Does Your Back Ache From Bending Over Backwards for Your Employees?

Being the boss is tough. With all the information available on how to motivate and engage employees, without being a micro-manager or a bully, it can be a bit confusing trying to determine what exactly an effective boss is like today. A big part of becoming a good boss is understanding and creating healthy boundaries.

What is a boundary? A boundary is an imaginary line that exists between you and your employees. It marks the difference between your organizational role, authority, responsibility and status, etc. and theirs. And by virtue of this, it defines acceptable behaviors in a given situation, and it gives you permission to tell others what to do and what to expect of them as they do it.

How do you know if you have unhealthy boundaries with employees? If your boundaries at work are non-existent or too loose, you’re probably the type who is very concerned about whether your employees like you. That is, your primary desire, motivation, and basis for your decision-making centers on making your employees like you. And because you want them to like you, you believe if you take care of them and even protect them, they will like you more and work that much harder. After all, it’s all about relationships, right?

Yes, it is about relationships – healthy ones – with good boundaries. Boundaries that recognize and communicate that you are not your employees’ equal at work and that it’s your job to tell them what to do and to provide them information about why they need to do it and how well they did it. If you are overly concerned with being liked, you’re focusing on you and not on the company’s goals and interests (which is the job of management). (This is called co-dependence or “letting the tail wag the dog”.) In short, you are not fulfilling your role as boss and are bending over backwards too far.

If you find yourself walking on eggshells around employees in the pursuit of their happiness and at the expense of the company’s interests . . . . If you balk at requiring/asking your employees to do the not so fun parts of their jobs . . . . If you are avoiding a conversation about performance or conduct issues because you’re afraid you might upset an employee. . . . here are 4 things you can do to create healthier boss/employee boundaries:

  • First, consciously step into your role as boss with no apologies. This means, you are the “decider”. It’s your job to set expectations and sometimes to have difficult conversations: that’s what you’re paid to do. You don’t need to be a jerk about it. Just be as clear as possible. Your employees already expect this by virtue of your role as the boss. The authority and permission to tell others what to do is built into the boss/employee relationship. (Repeat: you don’t need to be a jerk about it.) They’re waiting for it because even they know when they are pushing boundaries. They are probably surprised you haven’t already addressed certain issues with them.
  •  Second, strive to be respected instead of liked. You might be able to do both, but garnering respect first and foremost forms the basis of a healthy boss/employee relationship. To gain respect, you must be firm, fair, and consistent, so your employees know what to expect of you on a regular basis. And yes, your employees won’t like everything you hold them accountable to, but they’ll understand it and expect it.
  • Third, don’t actively seek to be friends with your employees. They might be great people, but to maintain a healthy leader/employee boundary, you shouldn’t see each other tipsy at happy hour or know minute details of your current or past relationships. Concentrate on the work  with occasional superficial chit chat.
  • Fourth, get better at handling conflict and hard conversations. Being the boss means you will deal with situations where most people don’t want to change the way they do things. Conflict abounds. When you shy away from conflict, you’re trading the possibility of something new and full of potential, for staying stuck in the present situation that you may think is safe but which reflects your inability to adapt and your lack of faith in others to do the same.

To better cope with the discomfort of being the boss, find peers – other managers, business owners, CEOs – to commiserate and celebrate with. It can be lonely being in charge, and these peers can relate to the trials and tribulations of being a boss and offer advice and support.

Your employees were hired to accomplish work in your company. They don’t mind doing the job – they applied for it. And healthy, defined boundaries will create clarity, making your work together easier and more productive.

Beth Stratman

Beth Stratman is an author, speaker, consultant, podcast host and one of the instructors at Curious Mondo. Check one of Beth’s training on Creating a Distraction Proof Workplace

Is Corporate eLearning Worth The Investment?

Companies of all sizes are now beginning to see the advantages of moving their corporate training online.

