The first way – to become interested in people – perhaps works better because it make you a pleasant exception and because the law of reciprocity is strong in people. As you treat people, they will treat you. Be interested in them and they will be interested in you.

I would like to add that one hard thing about this can be to be genuinely interested in the other guy/gal. Your genuine interest is projected though your body language and tonality. So, just waiting for the other person to stop talking so you can talk again isn’t really genuine interest. And that may shine through. And so your interactions will suffer.

6. Take control of your emotions.

“The person who seeks all their applause from outside has their happiness in another’s keeping.”

It wrote about this problem a few days ago in 9 Great Ways to Make Yourself Absolutely Miserable. And it basically consist of being too reliant or dependent on external validation from other people. External validation is something someone communicates to you that tells you that you are person of value. That you, for example, are pretty, smart or successful.

This leaves much of your emotions in the hands of other people. It becomes an emotional rollercoaster. One day you feel great. The next day you feel like just staying in bed.

But if you fill that inner cup of validation for yourself instead then you take over the wheel. Now you’re driving, now you control how you feel. You can still appreciate compliments of course, but you aren’t dependent on them.

This will make you more emotionally stable and enables you to cultivate and build your emotional muscles in a more controlled way. You can for instance help yourself to become more optimistic or enthusiastic more of the time. This stability and growth can be big help in your relationships.

7. No, they are not holding you back.

“Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire.”

Caring too much about what people think will create and feed imaginary monsters within your mind. You may for instance think that people will condemn you if you try something. Maybe they will. But most of the time people are thinking about their own challenges and ups and downs. They just don’t care that much about what you do.

This may feel disappointing. It can also be liberating. It helps you remove inner obstacles that are you holding yourself back.

As you, bit by bit or in one big swoop, release those inner brakes you become more of yourself. You become more confident, you have a better chance at success, and you will feel more positive feelings and less negative ones. All these things can give a big boost to your interactions and help you sharpen those social skills.

8. So, what’s in it for me?

“There is only one way… to get anybody to do anything. And that is by making the other person want to do it.”

If you want someone to do something then will they care about your motivation for getting this thing done? Perhaps. Often they will not have that great of an interest in what you want out of something.

They want to know what they will get out of it. So, for the both of you to get what you want out of something tell that person what’s in it for him/her. And try to be genuine and positive about it. A reason for them to do it delivered in a lame, half-assed manner may not be so persuasive. And so you both lose.

9. How to win an argument.

“The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.”

Getting two egos wrapped up in an argument, having two sides defending their positions desperately, will not improve relationships. You are more likely to feel negative feelings towards each other long after the argument is over. And so you both wallow in negativity and you both lose. When possible, just avoiding unnecessary arguments is a win-win situation.

10. It’s about more than your words.

“There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.”

I often feel that there is a bit too much emphasis on the third way of contact (what we say). Don’t forget about the rest. Most people stereotype people at their first meeting. They might not want to but it is a way for their – and perhaps your – mind to organize impressions and people. So think about how you look. Think about how you make first impressions. Think about your body language. And how you are saying your sentences.

Think about how you feel because that will be reflected out into the world. And the world will often reflect back something similar.

DALE CARNEGIE’S SECRETS OF SUCCESS

A. Principles from How to Win Friends and Influence People
A1. Become a Friendlier Person
1. Don’t criticize, condemn or complain.
2. Give honest, sincere appreciation.
3. Arouse in the other person an eager want.
4. Become genuinely interested in other people.
5. Smile.
6. Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
7. Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
8. Talk in terms of the other person’s interests.
9. Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely.

A2. Win People to Your Way of Thinking
10. The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
11. Show respect for the other person’s opinion. Never say, “You’re wrong.”
12. If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.
13. Begin in a friendly way.
14. Get the other person saying “yes, yes” immediately.
15. Let the other person do a great deal of the talking.
16. Let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers.
17. Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view.
18. Be sympathetic with the other person’s ideas and desires.
19. Appeal to the nobler motives.
20. Dramatize your ideas.
21. Throw down a challenge.

A3. Be a Leader
22. Begin with praise and honest appreciation.
23. Call attention to people’s mistakes indirectly.
24. Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person.
25. Ask questions instead of giving direct orders.
26. Let the other person save face.
27. Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement. Be “hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise.”
28. Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to.
29. Use encouragement. Make the fault seem easy to correct.
30. Make the other person happy about doing the thing you suggest.
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B. Principles from How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
B1. Fundamental Principles for Overcoming Worry
1. Live in “day tight compartments.”
2. How to face trouble:
a. Ask yourself, “What is the worst that can possibly happen?”
b. Prepare to accept the worst.
c. Try to improve on the worst.
3. Remind yourself of the exorbitant price you can pay for worry in terms of your health.

