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10 Steps Towards Becoming a Leader

By |2020-02-26T15:36:09+10:00February 26th, 2020|Leadership, 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|

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 [...]

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How to Boost your Self-Confidence

By |2019-09-27T13:04:03+10:00December 17th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Schools, Training|

Personal confidence is something most of us would like more of. And where do we turn to get it? To ourselves, of course, by bolstering and developing those areas that need attention. Increasing self-confidence is primarily a matter of finding out what makes us feel good about ourselves and then practising the relevant behaviour patterns. To grow in confidence yourself, here are strategies you might consider... 1. Set realistic targets for yourself. Self-confidence will not turn you into Superman or Wonderwoman - only allow you to make the best of what you are personally capable of doing. So set reasonable and realistic expectations for yourself, rather than compare yourself with others. Keep upgrading your own standards in lifestyle, behaviour, relationships, and professional achievements. 2. Know what you do best. If you stop and think about even the small things you do each day, you may be surprised to find some [...]

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Healthy Managers are Better Managers

By |2019-09-27T13:05:35+10:00December 20th, 2013|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Leadership, School of Management, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills|

We aren't just focusing on living a healthy lifestyle because it's coming up to Christmas. We also recognise the value of being healthy to improve your job effectiveness. Managers are often under a lot of stress and responsibility, and it's important to give your body the right fuel and exercise to be able to handle it well. Energy-boost check list Feeling energetic and ready-to-go will be helped if you stick to these. Exercise. Diet - eat light but don't skip meals. Go easy on caffeine. Drink plenty of water. Cut down on alcohol. Take forty winks, often - 15 minutes at a time is plenty. Sit and stand comfortably - keep your pelvis square. Think positive. 10. Choose the company of positive people.   The piece of paper The experts tell us that, when you have a problem that simply refuses to go away, just sitting worrying about it won't [...]

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Overcoming Problems at Meetings

By |2019-09-27T13:05:41+10:00December 2nd, 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, Workshops|

As a manager, you are often required to chair meetings. To be successful, you will need to minimise your own involvement, foster interaction among the participants, and ensure that everyone makes a contribution. There are times, however, when awkward situations arise; and then you will need to draw on a repertoire of responses to maintain control. Here are some of the most common problems that arise in meetings and the strategies for handling them... 1. When the discussion becomes irrelevant... Meetings sometimes get bogged down in time-consuming, irrelevant discussions that lead nowhere. To get the meeting back on course, you can: refocus the discussion by indicating that the group has strayed from its real objective. summarise the discussion to date and link progress to the objective. bring the discussion back into line by posing a question relating to the agenda topic. 2. When the participants begin to lose interest... Often [...]

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How to Develop Staff Cohesiveness

By |2019-09-27T13:05:43+10:00November 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, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Target Markets, 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. 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 [...]

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How to Prepare Your Next Speech!

By |2019-09-27T13:05:45+10:00November 18th, 2013|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, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Target Markets, Workshops|

Managers are frequently called on to speak at professional meetings, service clubs, and community groups, and to present briefings or reports within their organisation. If a speech has been well prepared, with a definite purpose, and well-rehearsed, it will be successful. The most effective public speakers faithfully observe several important steps when preparing for a speaking engagement. As you prepare for your next speech, you might also wish to adhere to these proven guidelines... 1. Understand clearly why you have been invited. Before accepting an invitation to speak, be sure you know why you were invited and what the audience wants to hear. Decline the invitation if you feel you have little to contribute on the topic. 2. Sketch out a brief plan of attack. Three preliminary considerations must be addressed before beginning: First, clarify the purpose of your speech - to persuade, inform, amuse? What do you want your [...]

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Are you a Risk Taker?

By |2019-09-27T13:05:55+10:00October 14th, 2013|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, Resources, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, Schools, Shortcourses|

"To get ahead, you must put yourself on the line. That's how individuals succeed, and that's how companies succeed. With the increasing rate of change, 'the status quo' is almost nonexistent - you are constantly at risk." Mitchell Prosner, Executive Essentials , Avon Books,NY, 1987, p. 255. Smile & ponder Two seeds lay side by side in the fertile spring soil. The first seed said, ‘I want to grow! I want to send my roots deep into the soil beneath me, thrust my sprouts through the earth’s crust above me, unfurl my tender buds like banners to announce the arrival of spring… I want to feel the warmth of the sun on my face and the blessing of the morning dew on my petals!’ And so she grew. The second seed said, ‘I am afraid. If I send my roots into the ground below, I don’t know what I will encounter in [...]

