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Overcoming the Fear of Failure

By |December 19th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, 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, Soft Skills, Training|

How often have you avoided tackling a job because you were afraid of not doing it well, or backed off a new initiative because you feared it might not succeed, or not accepted a speaking engagement because you were afraid of embarrassing yourself? Fear of failure is surprisingly common. But it is a fear that can be conquered, especially when you realise that it isn't failure that counts in life: it's what you can learn from the experience that matters. Heed this advice to help overcome your fear of failure... 1. Try not to be hard on yourself. If your company's aim was to make an annual profit of $100,000 and you managed a profit of only $78,000 - is that really failure? Failure is a relative term, depending on who is doing the measuring. 2. Set your own standards of success or failure. Success, or failure, is in many [...]

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Success Attitude

By |December 15th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, 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, Training|

Whether you're just entering the workforce or have been entrenched for many years or are creating your own business, the world of work is an intrinsic part of all of our lives. And for a relative few, it's not all about the money. Our lives in the work world can take many transitions: As a teenager just entering the work world, it may be to earn enough money to buy a car, clothes, afford dates and for some, earn tuition into college. And along the way, discover if the type of work is one that appeals enough to continue, or indicates the need to try something else. For others, who have taken a chosen path through college and are preparing to enter the work world, their focus will be following their path into positions for which they've studied. Although it's just as possible that along the way, they may discover [...]

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Taking the Pressure Off

By |December 5th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, Schools, Soft Skills, Training|

Are you sometimes worried? Is the burden and challenge of everyday life proving to be too much for you? Do you ever feel that you always have so much to do and so little time to do it?  Or, do you feel that  you are simply not fast enough to do every single task at home and in the office? The fact is, we all undergo pressure and feel that we are, in one way or another, unable to cope with the mad rush of 21st century living.  When we push ourselves too hard, we usually wind up being less effective in getting things done. And much worse, we fall down in a spiral of depression, stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety can hinder us in a number of ways, namely: It diminishes the quality of our thinking process; It causes a strain on our nervous system; It makes us [...]

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Continuing Your Education and Career

By |October 17th, 2014|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|

Do you ever feel like your career has stalled out? Do you see other people getting promoted while you're always passed by?  Maybe continuing education can help you jump-start your career. By taking additional courses and investing time and energy in your skills, you can show your employer how serious you are about your future. One of the wonderful things about continuing education is that everyone can profit from it. Learning additional skills and mastering new knowledge helps everyone. Employees who feel left behind in their careers can especially profit from learning skills that will make them infinitely more "promotable." Upper management often looks at continuing education classes as a sign that the employee is interested in his or her future. So if you want to get your career moving, consider your continuing education options. First, analyze the state of your career. What goals do you have for yourself? What [...]

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4 Essential Steps to Success

By |October 15th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, School of Project Managment, Schools, Training|

I believe there are 4 essential steps you must take if you want to succeed with any project. A project is anything that requires a plan. It can be simple like making a plan to go to a movie, or could be complicated like setting up an Internet business. But simple or not, if you want your project to succeed you need to take the these four steps: Step 1 Picture the Purpose. Before you start any project you need to ask yourself what you really want. This might sound obvious, but it is amazing the number of people who don't know what they really want when they start a project. When you have answered that question you then need to ask yourself why you want what you want. This is very important as many people want something but don't really know why they want it. In the case of [...]

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How to Find Online Continuing Education Courses – It Is Easier Than You Think!

By |October 10th, 2014|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, Training|

You have decided to take the plunge and pursue continuing education to get ahead in the job field. You have weighed the pros and cons in your head over and over again and have decided that you want to break through the proverbial glass ceiling and take your career to heights you never thought possible. The problem? You cannot afford to take the time off from your work and family obligations to pursue your continuing education dreams. Classes at night are usually several hours long and you cannot take classes during the day. Colleges have heard your complaints and are beginning to offer degree programs for all types of life situations, including online continuing education programs. These programs are just like any other type of educational program and many are even accredited by the same accreditation boards that accredit more traditional degree programs. There are two types of online training programs: continuing education [...]

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How to Overcome the Fear of Failure

By |August 25th, 2014|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|

How often have you avoided tackling a job because you were afraid of not doing it well, or backed off a new initiative because you feared it might not succeed, or not accepted a speaking engagement because you were afraid of embarrassing yourself? Fear of failure is surprisingly common. But it is a fear that can be conquered, especially when you realise that it isn't failure that counts in life: it's what you can learn from the experience that matters. Heed this advice to help overcome your fear of failure... 1. Try not to be hard on yourself. If your company's aim was to make an annual profit of $100,000 and you managed a profit of only $78,000 - is that really failure? Failure is a relative term, depending on who is doing the measuring. 2. Set your own standards of success or failure. Success, or failure, is in many instances only [...]

