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Quick Steps to Challenging Your Employees

By |2019-09-27T13:03:34+10:00May 29th, 2015|Uncategorized|

To inspire your employees to try something new and challenging outside their normal work environment, why not assign them a task or two, every now and then. Here are some ideas: Present a proposal to management Organise a company social lunch Write a media/press release Install a new system Create a team to work on a new assignment Plan a convention or conference Supervise a team Handle negotiations with a customer Represent the company at the careers expo or trade show Make a speech for the organisation Go on a business trip to another country Go to a campus to recruit Work for a short time in another unit of the organisation Manage an office renovation project Design office layout Work on a project with a tight deadline Manage the visit of a corporate official or VIP Launch a new product/service Or why not give them the opportunity to do [...]

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11 Ways to Listen Actively

By |2019-09-27T13:03:35+10:00May 25th, 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, Target Markets, Training|

Listening accounts for well over half of a manager's communication time, and it is unquestionably the weakest link in the communication chain. We simply don't listen well enough. The failure is not in the hearing, but in our ability to attend to what we hear. Listening is hard work. It's so easy to 'switch off'. If only we listened attentively and with empathy, we would eliminate so many misunderstandings, arguments, delays, and mistakes. Become a better listener by adhering to the following advice... 1. Commit yourself to each individual act of listening. Whenever you need to hear everything someone is saying, commit yourself - really commit yourself - to do so. Say to yourself, 'The most important thing in my life at this moment is to understand this person's feelings and views.' Accordingly, focus all of your listening capacity on the speaker for the next five, fifteen, or fifty minutes. [...]

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

By |2019-09-27T13:03:46+10:00March 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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Cultivate a Better Professional Image for Yourself

By |2019-09-27T13:03:50+10:00March 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 Set Achievable Goals

By |2019-09-27T13:03:56+10:00March 2nd, 2015|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, Resources, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, 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, Target Markets, Training, Workshops|

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 them 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 [...]

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Re-Discovering your Career Passion

By |2019-09-27T13:04:08+10:00November 26th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Leadership, School of Management, School of Project Managment, Schools, Training|

We recently spotted a great article on rediscovering your career passion which we thought we'd share! Passion is a vital piece of a satisfying career. Ask yourself the following questions and see whether you are where you need to be! Do you ever feel like you’ve lost touch with the enthusiasm and passion you once felt about your career? Remember when you were just starting-out at your first job, or you were a recent graduate? You probably thought that any job would be available to you; that every employer would want to hire you. You were excited about your prospects and believed that you had something wonderful to share. But now that you’ve been in the work-world for quite a while, and have had a series of jobs with several different companies, have you become cynical or resigned in your work-attitude? Are you unsure as to which direction to turn [...]

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Streamlining Objectives for Success

By |2019-09-27T13:04:09+10:00November 24th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Leadership, School of Management, School of Project Managment, Schools, Training|

To achieve a goal, there is a process that you should implement. This process is to streamline and analyze your objectives. Begin at the very beginning at the smallest, specific part. These are the most important steps to take to meet the guidelines. An objective is a way of knowing what action or plan is to be taken and identifying the expected results. This plan provides a set of directions so that making the decision will not be as complicated as when the goal is just being considered. Peter Ducker documented a book published in 1954 entitled Practiced Management wherein MBO which stands for Management by Objectives, was introduced. This is a program that consists of simple but very useful processes in order to meet commitments in an organization. Never worry, as this is also applicable to personal plans. MBO consists of 5 steps: 1. It should be SPECIFIC. It [...]

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Expecting to Succeed Part 1

By |2019-09-27T13:04:11+10:00November 14th, 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|

Paul Getty was quoted for his formula for success: “Rise early, work hard, strike oil.” When I first ran across this quote ten years ago, I had to laugh, because it looked like Getty was saying you have to work hard and hope to get lucky. But a decade later, I can see the more relevant meaning, and I’m about to share with you why Getty’s concept, perhaps more than anything else you might ever read, could be what gets you everything you want for the rest of your life. It’s all about your expectations In short, it all comes down to your personal expectation as to whether or not you’re going to strike oil. That’s it. That’s where it all starts. I can say this because that’s how reality works – you’re not going to get anything if you don’t work hard to achieve it. But you’re not going [...]

