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Life Competencies for Growth and Success
A Trainer’s Manual


May 2018 | 436 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

LIFE COMPETENCIES FOR GROWTH AND SUCCESS is a complete guide for trainers engaged in promoting life skills training and education. In today’s complex world, life competencies play a very important role in shaping the personality of individuals, in helping them establish their self-identity and in preparing them to face the myriad challenges of life more effectively. This will coalesce into producing more conscientious, responsible and productive members of society. 

This Trainer’s Manual can be used for training diverse groups of participants—those working with business firms or in the social development sector, young entrepreneurs, job aspirants, young executives looking for career-promoting and growth-oriented training opportunities, and technical or vocational trainees at different technical institutes under the skill-development programme of the Government of India. The Manual will also serve as a useful guide for self-improvement and self-training by all those who may not have access to formal training opportunities. The modular approach followed in the Manual will help trainers and training institutes in designing custom-made programmes for their groups. 

 
Foreword
 
Introduction
 
Life Skills Defined
 
Life Skill Education
 
Integrating Life Skills with Technical Skills
 
Skill and Competency
 
Using the Manual
 
General Guidelines for the Trainers
 
Special Features of the Manual
 
Section A – The Modules
 
Module 1 – Self-awareness, Self-confidence, and Self-esteem
 
Self-awareness
 
Self-confidence
 
Self-esteem
 
Suggested Guidelines for the Trainers
 
Exercise 1
 
Exercise 2
 
Exercise 3
 
Exercise 4
 
Module 2 – Interpersonal Communication
 
Understanding Interpersonal Communication
 
What is Effective Communication?
 
Skills in Interpersonal Communication
 
Barriers to Effective Communication
 
Suggested Guidelines for Conducting the Session
 
Exercise 1
 
Exercise 2
 
Exercise 3
 
Module 3 – Interpersonal Relationships
 
Understanding Interpersonal Relationship
 
Interpersonal Relationship at Workplace
 
Personal Qualities That Influence Interpersonal Relationships
 
Skills in Interpersonal Relationship
 
Suggested Guidelines for Conducting the Session
 
Exercise 1
 
Exercise 2
 
Exercise 3
 
Exercise 4
 
Module 4 – Conflict—Dimensions and Resolution
 
Understanding Conflict—Definition and Meaning
 
Intrapersonal Conflict (Personal Dilemmas)
 
Interpersonal Conflict and its Dimensions
 
Preventing Interpersonal Conflict
 
Styles for Management of Interpersonal Conflicts
 
Interpersonal Conflict Resolution Strategies
 
Skills in Resolving Interpersonal Conflict
 
Resolving Interpersonal Conflict— Suggested Steps
 
Intra-group Conflicts
 
Sources of Conflict in an Organisation
 
Suggested Guidelines for Conducting the Session
 
Exercise 1
 
Exercise 2
 
Module 5 – Management of Stress
 
Stress and People
 
Internal Stressors
 
External Stressors
 
Causes of Stress at Workplace
 
General Strategies to Manage Stress
 
Things You Can Do to Avoid or Manage Stress
 
Suggested Guidelines for Conducting the Session
 
Exercise 1
 
Exercise 2
 
Exercise 3
 
Module 6 – Positive Thinking
 
Understanding Positive Thinking
 
Manifestations of Positive Thinking and Attitude
 
On Way to Developing a Positive Attitude!
 