Corporations now report that eLearning is the second most valuable training method that they use. This is no surprise, given that eLearning saves businesses at least 50% when they replace traditional instructor-based training with e-Learning. Not to mention that eLearning cuts down instruction time by up to 60%.

Reduced training costs
One of the most significant advantages of online corporate training is that it actually reduces training costs. There will no longer be a need for printed training materials or even on-site facilitators, given that all of the information an employee will need can be found within the online training platform.

Rapid deployment of content
Online training can be delivered quickly and conveniently, so that employees are able to acquire new information or skill sets almost immediately.

Offers employees the opportunity to access information when they need it most
Online training also gives employees the chance to access important information or reference materials whenever and wherever they need it.

Gives employees the opportunity to learn at their own pace
Employees who have access to asynchronous online training gain the ability to go at their own pace. They don’t have to rush through the content that is being presented in a corporate classroom setting or move at the pace of their co-workers. They are given the opportunity to acquire and fully absorb what is being taught before they move on within the online training course.

Eliminates the need for on-site instructors
Undoubtedly, one of the most notable benefits of online corporate training is that there is no longer a need for an on-site instructor. That means that you will no longer have to pay for travel and/or accommodations for the instructor(s) neither you will have to allocate valuable working hours for corporate class instruction.

Boosts employee productivity
If you’re wondering whether your online corporate training investment is worthwhile, then just consider how much it can boost your employee productivity.

Reduced employee turnover rates
Happy and well-informed employees are employees who are more likely to remain loyal to your organization. By giving them access to round-the-clock online training and self-paced learning modules, they can further their professional goals and feel motivated to improve their on-the-job performance.

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Pokemon Go Tips, Tricks and Cheats

This is a free virtual class you don’t want to miss.

Gotta master that Pokemon Go game.

We’ve got you covered. The best tips this Friday

Pokemon Go Virtual Class

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Gourmet Cooking While Camping

We are having a lot of fun around here. Three of the Curious Mondo team members are teaching the class on Gourmet cooking while camping.  Of course, the camping part is done in the studio.

So far we had some minor flood and fire scares but the food looks awesome!

Here a few pictures:

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Tomorrow the final class of Gourmet cooking while camping, but you can always get it on-demand

Virtual Learning Can Be Tricky

We live in a moment where adults know they need to sharpen their skills constantly if they want to remain competitive and with a sharp brain. They might seek further education  because their profession requires continuing education, might be because they want to be better prepared to execute their job or because they have an entrepreneurial desire to build a business, or make an existing business grow. Is virtual training the way to go?

When they look for further education it is natural that they will look for online options. After all, if they find the right course they can self-pace their education, get relevant knowledge and apply it fast.

This big need we have as a society has opened the doors for many companies to provide e-learning. They may call it in different ways: Virtual training, continuing education, further learning, self-paced courses.

It seems like a simple formula: Put some videos there with some content and sell them. The shorter the better since it looks like there is a lot of content and quality behind it and you can even hide that under the term micro-learning that seems the way to go for young adults seeking self-directed learning. It also can be quite cheap. You can get a membership for $0.90. Paradise right?

The reality is quite different.

Overall E-learning has a dissatisfaction rate of 83%. Really high. This means people go through the course and are not happy at the end. The reasons behind it are mainly no access to the expert or instructor for questions and the quality of the content.

What is really happening is an overflow of companies selling videos packaged as courses. Quality is usually really low as well as not often relevant or updated content. Re-purposed content now packaged as online courses. Because they are sold at very low prices, expert crank videos like crazy in order to make some money.

Never the term “You get what you pay for” was so true.

Since many companies have many investors and a lot of money to spend on social networks, it looks like they are the way to go.

I suggest that before you spend your hard earned money in one of these companies, you check customer satisfaction rate, number of refunds, consumer reviews. It is going to be eye opening!

So what is the solution?

We deeply believe Curious Mondo has created a different format that is extremely transparent.

Our courses go through a process in order to be approved. We create the course with the instructor following a structure.

We control the quality of the classes since they are all produced in our studios.

