Life And Career Coaching Blog – Lesley Strachan

Enterprise Week at Great Oaks School

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This month I was privileged to be invited to be one of the “Dragons” for The Enterprise Week at Great Oaks School in Southampton where the three of us judged lots of different brilliant ideas that the students would make and sell at the Christmas fayre.

Great Oaks School is a 200 place secondary school for young people with a range of complex learning difficulties including autism and speech and language difficulties. Pupils come from all over Southampton as well as many from Hampshire.

At Great Oaks they follow the full National Curriculum but with a particular emphasis on developing communication, literacy, numeracy and personal and social skills. In addition they have a focus on creativity and the arts which have proved an extremely successful way of engaging  young people and helping to promote their self esteem and self confidence.

As the schools Enterprise Adviser I got involved with the Enterprise Week where all the students had to pitch their ideas for their Christmas products that they were then going to sell at the Christmas Fayre.

The students were truly amazing and some of their product ideas were:

  • Christmas painted pebbles and decorations, candles
  • Table decorations & napkins & cards
  • Decorated lollies
  • Snowmen and wooden owls
  • Xmas gingerbread men and biscuits, marmalade
  • Bird feeders
  • Hand dyed T shorts and socks

They had made the products themselves and were looking for funding to make batches to sell at the Christmas Fayre. SO far they’ve made over £2.000.00 so a huge well done and congratulations to all the teams for their hard work. I love you all.

Hi,

I’m Lesley Strachan. I’m one of the SimVenture Evolution Learning and Development Managers and I work with people just like you to bridge the gap between the technology and academia.

The 1st video diary focused on the planning and preparation that took place before we started delivery.

This is the 2nd in a series of 12 video diaries which I’ve put together to explain how we designed and ran a 12-week module at London South Bank University using SimVenture Evolution with 180 second-year undergraduate students studying a module called Managing Business & Innovation.

So, now we’re ready for the first day of teaching, and this time, I’ll be talking about how week one went, and how the students responded to the technology.

This week I wanted to get over 3 points to the students:

1. Why we’re using SimVenture in this module
2. What the key features of the simulation are
3. and, What they were going to learn

So, to start with “why were we going to use Evolution in the module”?

I explained to the students that they’ll be using Evolution because it will give then a practical understanding of setting up and managing a small to medium sized enterprise in a virtual environment where it’s safe and mistakes are allowed, and actively encouraged.

Secondly, I wanted to introduce the key features of the simulation to the students.
An easy way to do this was to show them 3 short videos within the simulation. These videos can be watched repeatedly within Evolution. These videos are also available on our web site for you watch t get an idea of what Evolution feels like.

Thirdly, I wanted to explain what the students would learn in the simulation. This included:

– a broad knowledge and understanding about multiple business areas

– an understanding of specific areas of a business, for example Sales and Marketing

– how to solve complex problems, issues or dilemmas in a business

– the different phases of growth a business goes through

– and finally, to recognise the development of their Employability, Enterprise and Innovation skills.

I’ll be talking more about how we went about that in a later video.

In the last video I said that I’d talk about how the students responded to the technology.

Learning in a simulated environment is so exciting to watch because the students are fully immersed with the technology and often stay behind to continue playing which is unusual in most learning environments.

So, now we’re ready for week 3 – join me for the next video diary to learn more about how it went, and how students got on with the one-page case studies which work alongside the simulation.

Best Wishes

Lesley

How to bridge the gap between teaching and technology

Hi,

I’m Lesley Strachan. I’m one of the SimVenture Evolution Learning and Development Managers and I work with academics to bridge the gap between the technology and academia.

This is the first of a series of 12 short video diaries which I’ve put together to explain how we designed and ran a 12-week module at London South Bank University using SimVenture Evolution with 180 second-year undergraduate students studying a module called Managing Business & Innovation.

So, this video diary focuses purely on planning and preparation.

Critical to the success of the module was the planning and preparation. Over the 12 weeks the students will have 36 hours of contact time – 24 of those hours will be allocated to managing their virtual business using SimVenture Evolution.

12 weeks before teaching started in September I had my first meeting with the module leader Anna Howard.

At this meeting we reviewed the module handbook and cross referenced the aims, objectives and learning outcomes of the module to the simulation and found that the simulation to be a very good match.

The simulation was a great fit because the module is aimed at providing students with a practical understanding of setting up and managing a small or medium sized enterprise.

Whilst SimVenture Evolution is capable of many things at its core is its ability to allow students to run a whole company and deal with all the decisions that need to be made.

The teaching team and myself then met for a day at LSBU 4 weeks before the module started to flesh out the exact content. We put together a 12-week teaching schedule of lectures and seminars which were documented and uploaded to the student portal.

The teaching schedule also included a range of one-page case studies written by me to help students work through the learning process in the simulation. Copies of the case study in pdf format are also available for you to download and use with your students.

This daylong meeting was pivotal for three reasons:

  1. The module team were keen to know how the lecture and the SimVenture seminars would fit together and how we would embed theoretical knowledge into the module.
  2. We also wanted to give the students a coordinated and consistent approach, so we agreed to teach the same activities to all the students in the same way to achieve this.
  3. The teaching team were also keen to understand how the simulation would achieve the learning outcomes for the module, and we were able to allay any concerns around these aspects in our discussions.

So, now we’re ready for the first day of teaching – join me for the next video diary to learn more about how week one went, and how the student responded to the technology.

 

How Young People are Benefiting from Mentoring

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How Young People are Benefiting from Mentoring

I am very proud to be associated with EBP South as a mentor for young people in the Southampton area. EBP South brings business and education together and inspires and prepares local young people for the world of work. They deliver a range of exciting and motivating work-related learning programmes in schools across the Solent Region, all designed to prepare young people for life after school.

