Archive for January, 2018

6 Signs to Instantly Identify Someone With True Leadership Skills

Posted on January 31st, 2018 by The Learning Factor

What are the defining attributes of great leaders? That’s the age-old question thought leaders and scholars galore have been attempting to answer in mountains of books and literature. 


While great leadership, to an extent, can be personal and subjective to the follower, there are universal principles you can’t argue with (but you can try). Speaking of those thought leaders and scholars, here are six traits that keep surfacing over and over again in the leadership literature and best-sellers.

1. They challenge their own assumptions.

Great leaders may be smart and know a lot, but they are humble enough to recognize there are smarter people in the room that they can learn from. They don’t restrict themselves from opinions and input outside of their own. They surround themselves with diverse perspectives to help them answer questions like, “How do I know my decision is the right one?” or “Is there a better course of action here?”

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Here are six defining traits that keep surfacing over and over again in leadership bestsellers.

What Changes When AI Is So Accessible That Everyone Can Use It?

Posted on January 31st, 2018 by The Learning Factor

Mazin Gilbert has an ambitious goal. As vice president of advanced technologies at AT&T, Gilbert wants to make AI technologies widely available throughout the corporation, especially to those who might not have a computer science background and may not even know how to program. Call it the “democratization of AI.” To accomplish that goal, AT&T is building a user-friendly platform with point-and-click tools that will enable employees — up to one-quarter of the company’s workforce — to build their own AI applications.


AT&T and a host of other companies are trying to address a crucial issue in business: the severe shortage of AI talent. According to some estimates, only about 10,000 programmers in the world have the necessary expertise to develop advanced AI algorithms. But that’s barely a drop in the bucket for what companies will need in their future workforces. Tools like AT&T’s platform will help spread AI technologies well beyond just a limited number of “haves” and reach the “have nots” that may lack the technical knowledge and experience.


This democratization of AI will happen in two ways. First, it will enable employees across a large organization like AT&T to develop their own AI applications to make them better at their jobs. But it will also allow smaller firms to deploy some of the same AI capabilities that have heretofore been limited to large corporations. Think of how spreadsheets like Lotus 1-2-3 and Excel helped democratize data analysis, enabling even mom-and-pop shops to perform invaluable “what-if” analyses.

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Off-the-shelf tools will shift competitive advantage.

Six Authentic Ways To Attract Clients Online

Posted on January 29th, 2018 by The Learning Factor

Tired of chasing down your ideal clients and ultimately scaring them away? Good. To be honest, this method isn’t good for business anyway. But I don’t have to convince you of that — poor results will. Thankfully, there is a better way, a more profitable and enjoyable way. The following six methods are ones you can implement immediately to earn clients online without spamming them — no tech expertise required.


1. Host an online workshop.


The days of showing off a certificate or a degree on the wall are over. The best thing you can do to demonstrate you are the right expert to work with is to add value to your target audience. In just 45 minutes, an online workshop affords you an opportunity to educate, entertain and inspire people so that they know why you are (or aren’t) the right fit for them to work with.


If you are not sure what topics to cover, consider the questions you are most frequently asked and/or how your ideal client group’s most common costly mistakes. At the end of the workshop, you can invite them to continue learning with you in your coaching program. 


2. Send value-rich emails.

One of the most common reasons people will give for not working with you is that it’s not the right time. That’s an easy one to solve — simply keep in touch via email and continue adding value, inviting them to future online workshops and sharing testimonials from your current clients.


When the time is right, they will have all the information they need to make a well-informed buying decision about joining your program. This is a great and low-pressure way to increase your positioning, elaborate more on your brand and values and build more trust with them. By the time they do sign on to work with you, they will feel more confident than ever about their investment.

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Leave the link and comment spam to someone else. Utilize these productive approaches to find your future clients online.

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