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Strengthen Your Self-Discipline Muscles Today! | Training

By |2018-07-16T11:17:36+00:00May 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|

What comes to mind when you hear the word self-discipline? It can often sound like a negative term where we visualise ourselves chained to a desk for days on end, or forcing ourselves to do 100 push-ups a day (Ouch!). Perhaps we need to change our view about self-discipline? Self-discipline stretches our will power, work ethic and persistence muscles. Sounds like the muscles we need for success…Interesting. Self-discipline gives you more control over your day, projects, work situation and family life so that instead of scrabbling to meet ends with all areas of your life, you are able to regulate yourself and achieve excellence. It promotes time management and effective planning so that the goals you need to meet are achieved. At Global Training Institute we ensure that when you are completing a qualification with us, you are able to plan it into your life in a constructive and effective [...]

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Develop a Business Plan Today

By |2018-07-16T11:17:36+00:00April 29th, 2015|Uncategorized|

A strategic plan is the ‘where’ of the planning process - where you plan to be at some point in the future. The ‘how’ is the business plan - how you are going to achieve the 'where' of the strategic plan. The business plan usually focuses on a 12 to 18 month period, setting out in operational terms what must be done. Again, the planning process and the commitment to it are the keys. Here are the main steps in the business-planning process... 1. Consider adopting a strategic approach. A useful strategic approach to adopt in drafting a business plan is to see the plan as comprising three main sections - the NOW analysis, the WHERE analysis, and the HOW elements of the plan… The NOW analysis outlines where the organisation is now and would consist of a business diagnostic or situational analysis. The WHERE analysis contains essential information linking [...]

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6 Tips to Developing a Succession Plan

By |2018-07-16T11:17:37+00:00April 22nd, 2015|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Soft Skills, Training|

Succession planning has come a long way from the days when it usually meant simply putting names in boxes on organisation charts. Effective succession planning has evolved to a process by which successors are identified for key positions, and career development and associated activities are planned accordingly. Here are the key steps in developing an effective succession plan... 1. Decide on the depth of your succession plan. Although the most common model for corporate succession planning focuses on the most senior jobs in the organisation (the top two or three tiers), a broader-based model where a similar philosophy and processes are applied to a much larger population (managerial, professional, and administration) is becoming popular. Sustaining the devolved model will require continued support of a committed management, so that identified successors will embrace the priority given to this process. 2. Identify the specific qualities you seek in suitable candidates. Whatever you [...]

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Learn How to Handle a Media Interview Today

By |2018-07-16T11:17:37+00:00April 20th, 2015|Uncategorized|

The press and broadcasting media can offer great opportunities to publicise a positive aspect of your organisation. They can also cause problems and create embarrassment when they find that something has gone wrong. These are the two sides of the media coin - and you must be prepared for both. So you could find yourself talking to journalists when you send out a press release and the media respond to it, or when the media themselves have nosed out a story about your company. Are you prepared to cope with such interviews? The following suggestions will help... 1. Know the medium. When providing an interview for any medium, it's important to know its peculiarities. Newspapers cover stories in greater depth, need more backgound material, and seek human-interest items with local angles. Television newsrooms rarely send crews on good-news stories without first making an appointment; but they can disconcertingly arrive unannounced [...]

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Realising the Benefits of Training

By |2018-07-16T11:17:37+00:00April 17th, 2015|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, Resources, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Training|

Training is a vital way to keep up to date with new technology, trends, and skills, as well as improving staff motivation and overall business functions. Through training you ensure that you are being resourceful, running the business effectively, and creating staff who are assets to the organisation. If you are considering implementing training within your business/organisation or wondering why it is necessary, here are some valuable benefits as to why training is worthwhile: Business Benefits Despite the size or type of a business, training can impact its effectiveness. Research shows that in a business where training is valued and implemented, productivity increases. Staff who receive training can be up to 230% more productive than those who do not experience training. (Source: Smith A., 2001, Return on Investment in Training: Research Readings, NCVER, pdf - 359K) Higher productivity can affect the entire business, allowing it to expand and increase market share. [...]