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Management + Fun…it works!

By |August 20th, 2014|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|

He who laughs, lasts! Zig Zigler In our last blog post we discussed some simple steps for you to start incorporating humour and fun into your role as manager. Humour and good fun can help shape the culture of a workplace. By giving people the permission to have some healthy fun will often improve their desire to be at work. Here are few extra tips and possible tidbits for you to save for future meetings/memos or newsletter! Here's an idea Fun is a simple phenomenon - anyone can participate. It doesn’t require special training, it won’t necessarily cost money, and the benefits are infinite. Plus - it can have a positive impact on the lives of the people you work with every day. Which is why Dave Hemsath and Leslie Yerkes in '301 Ways to Have Fun at Work' propose the following 12-step program for workplace fun. They suggest you [...]

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How to put some FUN into your role as Manager!

By |August 18th, 2014|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|

Just because you're a manager, you don’t have to be all buttoned-down and grim. In fact, bringing a little levity to your role as a manager can make you and those around you more relaxed and effective. The best managers in any organisation aren't afraid to show the world that they have a sense of humour they enjoy using. Nor should you be. Humour is good for your career and for your health... 1. Know the value of humour to your own well-being. Many managers often underestimate the value of humour. Research has shown that it not only offers a most effective tool for engaging and relating to staff, but can also relieve stress, defuse a situation, promote trust and team bonding, restore our equilibrium, deflate our pomposity, reveal our essential humanity, offer us new perspectives, and help us to soar above the mundane in our job. It has been shown [...]

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Effectively Dealing with Confrontation

By |July 30th, 2014|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|

"By bringing conflicts out into the open and overcoming them, we develop honest, forthright, and loving relationships with ourselves and others. We turn heat into light." Robert Bramson, 'Blaming isn't changing', in Jimmy Calano & Jeff Slazman, CareerTracking, Gower, Aldershot, 1988. Here's an idea During a confrontation, if you reach an impasse, consider calling in a third party, depending on the seriousness of the conflict: Experts are neutral third parties. Their responsibility is simple: to provide data, facts, and information that may help the involved parties improve their understanding of the objective issues in a dispute. Mediation is a process in which a third person helps the parties in conflict to collaborate. Mediators do this by listening, asking questions, and creating a supportive and constructive environment. Arbitration rulings may be binding or voluntary. You get an answer but since the involved parties don’t participate in the solution, they may be less [...]

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How to Improve your Chances of getting Promoted

By |July 21st, 2014|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, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training, Uncategorized|

To get promoted, 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...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 increas le 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 knowledge. 2. Strengthen your credentials. Most employers still value highly credentials earned through formal post-school education. This asset can also be strengthened through active [...]

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Choosing the Right Training for You and Your Employees

By |July 16th, 2014|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, Training|

If you are considering implementing training within your business or organisation, you need to know the different forms of training that are available to choose the most appropriate option. Different training options include apprenticeships, traineeships, vocational training etc. There are also options for training delivery that varies with different Registered Training Organisations (RTO). If you have identified a specific training need or an area of the business where training needs to be implemented, then it’s important that you do the appropriate research to discover what will best suit the needs of the staff and business. Here are some handy tips to understanding more about the training world: A ‘Course’ A training course is a structured sequence of vocational education and training (VET) that leads to the achievement of specific competencies. If it is accredited and recognised by a state or territory training authority the course can lead to a qualification, [...]

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JULY OFFER! Upgrade Your Qualification and save $1000!

By |May 22nd, 2014|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, Training|

Enrol this July to receive a FREE Qualification Program Upgrade worth $1000! Are you one of those people who need to finish something fast? Or maybe you are a first class citizen and want the luxury of great service at an excellent price? Well this month we’d like to give you $1000 towards a FREE Qualification Program Upgrade. That means you get more for less – pick a service level and we’ll upgrade you to receive great service, more resources and excellent trainer support. We’ve successfully helped people finish their Qualifications in just a couple of Months! A Qualification can be hard work but with great support you can get to where you want to go much quicker and with ease. We are all about making your Qualification suit you. So talk to us today on 1800 998 500 and let us know what support you need to help you [...]