B2. Basic Techniques in Analyzing Worry
4. Get all the facts.
5. Weigh all the facts — then come to a decision.
6. Once a decision is reached, act!
7. Write out and answer the following questions:
a. What is the problem?
b. What are the causes of the problem?
c. What are the possible solutions?
d. What is the best possible solution?

B3. Break the Worry Habit Before It Breaks You
8. Keep busy.
9. Don’t fuss about trifles.
10. Use the law of averages to outlaw your worries.
11. Cooperate with the inevitable.
12. Decide just how much anxiety a thing may be worth and refuse to give it more.
13. Don’t worry about the past.

B4. Cultivate a Mental Attitude that will Bring You Peace and Happiness
14. Fill your mind with thoughts of peace, courage, health and hope.
15. Never try to get even with your enemies.
16. Expect ingratitude.
17. Count your blessings — not your troubles.
18. Do not imitate others.
19. Try to profit from your losses.
20. Create happiness for others.

B5. The Perfect Way to Conquer Worry
21. Pray.

B6. Don’t Worry about Criticism
22. Remember that unjust criticism is often a disguised compliment.
23. Do the very best you can.
24. Analyze your own mistakes and criticize yourself.

B7. Prevent Fatigue and Worry and Keep Your Energy and Spirits High
25. Rest before you get tired.
26. Learn to relax at your work.
27. Protect your health and appearance by relaxing at home.
28. Apply these four good working habits:
a) Clear your desk of all papers except those relating to the immediate problem at hand.
b) Do things in the order of their importance.
c) When you face a problem, solve it then and there if you have the facts necessary to make a decision.
d) Learn to organize, deputize and supervise.
29. Put enthusiasm into your work.
30. Don’t worry about insomnia.

Leadership development quotes from Dale Carnegie:

“If we want to find happiness, let’s stop thinking about gratitude or ingratitude and give for the inner joy of giving.” – Dale Carnegie

“Remember that the other man may be totally wrong. But he doesn’t think so. Don’t condemn him. Any fool can do that try to understand him. Only wise, tolerant, exceptional men even try to do that. There is a reason why the other man thinks and acts as he does. Ferret out that hidden reason-and you have the key to his actions, perhaps to his personality. Try honestly to put yourself in his place.” – Dale Carnegie

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people, than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. Which is just another way of saying that the way to make a friend is to be one.” -Dale Carnegie

“One of the surest ways of making a friend and influencing the opinion of another is to give consideration to his opinion, to let him sustain his feeling of importance.” – Dale Carnegie

“This is a hurried age we’re living in. If you’ve got anything to say, say it quickly, get to the point and stop, and give the other man a chance to talk.” – Dale Carnegie

“Make a man laugh a good hearty laugh, and you’ve paved the way for friendship. When a man laughs with you, he, to some extent, likes you.” – Dale Carnegie

“Do you know the most important trait a man can have? It is not executive ability; it is not a great mentality; it is not kindliness, nor courage, nor a sense of humor, though each of these is of tremendous importance. In my opinion, it is the ability to make friends, which, boiled down, means the ability to see the best in man.” – Dale Carnegie

“We ought to be modest, for neither you nor I amount to much. Both of us will pass on and be completely forgotten a century from now. Life is too short to bore other people with talk of our petty accomplishments. Let’s encourage them to talk instead.” – Dale Carnegie

“Actions speak louder than words, and a smile says, “I like you. You make me happy. I am glad to see you.” That is why dogs make such a hit. They are so glad to see us that they almost jump out of their skins. So, naturally, we are glad to see them. An insincere grin? No. that doesn’t fool anybody. We know it is mechanical and we resent it. I am talking about a real smile, a heart-warming smile, a smile that comes from within, the kind of smile that will bring a good price in the market place.” – Dale Carnegie

“Let’s cease thinking of our accomplishments, our wants. Let’s try to figure out the other man’s good points. Then forget flattery. Give honest, sincere appreciation. Be “hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise,” and people will cherish your words and treasure them and repeat them over a lifetime-repeat them years after you have forgotten them.” – Dale Carnegie

