Councils need to take back Apprenticeships and Apprenticeship Programmes in order to make their Community survives……

Today, the world is very much a different place from when we were at school back in the 1990’s, 1980’s, 1970’s or even in the 1960’s, but we can bring many of the principles of the 1950’s and 1960’s plus even the 1970’s into how we get businesses engaging with and working together with schools again.

In the mid and late 1980’s, we saw the emergence of Training Providers entering both the world of Education and Business to start the process of disrupting the whole model of helping schools prepare candidates for the business community within their towns and cities.

These Training Providers were able to provide cost savings and efficiencies that both sides wanted but totally ignored what that Business/Education partnership offered.

You speak to the business community and you’ll see how much they say education has been dumbed down and people skills has been lost, hence when these schoolchildren/students leave school, college or university, they don’t have the life skills that were present up to the early 1980’s.

If we are to create a workforce ready for tomorrow, then Councils need to step up for a WinWin solution by acting as the conduit for the Business and Education communities coming together.

Whether it be an Apprenticeship Provider or a Training Provider, they seem to be coming up with nothing more than a factory turning out “Apprentices to meet targets” and gather Government funding to make profits for themselves over delivering what companies really need.

By having a Council lead team delivering Careers Advice programmes can really deliver huge success to the City/Town as a whole as this would help the Council deliver a much wider programme.

Companies delivering the right programme to the school, can really shape the future workforce whilst the Council will be learning the shortfalls the City/Town has and how to plug these gaps.

A Council lead CDO programme will really bring huge financial rewards to the City/Town with real IT benefits being delivered to meet the needs of every school and the wider community too. 

Having a CDO lead programme via the schools in partnership with the local business community, means that every City/Town will be preparing a workforce ready for the 2020’s, 2030’s, 2040’s and beyond!

It’s time to remove commercial organisations from the schools and college environment as they are doing more damage to the workforce of tomorrow and the City/town than Councils realise!

It’s time for Councils to wake-up and take back control and prepare their footprint to look after the their Community of tomorrow……..

To learn more about how we can improve tomorrow’s society today, please do get in touch via completing the form below:-

Ian Calvert provides a range of Services whilst being a Brand Ambassador, Brand Advocate, Brand Evangelist and Social Business partner for many companies not just in the UK but Globally too. Thus, by keeping ahead of the game, Ian Calvert can help leverage and build the foundations for bringing both you and your company into 2018/2020 today. To discover more, feel free to contact via his website here.

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Have you seen their Toolbox? Do you know what’s it?

