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Cheetah Learning is the January 2018 Project Management Application or Service Provider of the Month
Cheetah fast – that's how you want to learn important things, right? Concepts and processes that will make you more successful as a person, as a project manager, as a member of society. Yes... it goes that deep. Cheetah Learning isn't just about training you and getting you to your goal of project management professional (PMP) certification. It's about making you an overall better employee, a better person, a better decision maker, a better leader. And it works. They've been around 19 years as an organization and they aren't going anywhere but up. On top of that, they guarantee your success in passing the PMP so as to make sure your money and time isn't wasted. They know what you're doing is important and they want you to succeed Cheetah fast. My motto is “You're only as successful as your last customer thinks you are...” For me that goes both ways. I want to associate myself and partner my offerings with equally customer oriented and goal minded individuals and I know that the people behind Cheetah – from the top down are exactly that way.
Cheetah Learning was the first company to offer Accelerated PMP Exam Prep over 15 years ago. Cheetah Learning has a consistent 98% pass rate and 95% of their business is referrals from their large and very successful alumni base. Cheetah Learning students and the companies they serve become the top performers in their industries. They offer PMP, PMI-ACP, CAPM, and CCPM prep courses as well as continuing education classes in a variety of project management, negotiations, and accelerated learning topics.
Are you ready to take that PMP step? There are choices for you out there... and I've personally looked them over and I feel very comfortable recommending these individuals and their program as a whole. They stand behind it and personally believe (and know from experience and customer testimonials) that it will help you become both a better person and a better professional. Becoming a PMP should also help you make more money all at the same time! Win-win!
I have once again selected them as my App/Service Provider of the month and you should definitely consider them for your training and certification needs. And if you want a discount, use code “BRADPMP” for their PMP training and certification offerings and “BRADCCPM” for their own proprietary Cheetah Certified Project Manager certification and get 5% off both programs. You won't be sorry. To get started, download their very own Fast Track Guide to the PMP right now and learn about how they make it happen for you.
Cheetah Learning is a 19 year old company focused on providing accelerated learning toward – and including – project management certification with principles based on the PMBOK and methodologies and practices incorporated by the Project Management Institute (PMI) but in a way that creates more of a whole-body, whole-mind, whole-person learning experience in which so that individuals are able to quickly assimilate a large amount of content in a way that speeds instant recall.
Michelle LaBrosse, the CEO, founder and main evangelist of Cheetah Learning, is kind enough to answer a few questions about their offerings, their process and the guarantee that set them apart as a leader in an area where most of us are afraid to experience failure and therefore are looking for our best chance for success... and she is certain that is by following the Cheetah way...
Q: First off Michelle, I've worked with you long enough to gain an understanding of how passionate you are with Cheetah's process. Please tell us all more about the Cheetah way and how it's different.
A: It’s in how we design our courses. People love to learn, but they don’t enjoy being “taught.” This is why we are called Cheetah LEARNING as opposed to Cheetah TEACHING. We remove many barriers to learning so that Cheetah students are able to easily follow our processes to achieve the results they desire. One barrier that is quite common for many people with respect to learning new skills is anxiety. When people are anxious, their brain does not function well for learning. Many things contribute to anxiety – such as diet, past failures in school, or outside distractions. Cheetah students master well proven techniques to keep themselves in a state of calm, relaxed focus so they can achieve the best results possible with their learning efforts. Besides removing the barriers to learning, we develop and extensively test learning processes our Cheetah students can follow to achieve their learning goals. Every course we create goes through an extensive testing and validation phase to ensure every step a Cheetah student takes will ensure they achieve the learning results they desire.
What is different is most other companies do not follow this level of rigor in course development – instead teaching courses how they have been taught by using lecture, some case study, maybe a few interactive exercises. Cheetah staff who lead cheetah courses are called “coaches” rather than teachers, instructors or professors because they are the guides on the side rather than the sage on the stage helping the Cheetah student follow the well developed course process to achieve their desired learning result.
Q: I also know you are passionate about your own, more personal-based CCPM (Cheetah Certified Project Manager program. What is that about?
A: This is about helping people activate their innate genius to make a huge difference in the world. We each have specific gifts that can be used to learn faster, focus better, achieve goals quicker, and get along with others in a way that brings out the best of everyone. We created and extensively tested a way to help people fulfill their life purpose through what we call “personality based learning.” This goes beyond simply discovering the strengths and challenges of your unique personality type and what situations would be a better fit for you. This is where conventional personality testing takes you. We took it a step further and created a way to help people better leverage their innate strengths to pursue the right goals for them and to figure out the best way to do those goals. Every single person does projects – it’s how they achieve their goals. So we have people learn the best way for them to manage their projects. Every single person also negotiates with a wide range of people every day. There are ways that people can get along better with others when they learn how to align their natural style with other people’s natural styles. This is what Cheetah students learn as part of becoming a Cheetah Certified Project Manager. Whereas earning the PMP credential shows you know the globally recognized standard for Project Management, earning the CCPM, shows you know how to best manage you to create the best outcomes for everyone.
Q: The guarantee is intriguing. I like that one and it was an immediate draw for me when I was searching PMP training online. Tell us more about that – because everyone likes a guarantee.
A: Well the guarantee is actually part of the course design. A big barrier to learning as mentioned before is anxiety. Having a guarantee that shows we stand behind the rigor of the process we are asking students to follow helps reduce their anxiety. This helps improve their chances they will be able to stay in a state of calm, relaxed focus to more rapidly assimilate the material they need to know to pass the PMP exam. We have had companies ask us to change some part of our program and to remove the guarantee. We decline working with those clients because we know how important that guarantee is for Cheetah students’ success.
