From Manager to Director in 6 classes

Nina Gordon
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March 31, 2020

We analysed data from over 5000 of our students and found that our students who joined the programme as managers, on average, see their next promotion within 3 months of joining Jolt.

Here are the Jolts our managers took before securing a promotion:

Learn how to optimize creativity and set achievable yet ambitious goals while mitigating distractions. Using three new practices to prioritize your tasks more efficiently, reduce anxiety, and make meaningful progress in your work.

Learn:

- To identify the obstacles to getting your best work done
- Which time management methods to use
- How to identify your most productive hours

De-mystify what “storytelling” means and learn the best practices to make it the foundational backbone of your business life.

These practices can be applied across sectors and will elevate your marketing, B2B, consumer outreach, HR, hiring, networking, and more. You’ll develop skills in consistency, clear vision, clever communication, and audience-building.

Learn:

- How to explain complex ideas
- How to adjust your story according to the audience
- How to adjust your story according to the platform (Email, conversation, presentation)

The most successful entrepreneurs and business leaders listen more than they talk and ask great questions to uncover business opportunities that others have overlooked.

Discover proven questioning techniques that will give you the upper hand in almost any business scenario by providing you with the intel you need to succeed.

Learn:

- Which questions quickly uncover the REAL reasons someone isn’t receptive to your ideas or a customer isn’t making a purchase
- Which questions quickly transform business conversations and sales presentations into “win-win” scenarios”
- Which questions convert business associates into loyal allies and new customers into raving fans

Whether you're presenting at a big conference or your team's daily standup, your goal is to make people remember what you say and do what you want them to do.

Learn:

- How to formulate a message that captivates your audience
- How to structure the flow of the presentation like a story
- How to design slides to support your message


Learn smart networking tactics to make the most out of business events and conferences. Understand how best to prepare for an event, create meaningful conversations, and follow up on potential relations.

Learn:

- What IS networking and what is NOT
- The networking tactics you can apply before, during and after an event
- How to develop a strategy for networking

Culture is like the background music to any team - the subtle messages of what behaviours are valued and rewarded. Some cultures facilitate motivation, productivity, and fun, while others can be flat, risk-averse or toxic. Discover a tool to share our failures as learning experiences, in order to create cultures where failing isn't to be feared, and risk-taking leads to innovation and growth.

Learn:

- How to be more creative when you think you’re the “least creative person on earth”
- How to build a culture of feedback & failing forward to help you team overcome barriers to success
- How to use appreciation and gratitude daily to bring out the best in my team

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So why do so few of us have creative breaks?

Because almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes. Including you.

Charles Darwin took long walks around London. Kurt Vonnegut made listening to jazz a daily priority. Fiona Apple disappeared for 6 years after the release of her third album.

So why do so few of us have creative breaks?
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I ask because I can often be found agonising over the "more". If only I posted on Instagram more, I'll think in the bath. I'd have more followers if I pitched to more publications. I need to post 2 more times a week, minimum. I could go on...

Between you and me, I've got frustrated with myself for browsing Facebook or watching too much TV more times than I can remember.

And I'm not alone. So many of us are terrified of taking a break, creatively speaking. We won't let a moment pass without listening to a podcast, consuming an article or sharing something.

The cognitive load is real, y'all.

But like Vitamin D, sleep and good food, it's not only ok to take a break, it's essential.

Living a successful life is also about knowing when not to work. For your best output, you need to focus on your input, too.

The world won't end if you disappear from the internet for a week or so. Your creativity won't suddenly stop. Your time is now, but your time was also then and it will be again.

Your dreams don't have an expiration date.

Many of us confuse being "busy" with being constructive. But you can only do your best work by taking breaks.

And science backs it up, too. The brain requires substantial downtime to do its most innovative thinking. The ideas you have while driving or in the shower aren't coincidental. They're a result of you taking a step back, whether you're aware of it or not.

Here's a challenge for you

Let yourself take a wonderful and indulgent break. Several breaks. Hell, get downright bored.

Put airplane mode on for a while. Sit down. Lie down. Be still. Do nothing. Observe. Listen to your mind. Let it do what it does without judging it.

Wallow in it. Don't be afraid of it. Push it as far as you can.

When you leave your laptop behind, something always happens. A new idea or a fresh perspective appears.

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"A spark of inspiration needs an empty cave."

Take proper breaks, often. Completely clear your mind. Your next best idea depends on it.

Are you a keeper?

Empower your team to go and shine.