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13 Tips and Tricks to Excelling in Your Career

By |2020-07-24T12:29:03+10:00July 24th, 2020|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, Soft Skills, Training|

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 courses regularly. The sharpening of management skills through continuing education is essential for effective managers. Additionally, exposure to [...]

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11 Ways You Can Tackle Priorities

By |2020-07-24T10:59:53+10:00July 24th, 2020|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|

1. Address management problems first. Give top priority to any problem on your list that is making you ineffective as a manager. If, for example, you have a personal conflict with your superior or your personal assistant, your effectiveness in dealing with other priorities could be seriously hampered. Face such problems immediately; get them out in the open; and devise solutions quickly. 2. Group your priorities meaningfully. It is sometimes possible to prioritise your daily goals and save time and effort. For example, by postponing an inspection of new equipment in the factory block across the parking lot until after lunch, you might find that you can do so after a scheduled mid-afternoon meeting with the factory supervisor. You may even be able to accomplish a couple more of your goals for the day during that one trip. Sensible planning brings its time-saving rewards. 3. Do it – [...]

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8 Steps to Implementing a Great Mission Statement

By |2020-07-03T15:10:53+10:00July 3rd, 2020|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, Soft Skills, Training|

You’ve followed the suggestions provided on previous pages about developing a mission statement and are now ready to implement that mission. If you’ve used an inclusive process to develop the statement, your efforts will be rewarded in this implementation phase: you’ve demonstrated an understanding of the importance in the development of acceptance, commitment, and ownership. Now, in implementation, you can benefit from your efforts thus far… 1. Form an ad hoc committee. Select a working party representative of all groups in the organisation – management and staff. This team, established for the specific purpose of successfully implementing the new mission, will be disbanded after this intention has been realised. By being expansive about committee membership, you will give every group an opportunity to be involved in the implementation process. Make sure that each working party member wants to be involved and, therefore, is prepared to give the task the priority [...]

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How to Avoid Causing Conflict

By |2020-07-03T15:00:22+10:00July 3rd, 2020|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, Resources, School of Leadership, School of Management, School of Project Managment, Schools, Training|

Conflict is inevitable in any organisation. When handled properly, it can contribute significantly to personal and organisational health. It can improve understanding and produce innovative solutions to problems. When handled poorly, however, it leads to hurt feelings, damaged relationships, and low morale. Managers must be able to minimise hostility between themselves and their staff members; and the best way to manage harmful conflict is to prevent it from ever arising. Here are some suggestions... 1. Learn to be an effective communicator. Communication is the lifeblood of an organisation. Conflict is often caused by people not listening to or understanding each other. Misunderstandings can result in accusations, blame, and personal attacks. At times, there is no real conflict, simply misinterpretation. Work at improving your communication skills for listening and speaking so that you minimise misunderstanding. Convey the need for clarity in all your discussions. 2. Keep your staff informed. By [...]

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6 Steps to Developing Leadership Qualities in Others

By |2020-07-01T16:50:26+10:00July 1st, 2020|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, Soft Skills, Training|

Even those people who support the disputed theory that leaders are ‘born’ to excel, admit that environment and training are usually needed to develop successful leaders. Effective leaders are a vital ingredient to business, sports, medical, research, military, and all other team-oriented activities. The important questions, of course, are: Where do leaders come from? How do we find them? How can we identify them? How can we make them? The answers relate to recognizing talent and then encouraging, cultivating, and mentoring those potential leaders so that they can flourish in your organization. Explore the following strategies to help you and your organization succeed in this process… 1. Consider what strategies you currently have in place in your organization. To gauge what is required in terms of a leadership development program in your organization, you will need to answer the following questions: • Does our company have a comprehensive plan [...]

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Conducting a Successful Video Conference

By |2020-07-24T10:19:59+10:00June 2nd, 2020|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, Soft Skills, Training|

One of the outcomes of the events of COVID-19 has been increased attention on video conferencing as a means of eliminating or reducing the need to travel. The issue of safety has been added to the previous cost-benefits of reduced traveling time and costs; time can be spent more productively. Increasingly, these benefits have made video conferencing more popular as a means of bringing people together - across the country and around the world. Here’s how to make sure you derive maximum value from your next video conference... 1. Arrange service provision. Video conferencing is a flexible medium facilitated by satellite, broadcast, or cable signals. In addition, web conferencing can be adapted to mini-conferencing by incorporating digital cameras. To choose the best option, obtain expert advice. Some larger organisations have in-house facilities and expertise, but you might need an external service provider. Contact the provider as soon as [...]

