10 Steps Towards Becoming a Leader

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 [...]

How To Choose The Right Course To Study

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 [...]

11 Ways to Tackle Your Priorities

Setting priorities is a decision-making process by which you rank in order of importance the tasks you or your staff members must do. By completing the tasks on your list in order, you will achieve your goals. It sounds easy - but it's not. In fact, priority-setting and sticking to the agreement you make with yourself will be major challenges for you as a manager. Here are several important suggestions to help you draw up a priority list - and make it work... 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. [...]

Here’s Why Top Australian Companies Invest in Training

Is it coincidental that Australia’s most progressive companies spend as much as 10 to 20 percent of their annual payroll on training? Not at all. There is a definite link between business success and the employer's attitude towards Nationally recognized training. It pays to train! Training is an investment in the immediate future. It's not just an overhead cost! As well known American seminar speaker, Tom Hopkins is oft to say, "No train ... no gain”. High-performance businesses are twice as likely to train the owners and managers and to train twice as many employees as low-performance businesses. No matter what the industry or the size of your business, both international and national research shows that training brings direct benefits to business - Increased: performance profits - a positive return on investment - of more than 30 percent - "money in the bank" productivity – greater output. People who receive [...]

How training keeps you competitive

Industries are constantly changing with technology, system updates, legislation, etc. To ensure you stay on top of these changes and even lead the way, training is essential. By encouraging your employees to partake in recognised training that is constantly updated and renewed, your business will be kept up-to-date with the latest developments. Some benefits include: Business Opportunities If your staff are acquiring new skills within the industry, they will be more prepared to offer ideas, suggestions and develop new innovative systems or structures. This gives businesses a competitive edge by: Increasing employee productivity Equipping employees to take on a greater variety of work, allowing the business to expand Meeting business objectives more efficiently Technology Many organisations rely on various technology to run efficiently. If employees do not know how that technology is developing, then the business is left behind. Training encourages awareness of changing technology and equips employees to use [...]

How Training Benefits Employees

Although training sometimes seems like a large investment, the benefits your employees will experience should make it worth it. Training gives employees the opportunity to grow and develop their careers while providing businesses with efficient skills that keep them competitive. Here are 3 ways how training benefits employees Turnover and Recruitment Through multiple studies that have taken place in businesses throughout developed nations, it is inevitable that businesses and organisations that place training as a high priority, experience less staff turnover. Keeping staff on board is often the most difficult thing for businesses and it is an expensive process to hire and train new people for the job. Staff who are trained through work commit to their employers because: They are in a place where their career is valued and developed They are able to take on more responsibility and achieve higher-paid positions Work Flexibility Training increases the skills [...]

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

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

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). [...]

The Secret to Prepping for a Brilliant Career

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 [...]

Top Delegating Tips Managers Need to Know!

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 [...]

The Number 1 Way to Assess Training Needs!

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 [...]

The Secret to Developing Your Emotional Intelligence!

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 [...]

8 Tips to Change the Way YOU Manage Your Time!

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 [...]

Great Tips to Increase Staff Motivation

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 [...]

The Secret to Getting the Most Out of Networking

Networking is a process that exposes you to new people, new ideas, and new ways of looking at things. Importantly, it can increase your visibility and advance your career prospects. But the creation of this structure of valuable personal interrelationships won’t just happen. You have to develop this network of organisational contacts for yourself – and here’s how you can do so… 1. Be aware of the benefits of networking. Although networking can be a very time-consuming activity, its benefits can be very rewarding to you professionally. It can: help you learn from an increasing range of contacts with whom you can share ideas, advice, and strategies. provide you with referrals for a variety of needs. A good network will always know somebody who can help you. supply you with a sounding board to test your ideas, provide feedback, let off steam, or discuss problems. promote your career as you [...]

Saying Thank You – 11 Great Tips

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 thank you – and mean it. Every time we express sincere appreciation, we give value to the other person. Our words say, ‘You are [...]

The Secrets To Why Top Australian Companies Invest in Training

It pays to train! Training is an investment in the immediate future. It's not just an overhead cost! As well known American seminar speaker, Tom Hopkins is oft to say, "No train ... no gain”. High performance businesses are twice as likely to train the owners and managers and to train twice as many employees as low performance businesses. No matter what the industry, or the size of your business, both international and national research shows that training brings direct benefits to business - Increased: performance profits - a positive return on investment - of more that 30 per cent - "money in the bank" productivity – greater output. People who receive formal training can be 230 per cent more productive than untrained colleagues who are working in the same role- opening a greater share of the market, or expanding it by improving products, services and reputations. staff retention - [...]

Tips You Need for Getting Along With People You Dislike

People behave the way they do for two main reasons – they don’t know any other way of behaving or they believe that that behaviour gets the outcomes they want. Managers are likely to come across at least one employee whose behaviour they don’t like, with whom they don’t see eye to eye, or whom they dislike for some other reason. The challenge resides with managers. Are they flexible enough to bring about desired changes in the employee and the relationship? Here are a few considerations… 1. Try to be tolerant. The fact that you don’t like certain employees should not be allowed to affect the way you relate to them. You have to be tolerant and positive in your attitude toward such people. Try to adopt a relaxed, confident, easygoing style to demonstrate that you are not put off by people who can be hard to get on with. [...]

Top Tips for Energising Employees

Why do employees need to be energised? Shouldn’t they be responsible to do that for themselves? Managers and employers are becoming more and more aware that energising employees benefits, not only the employee, but the whole company or organisation. If the working team are motivated and feel supported by their bosses, nothing can stand in their way! Here are 6 reasons where energising may need to occur and why: If the company has recently experienced downsizing and severe organisational change, employees may feel unsettled and insecure about their positions. This could cause them to be less productive than possible. Ensure you create an environment that rebuilds trust and empowers those who are still working at the organisation. They will be re-energised and ready to progress. Employees today, because of generational differences, prefer to be more self-directed rather and autonomous rather than constantly directed and managed. If you allow your employees [...]

The Key to Managing Your Workplace Stress

Work stress is not necessarily a negative force. In fact, without a certain level of stress to challenge us, our jobs would be boring and unrewarding. Stress becomes a problem, however, when it reaches such an extreme that we are unable to cope with it. The solution to stress, therefore, is not to eliminate it altogether but to maintain it at a level where it remains a positive motivating force. Here are ten of the best simple strategies for keeping stress in check. They’re easy to remember – and they work… 1. Create a pleasant work environment for yourself. If you spend a great deal of time in your office, make it pleasant, without being self-indulgent. Convert your tired office into a place you can enjoy – with art pieces, rug, greenery, bookcase, paintings, and tapestries. And discipline yourself to keep that desk uncluttered. 2. Keep perfectionism in check. Trying [...]

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