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Businessballs has partnered with Accipio to offer new free eLearning modules with voice-overs and interaction. The eLearning is aligned with an internationally recognised accreditation framework (ILM - Institute of Leadership and Management) - so you can attain learning points for each module you complete. Points can be converted into a Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management. This wonderful new resource - the eLeadersip Academy - is completely free while in pilot stage. To gain points, you will need to register as a user, and there are ILM fees for formal qualification. See the new eLeadersip Academy. Businessballs and Accipio welcome your feedback and suggestions about this new eLearning resource. (Note that the eLearning uses a pop-up window, so this must be enabled in your browser.)

Reflective Practice is based on ancient principles (Socrates was an advocate..) and is now a powerful and defined methodology for self-improvement, helping others, and potentially for cascading throughout organizations of all sorts. See Reflective Practice - its history, theory, definitions, methods, and also a brilliant free Refective Practice Self-Assessment tool.

Another name for an oil company executive a shell suit... While this is like a pun, it's technically a joke based on a heteronym and metonym. A heteronym refers to a word which is spelled and sounds the same the same as another word, but has a different meaning and different origin: The Shell oil company, whose name derives originally from the import of sea shells, is 'punned' with a 'shell' tracksuit, which is so named because its outer layer of material is called a shell. There are many terms for and examples of words which are in various ways 'the same but different'. See heteronyms, heterophones, heterographs, etc. A metonym is a word or phrase which symbolically represents something with which it is associated: For example a 'suit' now refers informally to a company executive, because company executives are strongly associated with wearing suits, and it's a funny idea, which always encourages adoption of new words. There are hundreds more fascinating and funny word curiosity terms and definitions in the grammar and language glossary.

The Businessballs 2014 BIG YEAR QUIZ is available for folk still in the mood or with reason to celebrate or review last year... 50 free questions and answers.

what? by sharon drew morgen

'WHAT? Did you really say what I think I heard?' is the remarkable new book by Sharon Drew Morgen.

For a limited period this amazing guide to improving communications (and thereby human understanding and relationships) is COMPLETELY FREE from DidIHearYou.com

Morgen's previous best-selling books have focused on business communications. This new book extends her brilliant guidance to ALL TYPES OF COMMUNICATIONS - for business folk, professional communicators, teachers, parents, and young people - everyone.

If you want to communicate better, or teach others how to, then this book will help you, perhaps even in a life-changing way.

(That was a personal recommendation - not a paid advert...)

Motivation is a complex and flexible matter. J Stacey Adams' Equity Theory - and the related diagram representation of Adams' Equity Theory - offer wonderfully clear ways to understand and teach others about the factors involved, and their potential to shift.

Creativity is not just for designers and artists - it's for everyone, and is hugely important for problem-solving and decision-making, leadership, presentations, working cooperatively with others, and many other work roles.

See the "This Pebble is..." creativity exercise on the new team/group exercises page 3.

Questioning is a powerful alternative to making statements.

A good question is often much better than a defensive remark, or a counter-accusation, for all sorts of situations. Using an open question (What...?, How...? especially) is a simple and effective technique for resisting forceful or bullying pressure. Using questions, rather than statements and guesses, is also very effective for building trust, diffusing conflict, understanding situations, managing other people, teaching, training, and parenting. Traditionally, questioning is regarded as mainly a selling skill, but it's powerful and productive in virtually every circumstance involving human cooperation.

Leadership is not confined to managers and official title-holders.

Anyone can be a leader - inspiring others, helping others, making a positive difference to someone or something.

Leadership is most effective and easiest when it is adaptable.

Explore different theories of leadership - they each offer adaptable methods, styles, etc.

Ethics and integrity are another crucial aspect of leadership, and sometimes this is more important than adaptability and technique.

Understanding leadership helps us be a better follower too, especially when someone leading us needs a bit of help..

What's the most powerful rule of negotiating?...

Have an alternative.

Be able to walk away.

