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Assessing Training Needs for 2015

By |2019-09-27T13:04:01+10:00February 9th, 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, Training|

As we begin a new year with new employees and new job descriptions, are there new training needs within your organisation? Are you a supervisor or manager than can see gaps in employee skill sets? Do you feel that the direction of the business requires further training or more specific training? It’s important to Assess Training Needs when thinking about what type of training to implement within your organisation. If you are looking for appropriate training for your organisation there are a couple of things you need to consider, including: –          Identifying what the business needs –          Identifying what the employees need –          Identifying and Recognising what skills already exist If you can recognise that training will greatly benefit your business, then it’s time to find out what training is needed to fill the gaps. To do this, an assessment of the skill and knowledge gaps within your business will [...]

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

By |2019-09-27T13:04:19+10:00October 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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Preparing for Re-Entry to the Workforce

By |2019-09-27T13:04:21+10:00October 6th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, Schools, Soft Skills, Training|

Life is full of transitions, and one of them is career change that inevitably involves starting a new job. Many women, for example, take time out of paid employment to have a family, care for relatives, learn new skills, or reassess their futures. When the time comes to re-enter the work force, they need to be ready and ensure that they optimise their potential. So, too, do people changing jobs. Here’s how to get yourself ready to thrive from this challenging experience... 1. Build a positive self-image. Becoming as good as you know you are demands a positive self-image. You need to value yourself and your contributions if you expect others to do so. You can’t not have a self-image. It is evident in the way you present yourself in everything you do - and it is best accompanied by self-confidence and a positive mental attitude. The bookshops contain self-help [...]

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Adult’s Studying Online

By |2019-09-27T13:04:21+10:00October 3rd, 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 Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Soft Skills, Training|

There are many reasons to pursue your education as an adult. You might feel motivated to do so for the simple desire to continue learning throughout your life. Perhaps you never went to college, or you started college and weren't able to finish. Maybe you are required to receive additional training for your current job, or you are looking for additional training and education in order to get a promotion or another job altogether. As an adult, there are many reasons to continue your education, and there are just as many issues and obstacles that might arise in striving to do so. In continuing your education as an adult, you might consider taking courses online in order to offset some of those issues. Going through the process of earning a college degree can be a long-term commitment of 4 or more years. If you are employed and/or have a family, [...]

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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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Management + Fun…it works!

By |2019-09-27T13:04:29+10:00August 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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Where to Start with Choosing Study!

By |2019-09-27T13:04:48+10:00May 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, Training|

"It's essential for job survival that you keep up with the latest developments in your field. You must not only be on the cutting edge of technology and other developments but also ensure, as team leader, that your team members are trained in those areas… When continued learning is an integral part of a company's culture, employees seek out opportunities to hone their skills - not just to do today's job but also to meet tomorrow's challenges." Arthur Pell, Managing People, Alpha Books, New York, 1999, p. 120. Do you feel as though further study would help you become more indispensable within your current position or organisation? In our last blog post we discussed how to go about choosing the right study option for you. There are many opportunities out there for people to study, but it's important to find a study program that suits your lifestyle. For example, if you [...]

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How to Handle Bullying in the Workplace.

By |2019-09-27T13:04:56+10:00May 12th, 2014|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Leadership, School of Management, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

NOTE: You can adapt the anti-bullying guidelines in this topic to deal with other forms of workplace harassment, including cyber-bullying. Bullying is the deliberate, hurtful, and repeated mistreatment of one person by another.The perpetrator’s desire to control the other person sometimes causes bullying, which not only undermines organisational peformance but can also destroy employees. In recent times, workplace legislation and media disclosure have revealed bullying as a significant issue in many organisations. If you have personally been the victim of bullying in your workplace, the following advice will prove helpful... 1. Be sure you are being bullied. Do not confuse bullying with the stresses and pressures of normal worklife. We must meet deadlines, do more than resources sometimes allow, deal with difficult colleagues, perform under adverse circumstances. From time to time, we all experience conflict, differences of opinion, perfectionist bosses, personal rejection, criticism, and personality clashes. Bullying goes beyond the strains [...]

