Podcast: How to Be a Courageous Leader with John Eades

Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality. ” CS Lewis

In season 21 episode 10, John Eades covers the all-important topic of courage in leadership.

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In the show he covers:

– A great story of courage in leadership

– Why courage is met at your testing point

– The 5 areas courage is needed in leadership

– How to build courage

– Why mindset matters

– One question every leader needs to ask themselves to be more courageous

– Why hesitation will hurt you

– Why you should act the way you want to feel

The podcast is brought to you by LearnLoft’s Ultimate Leadership Academy.

The Current State of Leadership and Management

Direct managers have a large impact on employee engagement, even more so than top executive leaders. The importance of recruiting, training and retaining strong managers and leaders can’t be overstated. By doing so, companies create an environment of trust that not only improve employee engagement but also retention rates.

So, what is the current state of leadership and management in the US? Check out our infographic to find out.

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Get Promoted: Stand Out and Become a Leader

The work place is massively competitive environment with everyone trying to escalate quickly in their career and become a leader.

That’s why we wrote the F.M.L. How to Stand Out and Become a Leader Book.  The feedback from our readers has been tremendous, but we didn’t want to stop there because we know the modern professional likes to learn different ways.  So we created the ‘Getting Leadership Ready’ online course, which teaches professionals how to add value to their organization and be seen as a leader within it.

It is much more than just an online course. We will challenge your perceptions of leadership, increase your leadership skills and improve your overall understanding of what it takes to be a successful leader.

You will learn how to lead yourself and lead other people….one of the most important skills you can develop. At the completion of this program, you’ll understand what it takes to lead. What you’ll get if you sign up:

  • 6 Video Modules
  • Coaching and Feedback from LearnLoft’s Leadership Experts
  • Opportunities to Collaborate with Other Leaders
  • Downloadable Resources
  • Skill Checks and Assessments
  • A Sharable Portfolio of Work

PLUS sign up before June 1st and we’ll send you a PDF copy of our Follow My Lead Book.

Each topic is broken down into bitesized video chunks so content can be consumed in manageable segments. What we call microlearning!

Within our ‘Getting Leadership Ready’ course, you’ll be challenged to complete projects. Our leadership experts will then review, grade and provide feedback on the work you’ve done.


Your portfolio of work will house all your projects, assessment scores and feedback. You share this with your managers and peers to show them your committed to developing your leadership skills.596525505.png

There’s a range of topics to work your way through, each topic includes skill checks, discussions, downloadable resources, projects, videos and more…


“The information was helpful and very useful for everyday life as well as my professional career!” – Barbara

“I enjoyed the program and it was a great benefits in helping me become a leader as well as a better professional.” – David

So, if you’re ready to progress your career, get recognized and start climbing the ladder of success you can sign up for just $20.

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Maybe you’re undecided and want to learn more. Well good news, we created the Getting Leadership Ready Assessment that you can take for FREE which will tell you immediately your leadership potential.

Interested in deploying this course to a group of high potential employees within your organization? We offer group rates and custom learning portals, simply email sales@learnloft.com.


How Leaders Effectively Listen To Their Team

Listening. In my humble opinion is one of the most undervalued aspects of leadership, yet most important. There’s nothing more frustrating and downright rude than talking to someone who can’t or won’t listen. Maybe you have a leader that constantly interrupts. Or have a leader who asks a question and clearly doesn’t care about your answer, they just feel they need to endure small talk for a couple of minutes before they can talk about what they want. How about the person who checks their phones or laughs at inappropriate times? What about this one, you make a point, then 5 minutes later they make the exact same point like they just thought of it. You’re sitting there thinking “Yes, I know, I JUST said that!”

If you’ve had the misfortune of working with someone like this or you’re guilty of a few of these yourself. Here’s a helpful infographic to hone those listening skills.


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How Leaders Successfully Onboard a New Hire

Companies and leaders who fail to have a effective on-boarding process are more likely to have employees with lower productivity and higher turn over.

During the first 90 days of employment, a new hire is the most thirsty for knowledge, enthusiastic about their role and eager to impress. It’s also the time when a new hire is likely to be the most nervous, feel unsure of themselves and worried about making a mistake.

Therefore any strong leader should make this on-boarding transition as smooth as possible and capitalize on the employees determination to put their best foot forward.

Check out our infographic to make sure you’re doing everything you can to successfully on-board a new hire.



How Leaders Maintain Accountability

Holding your team accountable to the standards and expectations you’ve agreed upon can be challenging to say the least. There’s a fine line between coming across as a draconian overlord or a feckless pushover.

To help you find just the right balance, we’ve put together an infographic on what the best leaders do.


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The Greatest Challenge of Online Training: Can We Really Prevent Dropout?

90% of users drop out of online courses.

Which suggests something is broken….

At LearnLoft, we have identified 4 main reasons why learners are dropping out at such an alarming rate:

  1. Dissatisfaction with the course content
  2. Lack a sense of community or accountability
  3. Time management – courses don’t fit into their schedules
  4. Lack of communication with an instructor

We set to fix these challenges in 7 ways:

  1. Two-Week Scheduled Sprints

Two-Week sprints allow learners to dive deep into specific concepts without disrupting their normal schedules. This prevents the learner from getting both overwhelmed and/or bored with content. There’s a finish line in plain sight, but it’s also an immersion because they are spending time each day  (usually around 10-15 minutes) building on their knowledge.