This simple principle is often ignored, particularly because as buyers or sellers we all tend to focus and fixate on a single option, which quickly creates a dependence on it, which produces pressure (including time/deadline) to agree a deal, which weakens our position, and strengthens the position of the other side. Nudge theory helps us understand why we fixate on a single option, and why the apparent desirability of a single option increases.

See the rules of negotiating and other negotiating tips and techniques. Whatever you are buying or selling, these ideas will dramatically improve your results, and if you are buying or selling a house, they're worth thousands.

Aristotle's Three Modes of Persuasion model, devised over 2,300 years ago, offers a wonderfully simple and elegant way to understand and explain effective communications. The theory comprises three elements:

  • Ethos - The integrity of the communicator.
  • Pathos - The emotional effect (of communicator and message) on the listener/reader/audience.
  • Logos - The relevance and strength of the message content.

Whether communications succeed or fail, especially when leadership seeks to influence people, it is usually possible to analyse why using the Three Modes of Persuasion.

We can separately consider communications from the standpoint of listening...

There are several different Levels of Listening - ranging from 'not really listening at all' through 'attentive listening' and ultimately to 'facilitative listening'. These and other different levels of listening entail:

  • different degrees of empathy,
  • different motives (of you, the listener),
  • and offer different levels of effectiveness and outcomes.

People rarely use the highest levels of listening, which means that generally all of our communications can be vastly improved, whatever their purposes. The ways that we listen are fundamental to:

  • achieving mutual understanding,
  • resolving problems and disputes,
  • diffusing conflict and tensions,
  • buying, selling, and negotiating,
  • building trust and relationships when managing, coaching, leading, teaching, and helping others,
  • parenting,
  • and optimizing our cooperations of all sorts with other people.

The Kirkpatrick Learning Evaluation model offers a simple, quick, easy and very powerful structure for planning all sorts of teaching, training and other developmental interventions, especially for designing inputs that produce measurable outcomes and results. Kirkpatrick's basic theory can be understood in just a few minutes, and can be applied to very many situations which entail helping individuals, groups and entire organizations to change.

Nudge Theory and the Psychological Contract are additionally very useful models and tools in planning and assisting others through change.

Transactional Analysis is an amazingly revealing and helpful methodology for understanding and explaining the complexity of human communications. This extends especially to how people react in very different ways to a particular message/situation - and that this is often dependent on a person's mood and emotional security/strength at the time. Communications and reactions often contain at least two different meanings, for example serious and amusing, sad and funny, insulting and objective, caring and patronizing, or neglectful and respectful, etc. Transactional Analysis offers a model for interpreting these different meanings, and for managing people's unpredictable reactions (including our own) that arise frequently in the workplace and other relationships.

Pareto's 80-20 Theory is very useful for problem-solving, decision-making, downsizing, optimization, streamlining, and all sorts of evaluation and change, in business, organizations, and personal life too.

The Pareto Principle is based on disproportionate distribution, i.e., that in most situations the vast majority of effects/results are due to a relatively very small percentage of potential causes/options, for example:

  • 20% of your time is spent achieving 80% of your success (the rest of your time is relatively unproductive or wasted).
  • You probably wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time.
  • And 80% of problems arise from the same 20% causal factors.

Pareto's theory suggests that by understanding these disproportionate effects, in any situation, we can increase energies to optimize or protect the effective elements, and reduce or remove what is ineffective.

Erikson's Life-Stage Theory can be extremely helpful for:

  • Understanding yourself, and how your priorities change through life.
  • Understanding this in others.
  • Teaching and exploring this with others.
  • Understanding how to motivate and relate to people of different ages.

The 'Generational Nicknames Model' (Baby Boomers, Generation X, etc) offers a related and fascinating perspective to explore differences between people born in different historical periods, which is useful for:

  • Understanding yourself, and how you are different from people born in other decades.
  • Understanding relationships and mutual perceptions among people born in different decades.
  • Teaching and and exploring these issues with others.
  • Appreciating and explaining factors which can modify the application of other theories of personality and motivation that contain no historical/cultural aspect (as many do not).

