“If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat. We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of the change that is happening in our Industry. The most pressing task is to motivate & teach our people how to learn also.”
Training Topics: Planning for Business Success, Basic Business Boosters, Becoming a better Leader, Preparing for Success, Trying a new Focus
The World of “E” Training. There’s no shortage of lifelong learners in the world of small businesses & startups, but finding the time to extend yourself for Training, while also steering the ship of a growing business can seem next to impossible. There are hundreds of opportunities for professional development training out there, but even the task of wading through online courses to find the quality options can take hours. That’s where we come in: whether you’re after business planning tools or social media training, leadership development or insights into an entirely new topic, here are 16 free Online training courses ready for you to dive in and develop your skills. Most only take a few hours a week, and many are self-directed so you can work through the program without having to wait for anyone else.
Topic A. Planning for Success in your Business
Online Business: Planning for Success Provider: RMIT
Focus: A four-week program to test your idea for an online business and work out how it will fit into the broader market. Lessons include customer profiling techniques, planning tools & global regulations for online businesses.
Time commitment: Two hours a week for four weeks
Social Media Analytics: Using Data to Understand Public Conversations
Provider: Queensland University of Technology
Focus: Learn how to track Social Media data related to your business, how to distinguish Trends when looking at social data, and understand theories of social networks.
Time commitment: Three hours per week for three weeks.
Cyber-Security for Small & Medium Business Provider: Deakin University
Focus: Consider the most common methods Hackers are using day-to-day, as well as the preventative measures you can take in your business. The course will draw on case studies including the Panama Papers leaks.
Time commitment: Three hours per week for two weeks
Project Risk Assessment Provider: University of Michigan
Focus: Those wanting to take a dive into Statistical Modeling & Data Analytics could benefit from this course, which focuses on theories of Risk and how to use Statistics to understand and measure potential Risk in projects your company undertakes.
Time commitment: 30-40 hours of self-paced learning
Topic B. Basic Business Boosters
Social Enterprise — turning ideas into action Provider: Middlesex University
Focus: A four-week course exploring different Business Models for Social Entrepreneurship, how to Pitch a Social Enterprise idea and develop your concept to secure funding.
Time commitment: Four hours a week for three weeks
The Sharing economy – Business Future, Provider: RMIT
Focus: Consider the explosion of the Sharing Economy businesses through this course, including the regulatory concerns that could affect your own business in this space.
Time commitment: Two hours a week for three weeks.
Topic C. Becoming a better Team Leader
Sustainable business through “Green HR” Provider: RMIT
Focus: Human Resources is increasingly becoming about sustainability and “green” practices. This course digs into ideas of self-interest & social responsibility; How to create a sustainable business model and how HR departments fit into that goal.
Time commitment: Two hours per week for three weeks.
Management & Leadership: Leading a Team. Provider: The Open University
Focus: A four-week course to introduce Business Owners to theories about managing Stakeholders, making a case for change & managing a team effectively.
Time commitment: Three hours per week for four weeks
Topic D: Preparing yourself for Success
The Science of Happiness – Provider: UC Berkeley
Focus: Happier business owners are often more successful, according to the experts, but do you know how to get there? Berkeley’s eight-week course delves into questions like why happiness matters, the role empathy plays in long-term satisfaction, as well as what science has discovered about human satisfaction. The aim is to increase your own happiness with this knowledge, whatever your goals.
Time commitment: Four hours a week for eight weeks.
Mindfulness for Well-being & Peak Performance Provider: Monash University
Focus: An introduction to the concept of Mindfulness and how you can use it to boost performance at work and in your personal life. Entrepreneurs can enroll to learn how to mindfully manage “stress”, as well as finding out more about the relationship between mindfulness & memory + being introduced to ideas of mindful communication at work.
Time commitment: Three hours a week for four weeks.
Professional Resilience: [Bouncing back] Building skills to Survive & Thrive
Provider: Deakin University
Focus: Building resilience skills & capabilities, how to build self-care practices into your life, and how to build “resilient values”.
Time commitment: Three hours per week for two weeks.
Topic E. Trying a New Focus
Philosophy & Critical Thinking Provider: University of Queensland
Focus: Looking at your business in a new light can be invaluable for progress, and this course takes you through the basics of how Philosophical thought can help you think with more “clarity & robust” about the things that are really important.
Time commitment: One to four hours per week for four weeks.
Comments: Do you know any other Training Courses – that you would recommend?
from Smart Company Zine 01 Dec 17 enhanced by Peter/CXO Wiz4.biz
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