Five I’s of Motivation and more!

By |2019-09-27T13:05:58+10:00September 11th, 2013|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Leadership, School of Management, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Target Markets|

"Good managers don't motivate others. Motivation comes from within the individual. It is not something that one person does to another. What a manager must do is to find ways to enhance and reinforce the motivating forces within their employees. Employees who hear their bosses talking about motivating them may worry about being manipulated rather than motivated." Thomas Quick, The Managers Motivation Desk Book, John Wiley, NJ, 1985. Don't forget The Five-Is of motivation Interesting work. Not every aspect of a job can be interesting, but smart managers make sure that every job has interesting components. Information. Tell staff how the company makes money, how they’re doing at their jobs, and other information you can offer. Involvement. Let employees help make decisions. Independence. Give them a chance to work on their own, using a flexible schedule. Increased responsibility. More responsibility means more opportunities and more visibility in the company. All [...]

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Ideas on Meeting Management

By |2019-09-27T13:06:00+10:00September 2nd, 2013|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, 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, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Target Markets, Workshops|

"Conducting a meeting without a plan is much like trying to build a house without blueprints. It can be done, of course, but the end result is likely to be less than desirable and the process can be expensive and nerve-wracking." Jack Parker, The Collier Quick and Easy Guide for Running a Meeting, Collier Books, NY, 1963. Here's an idea Never introduce an idea, strategy, plan, or concept for the first time in a meeting. Chances are, your staff will spend the whole meeting trying to grasp the concept - and that’s not what a meeting is for. Give them detailed handouts, and other reading material well before the event, so that they have an idea of what’s to be discussed. Then, make better use of the meeting time to expand, clarify, and improve the concept. Here's an idea If you’re planning to hold a meeting, particularly one where the [...]

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Preparing for a Meeting

By |2019-09-27T13:06:01+10:00August 30th, 2013|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Leadership, School of Management, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Target Markets, Workshops, Workshops|

It was Hendrik van Loon who once said that a meeting would be successful only if it had three participants - one of whom is away sick and another who is absent. Organisational life is never so generous to managers, however. Meetings have become an unavoidable aspect of a manager's job. Fortunately, unnecessary meetings can be eliminated; others can be made more effective. Important ingredients are planning and preparation, as the following points reveal... 1. Make sure you've called the meeting for a reason. Meetings should never become rituals. They cost time and money, so it's important to call a meeting only when one is warranted - to solve a problem, to coordinate activities, to disseminate and discuss urgent information, to reach a consensus or decision, to build morale, or to reconcile conflicts. So don't ask people to attend a listening-session if you can send a memo or newsletter instead. [...]

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Tips and Tricks: Organising Others to Save Time!

By |2019-09-27T13:06:03+10:00August 21st, 2013|Leadership, Qualifications, School of Business, School of Leadership, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Target Markets|

In our last blog post we explored some simple steps that you can take to organise others and save yourself time. Here are a few more handy tips and tricks based around this very important topic. The more time we save the more successful we can be! Here's an idea How many times have you been on an important phone call when a colleague comes into your office (or lingers beside your desk), stands there, and waits for you to finish the call so s/he can tell you something? This, of course, is distracting - if not discourteous, to you and can destroy your focus during the call. And, of course, your colleague is wasting his/her time waiting for you to finish. The solution? Keep a pad of paper and a pen on the corner of your desk. Every time this situation occurs, push the pad over to the person [...]

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