We only use instructors that have real -life experience in the topic.

When the courses are created, we use livestreaming. During  livestreaming, classes are open and free to anyone.

Here are some of the benefits of this model: Anyone, anywhere in the World has access to continuing education for free. The classes are interactive and fun to watch- not just an expert in front of a camera, people can ask questions and leave comments, the host will pass them to the instructor and the instructor answers and address concerns right away. The courses become even better than when they were planned because the audience participates.

We provide 30 days access to the instructor if you invest in the course while it is been live streamed.

Full transparency and confidence in the quality of the content.

Our courses are not short, because they go in depth. Some are over 10 hours long (real continuing education), but when they go on-demand, the videos are broken into 20 min each. So it is easier to go through the content. Since we provide unlimited access, you can watch then as often as you choose.

Of course we also provide support material like charts, spreadsheets, extra content in different formats.

All of our training programs are  Available on iOS and Android. You can get training from any device you want.
You also get a Certificate of Completion.

We make learning fun, easy, interactive and aligned with your needs.

Our job is not to provide thousands of courses, our job is to empower people to become all they can become.

As always, it is your choice!

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Crafts is a healthy industry

Want to know why at Curious Mondo we always bring online courses related to arts and crafts? Because it is a growing industry and can offer people a great side business, offers stay-at-home moms a way to bring home some extra cash or create a healthy business for her family

Here are a few facts:

According to the Craft Yarn Council, which estimates that $1 billion is spent on yarn in the United States alone each year. That amount is expected to grow along with the do-it-yourself Renaissance that has folks brewing, beekeeping, canning, spinning, gardening and knitting with vigor.

People are also seeking in unprecedented numbers to make a livelihood from their crafting passions, experts say. Last year, 1.6 million people sold $2.39 billion in goods on Etsy.

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Teaching Millennials

According to some predictions, by 2020 half of all classes will be taken online.

Firstly, eLearning engages students into personally relevant experiences. Moreover, it encourages development of essential skills for the 21st century: creativity, critical thinking, meaningful collaboration.

Finally, it enables simulation. In other words, eLearning creates authentic atmosphere and deepens the understanding of real-world issues by fully engaging students.
More so, this is the way Millennials want to learn

 

How we learn

Let’s take a look how our brain processes information and how we learn:

  1. Our brains do not have the capacity to multitask. For years, multitasking has been considered an all-important skill.
    However, research has found that our brains don’t actually have the power to multitask.
    According to a 2009 study that was conducted in Paris, the participants’ brains actually worked at half capacity when they were asked to multitask.
    In essence, one hemisphere concentrated on one task, while the other focused on completing the secondary task.
    As such, it typically takes the brain twice as long to complete an assignment or task, and your error rate goes up by about 50%. This is because we aren’t “multitasking” at all, but “context switching”.
  2. Multimedia tools improve our brain’s memory power.
    It’s been proven through multiple research studies and surveys that multimedia in eLearning, such as images and video, not only engage the learners but also help them to actually remember what they’ve learned.
    Research cited in a report by Michelle Chau cites a number of examples of how interactive learning tools, such as ebooks, lead to improved knowledge retention. According to research, students who used ebooks that contained sound effects, music, audio narration, and images were able to retain and recite more information than those who were simply given traditional textbooks.
    Utilizing these ebooks also led to group collaboration and peer interaction, as the students did not have to sit quietly on their own and privately read the text.
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  3. Our brains work best at certain times of the day.
    Giving learners the ability to learn anytime, anywhere with eLearning courses has its own unique set of advantages. One of the most significant advantages is the opportunity to tap into the power of our brains at times of peak efficiency, such as just after taking a nap or when first waking up in the morning.
    A study conducted by German researchers found that quick naps could allow a learner’s brain to acquire and retain information more effectively.
    During the study two groups of participants memorized cards that contained illustrations. Then, they asked the first group to take a nap, and the second to remain awake during a 40 minute break.After the 40 minutes had passed, they had the participants memorize another set of illustrated cards. Those who took a nap during the break remembered roughly 85% of the images and patterns, while those who stayed awake only recalled 60%. It is believed that napping allows information to be moved to the brain’s long-term memory storage centers, leading to improved data retention.
  4. Game play helps to exercise (and motivate) our mental muscles.
    Believe it or not, playing games is actually good for your brain. Not only does it help to engage learners in the eLearning process itself, but it also serves to remedy the boredom that so often leads to unsuccessful learning experiences. A report that was released by Leicha Bragg of Deakin University details a study that was conducted in three different schools, which involved 240 students.
    According to the research, students were more motivated to learn mathematics when the information was presented in a gaming format. Even their attitude toward the subject changed, as did their confidence regarding the various concepts involved. The students were also more motivated to learn the information, which improved their overall success and alleviated the boredom that is often associated with repetition (especially relating to problem solving).
  5. Our brain prefers images over text.
    Adding visual elements to eLearning courses enhances knowledge retention. According to neuroscience research that is referenced in John Medina’s book “Brain Rules”, participants in studies only remember about 10% of information presented orally when they are tested 72 hours after instruction. However, that number jumps by about 65% when an image is added to the learning process. The basis of this idea lies in the “Pictorial Superiority Effect”, which suggests that visual input is more likely to be recognized and remembered.

