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Birthday of a humble peasant teenager who became a Saint!

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JOAN of ARC

Joan of Arc

  • Can you imagine, as a teenager, confronting a royal leader, let alone leading soldiers into battle?
  • What would the young people of today do when confronted with such unimaginable decisions?

Joan of Arc was born on January 6 around the year 1412. Only a teenager, when she led French armies into battle during the Hundred Years War, Joan of Arc (or Jeanne d’Arc), became a folk heroine of France and a Roman Catholic Saint.  Born a peasant girl with little education, ‘The Maid of Orleans’, persuaded the King and army leaders that there was a way to beat the English army, all based on a vision from God. She will long be cherished, as one of the most revered females in history.

On May 16, 1920, Joan of Arc was canonized a Saint. France celebrates this fearless girl with a festival in May each year and May 30th is her Feast Day.

Joan of ArcWe invite you to share this incredible, brave and fearless story from our on-line library about Joan of Arc as an inspiration to others. If your belief is strong, you will find the courage to take on the challenges that life puts before you. If we can learn from the amazing people who bravely gave up so much and fought for what they believed in, maybe we can inspire others to try that little bit more or work that little bit harder.

  • In business and the career sector, what can we learn from such courage?
  • How can we utilize these inspirational stories in the workplace and in schools?
  • What leadership skills are required to lead your team to success?

Managers, leaders, teachers and even parents – what can you do to enhance your leadership qualities?

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Dr Charles Margerison highlights points regarding leadership skills.  

The Big 5 Problem Solving Skills for Managers

 

We can learn a lot from the achievements of amazing people; not only in the areas for which they are acclaimed, but in the way they lived their lives. Their selfless approach to life and the many people they assisted is encouragement for all of us in times of doubt and hardship.


AMAZING PEOPLE LEARNINGDiscover a unique suite of professional development resources that support action learning through Amazing People Learning. These provide problem-solving, communication and leadership skills that can be applied in innovative and powerful ways.

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Amazing People Learning offers resources that can be used over and over on work projects. As well as the core skills models, support tools such as interactive project notes are also included. These enable learners to log and track progress, and revisit the resource easily. In addition, users have 12 months access to a variety of support services, which feature video, articles and valuable advice on how to get the most from these unique learning tools.  

charlesThe resources can be adopted on an individual or team basis. They offer an effective, interactive approach to professional career development. Created by innovative business leader and psychologist, Dr Charles Margerison, this approach has been implemented at companies around the world including Shell, ExxonMobil, ICI, HSBC and Hewlett Packard. “Inspiring, Motivating and Enabling”, these resources deliver results and help individuals and organizations to function more powerfully. toolkit

AMAZING PEOPLE TOOLKITAmazing People Education is brought to you by Amazing People Worldwide – an international education publisher that is bringing these sensational resources to students, teachers and librarians worldwide. To explore tips and tricks on classroom edu-tainment using BioViews®, please download our free AMAZING PEOPLE WORLDWIDE TOOLKIT.

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AMAZING PEOPLE LIBRARYEngaging and educational digital eBooks and Audios for schools and librarians. They include hundreds of inspirational life stories about the world’s most amazing people. The biographical interviews, known as BioViews®, are written in the first person and give a very personal perspective on what motivated and influenced amazing people. The stories have been developed and created by educational psychologist and business guru, Dr Charles Margerison. Each one is meticulously researched and based on historic facts.

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AMAZING PEOPLE TOOLKITAmazing People Education is brought to you by Amazing People Worldwide – an international education publisher that is bringing these sensational resources to students, teachers and librarians worldwide. To explore tips and tricks on classroom edu-tainment using BioViews®, please download our free AMAZING PEOPLE WORLDWIDE TOOLKIT.

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You are Amazing!

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ShakespeareMozartMarie CurieEinstein and Coco Chanel all had one thing in common. They were all amazing people, although all had different areas of interest and skills.

These are just a few of over 500 amazing people who I have studied to discover how they developed their talents. As a result, I have derived a number of important points from which we can all learn.

  • The first is that all the amazing people identified what they were good at
  • Then, they concentrated on using their talents to the best of their abilities
  • That meant that they focused their time and efforts on developing their skills

I believe that each person has the potential to be amazing at something, if they give it their time and practise regularly. This is the case in all aspects of life, from bricklaying, painting and surgery, to sport, music and art.

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Like Jonas Salk, who developed the polio vaccine, his contribution to medicine prevented further epidemics of this disease.salk resized

In what areas can you make amazing contributions?

Here is a checklist of some of the areas in which others have excelled. Go through the list and rank the areas in which you think you can make significant contributions in your own way.

  1. Improve social conditions by fighting for civil rights
  2. Conduct research into the causes of, and cures for, many illnesses
  3. Represent people in politics and government
  4. Develop a successful business
  5. Explore new territories
  6. Improve production and productivity via engineering skills
  7. Create beautiful music
  8. Produce outstanding works of art
  9. Design magnificent buildings
  10. Write software or produce websites to improve online communication
  11. Improve travel by air, train, boat or road
  12. Develop retail and distribution organizations to supply foods and goods
  13. Conduct new surgical procedures to save lives
  14. Produce new innovations
  15. Help others who are less fortunate

Amazing Personal Development

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If ever there was a story of great personal development, then Helen Keller’s is top of the list. Despite disabilities, she succeeded in many ways, making major contributions to our world.