Are you with a one-track pony? Recently I have seen someone who is clearly focused on chasing certain people, reading this book and that book, following certain people in hope that they would engage with them, going through groups/forums and when they get a response they sing and dance about to highlight “look how good I am X, Y or Z have messaged me to say I am right”….oh please……
Whilst it may be good to be working with someone who is a specialist (and I use this term loosely!!) to help you in one area, just step back and look…..who are you, how big is your Toolbox and what complete advice can you give me?
With more and more people leaving work (or the world of medium, big, national or corporate work) to either work for smaller companies where you will feel more comfortable, appreciated and wanted or even working for yourself, you need to effectively manage both your finances, training and advice effectively.
Yes, it can be good joining others on a few hours, half or full day’s training/overview on services and or a product or maybe even having one-on-one training — but are you looking at this the right way?
I recently spent some time going through with someone who had been working for themselves for 10 years plus and had started a second business around 18 months ago. They had listened to a few mates, people at the companies where they did sub-contract project work and other sub-contractors they worked alongside with for advice on what they need to be doing, should be using and buying books/attending courses. Yet most of the advice they were given, were focused around doing things freely, using free App’s, reading on-line or buying books/training sessions that had no real relevance as they didn’t focus them or weren’t really specific/relevant to their industry.
(Note:- I am not knocking FREE applications as within my Toolbox, I do share many free App’s that you can use as a foundation to get going with and even some, that you can use long term as they are a great help).
If you have less than 50 employees, work for yourself or looking to start out on your own, step back and look at what you need and want? Yes you may need some training here and there and assistance with certain things, but what do you really need?
It maybe good to go a specific trainer or advisor to seek help & advice or get in a coach/trainer looking at certain service/sector but why? Have you asked them about their Toolbox and what is inside it?
The toolbox is a very key component you need to look in and discover what is in someone’s Toolbox when you are looking to spend any money on your business with them.
9 times out of 10, the people you will be speaking too, will have little knowledge outside of their trusted faithful Applications/Services/Products —  which whilst maybe good for them, could be limited or totally wrong for your business, but without you realising this!!
The key thing is that you need a raft to look at. Stand back from their Toolbox, observe what they have and how they describe why they have it, what it does and MOST importantly, how which items will fit in to your business now, short, medium and long term??
The shocking answer is that their answer will be a few items and that can’t really give you comparable answers to why they have them….
If you step back look at certain major Key Influencers, they have their hand in most avenues and know which is the best out of all the items in that avenue to use offer you. So if you ask them about A, they will say look here at Avenue A and they will say yes but what about B, C,D, E, F etc….. these people know and understand the Toolbox principle — does your advisor, coach or trainer?
Take for example Robert Scoble and one area of the many he talks about, the world of cameras and videos. Robert has been playing around with the taking of photos and videos for ages whether by phone, camera, or video camera. He would tell you what the best camera for what you are trying to achieve or point you to someone else. Then it would be the best smartphone to take photos/videos, so you could do this and that with them. Then it would be moving on to portable cameras/recording devices  like the GoPro which Robert has mentioned a lot recently. Yet now, because of what is coming and how this can really help you lay the foundations for both you and your business in many areas, Robert is talking of as well as the benefits of 360 Degree Cameras! You may think what has this got to do with my business, but that is the main key point! Robert has an understanding of what is happening with technology, what is coming and how photos/videos can help you and your business — hence why his foresight and forward thinking is allowing you the chance to stay ahead of others by creating and laying the right foundations in this arena…..
Another example is Brian Fanz. Whilst along the lines of the above, the key point is that Brian takes the same approach as Robert and has many avenues too  and doesn’t always take sides but is giving you a bigger overview of the whole avenue and what it contains. Quite some time ago, both Brian and I were using a platform called Movy which enable you to take and record video messages and show/share them with others in the Movy community. This was (and I think still could be) a great facility yet IMHO, lacked investment and vision as has now been superseeded by the likes of Meerkat and Periscope. If you look at Brian’s avenue, he jumped on board with Meerkat right at the very beginning at SxSW and then you had the announcement that Periscope would becoming (many others ignored Meerkat and we telling people to wait for this) but Brian stuck to his principles and wanted to see the whole picture for his audience. Thus now, he uses three — Meerkat, Periscope and Snapchat — and is now able to demonstrate the plus’s & minus’s of each one, to what it can offer you and your company with both live and recording streaming for various applications within your business.
So, with both the examples of Brian and Robert above, this clearly highlights that whilst they talk about a specific product/service/application, they also know not just one item in this avenue but about the wider arena of what’s available in that avenue and how they compare and/or are right for your business.
Thus,when you are seeking advice, make sure you see that person’s Toolbox to understand what the market is offering. Whilst I’m not using everyone every single day, I have over 100 items in my Toolbox to allow my clients to understand what is happening and how they should be using them.
Once we have discussed the merits of each and everyone that we both think should be in their newly created Toolbox, we make a final list of when and how these items should be brought into their business. Once the list and time frame is created, I then make some suggestions as to how they should pay for them and at what level (i.e. free or paid subscriptions/App’s). I will then, help them to choose books to buy, webinars to watch, possibly share my library with them and if required, who they need as a trainer for this item.
This may seem confusing from the start above when I was saying you don’t need a specialist who focuses on one thing, i.e. like using someone who only focuses on LinkedIn YES you need them BUT only later after you have spoken with someone who has the right Toolbox and can suggest a few names to you!
(Note:- I don’t provide one person, I will offer you between 2 and 4 names, so you can speak to each one and decide who you feel is the right person you can work with to train you).
So, STOP — step back and look at who is training/advising you ask them to show you their Toolbox and explain to you why they are pushing you down that avenue and ask why they haven’t mentioned other items from the avenue like I explained with Brian and Robert earlier.
Please, make sure you are seeing the Toolbox of those offering you advice and training/coaching you as this is one of the most valuable parts of your business and something you need to have in place from day one!
If you would like to see my Toolbox — then click through here to learn more and see what items we have in The Toolbox.
To learn more about having the right Toolbox for you, please complete the form below and let us arrange a time where we can work together to create the right Toolbox for both you and your business…..

 

LinkedIn Help or should we say the lack of it when needed……..

Have you noticed that you have received the following on

‘Who’s Viewed Your Profile’ section of your LinkedIn profile :-

– Someone at ‘Company ABC’ has viewed your profile

– Anonymous viewer has viewed your profile

– Anonymous viewer, A LinkedIn member has viewed your profile

Who are you?

#IanCalvert #Ian-Calvert #IanMCalvert #Ian-M-Calvert #ServiceAddress #Service-Address #Anonymous #LinkedIn #Viewing #Members

Do I have something that you want?

