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Here’s Why Top Australian Companies Invest in Training

By |2020-01-09T10:52:26+10:00January 9th, 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, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, 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 [...]

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How to Develop Staff Cohesiveness Today

By |2019-09-27T13:03:46+10:00April 1st, 2015|Qualifications, 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, Soft Skills, Target Markets, Training, Uncategorized, Workshops|

Cohesiveness holds a group together voluntarily. Staff will operate better as individuals if they consider themselves part of a well-functioning, supportive, and happy team. As committed participants in the group, they are more productive, communicative, trusting, motivated, and loyal. If you want to ensure your staff becomes a winning team, you should consider these suggestions to foster cohesiveness... 1. In Leadership Be aware of the features of a cohesive team. What are the characteristics of a team you are striving to establish? According to Douglas McGregor, the ideal team displays these features: The atmosphere is informal, comfortable, and relaxed. Everyone participates in discussions. Members listen to each other. Every idea is given an adequate airing. The goals of the group are understood and accepted by all. There is constructive disagreement. The group seeks resolution rather than domination of any dissenter. Decisions are reached by consensus. Criticism is frequent, frank, and [...]

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Recognition of Prior Learning

By |2019-09-27T13:04:12+10:00November 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|

Before starting online training, it’s important to recognise what skills already exist amongst your employees. If they have acquired particular skills through self-tuition, study or life experience, they may not have to actually participate in the course to achieve a qualification. Skills recognition acknowledges that an employee has gained the skills required to complete the online training, without actually having to do the course. Registered Training Organisations apply skills recognition in two ways: Recognition of Prior Learning Credit Transfer Recognition of Prior Learning Recognition of Prior Learning is a formal acknowledgment of skills and knowledge acquired through: Life experience or hobbies including musical, mechanical or linguistic skill Work experience or volunteer work Formal training through other courses, college of training programs at work RPL looks at the existing skills and matches it to the course the student is planning to study. The student may then be able to skip over [...]

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The Keys to Success

By |2019-09-27T13:04:20+10:00October 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, Training|

Success… We all aspire to it, talk about it, envy those who achieve it, we think about it, fight for it. It is really worth it. Success comes with reaching our aims and it brings us incomparable satisfaction and happiness. That gives us a unique opportunity to be happy every day, if we achieve small goals every day and step by step we will be approaching our GREAT dream. Recollect your studies at college, when you had to combine work and study; when you had a very tense schedule, when your only solution was a custom term paper to get through the semester. But you stood it. By achieving mini goals every term, at last you reached the main aim – successful graduation. And that is why you are a successful person. But one of the qualities of a prosperous person is that he is always striving for perfection and [...]

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Saying No

By |2019-09-27T13:04:39+10:00July 23rd, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Soft Skills, Training|

In our last blog post we discussed the importance and value of learning to say no! As managers, employees and humans functioning in our every day lives, saying no can be difficult. If you need further inspiration and excitement about the possibility of saying no...here are a few more anecdotes and facts. Liberate yourself! Here's an idea Actor Paul Newman was once having a late lunch in a nearly empty restaurant with his actress wife, Joanne Woodward. They dined uninterrupted but, finishing their meal, they were approached by a man who asked Newman for an autograph. ‘Sorry, but that’s not something I do,’ was the actor’s polite but firm reply. Some people find it difficult to say ‘no’. But it’s something you have the right to do. With all the demands placed on a leader’s time and energy, it’s important to be able to say ‘no’ in a pleasant but [...]

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How to Improve your Chances of getting Promoted

By |2020-01-07T14:19:04+10:00July 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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How to Say ‘No’

By |2019-09-27T13:04:40+10:00July 21st, 2014|Leadership, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Management, School of Project Managment, Schools, Soft Skills, Training|

In difficult times, managers are often called on to exercise their powers of veto. Saying 'yes' is so much easier - it's certainly so much less confrontationalist and unpleasant. But managers often have to say 'no' - to proposed expenditures, to the call for extra staff, and to new ideas and other proposals from staff. There is a right way to say 'no' and to minimise the rejection or disappointment that may result... 1. Know when to say no. No is a powerful word. Here's when you might want to use it, suggests motivational writer John Milne: Say No to allow you to define your priorities. Consider international speaker Dr James Dobson. He had to say no to hundreds of speaking invitations that were taking him away from his family. Say No to take control of your time. Control this precious resource by saying a selective, definite no to those meetings and invitations that consume your valuable [...]

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Successful People…includes YOU!