The relationship between mentor and mentee is focused on the need to enable and empower a young person to be motivated to take charge of their own development through developing their confidence and reliance and by carefully posing questions that get them thinking about their future.

Mentoring enables young people to decide for themselves what their goals and aspirations are, and to help them recognise and support them in putting in place the actions they need to take to achieve those goals.

Local businesses – large and small – are key partners and now my organisation Lesley Strachan Consulting & Training is involved with this great work. I work with EBP to ensure that the activities and events are relevant and up to date, providing exciting experiences to motivate young people.

My role as a mentor is to:

  • Inspire positive career aspirations with my mentees
  • Help young people understand the relevance of their classroom learning
  • Increase employability – especially by developing the softer skills that are in such high demand
  • Learning through doing – hands on activities to bring the world of work to life

I am using The Jack Canfield Success Principles Methodology with students to guide young people towards discovering their life purpose, prioritise their goals, and discover the proven steps to achieving anything they want. They will get clear on what they really want from life and create an action plan and the support system they need to make it all happen, plus they’ll have loads of fun as well.

I’ve been working with one young lady at a Southampton School who wanted a mentor to help her focus on her career options. We started by having a chat about what she did, and didn’t want in her life and I asked her to grab some visual images of what she wanted from life.

She’s now made a mood board which she’s hung in her bedroom to inspire her. Last week I said to her “Pretend you’re 25 and we’ve just met again. Tell me about what’s happened since you were 14!” Suddenly, her face lit up and she described the kind of life she wanted. It was such a joy for me to see her light up. The aim over the next few months is to work backwards to find out what subjects and courses she could be choosing before she applies to go to college.

This young lady is so pleased because she feels that her choices of subject will give her the inspiration to study hard and achieve great things. If only all our young people has this kind of support.

The experience and transformations of the young people that I work with have been truly profound. If you’d like to meet me in person and work with me to experience amazing breakthroughs in your life, please contact me.

Apart from my role with EBP coaching is available either on a regular basis or on an ad-hoc basis. We come to the school and work with groups of up to 25 in practical interactive workshops where we also have a huge amount of fun. We work with you to design a specific programme for your teachers, parents and students and this can be delivered in one-hour workshops over a period, or in a half, or full day of training. How about a workshop on an Inset day as well? Private coaching is also available for parents and carers, please ask me for more details.

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

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Calling all L & D professionals

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Calling all L & D professionals

In an article published by the CIPD it is suggested that 65% of today’s school children will be employed in jobs that have yet to be created. This poses a huge challenge for both HR and L&D professionals.

What skills and abilities will you and your workforce will need for the future?

How will you manage your talent pipeline for roles that don’t yet exist?

How do you prepare your workforce to respond efficiently to changing environments?

If you have:

  • A mobile transient workforce
  • 4 generations in the organisation
  • A need for digital learning
  • A remit for enhancing skills and capabilities then we should talk
  • A need to develop curiosity, creativity, innovation and change

Then I can support and inspire you to achieve real results in the development of both hard and soft skills to increase organisation productivity. Let’s chat soon.

Please feel free to connect with me to see if we could collaborate together.

Best Wishes

Lesley

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

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SME Assembly in Tallin

I’m here with Peter Harrington from Venture Simulations at the SME reception held in The Seaplane Harbour Museum. We were treated to a lavish evenings entertainment.

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Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

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Discover the latest technology in education at our FREE event.

I am delighted to invite you to join us to find out about SimVenture Evolution at our free event in January 2018.

The three hour session will:

  • Introduce SimVenture Evolution and give you the opportunity to try it for yourself
  • Provide a variety of information from both students and lecturers about their experiences of using SimVenture Evolution
  • Give examples of how SimVenture Evolution can be embedded into course modules
  • Explain the wide range of tools and support available from the SimVenture team

To find out more, and to book, please click on the link here: Discover SimVenture Evolution

Please feel free to share this event with colleagues and of course do email or call our hotline on 07793 057656 if you would like any further information.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Best Wishes

Lesley

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

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How to start a business from the spare room in your house.

How to start a business from the spare room in your house.

Loads of us do this when we first start up – I did and most of the businesses I know did as well. Simon has now moved from his spare room to just buying the property where The Darling Buds of May was filmed and has since published an Amazon bestselling book.

I​ was privileged to meet Simon at The Business Empire Event recently where I got hold of his most recent book called ‘Intrepreneur’ so I’m looking forward to reading it soon.

He also owns the Internet Business School and with so much change happening in the field of internet marketing I decided to explore more about it. So, I’m off to his estate in Kent early next year for a three day internet marketing course to make sure I’m still ahead of the game.

What new things will you learn in the New Year? Will you start a business on your dining room table?

Here’s a photo of me and Simon at The Business Empires Event we went to recently.

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Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

Tel: 0044 (0)7739 172447|Email: lesley.strachanct1@gmail.com

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How to get what you want

How to get what you want.

All the people I met at The Business Empires Event were amazing individuals who have worked through difficult situations in their lives and come out of the other end stronger, and more focused.

I enjoyed a presentation from Ryan Pinnock in which he talked about why your thoughts and feelings often aren’t real, just imagined. ​These thoughts and feelings have a knack of ‘you getting in the way of you’! Is that something that happens to you?

Here’s Ryan and I just after his talk.

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Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

Tel: 0044 (0)7739 172447|Email: lesley.strachanct1@gmail.com

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How to rapidly grow your business

Last weeks Business Empire Event was great for those of us who want to rapidly grow our businesses.

I had the great pleasure of meeting people from all walks of life and from all types of businesses including James Sinclair who set up his first business whilst still at school.

James gave a hilarious performance reminiscent of his previous life as a children’s entertainer. Here we are together.

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