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How to Bounce Back from a Personal Setback Stronger Than Ever

By |2020-04-28T10:32:12+10:00April 24th, 2020|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, Schools, Soft Skills, Training|

1. Know that we all react differently to setbacks. A setback is an incident that checks our progress and brings our momentum to a grinding and usually disappointing halt. Our self-esteem can deflate; our confidence and motivation hit rock bottom. People respond differently. Some fall apart; others get back to work immediately; some turn to drink, become depressive, withdrawn, angry, and non-productive, the setback affecting all areas of their lives for some time. One’s degree of maturity, particularly in terms of emotional intelligence, becomes a vital factor in successfully overcoming the personal impact of a major disappointment. 2. Work through the stages of emotional turmoil after a setback. In ‘Emotional Intelligence at Work’, US psychologist Hendrie Weisinger identifies seven sequential post-setback stages common to most people. He says that, following a setback, ‘you need to experience and manage each stage, successfully moving through each one. Failure to do so [...]

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How You Can Boost Morale Within Your Workplace

By |2020-03-31T17:53:23+10:00March 31st, 2020|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, Soft Skills, Training|

‘Low morale’ is what most managers don’t want to hear when esprit among their employees is being discussed. Organisations whose morale is considered low usually lack achievement motivation and a sense of real purpose. As well, the turnover of their employees is usually high. Though reversing these trends will take time, In times like these, it has never been more important.  you can be assured of success if you act on the following suggestions… 1. Become a morale missionary. Morale is a group phenomenon but an individual matter. We speak of high morale in a group – meaning that most of the people in the group have a good sense of esprit. Group morale, however, depends on the morale of each individual in the group. Thus, improvement in esprit de corps can be achieved only by improving the morale of every person in the group. This is best achieved through the [...]

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How YOU Can Develop a Positive Mental Attitude

By |2020-03-31T17:33:27+10:00March 31st, 2020|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|

In uncertain times it can be very easy to overthink what might happen to your career. It is true that some things are out of our control, but one thing that is certainly in our control is our attitude. Our ability to choose how we respond to the things that are out of our control. It is often your attitude which determines how you think, what you do and what you can achieve in the future. Although changing attitudes is not easy, it can be done. Here’s a nine-step process that can lead to the development of a positive mental attitude, a will to win, and career success on the other side of adversity … 1. Take charge of your attitude. Religious writer Charles Swindoll encapsulates it precisely: “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It [...]

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Feeling Stuck? Here’s 10 Top Tips for Setting Achievable Goals

By |2020-02-27T08:30:12+10:00February 27th, 2020|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, Soft Skills, Training|

Goal-setting has been described as ‘the inner technology of success’. It is one of your organisation’s most important activities. Unless taken seriously, this vital planning task will be futile, producing only a few high-sounding intentions that, for various reasons, are soon forgotten. So, if you want challenging and achievable goals, you should consider these basic principles… 1. Make sure your goals are realistic. A goal that aims too high, or offers a great deal of risk, with little chance of achievement, leads to frustration and surrender. It’s easy, for example, to say that a goal for the year is: ‘To increase production by 150%’ – but quite unrealistic with inadequate resources and uncommitted staff. 2. Keep your goals simple. If goals are complex, it is unlikely they will be clear and specific enough to focus effort and marshal the necessary resources. Clear simple goals give staff an unmistakable vision of what needs [...]

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10 Steps Towards Becoming a Leader

By |2020-02-26T15:36:09+10:00February 26th, 2020|Leadership, 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|

Leadership is not an exclusive club for those who are ‘born with it’. Although leadership relies on some inherited characteristics, it also depends on training and experience. Indeed, many of the traits and abilities that are the raw materials of leadership can be acquired. If you link those traits with an essential desire to achieve, nothing can keep you from becoming a leader. You may even become a great leader. This ten-point program will get you started… 1. Believe that you can become a leader. Leadership is a function; it is something that a person does, a set of skills – and any skill can be learned, strengthened, and enhanced. Not all leaders are ‘born leaders’; and leadership is certainly not just a group of personality traits. The leader lives within each of us. So acknowledge that leadership begins with your own belief in yourself. 2. Be sure you have [...]

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How To Choose The Right Course To Study

By |2020-02-27T08:45:13+10:00February 26th, 2020|Leadership, Qualifications, 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|

Advancement in most professions these days requires continuing self-development through formal coursework at recognised educational institutions. Such courses can be very expensive - sometimes running into tens of thousands of dollars. They are also very demanding in terms of your hopes, energy, and time. Drop-out rates can be as high as 30 percent. Many students persevere even though they admit they made the wrong choice. Further study is a major investment, so you would be wise to consider the following advice before choosing your program... 1. Focus on your own qualities. Consider first your personal motivations and hopes. Are you the type of individual who finds formal study hard work, or do you get enjoyment from such activity? Are you seeking specific understanding and skills to boost your future employment prospects, or will study be simply a way of keeping youself up to date, giving you a chance to [...]

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Want To Get A job Promotion? Here’s 8 key things that can help improve your chances

By |2020-01-08T13:35:59+10:00January 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Getting a job promotion means going beyond the job description To get a job promotion, you must build what management consultant Daniel Johnson has called ‘career equity’, in that way establishing your ‘professional net worth’. Career equity is achieved by developing, improving, and strengthening each of eight specific assets that will enhance your professional value in the management marketplace… Below are 8 key things that can help you gain a job promotion. 1. Improve your knowledge and skills. To progress in your career, you need to assess your knowledge and skills to uncover any deficiencies. Work purposefully to remedy these weaknesses. Continue to learn. Participate in training and updating programs. Attend seminars and conferences to increase your knowledge, to inform yourself of new trends, and to meet influential people in your field. Read regularly the books and journals of your profession. Creative ideas can be nurtured only by broad, up-to-date [...]