#IanCalvert #Ian-Calvert #IanMCalvert #Ian-M-Calvert #ServiceAddress #Service-Address #Anonymous #LinkedIn #Viewing

What are you wanting to get from me?

#IanCalvert #Ian-Calvert #IanMCalvert #Ian-M-Calvert #ServiceAddress #Service-Address #Anonymous

Ever since I have been a member of LinkedIn, I have always had any of the above appear on the section of ‘Who’s Viewed Your Profile’ on my LinkedIn profile either on a daily basis or every two to three days. When you complain or raise the topic with LinkedIn via their Help Forum’s/Support Section, they always provide the standard stock answer:-

We do not have a way to block other members from viewing profiles, this includes anonymous members, I am sorry.  We are considering adding such a feature but I do not have release date to provide.  Should such a feature be rolled out there will be an announcement

More and more members are finding this to be totally annoying and in some cases a cause of concern as you don’t really who they are or why they are doing it. This can create immense distress sometimes, as one member placed in a comment, “I have a court order against someone but how do I know if it is these people who I have court orders or injunctions against?” Thus, this facility can distress them as they are unable to find out who or why they have been viewed. Examples of this topic being discussed include:-

http://community.linkedin.com/questions/83151/anonymous-viewers-1.html#comment-124781

or

http://community.linkedin.com/questions/32330/linked-in-member-or-anonymous.html#comment-121600

Both the links above, are just two of many questions that have been raised in their (LinkedIn) community groups, yet everyone seems to get the same standard stock response as mentioned above. So, what is there to be done? It would seem there is nothing that can be done except just keep asking and raising it to see if anything will be done….

Or is it……or should something be done?

Well the answer I would say is YES – something does need to be done and here is why…

LinkedIn recently lowered the age for joining LinkedIn from 18 (except China) as stated below:-

(details on the changes to their terms and conditions are here – plus here is the blog by Christina Allen on the reason behind the launch of  University Pages which then lead to the launch of lowering the age of joining LinkedIn to enjoy the benefits of “LinkedIn – Now for Education” )

With all the issues on the internet of stalking and trolling and together with stalking in the real world, we all have to be careful as to how we let and monitor our children on the internet. So, if I was allowing my two daughters to be on LinkedIn, and they came to me saying they were having lots of anonymous viewers, I would certainly want some answers and have to re-consider allowing them to be on LinkedIn.

When I raised this (on several occasions including this one) with other’s, they were of the very same opinion about their children too. In essence, whether it is teenagers who are the next generations of Professional Networkers, Woman or Men, the right to be allowed to view members should not be allowed in today’s modern society.

LinkedIn are clearly allowing people to operate like stalkers or trolls with their full support by continuing to allow this facility to continue. Yet why? Has LinkedIn not learnt anything from Twitter and the issues raised here:-

Whilst I can’t say that trolling or stalking has taken place here on LinkedIn (to my knowledge), I do think that LinkedIn really need to start thinking of not just the anonymous viewing but also the sign up method (example here about a 10-year-old?)

These are just my thoughts, but I would be glad to hear your thoughts on this topic of “Anonymous Viewing” or if you want to comment on “the new lower age for joining” via the reply section below or by completing this form:-

Who is right? Who should you follow? Informers or repeating informers?

#IanCalvert #IanMCalvert #Ian-Calvert #TSP #Service-Address #The-Social-Piggy

I know it is only Tuesday but what is annoying me already is that the week has started very repetitive already! Not naming names but I am amazed at the amount of “Experts“, “Influencers” or Social Media Experts” that several organisations such as Forbes amongst others promote in the “Top 10”, “Top 20” or “Top 50” tables – how can these people actually be taken seriously? OK, they may have ‘tens of thousands’ or ‘hundreds of thousands’ of followers, liker’s or subscribers but are they really that good? If you take for example their use of Social Media – they fall into two camps:-

  • Constant posting – once or twice an hour or more, creating at least 50 or more posts a day but nothing else

or

  • As above but with the odd personalised message or never ever actually taking part in a conversation

So, are these people who constantly post and share one way, real experts or influencers? Take a further a look at what they are posting, yes they are posting worldwide, but when you, say take a week, look at all the posts and you will have repetition! Furthermore, they are posting information for you read (and sometimes including New or Just Released in the message) and yet when you click on the link included in their post, you will notice that it is months old, from earlier this year or last year – in some cases two or more years old! Thus, based on the above – can these people be the actual people to learn and educate you or your business from? Constant posting and re-posting – is this educational to you? Virtually all one way traffic – again is this helpful?