 

Once you know where you want to focus, your next step is to have a personal development plan to achieve your dreams and ambitions. It is useful to look at what others have done as a guide to your own efforts. Some of the areas in which you may wish to focus your efforts are listed below.

The checklist can be used to look at what others have done and a reference for planning your own action. In the BioViews® that I have written, I used this checklist as a basis for assessing those who made amazing contributions in each area.

  1. Creativity – how people developed and used ideas
  2. Achievement – how people produced valuable outputs from ideas
  3. Business – how people made fortunes
  4. Philanthropy – how people used money to support charity and art
  5. Motivation – how people who did amazing things were inspired to act
  6. Persistence – how amazing people continued in the face of doubt and opposition
  7. Communication and Promotion – how people who were successful promoted their work
  8. Finances – how amazing people funded their work from investors and sponsors
  9. Research – how people tested ideas and theories
  10. Politics – how the amazing people gained political support for their ideas

Summary

Of course, we are all amazing people, as no two of us are alike. In a competitive world, we are all judged by our contributions in different areas. Each one of us can improve our performance through concentration and practise.

We all have our own thoughts and dreams. Some people make their ideas come alive. Others have regrets. Which do you prefer? You can start today on a new amazing journey.

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You are amazing!

charlesAuthor note: Dr Charles Margerison is a Chartered Psychologist. He was previously Professor of Management at Cranfield University, UK and the University of Queensland, Australia. The author of more than 30 books, he has developed Amazing People Library, an online subscription service for libraries that encourages inspirational learning.  He has also developed the web-based Amazing People Skills facility, which provides access to the Margerison Communication and Problem Solving

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Harriet Tubman – FREE eBook and Audio for March

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Heroine’s, politicians, royalty, leaders, aviators, doctors and nurses, humanitarians (just to name a few), are some of the many women who dedicated their lives to their passion and beliefs. 

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Amazing People Worldwide are proud to offer you our FREE eBook and Audio about one of America’s most revered women – HARRIET TUBMAN.

What do you know about Harriet Tubman? Embark on a captivating history story like no other and visit Harriet and find out more about her amazing life. Born into slavery, Harriet became an abolitionist and humanitarian and went on to become a source of inspiration to others.

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Harriet’s incredible story reminds us what courage is and how a determined nature can beat the odds….and Harriet Tubman certainly had many odds stacked against her!  

Frederick Douglass wrote to Harriet and in his letter he praised her, “I know of no one who has willingly encountered more perils and hardships to serve our enslaved people than you have”.

 

Our inspirational stories are an absorbing, interesting and effective way for all of us to reinforce our work ethics, to develop better career strategies and to enhance our personal lives.

This newly-developed concept in storytelling offers unique insights into how amazing people converted their opportunities into achievements.  Featuring historical celebrities as well as lesser-known names, this extensive digital story collection can inspire and motivate people to achieve their own ambitions in life.

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Just as Harriet Tubman did, you can believe in the future. A better and brighter future where you are in charge! Can you make better careers choices?

To get this FREE eBook and Audio, simply  contact us with your email details

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Gov. Arthur Phillip – Australia Day Celebrations

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Governor Arthur Phillip 

To All Australians 

State of the Nation Address 

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Australia Day

26th January, 2015

Gov Arthur PhillipFellow Australians, it is with pleasure and pride that I have the opportunity to fly through time and be with you to celebrate our National Day.  It is 226 years since we reached these golden sun-kissed shores. What a blessing that was, after sailing 10,000 and more miles from England. We departed on the 13th May, 1787 and arrived on the 19th January 1788 – a journey that took us 252 days. I can assure you, after so long on the high seas, we cheered as “the Great Southern Land”, as it was known, came into sight.

 

What a voyage it was. All we had to guide us was a rough map drawn by Captain Cook.  He had visited a place that he called Botany Bay, 18 years earlier and stayed for only about a week.  I was asked to lead an expedition to establish a new colony called New South Wales, following advice to King George III and his ministers by Sir Joseph Banks, the botanist who sailed with Captain Cook.

On board the 11 ships, we had convicts, marines, administrators, sailors, clergy and the wives and families of crew members. Records of how many people were on the voyage vary, but it was in the region of 1420 souls. Some died on the journey and others were born. Each day we said our prayers for survival and success in our new country.

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On arrival, I quickly realized that Botany Bay could not provide sustenance for all of our people.

So, in a small boat, I sailed northwards, with some marines, and found the best harbour in the world. A thousand ships of the line could have sheltered there.

 

We moved to Port Jackson, as it was first called, on the 26th January, 1788.  That is why it is now celebrated as Australia’s National Day – despite the fact it was seven days after our arrival.