Suggested Guidelines for Conducting the Session
 
Exercise 1
 
Exercise 2
 
Module 7 – Critical Thinking and Creative Thinking
 
Understanding Critical Thinking
 
Some Prominent Features of Critical Thinking
 
What Critical Thinking is Not
 
Three Parts of Critical Thinking
 
Critical Thinking—Its Application in Our Day-to-day Life
 
Skills in Critical Thinking
 
Profile of a Critical Thinker
 
Understanding Creative Thinking
 
Creative Thinking Versus Critical Thinking
 
Improving Your Creative Abilities
 
Creative Thinking Skills
 
Profile of a Creative Thinker
 
Suggested Guidelines for Conducting the Session
 
Exercise
 
Mini-exercise 1
 
Mini-exercise 2
 
Mini-exercise 3
 
Mini-exercise 4
 
Module 8 – Empathy
 
Understanding Empathy
 
Elements of Empathy
 
Types of Empathy
 
Using Empathy Effectively
 
Suggested Guidelines for Conducting the Session
 
Exercise 1
 
Exercise 2
 
Module 9 – Problem Solving and Decision-making
 
Understanding Decision-making
 
Understanding Problem-solving
 
Process of Problem-solving and Decision-making
 
Decision-making Methods
 
Steps in Problem-solving and Decision-making
 
Participatory Decision-making—Core Values
 
Individual Decision-making
 
Factors That Influence Individual Decision-making
 
Individual Decision-making Under Stress—Strategies
 
Suggested Guidelines for Conducting the Session
 
Exercise 1
 
Exercise 2
 
Section B – Delivering an Effective Training Programme
 
I – Beginning an Active Training Programme
 
Opening the Programme
 
Tasks for the Trainer
 
II – Creating and Maintaining Learning Environment
 
Elements of Healthy Learning Environment
 
Your Basic Tools for Creating Learning Climate
 
III – Planning a Training Session—Writing a Session Plan
 
What is a Session Plan?
 
Why Do You Need a Session Plan?
 
IV – Question–Response Approach— A Tool for Promoting Participation
 
Questions–Response Approach Can Be Helpful in Many Ways
 
Question–Response Technique—Guidelines to Enhance its Usefulness
 
Trainers’ Inner Restraints with Respect to Questions
 
Questions about Questions
 
V – Using Training Methods Effectively
 
Lecture
 
Group Discussion as a Method of Training
 
Brainstorming
 
Case Study Method
 
Preparing and Using Training Support Materials
 
References

I have known Dr Agochiya for more than three decades. This Manual reflects his vast international experience as a trainer and an expert in youth empowerment, particularly in the field of life skills development. I am sure it will enhance the understanding and knowledge base of the facilitators in preparing youth to meet the challenges of life confidently. 

P.K. Mishra,
Former Chief Secretary, UP, and ex-Member, Union Public Service Commission

In the realm of training of trainers, this volume is a fine example of a researched guide. It is exceptional because of the inputs in terms of theory, application and innovation. Undoubtedly, it will prove valuable to all those engaged in personal development and the advancement of a flourishing humanistic society. In my professional opinion, no one is more qualified than Dr Agochiya to produce such a trainer’s Manual. 

Jitendra Mohan,
Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Panjab University

The Manual is a seminal piece of work in life skills education. If we have to produce confident, efficient and professional young workforce, it is necessary that vocational or entrepreneurial skills imparted by various training agencies are complemented by developing life skills as well. The Manual developed by Dr Agochiya who is an internationally acknowledged expert in youth development and training, provides this opportunity.

Jagadananda,
Mentor and Co-founder—CYSD; Chairperson: Transparency International India (Odisha Chapter); Member, State Audit Advisory Board; former State Information Commissioner

Dr Agochiya has been associated with the IALSE programmes for nearly a decade. His rich experience as a trainer and his wide-ranging knowledge about life skills and human behaviour are evident in the contents of the Manual and the manner in which the material is presented. I am confident that his effort will give a significant boost to life skills education in India.

Dr R.J. Solomon,
President, Indian Association of Life Skills Education (IALSE)

“This Manual reflects his [Dr Agochiya’s] vast international experience as a trainer and an expert in youth empowerment, particularly in the field of Life Skills Development. I am sure it will enhance the understanding and knowledge base of the facilitators in preparing the youth to meet the challenges of life confidently.”

P K Mishra,
Former Chief Secretary, UP, and ex-Member, Union Public Service Commission
Key features

LIFE COMPETENCIES FOR GROWTH AND SUCCESS is a complete guide for trainers engaged in promoting life skills training and education. In today’s complex world, life competencies play a very important role in shaping the personality of individuals, in helping them establish their self-identity and in preparing them to face the myriad challenges of life more effectively. This will coalesce into producing more conscientious, responsible and productive members of society. 

This Trainer’s Manual can be used for training diverse groups of participants—those working with business firms or in the social development sector, young entrepreneurs, job aspirants, young executives looking for career-promoting and growth-oriented training opportunities, and technical or vocational trainees at different technical institutes under the skill-development programme of the Government of India. The Manual will also serve as a useful guide for self-improvement and self-training by all those who may not have access to formal training opportunities. The modular approach followed in the Manual will help trainers and training institutes in designing custom-made programmes for their groups. 


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