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Social Media in Your Business ft. Guy Kawasaki TEDtalk

By |2019-09-27T13:04:58+10:00May 2nd, 2014|Leadership, Online Short Courses, School of Business, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

In our last blog post we discussed ideas surrounding the incorporation of social media marketing and social networking into your business. Here are some more ideas, tips and hints, as well as a video from the renowned Guy Kawasaki outlining how he used social media to further this business' reach. Hollywood taps into the Twittersphere In 2012 when Disney released its new Muppets movie, the studio made use of a different kind of focus group to predict box office sales – the Twittersphere. According to an article by Jennifer Alserver (Fortune, February 27, 2012), big movie studios are increasingly tapping into hundreds of thousands of tweets to plot their marketing strategies, deciding which trailers and ad campaigns work, and even whom they should cast in the next film. According to Alserver, Disney gets its social media data from a startup called Fizziology, which analyzes the online reactions by fans for [...]

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How to use Delegation to Develop Your Staff

By |2019-09-27T13:05:22+10:00February 5th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Leadership, School of Management, Soft Skills, Training, Uncategorized|

In a nutshell, managers need to delegate to get things done. But, if used wisely, delegation has additional advantages. It can enrich the work of your staff, develop their management skills, instil in them a sense of commitment to the organisation’s goals, reveal to you their previously undisclosed talents, and prepare them for advancement. Delegation can indeed be a rewarding tool for staff development - provided you adhere to a number of important principles... Do you sometimes feel like this? 1. Try not to delegate only to the most capable people. Resist the temptation to delegate only to the most capable staff members. Certainly the strong will get stronger - but the weak will only get weaker. By distributing assignments widely, you will be building a team of versatile performers and a handy group to have when emergencies arise. When delegating to someone who has less than ideal experience, [...]

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Assessing Training Needs

By |2019-09-27T13:05:28+10:00January 29th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, 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 a supervisor or manager than can see gaps in employee skill sets? Do you feel that the direction of the business requires further training or more specific training? It's important to Assess Training Needs when thinking about what type of training to implement within your organisation. Are you in the Civil Construction Industry? We have many qualifications that will help advance your career! If you are looking for appropriate training for your organisation there are a couple of things you need to consider, including: -          Identifying what the business needs -          Identifying what the employees need -          Identifying and Recognising what skills already exist If you can recognise that training will greatly benefit your business, then it’s time to find out what training is needed to fill the gaps. To do this, an assessment of the skill and knowledge gaps within your business will give you [...]

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Body Language and Communication

By |2019-09-27T13:05:51+10:00October 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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Decisions Decisions…

By |2019-09-27T13:05:56+10:00October 7th, 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 Local Goverment, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills|

"The best way to make a decision is to do your worrying before you place your bet. In other words, do everything you can to first make sure the right decision is made. But once you've made that decision and execution is the order of the day, then stop worrying and fretting about the outcome." (James Van Fleet in 'The 22 Biggest Mistakes Managers Make'.) Make it easier to decide Most of us are faced with hundreds of decisions a day and the choices we make can affect our lives and others' lives, too. Consider these steps to make the decision-making process less traumatic: Frame the 'question' requiring a decision positively. In their book, 'Decision Traps', Russo and Shoemaker noted that, when managers were told that a certain corporate strategy had a 70 per cent chance of success, most favoured it. But when the strategy was described as carrying a 30 [...]

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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 Organise Others and Save Time

By |2019-09-27T13:06:03+10:00August 19th, 2013|Leadership, Qualifications, School of Leadership, School of Management, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills|

Time management is really a misnomer - the challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves. Stephen Covey in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Time-management invariably focuses on self - how you organise your day, your papers, your workload. But how well do your staff members use their time to benefit the organisation, you, and themselves? Do you really know whether they, and you, are getting full value? Your staff can save your time and theirs if you take the initiative and encourage them to be time-conscious... 1. Watch for the indicators of a disorganised staff. Watch for messages indicating that the time of the human component in your organisation is not being used to best advantage: You are frequently interrupted by staff seeking assistance, instruction, or direction. Your staff practises reverse delegation - referring tasks back to you. Deadlines are often missed or postponed. Staff [...]

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