I am not saying the information they provide is wrong but – you could say what tipped me over the edge! – when a message was received today, it was telling “X has just released this – learn how this can help by their new Y facility“, I thought this is going to be interesting. So, I clicked the link and was prepared to be educated and there it was, an article from last April about company X launching a facility on their Y service! Yet, this Y service is something that is widely known and used by everyone who uses that service. Furthermore, on checking, this post had already been posted several times over the past week previously – exactly the same and not with a single change or mention that it a repeat of previous post! Therefore, I ask you, who are you following and why? What do you expect to learn from them? I suggest that you look back over their posts for the last week and consider this:-

  • How many times an hour are they posting?
  • Are they posting every single hour?
  • Do any of their posts actually contain names?
  • If there are names, are they actually replying or engaging with their audience?
  • Or are they just actually replying by saying ‘Thank You for following me”?
  • How many of the posts are repeated?
  • Also, look at the links and then click-through and see the dates of articles – how many are older than 18th of November 2013?
  • Do these posts make reference to the fact they are old articles or re-posts?

So, now you have looked and discovered this, let me again ask you, are you really following the right Experts, Inspirers or Mentors? For me, I have taken a view to look further, are these people any good? Do they have a background and what have they done? When you look at most of those people, all they seem to have done is provide information but not really from a business background where they have had any real experience of running a business or the responsibility it carries? Now, I have re-evaluated who I follow and engage with, as I want to be learning and discovering new things from people who are constantly evolving – society and technology is evolving! So, I want to develop and evolve with them – can the people above be mentioned in the same way? The answer is NO! In my opinion, I would like to throw a few names to you all for you to consider and these include:-

Note – Name links are through to their entry on Wikipedia whilst Twitter and Websites go through to their respective sites

Whilst I may not agree with all their points of view, tweets, posts or comments, these people are ones that I have engaged with, happy to share their content and their comments are both educational and informative. All their comments are direct and fresh – no repeats (unless you count re-tweets) – so all covering the latest news and events to keep you both informed and educated too…. Thus, when choosing the people to follow and engage with, make sure they engage in a”Two Way Street” and “Are An Innovator and Educator” – so, don’t go for repetition, old news and a one way street, lead the way to put yourself on the path to success like these people have…..

Are you wanting something new or are you happy to see the same things again and again?

A question for you…..

– How do you learn?
– Is it by seeing something new?
– Is it by seeing something that seems new but is just a repeat of something weeks, months or even a year or two ago?

So what is your answer…….

In my own opinion, I want to be reading something new that can educate and inspire myself – not receive something and then discover it was posted or shared previously!

How about receiving something that implies that it is new but upon reading it, you see the date and it is several months old, last year or even older? Whilst some of the information may be relevant, aren’t you being mislead with the accompanying message implying it is new?

I guess what I am hinting at, is so many people that are called experts, are actually repeating the same messages over and over again – maybe spaced a week or more apart – but is this beneficial to you? Wouldn’t it be better saying in the message, a new overview which then links back to the original article?

I may be being controversial and seem to be commenting on people who may be very successful – more than I could ever be – or more liked and well known than myself, so why is it people have made the same observations yet don’t want to upset the ‘Apple Cart’ but feel the same? Is it because they are concerned that people will question them and imply they don’t know what the experts are saying?

If you actually look at these ‘so-called’ experts, how many have actually ran a real business or had a real job in a position where they have to control budgets and make decisions as to whether people have a job or not? Had the occasion where they need money to pay bills, rent or taxes and experienced the worry that goes with it?

If you look at the high percentage of these ‘ so called ‘ experts, they are people who are either from a Academic background or have decided to take a new career and choose to become mentors, educators or experts. Yet, how have they all done this, read books, listen to podcasts, CD’s or watched YouTube or DVD’s and maybe even attended seminars or training courses. So, yes they may have this knowledge – and possibly qualifications – but do they really know what it is like to be in the position of the business people they are trying to help or are they the right people to nurture and mentor people starting out in business?

Yes, education can be very beneficial but is education more important than actual real life experience? How often have you undertaken role play? If you asked those people to role play a situation in their business, could they actually do it? I guess a comparison could be ‘would you let someone who has only read books, read the internet and watched YouTube/DVD’s BUT never touched or spoken to a real patient be your doctor or surgeon?’ – no doubt, the answer will be always NO….

So, in summary…….

Whilst it may help to drive people to your website, like your Facebook page, your LinkedIn or Xing profiles by continually asking them but surely wouldn’t it be better to say, ‘pop over and have a look, please let me know what you think‘? Doesn’t this create better engagement and collaborate with your audience and potential clients?

Furthermore, I am not suggesting everyone who does re-posting is wrong; as some people who re-post, do it because the original posting is being constantly reviewed and commented on, thus re-posting is to share the new comments to their audience.