Q: Many see project management as a fairly static discipline. But those of us who have been in it awhile have seen many changes including all the different training and certification processes available today. What is the most innovative thing you've heard, read or thought about Project Management in the past year or so?
A: I am a huge fan of the Agile Project Management methods. Almost 20 years ago now, I developed Cheetah Project Management which has many agile principles. My main focus with that approach is using accelerated learning principles to help people launch and complete their projects very fast. While Agile (and other SCRUM) based approaches to project management have their own vernacular, many of the methods are very similar to what we developed in Cheetah Project Management using accelerated learning principles.
Q: If you weren't making people successful at managing projects, what would you see yourself doing?
A: I see Cheetah Learning more so helping people joyfully and skillfully achieving their dreams and goals at Cheetah speed. Right now my palate is project management. But if it weren’t called “project management” – I am sure I’d be doing something similar – it would just be branded under a different umbrella.
Q: How many project managers go through some sort of Cheetah training and certification in a given year?
A: It depends on which courses you’re looking at. We have up to 10,000 people taking Cheetah Learning courses in a year. We have over 50 courses and some years we have a course that really hits a chord. Like last year, we had a number of people take The Happiness Project class that helps people increase their overall satisfaction with life. I took that to be a sign of our times and the amount of discord we had in the country – people wanted to a way to regroup and find their way back to happy. Cheetah’s Accelerated PMP Exam Prep program has always been a solid performing course for us with several thousand students a year. Most people who enroll in that one do so because they were referred to Cheetah by a co-worker, friend or family member.
Want to know more about the Cheetah Learning process and the trainings available to you that come with that guarantee of success? Check out their site and contact a Cheetah expert who will be happy to answer any and all questions you might have.
Back in 1991, while toiling away as an Aerospace Engineer, I found this book called “Do What You Are, Discover the Perfect Career for You.” While having achieved my early life’s dream of becoming an Aerospace Engineer, I felt there was something else I could be doing to contribute more of my talent to humanity. This book helped me realize that my true strengths were as an entrepreneur and teacher. The key to success, according to this book, was finding the right path for you based on your personality type...
Does project management professional (PMP) certification sound like more than you want to take on right now? Are you looking for a more personal approach of improving yourself as a project manager? Let's set aside the PMP certification process for a moment and consider something more inline with us, how we work on real projects and what it means to really find true project success.
What I'm talking about is an amazing program where individuals like you and me are trained how to learn faster, get their projects done quicker and negotiate in a way that brings out the best in all and project leaders by mastering how to fully leverage their innate strengths. Sound too good to be true? It's not, it's just that you've never heard of it before. But it's real, it's successful and I have many testimonials from individuals who have benefited greatly from it that I can share with you.
This program is called the Cheetah Certified Project Manager (CCPM) certification from Cheetah Learning and it's far more than just some achievement certificate. It's a challenging 12 week online program based on Cheetah Project Management and Cheetah Negotiations – which also, of course, fall in line with the Project Management Institute (PMI) training and methodology, the PMBOK and PMP certification. It's not going to contradict those, but it's more personal and designed to make you a better and more well-rounded project manager from the core... not just because you passed an exam.
The CCPM learning objectives include:
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The process of earning CCPM certification provides you with 60 PDUs. The Cheetah Certified Project Manager courses online are designed for you to integrate the skills you learn into your day to day life by doing five to ten hours of skill based activities per week. You can finish this program in as quick as six weeks, however Cheetah recognizes that you may be juggling a career and family so Cheetah gives you up to twelve weeks from the date you register to complete all the activities. If you want to register but wait a few weeks to start, please let us know as soon as you register. The goal is to successfully fit this certification program into your work life and your personal life. Register now... you will be glad you did.
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Project management isn't boring and it isn't static. Project management is actually dynamic.. it just isn't moving at a rapid pace. It's changing and advancing at more of a snail's pace. Nevertheless there are trends that will emerge in 2018 and beyond. It's hard to predict what those are, but I'll do my best.
Let's consider five key tends I think will be emerging in 2018 and I'm anxious to see what you what you think of these trend predictions and any observations, suggestions or ideas you have on your own in terms of where project management is heading in the next one to five years. Please be thinking of your own list as you read this and comment at the end so we can discuss this further.
For now here's my list to 5…
If the PMP exam is changing, why would an aspiring PMP not want to be certified on the latest edition of the PMBOK?
You can most certainly certify with the newest exam. Cheetah Learning has been involved now in six exam changes over the course of the past 16 years. From the first change in 2002 to this exam change, there have been tremendous changes in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Yet the people who earned their Project Management Professional certification (PMP) before 2002 and kept it in good standing, have continued to increase their value to the organizations they serve.
The Project Management Institute's (PMI) process of maintaining your PMP status insures that people who maintain their PMP credential continue to develop and evolve their PM skills. The PMP is the entry point for most people to being a professional in Project Management. The PMBOK continues to evolve as the entire community develops and evolves their PM skills. This evolution is incremental though so earning your PMP before the exam changes with the PMBOK 5th edition is less material - and will require less effort. But the real development as a PMP happens as you practice being a PMP and continue to grow your capabilities as a PMP.
Please feel free to ask Cheetah Learning anything related to the PMP as they are the training and certification efforts and have been personally involved in six exam changes.
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