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How to Prepare to Bring About Change

By |2018-07-16T11:17:37+00:00April 15th, 2015|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Short Courses, Soft Skills, Training|

Planning for change can occupy a great deal of a manager's time and energy, but it is not a process that can be left to chance: it can be tricky and disruptive if handled badly. Whether implementing a new job-rotation scheme, rearranging the office layout, introducing new technology, relocating your manufacturing operations, or anything else, a manager must use a preliminary, systematic planning approach to bring about successful change later... 1. Be convinced that change is necessary. Are you sure that the intended change is sound and that there is every likelihood it will succeed? Is it practical, ethical, cost-effective? Will it solve more problems than it will create? Is it based on untested theory or speculation, on fashion, or a whim? Are the risks acceptable? Has it proven successful elsewhere? Can you specifically identify projected improvements in productivity? There is little to be gained from adopting a plan that [...]

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10 Easy Tips to Help You Boost Your Self-Confidence

By |2018-07-16T11:17:37+00:00April 13th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Personal confidence is something most of us would like more of. And where do we turn to get it? To ourselves, of course, by bolstering and developing those areas that need attention. Increasing self-confidence is primarily a matter of finding out what makes us feel good about ourselves and then practising the relevant behaviour patterns. To grow in confidence yourself, here are strategies you might consider... 1. Set realistic targets for yourself. Self-confidence will not turn you into Superman or Wonderwoman - only allow you to make the best of what you are personally capable of doing. So set reasonable and realistic expectations for yourself, rather than compare yourself with others. Keep upgrading your own standards in lifestyle, behaviour, relationships, and professional achievements. 2. Know what you do best. If you stop and think about even the small things you do each day, you may be surprised to find some [...]

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How to Apply the Principles of Best Practice

By |2018-07-16T11:17:37+00:00April 8th, 2015|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, Resources, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Project Managment, Schools, Short Courses, Soft Skills, Training|

In an age of increasing deregulation, technological change, and new competitive attitudes, organisations must become nationally - even internationally - competitive. To do so, it is essential to pursue ‘best practices’ - comprehensive, integrated, and cooperative approaches to the continuous improvement of all parts of an organisation’s operations. Leading-edge companies achieve world- class standards of performance in this way. Here are the general principles of best practice. Consider adopting them... 1. Develop a shared vision and strategic plan. Central to achieving best practice is a vision of world-class performance, shared by everyone in the organisation, translated into action through a strategic plan. 2. Ensure that your bosses are committed. Committed bosses are essential to drive and support change processes. And one of their key roles is not only to provide leadership but also to recognise and encourage leadership at all levels of the organisation. 3. Provide a flatter organisational structure. [...]

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5 Quick Tips to Help You Dress the Part

By |2018-07-16T11:17:38+00:00April 6th, 2015|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, Resources, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Leadership, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Short Courses, Soft Skills, Training, Workshops|

Britain’s leading image consultant, Mary Spillane, says in 'Presenting Yourself' that ‘a poor image is self-defeating; it gets in the way of you projecting your true qualities and abilities. Many of us wish this wasn’t the case, that we should be assessed only on our achievements, not on any additional, superficial factor, such as appearance’. But, she insists, how we are packaged speaks volumes about how we value ourselves and respect others, about our sense of quality, creativity, and professionalism. Appearance matters for aspiring executives - and the following provides some useful introductory advice... 1. Know why we are reluctant to look the part. According to top US image consultant Susan Bixler, most aspiring executives fail to maintain a polished professional appearance for four main reasons: Self-consciousness: many feel they would give the impression of being dressy merely to cover technical deficiencies. Cost: most believe looking good would be expensive. [...]

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About How to Say Thank You

By |2018-07-16T11:17:38+00:00April 2nd, 2015|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Leadership, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Short Courses, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Uncategorized|

Saying 'thank you' has been called the neglected art. Indeed, there is a reluctance among some managers to express adequate appreciation for a job well done. A few simple, well-placed thanks, however, can do wonders to improve the performance of your staff. To maximise the benefits of this powerful word, here are a few useful suggestions... 1. Speak up. Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone; you should never mistake your warm feelings and beaming smiles for the art itself. If you express your gratitude to a colleague, though, don't cheapen the value of the well-earned thanks by mumbling the words or by being embarrassed. Think about what you're going to say and how you're going to say it. Even a simple thanks sometimes requires preparation. 2. Say it - and mean it. Every time we express sincere appreciation, we give value to the other person. Our words say, 'You [...]