  1. Delivery

We have honed a video-based, microlearning methodology. Videos are typically under 4 minutes long and do so by only focusing on one learning objective per video.


  1. Knowledge Transfer

In addition to tracking and measuring knowledge transfer using the traditional quizzes and assessments, we also assign projects meant to ensure the learner can actually apply concepts in the real-world. These projects are graded by coaches or administrators within the platform. All of these measurements are gathered together in our reporting section.


  1. Reengagement

Has a new course become available? Maybe you started your course but didn’t finish it? We inform users of new courses and prompting them back to the content.


  1. Instructor Feedback

Upload a video, picture or word document and one of our leadership experts will grade your work and give you feedback.


  1. A Community

No one likes to work in silo so we’ve made it easy for learners to interact with each other. Courses have set discussion topics, facilitating collaborative learning.


  1. Content Aligned to the Needs of the Modern Learner

We’ve created content that learners want and need to be successful in their leadership journey.


Visit LearnLoft.com to start your Free Trial (no credit card required). You’ll get 15 days of unlimited access to all 6 of our leadership programs, our library of free courses, and the ability to build your own.

The Make Up of a Leader

Leadership isn’t easy, at times it is extremely challenging, especially when things aren’t going to plan. So what makes a good leader? What separates them from the crowd and causes people to follow them?

Here’s our break down of what makes up a great leader:


What do you think makes a good leader? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

7 Must Haves for Learning Technology in 2017

The rate of individuals learning online is on the rise, and with the average cost of a 4-year college degree now topping $20k per year, this trend shows no sign of slowing down. As consumers continue to turn to online technology for their educational needs it has only increased the need to modernize organizational online learning as well.

Here’s our list of the top 7 features and functions for online learning in 2017:

  1. Gamification

Gamification has a huge impact on participation and completion rates. Learners want to be able to earn badges, compete, and see their progress tracked on a scoreboard.

  1. Human Feedback

The danger of online training is that the learner can feel like they are working in silo. Any online learning technology that allows the learner to interact with a “real person” is going to increase engagement and therefore be more popular.

  1. Collaboration

Just like receiving feedback from a real human, learners also crave opportunities to collaborate with other learners. Message boards and discussion sections are a must for an online learning technology to be successful.

  1. Actionable Results

So you’ve has taken your training. Now what? Can you implement what you’ve learned immediately? For the technology to be successful it needs to allow a learner to practice and develop their skills.

  1. Video Capability

We all have different learning styles, but video has become the preferred method for people to learn, especially online. Video is now the standard.

  1. Offline Resources

Downloadable documents, videos and other resources that support learning allow learners to stay engaged even when they aren’t connected.

  1. User Experience

User experience is like a joke… if you have to explain it, it doesn’t work. In no way should technology impair learning, instead it should enhance the experience. The technology must be second nature.

At LearnLoft, we strive to stay ahead of the online learning curve in both our content and technology. Start 2017 by advancing on your leadership journey by visiting LearnLoft or by signing up for our weekly newsletter.

We always welcome feedback, if there’s something that you think we should include on the list, let us know in the comments sections.


Top Coaches, Managers and Leaders Demand This From Every Training Session

“We never allowed a bad training session. What you see in training manifests itself on the game field. So every training session was about quality. We didn’t allow a lack of focus. It was about intensity, concentration, speed, and a high level of performance. That, we hoped, made our players improve with each session.”

-Sir Alex Ferguson

Anyone familiar to football (soccer) will know that Sir Alex Ferguson is regarded as one of  the greatest football managers of all time. In his 26 years as Manchester United’s manager, he was able to build and rebuild teams that consistently performed at the highest level. While I’m in no way a fan of Manchester United, I can’t help but admire what he’s done for the club. His ability to motivate his team and his devotion to focused, intense, high-quality training meant his teams were always prepared to win.

In the corporate training world, the ability to train, build and rebuild teams that consistently perform is the ultimate goal of any instructor, manager, or leader. So what can we learn from Sir Alex’s philosophy?  Well, just like Alex Ferguson, corporate trainings are already meticulously designed and engineered to improve the employees with each session. They are timed to run for a certain amount of time, and they’re typically focused around one core topic.  However, what can be lacking isn’t the quality of the plan, but instead, the delivery of and participation in the training.

To explain what I mean by that we must look again to the sports world. In sports, the key components of an effective training program are outlined using the acronym F.I.T.T. These stand for:

F – Frequency

I – Intensity

T – Time

T – Type

While the Frequency (how often training takes place), Time (how long it will last) and the Type of training are planned out and executed flawlessly, it’s typically the intensity of the training that’s missing. Alex Ferguson knew the importance of intense training and would guard against complacency.  Unfortunately, in corporate training, it’s also the case that this is usually the missing ingredient. Sessions are planned to the very minute, but when it comes to the intensity of a training session there is usually something missing.

Think about the last time you went to or delivered a training session and ask yourself:

Did I push myself or your participants?

Did I fully engage with the scenarios and role-plays?

Was the testing stringent?

Did it adequately prepare me or my participants for the real life situations?

Unless you answered yes to all the above, there’s room for improvement in your level of training intensity. Getting a training session perfect is near impossible; however, the higher the level of intensity and the closer we can get it to a real life situation, the more valuable it will be.

As Sir Alex said, “what you see in training manifests itself on the field.” And as an old coach of mine used to say, “the harder we train the easier the games will be.”  Is corporate training any different?

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