"What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us.

The greatest university of all is a collection of books."

Thomas Carlyle

Despite all the anxieties about what is life to be in the new norms, these five trends predicted for learning and development (L&D) last year and earlier this year will continue to unfold as things normalize. These trends are not the new norms but the digital impact on life in general.

Trainers be aware! As a trainer I depend on good books to keep myself abreast with the latest thinking, especially self-help books, and books on leadership. However recently I was disturbed to hear internet marketers claiming that they can “help” anyone become a bestseller.

When I began to represent the Institute of Training and Occupational Learning in Asia (ITOL), I explored whether Facebook could replace a website. As I was not familiar with Facebook, I did some research. These are 5 things that I learned and would like to share with you.

The CliftonStrengths Assessment is Gallup's psychological assessment that is your guide to improve yourself based on your strengths. Donald O Clifton, Father of Strengths Psychology, and Inventor of CliftonStrengths points out that “your weaknesses will never develop while your strengths will develop infinitely.” So, focus on your strength. Fixating on your weakness is simply barking up the wrong tree and you will get nowhere.

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” (Viktor Frankl) Your response depends on your emotional intelligence (EI). EI (also known as emotional quotient or EQ) is the ability to understand, use, and manage one’s own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict. There are five areas that you should pay attention to sharpen your EI

In my last blog I wrote that self-awareness is one of the five components of emotional intelligence. In helping people to become self-aware I found it useful to engage them about their personal beliefs together with their strength finder profile or DISC assessments. Johann Goethe points out that “Man is made by his beliefs. As he believes so he is.” (Johann Goethe). So, any discussion on self-awareness should begin with one’s personal beliefs. Here are five things that you should know about personal beliefs.

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