“If you and I want to stir up a resentment tomorrow that may rankle across the decades and endure until death, just let us indulge in a little stinging criticism-no matter how certain we are that it is justified. When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity.” – Dale Carnegie

“If you can be kind and considerate for one day, then you can be for another. It won’t cost you a penny in the world. Begin today.” – Dale Carnegie

“Forget yourself by becoming interested in others. Do every day a good deed that will put a smile of joy on someone’s face.” – Dale Carnegie

”There is only one way under high heaven to get the best of an argument – and that is to avoid it. Avoid it as you would avoid rattlesnakes and earthquakes. Nine times out of ten, an argument ends with each of the contestants being more firmly convinced than ever that he is absolutely right. You can’t win an argument. You can’t because if you lose it, you lose it; and if you win it, you lose it. Why? Well, suppose you triumph over the other man and shoot his argument full of holes and prove that he is non compos mentis. Then what? You will feel fine. But what about him? You have made him feel inferior. You have hurt his pride. He will resent your triumph.” – Dale Carnegie

“The sweetest sound to a man’s ears is his name” – Dale Carnegie

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Biography: Dale Carnegie was born in 1888 in Missouri, USA and was educated at Warrensburg State Teachers College. As a salesman and aspiring actor, he travelled to New York and began teaching communications classes to adults at the YMCA. In 1912, the world-famous Dale Carnegie Course was born.

He authored several best-sellers, including How to Win Friends and Influence People and How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. Over 50 million copies of Mr. Carnegie’s books have been printed and published in 38 languages.

Mr. Carnegie was a prominent lecturer of his day and a sought-after counsellor to world leaders. He wrote newspaper columns and had his own daily radio show.

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Isolation in self-identity of self in society
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Motivation for self-identity
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Feelings for self-identity
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Stressed for self-identity
Confidence in self-identity
Components of self-identity
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Fruits of the self-identity of self in society
Life and self-identity
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Both sides of self-identity in society
Gaining of self-identity in society
New age in self-identity
Opens doors for self-identity in society
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Society in self-identity of self
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1. Distance education programs:

Distance education can be defined as an education program imparted by an educational institution, beyond the barriers of its campus and taken by a student outside the walls of an educational institution. Distance education is a medium that connects students to the educational institutions of the world.

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2. The benefits of online home learning:

While there are all kinds of benefits that are associated with learning and furthering your educational goals there are even more benefits to those who wish to pursue online home learning in order to achieve those goals. I hope you will find that many of these benefits are quite enlightening and carefully consider whether or not online home learning for your secondary education needs will be in your best interests.

2.1 Convenience.

This is a word we are quite familiar with. Right along with instant gratification. We are a society of people who have lived with drive-thru banking and fast food and are rapidly moving in the direction of drive-thru pharmacies and dry cleaning. We live in a fast paced world and when we can work education into our busy schedules and on our own terms, we find that this is something we tend to like a lot. There is a growing number of online classes and students, as more and more professionals decide to further their degrees and their careers with this method of education, which is more convenient for many.

2.2 Flexibility.

You can take these classes or do the work during your lunch break, while the kids are practicing soccer, or while cooking dinner (depending of course on how well you multi-task). You do not need to be in the classroom every night at 6:00 pm for the next five years in order to get the same degree of education. This by no means indicates that you will not have to do the work. The work will not change nor will the fact that you have a limited time in which to complete the work. What will change is that you will have the option of doing the work in the morning, afternoon, or after those 2 a.m. feedings when you can’t seem to get back to sleep.

2.3 Location.

There isn’t enough that can really be said about this. Online education comes to you wherever you happen to be able to connect to the Internet. Whether you are at home, at work, or your favourite Internet café you can have the convenience of taking your work with you and enjoying the environment in which you are completing your work.

2.4 Less Expensive.

No more convenience meals, childcare expenses, or gas guzzling trips to a college campus that thirty minutes away. You can now enjoy in your own home the benefits of an education without many of the financial hardships that are often associated with attending college. Internet access seems like such a small price to pay when compared with all the reasons mentioned above.

2.5 Improve online abilities.

Believe it or not, online courses help you brush up your online abilities. Seriously. You will be better at dealing with email, bulletin boards, online research, and you will learn countless other skills along the way that you probably never realized had anything to do with the courses you are actually taking-because they don’t. In other words, you are getting more of an education than you bargained for when it comes to online home learning.