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How to Become a Workplace That Values Skills and Training

By |2019-09-27T13:02:36+10:00January 15th, 2016|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, Soft Skills, Training|

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 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 doing at work). [...]

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The Secret to Prepping for a Brilliant Career

By |2019-09-27T13:02:37+10:00January 13th, 2016|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, Soft Skills, Training|

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 courses regularly. The sharpening of management skills through continuing education is essential for effective managers. Additionally, exposure to other managers at seminars and [...]

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Top Delegating Tips Managers Need to Know!

By |2019-09-27T13:02:38+10:00January 11th, 2016|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, Soft Skills, Training|

Managers get things done through other people. They delegate primarily because it makes their job easier. If they try to do everything themselves, they become unnecessarily burdened; their performance and health deteriorate; they fail to develop their staff adequately; and, in time, the organisation will suffer. Indeed, many writers believe that the ability to delegate is the main distinguishing feature between good and bad managers. Knowing how to delegate is a crucial management and leadership skill… 1. From your prioritised jobs, select one to delegate. List in priority order those tasks you might consider delegating. To qualify for this list, a task should be taking too much of your time, be not strictly related to your key role, be rather routine, be appropriate and challenging for another staff member, or be better undertaken by someone with more appropriate skills or know-how than yours. The purpose of delegating is not just to [...]

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The Number 1 Way to Assess Training Needs!

By |2019-09-27T13:02:38+10:00January 8th, 2016|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|

If you are looking for appropriate training for your organisation there are a couple of things you need to consider, including: Identifying what the business needs Identifying what the employees need Identifying and Recognising what skills already exist If you can recognise that training will greatly benefit your business, then it’s time to find out what training is needed to fill the gaps. To do this, an assessment of the skill and knowledge gaps within your business will give you a clear understanding of the training needs.  You can do this assessment in multiple ways including personal interviews, supervisory observation, surveys etc. During your assessment ask the following questions: What is the overall vision of the business? Where is the business heading? What areas of the business could benefit from more training? What are the desired outcomes of training? What resources are allocated or available for training purposes? Are the [...]

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The Secret to Developing Your Emotional Intelligence!

By |2019-09-27T13:02:39+10:00January 6th, 2016|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|

Our emotions provide us with valuable information about ourselves, others, and situations. From frustration to contentment, from anger to elation, we confront these varying emotions daily in the workplace. The key is to use our emotions intelligently – by being aware of their presence and intentionally using them to guide our behaviour to enhance our situation. This process comprises two elements, says Hendrie Weisinger in ‘Emotional Intelligence at Work’ – first (considered here), we need to understand our emotions and develop self-awareness and, second, we must know how to manage those emotions to best advantage in the workplace. 1. Understand the meaning of emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is ‘the ability to monitor one’s own and other people’s feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them, and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and action’. For example, if a client drives you crazy to the point of anger, do you [...]

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8 Tips to Change the Way YOU Manage Your Time!

By |2019-09-27T13:02:39+10:00January 4th, 2016|Qualifications, Resources, 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|

Time is a constant. There are twenty-four hours in a day, no more, no less. The challenge is to maximise their use – and it’s possible, provided you approach the issue methodically. All accomplishment in life, other than that which results by accident, passes through three stages – the goal, the plan, and the action. By maintaining this sequence, you can better organise yourself to squeeze more out of those twenty-four hours… 1. Identify what is strategic – to you. Know exactly why you’re doing what you’re doing. Identify strategic issues – the essentials of your job or the main reasons why you are employed in your current position – and isolate them from those that are non-strategic. An excessive number, more than six, say, indicates that you need to clarify your role description. Free yourself of the non-strategic issues: eliminate or reduce them significantly – usually by delegating. 2. Set goals [...]

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Great Tips to Increase Staff Motivation

By |2019-09-27T13:02:40+10:00January 1st, 2016|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, Soft Skills, Training|

As an employer, it is sometimes difficult to know how to motivate your staff so that you can increase productivity and experience expansion. Every person is different, and therefore, motivated in different ways. While some employees are motivated by pay rises and promotions, others will prefer recognition and praise. For some, training is a huge motivator because it encourages them to develop new skills and increase their personal performance. However, for training to be effective, it is important that the employee is willing to participate and commit to the experience. Although you cannot force this, there are ways to encourage it. Here are some motivating hints: Honesty: It is important you are honest with your employer about the training information, expectations and desired outcomes. Don’t exaggerate, dismiss problems or promise promotions if you cannot follow through. Commitment: You must be committed to the employee to encourage the employee to be [...]

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