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What Everybody Ought to Know About How to Prepare Yourself for a Brilliant Career

By |2018-07-16T11:17:38+00:00March 30th, 2015|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Leadership, School of Management, Schools, Short Courses, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training, Workshops|

Climbing the management ladder to success is not something to be left to chance. Unfortunately, there is no magic formula. In fact, no two management consultants would agree completely on any certain recipe for reaching the top job. They would agree, however, that, if you are ambitious to reach the top, then the best person to help you get there is yourself. So here are a few guidelines to help you on your way... 1. Be prepared. There are no better candidates for advancement than those who, while handling their own jobs in exemplary fashion, have also prepared themselves for the job above theirs. Keep close to the people whose job you want, for they often have much to say about their successors. 2. Attend seminars and training courses regularly. The sharpening of management skills through continuing education is essential for effective managers. Additionally, exposure to other managers at seminars [...]

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Becoming a Workplace that Values Training

By |2018-07-16T11:17:38+00:00March 27th, 2015|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, Resources, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Short Courses, Soft Skills, Training, Workshops|

Organisations that place a high value on training their employees are often the most successful and thriving companies. The organisation reaps the rewards of better skilled/trained workers who are more versatile and innovative, while employees enjoy the opportunity, and privilege, of up-skilling, networking, being challenged with new ideas, and more. Employees appreciate the opportunity to do something out of their normal routine that stimulates their thinking in a new way and formalises the skills they are developing in their everyday jobs. Training in an organisation only increases employee motivation and inspires them to take on more responsibility and challenges. Here are some tips for employees wanting to support training in the workplace: Ask and allow employees to find courses that they are interested in doing, and encourage their participation. Encourage employees to consider working on a degree that is relevant to their current work. (This helps formalise what they are [...]

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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet to Establishing a Learning Culture in the Workplace | Training

By |2018-07-16T11:17:38+00:00March 25th, 2015|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Leadership, School of Management, Schools, Short Courses, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training, Workshops|

It’s one thing to say that you want to be a business or organisation with a learning culture, but to actually see it cultivated is another story. This requires the acceptance of particular attitudes, values and practices that support ongoing learning. Training is a key part of the process when it comes to establishing a learning culture. Learning serves to expand thinking, open minds and encourage individuals to reinterpret their world. Peter Senge identified five disciplines of a learning culture that contribute to building a vibrant and healthy learning culture. Personal Mastery: Cultivate an environment where individual goals are valued and achieved through partnership with the employee and the organisation. Mental Models: The idea that people’s perception of their environment shapes their decisions and behaviour. Shared Vision: Encourage teamwork and sharing by collaboratively setting goals and planning objectives. Team Learning: Valuing group conversation and thinking skills so that together employees [...]

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8 Secrets to Reducing the Number of Time Consuming Meetings | Training

By |2018-07-16T11:17:38+00:00March 23rd, 2015|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Leadership, School of Management, Schools, Short Courses, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training, Workshops, Workshops|

Meetings, whether they are one-on-one discussions or gatherings of five, ten, or twenty people, are an important part of working life - but they are time-consuming. And often they are criticised for being unproductive, costly, boring, and sometimes unnecessary. Are they always needed? And all of them? Check out these points, and you may find you'll be holding fewer meetings in future... 1. Be fully aware of the cost of your meetings. Meetings consume valuable time. Often, time is wasted on rambling discussions, excessive socialising, political manoeuvring, special-interest conflicts, and travelling. Nor is time the only casualty. When did you last find out what your organisation's meetings were costing in salaries alone? 2. Consider why you hold so many meetings. Meetings can be very useful tools for communicating ideas, clarifying information, solving problems, making decisions, and building teams. But they can also be held for the wrong reasons: Do you [...]

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Career Development

By |2018-07-16T11:17:39+00:00March 20th, 2015|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Short Courses, Soft Skills, Training, Workshops|

What is Career Development? We hear the words ‘career development’ spoken all the time, but what does it actually mean? A simple, yet concise definition of career development is the intentional and proactive planning and execution of steps towards your desired career goals. At Global Training Institute we want to see people achieve their career goals by helping them gain qualifications so that they have the options to progress within their industry. By recognizing the skills one has achieved through their work experience, we can fast-track their qualification so that their experience is formalised. But why is Career Development important? Why should someone care about their career? Career development planning and execution helps you to regularly take a step back and assess where you currently are in relation to where you are heading. It eliminates the possibility of ‘going with the flow’ and allowing months and years to slip away from [...]