2.6 Individual attention.

Online students often have more one-on-one interaction with their professors than students in a classroom. The online classroom is virtual and correspondence through email is essential in this particular learning environment. For this reason it is quite possible that your professors will know more about you and your learning patterns and needs than they will know about most of the students they see two or three times a week in their classrooms.

2.7 Self-improvement and self-development.

Any type of online home learning or home learning by any other means, is equivalent to self-improvement and self-development. Quote: “Formal education will make one a living. Self-education will make one a fortune.” – Jim Rohn

2.8 Self-improvement in team leadership skills. 

Development of team leadership skills is one of the the most neglected development areas in most organisations worldwide.

When there is an economic growth period or an organisation expansion period, it becomes easier to fulfil the needs of the new generation (referred to as millennials) for development and promotion.

However, it is not so easy for organisations or employers to fulfil the needs of the new generation, especially if economic conditions or organisation financial conditions are in a state of stagnation, slow growth or a downward spiral.

If a person of the new generation has ambitions to be vertically promoted inside an existing organisation, the only way to achieve those ambitions is through improvement of qualifications.

If a person is already highly qualified in a vocational technical direction, the only other options may be self-improvement in management principles or team leadership principles and skills, either through internal training opportunities or external training courses.

For development and promotion to happen for a person, there are the extra conditions of available opportunities (job openings) and recognition (proven competencies to the employer), which must also be present.

If the opportunity, together with the necessary recognition from an existing employer, takes too long, the only remaining alternatives are to fulfil those ambitions through one of the following:

2.8.1 horizontal promotion into other external organisations;

2.8.2 a change in career paths; or

2.8.3 starting a business as owner or shareholder.

However, self-improvement in team leadership skills will dramatically increase the chances of vertical (existing employer) and horizontal (external employers) job promotion, as well as business owner success, in any economic cycle, as competitors with these skills are relatively few.

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Successful leadership actions to improve organisations

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We look at activities that leaders must regularly undertake in order to ensure the success of their organisations.

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Analysing the operating environments:

Ensuring successful analysis:

Analysing the operating environments on a regular basis, and additionally when major changes occur; using legal and ethical means to gather information; using experienced specialists to gather and analyse the information; using an appropriate range of information gathering tools and techniques; gathering information from an appropriate range of sources; ensuring that forecasts, trends, predictions, are supported by sufficient evidence. The objective is to carry out an analysis that provides the organisation with a clear picture of the current environment in which it operates, and a forecast of impending changes. This will enable the leaders of the organisation to make changes to existing operational objectives in response to the findings on the current situation, and to longer term plans in preparation for the predicted changes. A thorough analysis should be carried out at least annually, with quarterly reviews. This will ensure that the leaders of the organisation are fully informed at all times, and are equipped with information that will enable them to respond appropriately to any changes which impact on the organisation.

1. Analysing the external environment:

Identifying the components and the boundaries of the external environment in which the organisation operates; considering the current political, economic, social, technological, and environmental situation; gathering appropriate, sufficient, reliable, and valid information; identifying and evaluating trends; evaluating the impact of current influences on the organisation; forecasting the impact of potential changes on the organisation. The objective here is to gather information which highlights or predicts changes in the world in which the organisation operates. There are many thousands of local and international influences and forces which impact on the organisation. Indicative examples include demographic changes, cultural changes, and social behaviour changes, all of which can lead to changes in customer markets and buying patterns. Another example is a potential or forecast change in a technology which could end demand for certain products or services. For almost any organisation, of any size, and in any sector, gathering and analysing this type of information is critical.

2. Evaluating competitor behaviour:

Identifying current and potential competitor organisations; gathering appropriate information on current and forecast competitor activity; evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of individual current competitors; considering the potential impact of new entrants or changes in competitor behaviour. The purpose of this is straightforward. Competitors are, by default, competing for the same customers, and if they are worthy competitors, they will be carrying out the same type of analytical activity, and responding to their findings. Competitor activity can be a vital component of the information gathered, as it indicates how similar organisations are responding to current and forecast changes.

3. Considering the needs of stakeholders:

Identifying all stakeholders, within and outside the organisation; evaluating the importance of support from each stakeholder group; consulting with stakeholders to identify and understand their needs; explaining to stakeholders the organisation’s strategies and values; resolving conflicts and misunderstandings through discussion. The aim of this activity is to ensure that the needs of the stakeholders are known, and their views taken into consideration. Stakeholders can include operational staff, managers, trade unions, shareholders, suppliers, customers, clients, sponsors, funding organisations, partner organisations, local government departments, and local or national media. There can also be sector-specific stakeholders, such as relatives of patients, in the hospital sector, local residents affected by major construction projects, or parents of schoolchildren.