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In due course, I re-named it Sydney Town, after Lord Sydney, his Majesty’s Minister who had authorized our mission. On reflection, I should have called it Phillip City. In that way, I would have received better recognition for my leadership efforts.

 

 

In celebrating the anniversary of our arrival, it is useful to note some of the major decisions that I made in the first year of our arrival.

I stressed that:-

  • there would be no slavery.
  • although we were the world’s largest prison, convicts should be treated as human beings and given the opportunity to work and reform.
  • marriage was a right of all men and women and on February 10th, I arranged for a member of the clergy to marry three couples.
  • equality before the law was essential and I gave permission for the first civil law case to take place, when a convict, called Cable, won a famous victory against a captain of a ship, over money that he had kept, belonging to the plaintiff.
  • the native inhabitants should be treated with respect, and that we should try to learn their aboriginal languages in order to understand their culture and way of life.
  • religious views and faiths would be tolerated, so long as they did not threaten the colony.
  • order was vital and powers were given to officers to uphold the law.
  • the development of the economy was a priority for survival and men should be put to work and rewarded properly for their effort.
  • convicts who served their time should be freed and encouraged to make a successful life in our colony.
  • health facilities, although basic, should be developed.
  • defence of our small colony should be a maintained

You may look at this list and ask what you would have done. Indeed, 226 years after we landed, how effective has Australia been in developing all of these issues?

So, as your first politician, let me ask you some questions. To what extent do you feel the values that I tried to install are being upheld with regard to:-

  • human rights?
  • reform of convicts?
  • justice and a fair go for all levels of society?
  • encouragement of economic development.?
  • respect for authority?
  • appreciation and acceptance of the monarchy?
  • the importance of training and education?
  • tolerance of religious views?
  • the importance of defence?
  • the development of our culture and understanding of other people’s culture?

My fellow Australians, I tell you that it was not easy to lead and manage the New South Wales Colony. We were left to fend for ourselves for two and a half years until the 3rd June, 1790. We were starving and in desperate need of help.

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We felt abandoned and, each day, we anxiously searched the horizon for a ship.  Nearly 1000 days had passed since we had arrived. All of my leadership skills and resources were stretched to the limit, keeping men, women and children alive, although some tragically perished.  But, in their own way, each one of them was amazing.

We all learned a great deal from the hardships of life that we endured. I trust that you will exhibit the same strength and determination of the first colonists to make your life in this great country a success.

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Blessings to all, 

Governor Arthur Phillip.    

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Footnote: Arthur Phillip was the Governor of New South Wales, and in effect Australia, for nearly 5 years from the 19th January, 1788 to the 10th December, 1792. This story is based on the what Dr Charles Margerison, a psychologist and President of The Amazing People Club, thinks that Governor Phillip would have said about Australia Day.

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Birthday of a humble peasant teenager who became a Saint!

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Can you imagine as a teenager confronting a royal leader, let alone leading soldiers into battle?

  • On May 16, 1920, Joan of Arc was canonized a Saint. France celebrates this fearless girl with a festival in May each year and May 30th is her Feast Day.

Joan of Arc was born on January 6 around the year 1412. Only a teenager, when she led French armies into battle during the Hundred Years War, Joan of Arc (or Jeanne d’Arc), became a folk heroine of France and a Roman Catholic Saint.  Born a peasant girl with little education, ‘The Maid of Orleans’, persuaded the King and army leaders that there was a way to beat the English army, all based on a vision from God. She will long be cherished, as one of the most revered females in history.

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We invite you to introduce this brave girl as an inspiration to others by sharing her amazing story and that of three other incredible women in Amazing Women in War.

  • Our lives and seem so complicated at times. If we can draw on the amazing people who bravely gave up so much and fought for what they believed in, maybe we can inspire someone else to try that little bit more or work that little bit harder.
  • In business and the career sector, what can we learn from such courage? 
  • How can we utilize these inspirational stories in the workplace and in schools?

Managers, leaders, teachers and even parents – what can you do to enhance your leadership qualities?

Diagram of leadership qualities

 

Dr Charles Margerison highlights points regarding leadership skills.  

The Big 5 Problem Solving Skills for Managers

 

We can learn a lot from the achievements of amazing people; not only in the areas for which they are acclaimed, but in the way they lived their lives. Their selfless approach to life and the many people they assisted is encouragement for all of us in times of doubt and hardship.

We invite you to please download our FREE Amazing People Toolkit.

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Amazing People Education is brought to you by The Amazing People Club – an international education publisher that is bringing these sensational resources to students and teachers worldwide. To explore tips and tricks on classroom edu-tainment using BioViews®, please download our free Amazing Teacher Toolkit. To get involved in our direct-to-classroom resources, be sure to check out these Education Case Studies.

We would like you to try some of our amazing class starters and let us know how they were received by teachers and students. To take a peek at how some students reacted when they came face to face with Columbus and Michelangelo, please see our video from Castle Vale High School.

For further information, please contact marion@amazingpeopleclub.com, or visit www.amazingpeopleclub.com