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Tips for Career Advancement

By |2019-09-27T13:04:13+10:00November 5th, 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|

Choosing a career is a hard decision to make. The decision and choice you make will impact you for most of your life because it sets a course for you for decades. Whether you are working towards a solid career, or still diversifying to discover where your passion lies, there are a few things you can do to immerse yourself and get the most out of your career choice. First, realize that since you make that choice you can always make another one. In other words, you are not locked into a single career for life. You can change your mind and your direction at any time. Whether you change your mind or stick with your original decision, you will want to advance and refresh your job and career often. It’s called Career Advancement and should be a part of any career plan and path. Most professions require constant advancement [...]

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Planning Your Dream Career

By |2019-09-27T13:04:14+10:00November 3rd, 2014|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|

Career Planning...what is it? How do we do it? Whether you are about to graduate from college, or want to change jobs at a later point in life, career planning is a very important aspect of the process.  Before you actually start applying for positions, it is essential to be certain of the areas you would like to work in.  The worst thing that could happen is not to take any steps in the career planning process, and end up in a job that you are unhappy with, or do not have the proper skill set for. Career quizzes are often helpful in the career planning process.  These are often a great first step when trying to determine what type of jobs you'd be best suited for.  Many are available online, and address some of the following areas:  identifying your skills and abilities; determining if you prefer working with people, [...]

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Writing an Impressive Resume

By |2019-09-27T13:04:15+10:00October 29th, 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|

Are you wanting to write your resume but don't know where to start? Perhaps you would like to update your resume after years of it lying dormant? Here is a simple resume template for you to use as a guide in building your own impressive resume! JOE SMITH _____________________________________________________________ 205 Smith Drive, Smithville NSW 2008 Home PH: 02 9000 5000 | Email: [email protected] CAREER OVERVIEW A sales management professional with seven years' experience in the media industry, I have worked on newspaper, web and television products. I have a proven track record of developing new business and motivating a team to consistently exceed targets. I've recently completed a Masters of Business Administration and am now seeking a new professional challenge. KEY STRENGTHS The aim of the section is to give the person reading your resume a quick snapshot of what you have to offer in the hope they instantly place [...]

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Never Give Up: Part 1

By |2019-09-27T13:04:17+10:00October 22nd, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, Schools, Soft Skills, Training|

You've heard it before...NEVER GIVE UP! But how does one practically keep going when the odds seem against them? Explore the facets of giving up and the potential rewards of sticking through the difficult times... What’s this to do with business anyway? Some will ask – “What’s a heading like this got to do with business? The answer is - everything. One of the largest network marketing organisations in the world has a tape, which they give to their employees and agents entitled “Never Quit”. The essence of the message on the tape is that if you don’t quit, you’ll make it. That should be the quote displayed on every businessperson’s desk. When you think about it, if you never quit you will make it. Many people in business have quit or have felt a failure simply because they did not believe they could succeed. They lacked faith in themselves [...]

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A Career Built on Character

By |2019-09-27T13:04:22+10:00October 1st, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Schools, Soft Skills, Training|

"Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open." ~Elmer G. Letterman "The best job goes to the person who can get the job done without coming up with excuses or passing the buck" ~Napolean Hill In today's world, strong character is a rare find. Integrity, honesty, loyalty and hard work are some some traits that result in a strong character. Employer's value character and those who are known to be trustworthy and reliable are often the ones who will succeed. What About Politics? Political Astuteness is something that you may not learn in school; however, it plays a significant role in success in business. "Man is by nature a political animal." ~Aristotle Take Control It's important to keep in mind that you are responsible for your own career. Don't Expect the Human Resources Department to plan your career. In fact, don't expect anyone else to be concerned [...]

