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Businesses are transformed when reality TV meets e-learning

11 Sep 2014

A unique e-learning project which combines the popular appeal of "reality TV" with the interactive experience of online education will be launched this week with the assistance of the University of Sydney Business School.

The reality TV series, titled the No More Practice Transformation Series, will pit three wealth advisers against each other while an associated online e-learning program will challenge viewers to improve their own business performance.

The Business School's Associate Dean (Undergraduate), Associate Professor Nigel Finch, will join leading business experts to provide the television contestants and online participants with expert advice on issues ranging from leadership to strategy and implementation.

"The combined TV series and online No More Practice 30 Day Business Challenge will immerse professionals in a relaxed learning environment in which they can reflect on their leadership approach, business purpose, strategy, structure, objectives and priorities," said Dr Finch. "At the end of the challenge, they will be provided with a tailored action plan."

The project is supported by the Financial Planning Association (FPA), CPA Australia (CPA Australia) and the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia (MFAA).

Members of these bodies who participate in the No More Practice 30 Day Business Challenge will earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.

Online mentors will include the CEO of the FPA, Mark Rantall; the GM, Public Practice of CPA Australia, Peter Docherty and the President of the MFAA, Tim Brown.

The TV contestants who will be taken on a "transformational journey" by industry experts, mentors and judges are Caxton Pang, of Linton Solutions; Dominique Bergel-Grant of Leapfrog Finance and John Tyson, of Northern Wealth Advisory Group, who all describe the series as life changing for their business potential.

"This project is designed to help time poor, dedicated professionals grow strong businesses which will allow them to better serve the Australian consumer," said No More Practice's Group CEO, Vanessa Stoykov.

"We are dedicated to helping wealth professionals grow strong, sustainable businesses via e-learning."

The series will premiere on Foxtel's SkyNews Business Channel on Sunday (14/09) at 8.30 PM. It will also appear on Free to Air station Channel 74 (4ME) on Tuesdays at 7.30 PM.

"I am pleased to be involved in the creation of the No More Practice 30 Day Business Challenge," said Dr Finch. "The future of business education is going to look precisely like this - accessible and deliverable into a lounge room."