Ithaka Learning develops internationally focused training programs, workshops, courses and books that deliver psychological techniques for leadership, teamwork, self-awareness, self-discipline, coping with adversity and crisis, and maximising personal potential.
In challenging times, conventional management and personal development training often falls short, because it does not prepare trainees for abnormal situations. Ithaka courses are designed for the real world. Unlike most conventional training, our courses train you to deal with the unexpected, leave your comfort zones, rise to challenges, and sometimes achieve the impossible!
The warm breeze of happiness
Whenever I look at business magazines, and especially articles on HR , I find myself bombarded by buzz words, most of them dripping with good intentions. Employee empowerment, lateral thinking, learning organizations, team building, corporate values, employee surveys, 360° assessments. They just keep coming. Read more
Making the Choice
Making a decision in any aspect of life can be an agonizing or easy, depending on the circumstances we find ourselves in. If we make the right choice, we congratulate ourselves. If we make the wrong one it’s highly tempting to look everywhere for a reason beyond ourselves. Read more.
Thriving on “alternate mode"
From Laurel and Hardy though to Fawlty Towers, the spectacle of human beings being driven demented by the breakdown of order, systems and technology has always been great box office. On the dramatic side of the media fence, disaster movies in which the heroes survive against the odds leave audiences wonder how they would cope with earthquakes, fires, and aircraft falling from the skies. Read more.
East vs West
In Saudi Arabia, the term “western”, tends to mean something or someone emanating from the UK, the US, continental Europe and the antipodes. In the eyes of westerners, western expertise means best practice. Western technology is about inventiveness, reliability and superiority over other technologies. We think of Japanese technology as “honorary western” in this regard. Read more.
Bridging the Learning Gulf
What’s the single biggest issue which year-on-year preoccupies the governments of the Gulf states? The price of oil? Political stability and the rise of radical Islamism? Economic stability and the impact on the Middle East of the global downturn? Read more.
Postcard from Riyadh – Bridging the Perception Gap
“Many of our school leavers enter the job market feeling that they have nothing to offer employers. They write CVS which reflect this lack of confidence – name, school, grades and contact details – that’s it!” These are the words of a Saudi friend of mine who should know. He runs a recruitment company in Riyadh, and he receives regular job applications from school leavers who he believes lack the basic skills to project themselves in the job market. Read more.