The above 'Generational Nicknames Model' is a refreshing way to introduce and understand PEST Analysis - because both models entail consideration of Political, Environmental, Social, and Technological influences.

PEST is an acronym.

Acronyms are brilliant and entertaining devices which offer all sorts of opportunities to add interest and amusement - and crucially impact and memorability - to training, writing and presentations.

And the acronym is just one of scores of fascinating language curiosities and effects, which help bring spoken and written words to life.

Metaphors, Puns, Tautologies, Allegories, Cliches, Fables, Cockney Rhyming Slang and lots more - see hundreds of definitions and examples in the grammar and language glossary.

Businessballs offers other useful glossaries too:

For example see the business dictionary and the glossary of common Latin terms - again these are super resources and inspiration for training and communicating in most situations.

 

additions and updates

See additions and updates archive for more materials and random browsing.

Quizballs 369 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers- (22 Jul 2015)

Quizballs 368 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (16 Jul 2015)

Quizballs 367 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (8 Jul 2015)

Quizballs 366 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (1 Jul 2015)

More Funny and Fabulous Glass Half-Full/Empty Quotes - see the super new ideas from Yvonna Rousseva - (27 Jun 2015)

Quizballs 365 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (25 Jun 2015)

Quizballs 364 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (19 Jun 2015)

Quizballs 363 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (11 Jun 2015)

Quizballs 362 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (3 Jun 2015)

Quizballs 361 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (28 May 2015)

Quizballs 360 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (21 May 2015)

Quizballs 359 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (13 May 2015)

Quizballs 358 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (6 May 2015)

Quizballs 357 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (1 May 2015)

Quizballs 356 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (21 Apr 2015)

Quizballs 355 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (16 Apr 2015)

Quizballs 354 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (8 Apr 2015)

Quizballs 353 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (1 Apr 2015)

Quizballs 352 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (25 Mar 2015)

Quizballs 351 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (17 Mar 2015)

Quizballs 350 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (13 Mar 2015)

Quizballs 349 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (4 Mar 2015)

Quizballs 348 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (27 Feb 2015)

Reflective Practice - history, theory, methods, tools, for continuous professional development (CPD) and general self-development - (25 Feb 2015)

Free Reflective Practice Self-Assessment Tool (pdf) - (25 Feb 2015)

Quizballs 347 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (18 Feb 2015)

Quizballs 346 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (12 Feb 2015)

Quizballs 345 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (5 Feb 2015)

Quizballs 344 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (28 Jan 2015)

Quizballs 343 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (22 Jan 2015)

Quizballs 342 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (14 Jan 2015)

Quizballs 341 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (7 Jan 2015)

Quizballs 340 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (31 Dec 2014)

Quizballs 339 - (mostly christmas quiz) 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (24 Dec 2014)

Quizballs 238 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (17 Dec 2014)

2014 BIG YEAR QUIZ - Quizballs 337 - 50 questions and answers - (11 Dec 2014)

Quizballs 336 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (10 Dec 2014)

Quizballs 335 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (4 Dec 2014)

Quizballs 334 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (26 Nov 2014)

Kitchen Gadget Icebreaker - a fun introductions exercise with variations/potential uses for wider purposes - (26 Nov 2014)

Quizballs 333 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (20 Nov 2014)

Quizballs 332 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (13 Nov 2014)

Quizballs 331 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (6 Nov 2014)

POMO Acronym - a powerful, simple, highly and widely applicable maxim for planning and decision-making of all sorts - (3 Nov 2014)

Quizballs 330 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (29 Oct 2014)

Quizballs 329 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (23 Oct 2014)

Organization/Structure Modelling Game - for helping groups understand and improve work structures of all sorts - great for organizational development workshops - (22 Oct 2014)

Quizballs 328 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (15 Oct 2014)

Quizballs 327 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (10 Oct 2014)

More Teambuilding Games and Group Activities - the start of team activities page 3, with four wonderful new exercises - (9 Oct 2014)

Quizballs 326 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (2 Oct 2014)

Quizballs 325 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (24 Sep 2014)