By |2019-09-27T13:04:46+10:00June 4th, 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|

"Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, And, departing, leave behind us Footprints in the sands of time." Longfellow. If you have a desire to be successful it's important you harness that desire and make sure you are taking the right steps to make it a reality! Successful people don't become successful for no reason. They put a lot of work and effort into their success! Here are a few more tips for you to think about. It's quite humbling to realise that we can leave this earth having made an imprint in a positive or negative way. What imprint are you leaving? It's a fact In his book Lincoln on Leadership, Don Phillips saw Abraham Lincoln as a role model for today’s leaders… He managed without overmanaging. Lincoln always gave his generals many suggestions, but never ordered the generals to follow them. He [...]

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Is There Bullying in Your Workplace?

By |2019-09-27T13:04:55+10:00May 14th, 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|

In our last blog post, we discussed bullying and the manager's responsibility of ensuring that bullying is eliminated from the workplace. Here are a few more ideas surrounding this topic. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us.  "As soon as you think you may be a victim of bully tactics, seek help. Acting promptly can help to circum-vent more serious situations such as a disciplinary or incompetence claim made against you. The longer you leave it to act, the harder the situation will be to resolve. There is a wealth of support for victims of bullying - you don’t have to suffer alone." Elizabeth Holmes, Handbook for Newly Qualified Teachers, The Stationery Office, London, 1999, p. 104. NOTE: You can adapt the anti-bullying guidelines in this topic to deal with other forms of workplace harassment. There is no place for bullying in your workplace - and you can [...]

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Tips on Strong Staff Cohesiveness

By |2019-09-27T13:04:57+10:00May 9th, 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|

In our last blog post we discussed some step by step points in building a strong sense of staff cohesiveness within your organisation or workplace. Here are a few more tips for you to take and implement. Staff cohesiveness is vital to a strong functioning organisation, so make sure you note them down and see if they work! "As a manager you will play a crucial role in building the team, and then in maintaining its effectiveness. Some of this team-building work will be high-profile and visible, but much of it will be behind the scenes, self-effacing work that receives no recognition and often little credit - your reward will be the private knowledge that without such work the team would not be so effective." R.Kemp & M. Nathan, Middle Management in Schools, Blackwell Education, Oxford, 1989, p.138. Don't forget To build team unity, ‘America’s Life Coach’ Ron Jenson says you [...]

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How to Develop Staff Cohesiveness

By |2019-09-27T13:04:57+10:00May 7th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Leadership, School of Management, Schools, Training|

Cohesiveness holds a group together voluntarily. Staff will operate better as individuals if they consider themselves part of a well-functioning, supportive, and happy team. As committed participants in the group, they are more productive, communicative, trusting, motivated, and loyal. If you want to ensure your staff becomes a winning team, you should consider these suggestions to foster cohesiveness... 1. Be aware of the features of a cohesive team. What are the characteristics of a team you are striving to establish? According to Douglas McGregor, the ideal team displays these features: The atmosphere is informal, comfortable, and relaxed. Everyone participates in discussions. Members listen to each other. Every idea is given an adequate airing. The goals of the group are understood and accepted by all. There is constructive disagreement. The group seeks resolution rather than domination of any dissenter. Decisions are reached by consensus. Criticism is frequent, frank, and comfortable. All members [...]

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Forming Creative Ideas Through Brainstorming

By |2019-09-27T13:05:05+10:00April 7th, 2014|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 Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

If you're short on ideas or want a large number of ideas quickly, use the classic group process called 'brainstorming'. The process encourages divergent thinking among group members as they collectively address an issue confronting the organisation. Here are the steps to follow... 1. Explain the process to the group. After familiarising yourself with the steps listed on these pages, outline broadly the brainstorming process to your group. If the approach is new to some participants, begin with a simple practical exercise. For example, 'To what other uses might a common house brick be put?' Encourage the group's creative input, with a recorder listing all the suggestions offered. 2. Discuss the rules for brainstorming. The brainstorming process has five basic rules which can now be elicited from your group following the introductory exercise. These are: Keep an open mind - suspend criticism on anyone's idea. Let yourself go - 'free-wheel' in terms [...]

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Vision Equals Success

By |2019-09-27T13:05:06+10:00April 2nd, 2014|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Management, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

"We shall not cease from exploration, And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time." T.S.Eliot, Four Quarters. In our last blog post we discussed the value of vision and how powerful it is for an organisation to have a strong vision. In this blog post we have compiled some facts, tips and anecdotes for you to enjoy that will continue to give us an understanding about building a vision for our organisations. Smile & ponder Someone once said that doers get to the top of the oak tree by climbing it. Dreamers sit on an acorn. While arriving at and articulating your vision requires more than simply dreaming, in the long run the vision will only become a reality through action - and that will require climbing, not sitting! It's a fact On 6 June 1844, George [...]