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How to Beat the Monday-Morning Blues #2

By |2018-07-16T11:17:39+00:00March 18th, 2015|Uncategorized|

In our previous blog we stated 6 ways to make returning to work each week more enjoyable, here are some more tips! Your 'Mondays Blues' can be quickly changed with just a few adjustments! 7. Exercise on Monday morning. Before heading off to work on Monday morning, jog around the block, or try some exercises. Bring some zest back into your life. Keep your body fit so that your emotions and your body don't become drags on your mind. 8. Get up early on Mondays. If you sleep in on Monday mornings, you will only be adding to your misery. Rise early, exercise, have breakfast, read the paper, and snap yourself into the routine of the coming week. 9. Schedule interesting meetings for Monday mornings. Good company and stimulating conversation can lift your spirits. If you want to start the week well, schedule a meeting with interesting colleagues. 10. Avoid [...]

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How to Beat the Monday-Morning Blues | Training

By |2018-07-16T11:17:39+00:00March 16th, 2015|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Short Courses, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training, Workshops|

A productive, happy, and effective day is usually achieved by starting out fast and peppy in the morning. Unfortunately, the day is often lost to many of us even before we get out of bed: we self-destruct as soon as we wake up, dreading the thought of having to go to work. For most people, Monday mornings in particular can be the most difficult time of all. If you have trouble getting started each week, here is some timely advice on beating those Monday morning blues... 1. Finish as many jobs as possible on Friday. If you finish as many tasks as you can before the weekend, you will feel much better knowing that these matters are not hanging over for Monday morning. 2. Tidy up your office before leaving on Friday evening Never arrive on Monday morning to find the cluttered remnants of the previous week's work. 3. Get [...]

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Cultivate a Better Professional Image for Yourself

By |2018-07-16T11:17:39+00:00March 13th, 2015|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Short Courses, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Workshops|

Like it or not, you do have an image: if you do not develop it by intent, then it will develop by default. So the answer is to make sure that the image you project is an asset rather than a liability. But knowing what image you present and how to go about improving it is more difficult than it would seem at first glance. The suggestions that follow are listed to help you enhance your personal image and to influence more positively the way others see you... 1. Know what image you want to project. What kind of personal image do you want to project? Do you want to impress as a creative, energetic, innovative, and enthusiastic leader? Or as a laid-back, let-it-all-happen, efficient manager? Or as a sensitive, caring people person? Other people read the signals you project so analyse the image you would like to create and [...]

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How to Communicate Effectively | Training

By |2018-07-16T11:17:39+00:00March 11th, 2015|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, Resources, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Short Courses, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Target Markets, Target Markets, Training, Workshops|

The term ‘communication’ now includes many activities associated with everyday organisational life - oral, face-to-face, formal, informal, personal, interpersonal, nonverbal, and written - which is why so many organisational headaches are attributed to ‘communication problems’. Indeed, a common finding of organisational reviews is that ‘communication needs to be improved’. We spend so much time ‘communicating’, but so few of us give much thought to the essentials of this key management activity... 1. Always work to establish rapport. Without the trust and confidence of others with whom you are communicating, much of what you say will be lost. It is imperative, therefore, that you take time to establish and build rapport. Knowing your audience is a vital part of this process. 2. Attract the attention of your target audience. It’s not what you communicate but how you do it. People are being bombarded with information and have become very selective. If [...]

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How to Prepare a Budget

By |2018-07-16T11:17:39+00:00March 9th, 2015|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, Resources, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Short Courses, Soft Skills, Training|

Thomas Paine, the great revolutionary writer, is supposed to have said ‘People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan’. His words of wisdom can certainly be applied to budgeting. Planning (together with foresight) is acknowledged as the best way to avoid financial problems. A well-planned budget helps you to collect and use information about the day-to-day functions of your business and to spot problems before they derail your business plan. Here are the steps to follow in developing your next budget... 1. See budgeting as a vital management tool. Your budget process consists of three main parts - forecasting revenue and expenditure, recording actual revenue and expenditure, and reporting and acting on variance between the two. Budgets usually evolve from business plans and, therefore, will change over time. Your first budget may be nothing more than a statement of targets. In subsequent years, with established benchmarks and an improving [...]

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