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Pinpoint Your Dream Career

By |2019-09-27T13:04:22+10:00September 29th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

Have you ever felt stuck in your career?  Employee stress and burn out can account for a lot of dissatisfaction in your life.  After all, you are at work some 8 hours a day or more.  That’s 1/3 of your day if you don’t count sleep.  That’s a long time to be dissatisfied. If you feel stuck, here are 6 great ways to find your ideal career:    1.   Brainstorm on a sheet of paper - I’ve talked about this before and it’s a strategy I use all the time.  Take a pad of paper and write down at the top your objective in question form.  Then, simply list out 20 answers to your question.  For example, you could write “What should I be doing with my time and life?”  Then stay seated for a half hour to an hour coming up with answers to that question.  The key to [...]

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The Benefits of Online Training

By |2019-09-27T13:04:23+10:00September 26th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

In this fast changing world where skills are constantly adapting to technology advances, people are changing the careers more frequently and employers expect job seekers to be equipped with skills already, how can you ensure that you will be secure in the marketplace? The competition now is so cut throat that being educated means actually going out of your way to update yourself with the current business trend, software, theory, medicine, etc. The answer...Education! Those who refuse to stop learning are the ones who will succeed. It's important to be aware of gaining new skills, learning new techniques and being aware of the changes in your industry at all times. Currently there are various means to get that vital education, one form is via the internet through an online qualification. First it has to be asked, is this an effective and is this the best way to get a qualification? [...]

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Flexibility with Online Training

By |2019-09-27T13:04:23+10:00September 24th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills|

Need to Gain More Skills? Online training could be just what you need! Earning one of the many available accredited online qualifications enables you to graduate from some of the nation's highest ranked training colleges without ever leaving your home state. Graduating with a bachelor's degree or certificate from a Registered Training Organisation by going through any of their online courses is equal to attending class on their physical campus, except you can live at home, and keep your full time job. Many adults are working professionals who struggle balancing family, work and other obligations or commitments. However, with technological advancements in the last decade in education online, many are choosing to earn their accredited online qualifications simply because they can do so without being constrained to the restrictions associated with a classroom based program. You can now obtain a high-quality and prestigious accredited degree online. With so many accredited [...]

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How to Overcome the Fear of Failure

By |2019-09-27T13:04:28+10:00August 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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Networking is Simple!

By |2019-09-27T13:04:32+10:00August 8th, 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, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

Networking is such a big topic with so many juicy tips and hints! We can't resist giving you one more blog post full of different stories, hints and tips for you to become the best net worker you can be! Never eat lunch alone! In 'The Pursuit of Wow!', management guru Tom Peters advises managers never to eat lunch alone. He reasons that there are 49 working weeks in a year and, after subtracting some holidays, you are left with 225 lunches per year. That, says Peters, is 225 opportunities to network and develop relationships with colleagues and clients. Of course, his calculations don't even include power breakfasts - 'a new opportunity for networking', says Peters.   How to mingle Networking at events, whether business or social, can be fulfilling and produce the desired result when done well. Here are some guidelines, with thanks to Ivan Misner, author of 'Networking [...]

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Building a Strong Network

By |2019-09-27T13:04:33+10:00August 6th, 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, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

"Nothing can move your career further and faster than having a base of associates positioned to support you in your goals. Conversely, few things feel better than using your talents to help others achieve their goals. Once considered informal, unstructured and random, networking is now viewed as an essential way of developing professional relationships. It keeps you in touch by connecting you to new people and information. It is one of the highest forms of collaboration." Jimmy Calano & Jeff Salzman, CareerTracking, Gower, Aldershot, 1988, p. 244. Here's an idea One of the hardest things to do at a conference or workshop is to start talking to people you’ve never met before. Here’s a strategy for making this easier: The coffee or lunch queue is a good place to begin. Usually there are at least half a dozen people waiting in line. Strike up a conversation with someone in the line, [...]

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How to get the most out of Networking

By |2019-09-27T13:04:33+10:00August 4th, 2014|Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Leadership, School of Management, School of Project Managment, Schools, Soft Skills, Training|

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 become [...]

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