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How to Become a Better Decision Maker

By |2019-09-27T13:05:56+10:00October 4th, 2013|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills|

Decision-making is an inescapable task for managers. In the eyes of staff members, it is the managers who must take the final responsibility for decisions. Each year they make literally thousands of them, large and small. In the end, the quality of those decisions determines the success of a manager's efforts. If you want to become a quality decision maker, particularly when the 'big' decisions count, these guidelines will help... 1. Adopt a systematic approach. Decision making is actually part of problem solving: there would be no decision to make if there were no problem to solve. Decision-making is that component of the problem-solving process that follows analysis of the problem and is followed, in turn, by action to carry out the decision. The problem-solving process outlined in the previous topic could well be used in arriving at major decisions. 2. Focus on important decisions. Try not to spend too much time [...]

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Abraham Lincoln on Motivating Others

By |2019-09-27T13:05:57+10:00September 13th, 2013|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 Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills|

In our last two blog posts we have discussed motivating employees. We found a few more excerpts that we found interesting and thought we'd share with you...you never know who will find the gold in these little nuggets! It's a fact President Lincoln, when told that General Ulysses S. Grant had a drinking problem, and well aware that Grant was his only winning general, replied: ‘If I knew his brand, I’d send a barrel to the other generals.’ According to Peter Drucker, each of us is abundantly endowed with failings and weaknesses. ‘The effective executive is as hidebound as everyone else,’ says Drucker. ‘He differs, though, in that he is willing to ignore individual weaknesses, including his own, and focus instead on bringing out people’s strengths. He concentrates on what they can do, not what they can’t, as his criterion.’ Which is why, if you want to get the most [...]

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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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How to Motivate Employees

By |2019-09-27T13:05:59+10:00September 9th, 2013|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Leadership, School of Management, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills|

From the lounge-chair sports expert to the company CEO, most people have definite views on what motivates others - and they’re probably right, in part at least. Valiant attempts to convert theory into practice, however, have not always succeeded in getting people to give that little extra. The outcome often is a reversion to manipulative and kick-in-the-backside approaches. From the plethora of information and advice about motivation, here are the essential principles... 1. Understand motivation. Ultimately, there are only two types of motivation - people do what they do either out of love or out of fear. Many go to work because they fear what will happen if they don’t. Others go because they love it, the sense of achievement they get, the opportunity to meet with friends. Your challenge is to help employees love their work. 2. Focus on job enrichment. Frederick Herzberg advocated enriching people’s jobs as a [...]

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More Ideas on Meeting Agendas

By |2019-09-27T13:06:00+10:00September 6th, 2013|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Workshops|

"Think of the agenda as a device to focus your meeting. A meeting with no agenda will have no focus and the results will be fuzzy. Too many side issues slip into consideration and, finally, like the famous Caucus Race witnessed by Alice in her Wonderland dream, all the attendees end up chasing each other around in circles." Clyde Burleson in Effective Meetings: The Complete Guide, John Wiley & Sons, NY, 1990. In our last blog post we discussed meeting agendas and how important they are to the effective management of a meeting. Here are few extra ideas and bits of information that we found interesting and wanted to share with you! Here's an idea In your agenda, consider providing a SWEET objective for each topic under discussion - i.e: -Sensible - challenging, realistic, achievable -Written - providing a clear record of intent -Easy-to-understand - jargon-free, clear, precise -Easy-to-measure - [...]

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Creating an Effective Meeting Agenda

By |2019-09-27T13:06:00+10:00September 4th, 2013|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, Resources, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Workshops|

Call it a meeting plan or call it a simple list - but call it essential, because an agenda is the backbone of any successful meeting. The more care you take with its preparation, the more productive the meeting will be. So, if you want to gain a reputation as someone who conducts productive meetings, take the time to compile a workable agenda beforehand. Here's how... 1. Be aware of the need for an agenda. An agenda is a written promise from the leader of a meeting to those attending. It is a commitment that, in the time allocated to the meeting, discussion will focus on the items listed. As well, the agenda is valuable because it provides the meeting with direction, purpose, confidence, and control. A meeting without an agenda is a meeting without an end. 2. Decide on the degree of formality required. Some meetings are so small [...]

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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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More Ideas on Giving Instructions

By |2019-09-27T13:06:01+10:00August 28th, 2013|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, 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|

"No matter what your instructions, no matter what your ‘students’, you will be a more effective ‘teacher’ if you move from the simple to the complex." Ted Pollock, Managing Creatively: 1, Cahners, Boston, 1971, p. 38. In our last blog post we dicussed the importance of giving orders and instructions clearly and effectively. Here are a few extra tips and hints on this topic to help you! Here's an idea When delegating a task to an employee, always try to explain the task in terms of the organisation’s needs. For example, instead of simply saying, ‘I need a marketing plan for Product A on my desk by 10 a.m. Friday’, say something like, ‘The general manager wants to discuss our marketing plans after lunch on Friday. It’s important we make a good impression.’ By couching the order in a more specific frame of reference you let the employee work towards [...]

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