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5 tips to make yourself more promotable in 2022

By |July 24th, 2020|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Soft Skills, Training|

5 tips to make yourself more promotable in 2022 If you have been in the same job for a while, you may be feeling undervalued and frustrated about your career progression. Most of us have a ton of industry experience but just can’t seem to move up into those higher positions! The truth is, getting promoted into a higher position is great for your career. A promotion enables you to work in more important roles, earn a higher salary and can give you a greater sense of accomplishment. In this article, we discuss some handy tips you can use to help stand out from the crowd and increase your chances of getting a promotion. 1 - Let It Be Known Hard work is important. However, your work ethic doesn't always speak for itself. When looking to move up in your career you must be visible. [...]

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How to Boost your Self-Confidence

By |December 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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Failure…is it that bad?

By |August 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|

In our Western society we have a never negative outlook to failure. The idea of failing is terrifying and we do all we can to keep ourselves on the track of success. However, perhaps we need to change our way of thinking about failure...   Getting at the source of failure If you treat an employee's failure the right way, you can turn it to your advantage. If a project flops, sit down with the staff member responsible and, rather than assign blame, explore the reasons for the failure. Search for the cause -were the resources insufficient? were they faulty? was the timing poor? was the planning inadequate? was the data erroneous? did failure reside in a personality trait - a tendency to jump to conclusions, or to rely on ambiguous data? Only then can you correct the problem at its root. It's what we learn from the experience of [...]

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How to Overcome the Fear of Failure

By |August 25th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Soft Skills, Training|

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

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What to Expect at your next Job Interview

By |August 15th, 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|

Job interviews are a critical step in the achievement of a job offer. Your resume might be outstanding and your experience second to none...but if there isn't chemistry in the job interview, you may miss out on the job. Here are a few more tips and hints on what you should expect when arriving at a job interview and how to make sure that you give it everything you've got! Be prepared for these questions 'Never go into a job interview,' says Mitchell Posner in 'Executive Essentials', 'without knowing clearly your answers to these questions'… An icebreaker question: e.g. So, what do you think of this weather we're having? What was your last job? Why did you leave? What did you like about your past jobs? What did you hate? Those were your duties. What were your achievements? Tell me about yourself (Watch for raised eyebrows.) Now I know your [...]

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Building a Strong Network

By |August 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 Develop Emotional Intelligence

By |May 19th, 2014|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, Shortcourses, Soft Skills|

Our emotions provide us with valuable information about ourselves, others, and situations. From frustration to contentment, from anger to elation, we confront these varying emotions daily in the workplace. The key is to use our emotions intelligently - by being aware of their presence and intentionally using them to guide our behaviour to enhance our situation. This process comprises two elements, says Hendrie Weisinger in 'Emotional Intelligence at Work' - first (considered here), we need to understand our emotions and develop self-awareness and, second, we must know how to manage those emotions to best advantage in the workplace. 1. Understand the meaning of emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is ‘the ability to monitor one’s own and other people’s feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them, and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and action’. For example, if a client drives you crazy to the point of anger, do you shout [...]

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Social Media in Your Business ft. Guy Kawasaki TEDtalk

By |May 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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Tips for Boosting Morale in the Workplace

By |April 25th, 2014|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

‘Low morale’ is what most managers don’t want to hear when esprit among their employees is being discussed. Organisations whose morale is considered low usually lack achievement motivation and a sense of real purpose. As well, the turnover of their employees is usually high. Though reversing these trends will take time, you can be assured that you will motivate employees if you act on the following suggestions... 1. Become a morale missionary. Morale is a group phenomenon but an individual matter. We speak of high morale in a group - meaning that most of the people in the group have a good sense of esprit. Group morale, however, depends on the morale of each individual in the group. Thus, improvement in esprit de corps can be achieved only by improving the morale of every person in the group. This is best achieved through the personal missionary work of the manager. Inspirational [...]

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Making Meetings Exciting!

By |April 23rd, 2014|Leadership, Online Short Courses, 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|

Do you employees arrive late to meetings? Do you spend too much time planning a meeting that seems to be wasted? Do you struggle to engage everyone in the meeting? Meetings can be difficult to manage, especially when we are becoming more and more time poor with people's job descriptions growing and expanding. However, meetings can be great tools within the workplace to ensure everyone is on the same page, set a company culture, keep people accountable and delegate roles. Here are a few more tips on meetings for you to consider... What's wrong with meetings? According to Roger Mosvick and Robert Nelson in 'We've Got to Start Meeting Like This', managers and professionals polled on the specific problems of meetings listed 1305 problems. Sixteen of these accounted for 90 per cent of the problems. Here they are: Getting off the subject No goals or agenda Too lengthy Poor or [...]

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Making Meeting Management Easy

By |April 16th, 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|

"Basically, there are three types of Chair: (1) the authoritarian, who conducts meetings like military drills and wonders why nothing very original is ever said or achieved in them; (2) the permissive, who lets the members run the meetings, and wonders why so many of them end in chaos; and (3) the majority, who are a little of both and who wonder why other people's meetings seem more effective than their own. This is because being an effective Chair does not come naturally. It requires certain skills, but the good news is that these skills can be learnt and they can be improved with practice." Jack Gratus, Give and Take, BBC Books, London, 1990, p. 20. In our last blog post we discussed the importance of being able to run effective meetings that no longer waste time or bore your employees to sleep. Here are a few more handy hints, tips [...]

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