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How to make the most of your business lunch

By |2019-09-27T13:05:09+10:00March 19th, 2014|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

Mmm! On Monday we talked about how to make the most out of your business luncheon. Here's a few more quick tips we've compiled for you. It's a fact There’s a growing trend for people to get out of their offices for business meetings and to use the café or coffee shop as an extension of their workplace. Small businesses, corporate enterprise, and government are all using the cosmopolitan café environment, creating a more casual and relationship-based approach to client and staff meetings. The workforce is moving away from working 9 to 5 at one location. It is much more fragmented and casualised. It is also cost-effective for some businesses to no longer have offices. The business lunch was generally the prerogative, almost exclusively, of male CEOs. This new phenomenon is more broad-based, more inclusive. The increasing number of women in the work-force are at the leading edge of this [...]

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How to use a business lunch to your advantage

By |2019-09-27T13:05:10+10:00March 17th, 2014|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

There’s no such thing as a free lunch - or any other meal for that matter, so be prepared to pay in some way. Whether you’re the guest or the host, mealtime meetings are the business of doing business. And with today’s hectic schedules and work loads, combined meetings and mealtimes can be productive and enjoyable. All you need to do is choose the type of meeting that will deliver the outcomes you want. Here’s what’s required to get the most from your next mealtime meeting... 1. Plan your meeting carefully. Mealtime meetings must achieve the results you’re looking for - in furthering business relationships and social contacts, or improving your business. Without a plan, the meeting might become little more than a social get-together. If you’re the guest, think about the likely reasons for the invitation; but set your goals anyway. If you think the meeting may go over [...]

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Becoming a better leader Pt 2.

By |2019-09-27T13:05:10+10:00March 14th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, Resources, School of Business, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

Happy Friday! Below are our last few tips for you on becoming a great leader. Tell us what you think! What makes a leader? Fred Fiedler argues that leadership is not something we can generalise about. It is a relationship between one person and other individuals with whom that person interacts. 'A person might be a brilliant leader in one situation and ineffective in another,' he says. 'General George Patton was a very effective combat tank division commander, but I think he'd have trouble leading my local school's Parent Teacher Association. And many good PTA chairmen might not make very good tank division commanders.' Effective leadership is really judged by the interaction between the leader's personality - what he or she brings to the situation - and the degree to which the situation gives the leader control and influence, he concludes. Our leadership moment "Leadership is a consensual task, a [...]

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Becoming a great leader

By |2019-09-27T13:05:11+10:00March 12th, 2014|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, Resources, School of Business, School of Leadership, School of Management, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

On Monday we discussed how you can become a leader. So over the next couple of days, we are going to equip you with a few more hints, tips and strategies for becoming the most influential leader you can be. It's a fact Do you know why geese fly in that characteristic V-formation, honking their way over thousands of kilometres to a warmer destination? Consider these fascinating observations - which can have meaning for perceptive leaders: Leadership upfront is rotated. When the lead goose gets tired, it swaps the point position with a goose in the V-formation. By flying as a team, the geese help each other by creating an upward air current for one another. Each flap of the wings literally creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. In fact, someone has estimated that by helping each other in this way, the flock gets 71 per cent greater [...]

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How to become a leader

By |2019-09-27T13:05:13+10:00March 10th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, Schools, Shortcourses, 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 a burning [...]

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How to Listen Actively

By |2019-09-27T13:05:14+10:00March 3rd, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, Resources, School of Business, School of Leadership, School of Management, School of Project Managment, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, 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. Actually [...]

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How to get the Most out of a Conference, Seminar, or Workshop

By |2019-09-27T13:05:15+10:00February 28th, 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|

To stay on top of your career and ahead of your competition, you have to make learning a lifelong, ongoing process. Conferences, seminars, and workshops are acknowledged forms of training, information-gathering, and networking. They are usually short, practical, and up to the minute. But such events must be more than just a day away from the office. If you want to take full advantage of these opportunities to invest in yourself, you’ll need to be aware of the following advice... 1. Prepare yourself beforehand. Your attendance and participation are investments in yourself, so don’t leave preparation to the last minute or allow ‘emergencies’ to limit your pre-event preparation… Study the agenda, and focus on what you want to get out of the event. Talk to your boss about the program and find out whether there is information you should concentrate on. Do any pre-reading, recommended or otherwise, that will increase your [...]

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