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Source: Elearningindustry.com

How adults learn

As adults we need to keep learning, sharpening our saw. Not only to stay competitive, in the market but also for health reasons.

Here is an infographics giving some insights on how adults learn.

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Now, do I need to tell you Curious Mondo offers the best e-learning platform for adults?
Don’t forget to check our upcoming classes that you can watch for free and our on-demand courses.

The Curious Mondo Awesome Team

Delivering live online courses not only requires quite a bit of equipment but also a lot of people involved. Besides being able to perform well during classes in order to create an awesome product, the team also needs to work in synchronicity. It is really a team effort.

The team at Curious Mondo knows how to achieve the right balance and without them the courses would not happen.

We want to show you and allow you to get to know these amazing people. In this video, you will get to know part of our team. We also have Mary our assistant, Petar, our film editor and Lisa Henry.

Say hi!

 

Curious Mondo: Bringing a New Approach to ELearning to a “Curious World.” Press Release

Salt Lake City, Utah. April 2nd 2016. Mother and daughter team Shahar and Nashlah Boyayan have been working with business owners and entrepreneurs for most of their lives. They know how important it is to keep current on what’s new in the world of business education. This is what prompted them to establish Curious Mondo, the Curious World an e-learning company focusing on an interactive and informal way to bring knowledge to and increase skills of the viewer through live streaming.
These live streaming courses are interactive and at no cost. Experts in their fields of business, the arts, and technology present topics to the worldwide viewing audience. Viewers are motivated to interact throughout the course with their questions to the instructors through the Curious Mondo chat group or through social media on the Curiuos Mondo Facebook page.
“Knowledge can make a business grow and empower people to start a new journey in their lives”, said Shahar Boyayan, co-founder along with her daughter Nashlah of Curious Mondo. “How many of us would benefit from learning a new skill and turning it into a secondary income? This is a large part of the reason why we founded Curious Mondo, so that those viewing will gain information that is relevant to their specific situations, apply what they have learned, and begin to realize results right away.”
Both Shahar and Nashlah are self-made business professionals, launching their first business, Buzzboosters, a marketing consulting company that specializes in Brain Based Marketing for Small Businesses in 1999, shortly after arriving in the United States from Brazil with no more than a “suitcase and a teddy bear.”
“We want people to have open doors to achieve their dream, to conquer new possibilities, and not have to struggle in the way we did. We believe Curious Mondo provides that gateway for people through this type of learning opportunity,” said Nashlah.
The Boyayans are firm believers that “learning is an adventure” and should be fun and interactive. They have recruited the best instructors in their fields on a wide array of topics to meet the demands of the “new world learner.” During these live events, participants are encouraged to ask questions and communicate their doubts that are addressed by the experts. At the end of every course completed by the viewer and where the activities are implemented, they will receive an electronic certificate of course completion.
To learn more about Curious Mondo, please visit curiousmondo.com, on Facbeook at Curious Mondo and Love Photography | Curious Mondo.###

Online Videos Bring More Business

Is online video consumption really growing?

