A Prepared Mind: Building Eight Essential Skills
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A Prepared Mind: Building Eight Essential Skills

Creative destruction exists for our companies and our careers. Here are eight skills you need for your future.
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Last updated 11/2019
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 3 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to identify the four responsibilities of any leader
  • Practice in using eight skills that are essential to being ready for your future.
  • Barriers to using the eight skills
Requirements
  • No prerequisites, but an open mind is essential.
  • Willingness to take the time to think about each of the skills
Description

This mini-course is a summary of The Prepared Mind of a Leader: Eight Skills Leaders Use to Innovate, Make Decisions and Solve Problems, a book I co-authored in 2006 and used as the basis of a multi-day workshop I've presented globally to thousands of participants. These skills are observing, imagining, reasoning, reflecting, challenging, deciding, learning, and enabling others. The skills may seem obvious, but I know from many years of discussions that not all are regularly used in many organizations.

Who this course is for:
  • Middle managers
  • Emerging leaders
  • Professionals who are experiencing change in their industry or career
  • MBA students getting ready to take on future responsibilities
Course content
Expand all 10 lectures 01:06:32
+ Introduction: Chance Favors a Prepared Mind
2 lectures 14:10

This lecture introduces Bill Welter and why he wrote the book The Prepared Mind of a Leader. It will also introduce eight skills that leaders at all levels need if they are to be prepared for the future.

Preview 10:01

Leaders are challenged to keep up with industry evolution and doing so requires that you understand and run a "cycle of responsibilities" again and again. This is a quick overview of the four responsibilities.

Preview 04:09
+ The Eight Skills of a Prepared Mind
8 lectures 52:22

Following this quick introduction you will have a model to think about and document the changes surrounding you and your organization.

Observing the world around you
06:31

Imagination is probably the most underutilized skill in business (in spite of all the hoopla about the need for innovation.) Here are three ways to improve your imagination.

Imagination -- the unused skill
10:15

We need to think critically and completely when we try to make sense of the world and the changes we are experiencing. This lecture give a brief overview of three aspects of reasoning. Watch it and use the checklist we have provided.

Reasoning -- the art and science of connecting the dots
07:04

Reflecting is one of the most important skills in the world of work but, unfortunately, one of the most underutilized skills. It can be uncomfortable because to need to consider our role in failures, not just successes.

Reflecting -- making learning personal (and maybe uncomfortable)
06:50

Challenging is much more than pure defiance. Here are four aspects to consider as you challenge yourself and your organization.

Challenging - What got you here may not get you there
06:54

This skill is at the center of leadership, whether you are an emerging leader or well versed in the "art" of leadership.

Decide - It's time to pivot from thinking to doing
06:10

Here is some commentary on the 7-Cs of learning and a quick introduction to a technique used by a Nobel-winning physicist.

Learning - stay relevant to the challenges of today and tomorrow.
07:45

Here is a quick summary of the eight skills and a list of barriers and tools. We've given you space to document a brief 30 -60 - 90 day action plan. Have fun.

Summary and Action Plan
00:53