4. Evaluate the internal condition of the organisation:

Analysing the organisation’s current internal condition; carrying out a review of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. The aim is to build a detailed picture of the current condition of the organisation, in terms of its internal health. This should be comprehensive, looking at all internal aspects of the organisation, including for example, the physical location(s) in which it operates, condition of buildings, equipment, vehicles, plant, funding, operational performance, recruitment, retention, training and development, policies, procedures, products, services and so on.

5. Adjusting current strategies:

Considering the findings of the analysis activities, and then evaluating current strategies and direction against these; consulting with specialists and key stakeholders about the proposed changes; adjusting current strategies and strategic objectives or replacing them with new ones; implementing a management system that will monitor, control, and adjust where necessary, the new strategies. The objective here is clear. To survive, the organisation must have in place appropriate strategies. Unless strategic direction, specific strategies, and their related objectives, are regularly evaluated, maintained and adjusted, the ability to compete will deteriorate and eventually the organisation will fail.6.

6. Adjusting systems and structures:

Evaluating the appropriateness of the current systems and structures in meeting the demands of the new strategies; consulting with all affected stakeholders on proposed changes; planning and implementing changes to operational, quality, and cultural systems, policies, procedures, and structures; implementing procedures to monitor, control, and adjust these as necessary. The purpose of this is to put in place an appropriate infrastructure that will support the new strategic and operational objectives. Unless this infrastructure is compatible with, and supports the achievement of, these objectives, the strategies will run into difficulties and almost certainly fail.

7. Adjusting current operational objectives:

Adjusting operational objectives and activity in response to the changes in strategic direction; implementing an appropriate quality assurance management system to maintain operational quality standards; implementing procedures to monitor, control, and adjust operational activity and objectives as necessary. Operational activity must support and help achieve the strategic objectives. It is extremely damaging, if not fatal, to allow operational activity to continue unchanged, when the strategic direction and objectives of the organisation have changed.

8. Adjusting personnel capabilities:

Comparing the current and potential performance capability of key individuals and teams against the forecast performance requirements; improving personnel capability by re-training and development where appropriate; replacing individuals and teams where necessary; implementing an individual and team appraisal and development system. The aim of this activity is to ensure that, at all levels, the best possible individuals and teams are in place to support and help achieve the organisation’s goals. Without the right people the strategies will fail. 

In summary:

Analysing the environment in which the organisation operates is the most critically important activity that the organisation’s leaders undertake. It represents the sole purpose of the leaders, that is to ensure that the organisation is taking the most appropriate strategic direction and is equipped with the optimum resources needed to be successful in achieving its objectives. High quality information is critical to the success of the organisation, and information about the changes and challenges facing the organisation in the future is the most valuable of all.

Strategic planning is regarded as a scientifically researched technique or tool, to enhance leadership competencies. The strategic planning technique, with its SWOT analysis, can also work for improvement of a subsidiary, department, section or even single career planning by individuals. See our leadership development training modules for members on the home page.

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The miracle of short interval control inside our performance management system:

The miracle of short interval control in accordance with the sergeant stripes principle, is that it opens up the opportunity for self-control and self-correction of deviations, on all levels, before a job position on a particular level has to report to the next higher level. It also minimises the control function and control frequency, by each consecutive higher level manager, so that supervision and control over subordinates become almost self-regulatory.

The great challenge for organisations is to progress from occasional backward looking performance appraisals based on historic performance, to regular forward looking performance management based on continuous corrective actions at a differentiating shorter control and planning time scale for each hierarchical level (planning, controlling and reporting according to the Sergeant Stripes Principle).

The strategic plan becomes alive through continuous short interval corrective actions.

So, we can rightfully name it as “The self-propelled performance management system”.

This system creates the following miraculous human capital changes automatically: 360 degree employee attitude turnaround, eagerness to excel increases tenfold, inspiration to apply own initiative for timely improvements suddenly increases, dedication rises sky-high and improvement success creates employee self-satisfaction.

A strategic plan must have its own lively, beating heart – otherwise the effort becomes a complete waste of time.

“Encourage and empower subordinates to empower yourself!”.

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