Do people really have time to watch videos online?

Should I use videos to market my business?

Here are a few points brought by Robert Kyncl, the Chief Business Officer at YouTube at CES 2016:

Right now, watching video—whether on TV or online—is the single most important media activity for people.

75 percent of all video will come over the internet by 2020.

More than five hours a day are spent watching video, and those hours fuel a $200 Billion economy, with the majority of that money coming from Pay TV subscriptions.

Only 2 other things people spend more time than watching videos: Sleeping and working.

New research conducted with Nielsen shows that the time 18 to 34 year old spent on TV fell nine percent last year. Meanwhile, this same audience spent 48% more time on YouTube, with mobile viewing making up the largest source of growth.

And on YouTube, the average time people spend watching video on their mobile device is forty minutes, a gain of 50 percent year-on-year.

This is just a tiny slice of what is happening out there related to videos. There is also streaming videos from the couch. Consumers spent 42.5 billion hours streaming on Netflix during 2015, up from 29.1 billion hours in 2014. They spent 12 billion hours streaming in the last quarter alone, up from 8 billion a year ago.

Roku, a streaming solution for content creators and info marketers has now 8% of the market in the US and it is present in several countries.

Video is by far one of the best opportunities for business owners, content creators and info-marketers.

By creating a simple video and adding it to your home page 3 things will happen:

1. Conversion on your website tends to increase by 35%.

2. The video will show on YouTube when people are searching for a solution to a problem.

3. The same video will most likely also appear on Google in higher places than your website, generating leads and traffic. The same video… one effort, multiple results.

Consider that this video will also inform and educate your prospects and buyers.

Creating a video can be as simple as getting your cel phone out of your pocket, you just need to make sure that the video will bring results.

Why are we talking about videos? To bring home the fact that learning with videos and live streaming is the way to go.

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Millennials Don’t Watch Live TV

When behavior changes the only option for the market and business owners is to adapt. There is no coming back. Our behavior in the way we consumer information, media and knowledge is changing despite our age.

Millennials are driving this change and here are some facts:

Advertisers looking to target Millennials – and that includes just about everyone these days – take note: Live TV is not the place to find them.

Anecdotally, this has long appeared to be true. Ratings for the adults 18-34 demo have been on the decline for some time, and a quick look around a college campus tells you that young people these days are glued to their mobile screens.

A new report confirms this digital tipping point. Millennials spend more time with digital now than they do watching live TV, according to a cross-platform study by comScore.

But what’s perhaps just as interesting is that not only have Millennials transitioned fully to digital, but the older Generation X is poised to join them.

“There’s a clear trend showing that as demographic segments get younger, those consumers are more likely to spend time on their mobile device and less likely to spend time watching live TV,” notes the report.

“It’s possible that digital share of time spent among 35-54 year-olds might also soon surpass live TV.”

The study finds that among total digital and TV time, Millennials devote 40 percent of their time to mobile and 14 percent to desktop web usage.

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That leaves just under 50 percent for live TV, and it’s a number comScore anticipates will fall quickly, based on its crossplatform measurement for fourth quarter of last year.

Interestingly, 35-54s weren’t too far behind in digital usage. Though they tend more toward desktop (21 percent) than Millennials, they total 43 percent of time with digital and 57 percent with live TV.

That’s in contrast to Boomers over 55, who spend 70 percent of time with live TV.

Overall, the generations do share one thing in common – an increasing dependence on smartphones. Usage is up 78 percent since 2013.

We at Curious Mondo pay a lot of attention to this type of information. That is why our courses can be watched from any platform.

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