Quizballs 324 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (18 Sep 2014)

Quizballs 323 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (10 Sep 2014)

Quizballs 322 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (4 Sep 2014)

Quizballs 321 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (27 Aug 2014)

'Company Quiz Game' Group Activity - a great flexible and simple group exercise for many situations - (27 Aug 2014)

An Opposite Ironic Meaning of the TEAM Acronym - a great way to introduce/discuss dilemmas of teamworking vs personal needs - (27 Aug 2014)

Clever New Lateral-Thinking Answer to the 1234567890 = 100 Puzzle - (23 Aug 2014)

Quizballs 320 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (20 Aug 2014)

'One Small Change' Group Activity - for encouraging time-management change - (18 Aug 2014)

Quizballs 319 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (13 Aug 2014)

Quizballs 318 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (7 Aug 2014)

Pangrams - including the wonderful 'Go to the dungeon to batter the marital goose of doorframes' - (6 Aug 2014)

Quizballs 317 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (1 Aug 2014)

'How to Tie a Shoelace' Instructions Exercise - for training warm-ups and learning how to design processes and instructions/information for others - (1 Aug 2014)

Quizballs 316 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (23 Jul 2014)

The Aristotlian Contemplater's Half-Full/Half-Empty Glass - (19 Jul 2014)

Quizballs 315 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (17 Jul 2014)

Quizballs 314 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (10 Jul 2014)

Quizballs 313 - Tour de France and Cycling Quiz - 20 questions and answers - (3 Jul 2014)

Quizballs 312 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (26 Jun 2014)

Quizballs 311 - Football and World Cup Quiz - 20 questions and answers - (19 Jun 2014)

Pareto's 80-20 Rule Expanded - (14 Jun 2014)

Quizballs 310 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (11 Jun 2014)

Expanded 'Generational Nicknames/Types' Model and Theory - Baby Boomers, Generation X, etc - (10 Jun 2014)

Quizballs 309 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (5 Jun 2014)

Quizballs 308 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (29 May 2014)

Quizballs 307 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (21 May 2014)

Quizballs 306 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (15 May 2014)

More Amusing Puns - (15 May 2014)

Quizballs 305 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (7 May 2014)

Quizballs 304 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (1 May 2014)

More Amusing Puns - (24 April 2014)

Quizballs 303 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (24 Apr 2014)

Quizballs 302 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (17 Apr 2014)

Quizballs 301 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (10 Apr 2014)

Quizballs 300 - 25 general knowledge questions and answers - (3 Apr 2014)

Nudge Theory - fascinating methodology for change-management, leadership, etc - explanation, extensions, relation to other theories, how to teach, train, use - (31 Mar 2014)

Quizballs 299 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (28 Mar 2014)

Quizballs 298 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (20 Mar 2014)

Quizballs 297 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (13 Mar 2014)

Quizballs 296 - Nicknames, Expressions and Figures of Speech Quiz - 20 questions - (6 Mar 2014)

Quizballs 295 - Turkey Quiz - 30 questions and answers - (1 Mar 2014)

Presentations - Skills, Creating, Delivering, Overcoming Fears - section revised and improved - (28 Feb 2014)

Quizballs 294 - Indonesia Quiz - 30 questions and answers - (20 Feb 2014)

Quizballs 293 - Mexico Quiz - 30 questions and answers - (15 Feb 2014)

Quizballs 292 - Nigeria Quiz - 30 questions and answers - (8 Feb 2014)

Quizballs 291 - India Quiz - 30 questions and answers - (30 Jan 2014)

Quizballs 290 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (24 Jan 2014)

SWSWSWN Acronym - for selling, cold-calling, business, entrepreneurship, and life - (23 Jan 2014)

Toilet Paper Icebreaker Exercise - super group introductions ideas - (23 Jan 2014)

Quizballs 289 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (16 Jan 2014)

Quizballs 288 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (9 Jan 2014)

Quizballs 287 - 20 general knowledge questions and answers - (3 Jan 2014)

 

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