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Brainstorming Success

By |April 11th, 2014|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, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

In our last two blog posts we have discussed the important of brainstorming to find the best solutions. We have a few more pieces of quality information we wanted to share with you on the topic to encourage you in your brainstorming processes! Give it a go and let us know what happens! 'There are many things that can block a person's creativity on the job, but the two biggest barriers are fear and lack of passion.' Unleash the creativity in your organization, Tina DeSalvo, HR Magazine, June 1999. Other idea-generators In addition to brainstorming, consider the following strategies for generating ideas: Moonlighting. Often we wake up at night, with ideas tumbling over themselves in our minds. Make note of them before they are lost. Keep a pencil and paper beside your bed. Record your inspirations - then go back to sleep. Solo brainstorming. If you have a tricky problem [...]

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Tips for a Successful Career

By |January 22nd, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Leadership, School of Management, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

In our last blog post we listed a few handy ideas to help inspire you in your quest to advance your career. Here are a few more tips on developing a successful career this year. Remember, if you need help...contact us! We have FREE Career Planning Kits for people in Supervisory roles, Management, Civil Construction, Leadership and more. We'd love to share them with you. Would you like access to free templates, tutorials, articles and more to help you plan the next stages of your career? Tips for a successful career: 1 Do things with colleagues you respect. They will be supportive of you and you will learn from interacting with them. Keep a daily journal, recording your thoughts, ideas, feelings and personal growth progress. Ask for and accept lateral moves in your organisation. In this way you will learn more about the entire operation. You can learn [...]

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Career Advancement 101!

By |January 20th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Leadership, School of Management, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Workshops|

Last Friday we posted a blog about what to do to advance your career. We have a few more tips for you on this topic and hope that it inspires you to look at your career objectively and challenge yourself to make this year count! If you are feeling unsure about the next steps or worried you are not equipped for the promotions/roles you are interested in, contact us! We may have an online course that will suit you perfectly. "People used to have a career master plan: get a degree, get a job, get a gold watch when you retire… To survive today, you have to learn to manage your career and your life in a changing workplace." W. N. Yoemans, Seven Survival Skills for an Organised World, Dutton Signet, 1996. Here's an idea According to management consultant Brian Tracy, everyone works eight hours a day for survival. The time [...]

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Body Language and Communication

By |October 28th, 2013|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, Shortcourses, Soft Skills|

"When it comes to selling either your personal charms or professional abilities, body language talks loudest of all." David Lewis in The Secret Language. Here's an idea Nonverbally increase your status and power by incorporating some nonverbal gymnastics into your office… Have a slim briefcase. Make sure the height of the back of your chair is higher than your visitor’s. Have your chair higher off the floor than your visitor’s. Leave some red folders on the desk marked ‘Strictly Confidential’. Cover a wall with your awards or qualifications.   It's all in the body language If you doubt the power of projecting a positive body language, think again. In a study conducted researchers at UCLA, 10,000 people were asked what their initial impressions were of a person they later said 'Yes' to. The results were: 7% said the person had good knowledge of the topic, product or service. 38% said the [...]

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Using Body Language to Improve Your Communication

By |October 25th, 2013|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|

According to researchers, it's possible to 'read' bodies. We all have mannerisms that we're not even aware of, and they can send out messages to other people. Gestures, posture, head and eye movement, facial expressions, voice qualities - all provide important cues. Body language speaks volumes. Understanding the body language of other people - and being aware of your own nonverbal cues - can make you a better communicator... 1. Face the facts. Effective communication depends more on how we send and receive rather than what. Although words are important, we are told that they convey only about 7 per cent of the meaning of the messages we communicate. The rate and inflection of our speech accounts for about 38 per cent of the exchange; our gestures and body signals, often unconsciously account for about 55 per cent. These nonverbal messages serve either to reinforce or contradict the message we want [...]

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Cultivating Your Image

By |October 23rd, 2013|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|

In our last blog post we discussed the importance of cultivating an appropriate image for the industry or career you want. Here are a few more interesting thoughts and stories that may give you a bit more of an idea. "The first impression is usually lasting, largely because people's perceptions are not easily changed, but also because you are likely to keep projecting the same image. The way you look and what that conveys are part of your performance. Recognise that the way you look affects the way you work and the way other people perceive your work. Cultivating your image means defining and focusing more sharply on who you really are. But it is of the utmost importance that you be authentic and genuine and that you not seek artificially to blot out aspects of who you are and the way you act." Jeffrey Davidson, Blow Your Own Horn, AMACOM, [...]

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How to Cultivate Your Image

By |October 21st, 2013|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Management, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills|

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 set [...]

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