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10 ways to help manage Your Workplace Stress

By |December 14th, 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, Soft Skills, Training|

10 ways to help manage Your Workplace Stress Work stress is not necessarily a negative force. In fact, without a certain level of stress to challenge us, our jobs would be boring and unrewarding. Stress becomes a problem, however, when it reaches such an extreme that we are unable to cope with it. The solution to stress, therefore, is not to eliminate it altogether but to maintain it at a level where it remains a positive motivating force. Here are ten of the best simple strategies for keeping stress in check. They’re easy to remember – and they work… Here are 10 ways to help manage your workplace stress. 1. Create a pleasant work environment for yourself. If you spend a great deal of time in your office, make it pleasant, without being self-indulgent. Convert your tired office into a place you can enjoy – with art pieces, rug, [...]

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11 Ways You Can Tackle Priorities

By |July 24th, 2020|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|

1. Address management problems first. Give top priority to any problem on your list that is making you ineffective as a manager. If, for example, you have a personal conflict with your superior or your personal assistant, your effectiveness in dealing with other priorities could be seriously hampered. Face such problems immediately; get them out in the open; and devise solutions quickly. 2. Group your priorities meaningfully. It is sometimes possible to prioritise your daily goals and save time and effort. For example, by postponing an inspection of new equipment in the factory block across the parking lot until after lunch, you might find that you can do so after a scheduled mid-afternoon meeting with the factory supervisor. You may even be able to accomplish a couple more of your goals for the day during that one trip. Sensible planning brings its time-saving rewards. 3. Do it – [...]

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8 Tips to Change the Way YOU Manage Your Time!

By |January 4th, 2016|Qualifications, Resources, 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, Training|

Time is a constant. There are twenty-four hours in a day, no more, no less. The challenge is to maximise their use – and it’s possible, provided you approach the issue methodically. All accomplishment in life, other than that which results by accident, passes through three stages – the goal, the plan, and the action. By maintaining this sequence, you can better organise yourself to squeeze more out of those twenty-four hours… 1. Identify what is strategic – to you. Know exactly why you’re doing what you’re doing. Identify strategic issues – the essentials of your job or the main reasons why you are employed in your current position – and isolate them from those that are non-strategic. An excessive number, more than six, say, indicates that you need to clarify your role description. Free yourself of the non-strategic issues: eliminate or reduce them significantly – usually by delegating. 2. Set goals [...]

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Tips For Overcoming Problems at Meetings

By |December 14th, 2015|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, 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, Soft Skills, Training|

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 caused by [...]

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Making the Most of the Minutes in Meetings

By |November 23rd, 2015|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|

Every scheduled meeting of an organisation or committee is an important occasion. Such meetings make decisions that determine the daily business of the organisation. Was an issue discussed? Was it approved? Why and how was it approved? Who was present? The answers and outcomes of such questions as these must be recorded as minutes of the meeting. Minutes are an important decision-making record, so it is essential that the following points be considered… 1. Be aware of what minutes must be kept. Minutes should be kept of all formal meetings of your organisation – of the governing board, the annual general meeting, any special general meeting, and any vital sub-committee meetings. 2. Know what the minutes must record. The minutes should clearly indicate the following:   the nature of the meeting – governing, annual, special, or sub-committee the place, date, and time of the meeting the name of the chairperson and the [...]

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8 Steps to Get Rid of Your Bad Habits

By |November 11th, 2015|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|

Habits get a ‘bad’ name when those dispositions to act in a certain way have negative effects on you and others. Consistently being late for meetings, for example, becomes a bad habit when your reputation is damaged and those with whom you are scheduled to meet are adversely affected. Getting rid of bad habits is rarely a straightforward process. If bad habits – smoking, procrastination, perfectionism, gambling, time-wasting, and the like – are getting in the way of the achievement of your life and career goals, here are some key considerations… 1. Decide which habits you seriously want to change. Acknowledging that you have bad habits because others say so won’t change you for the better in the long term. Through embarrassment, you may clean up your messy desk because your colleague comments on it, but it will soon get messy again unless you change your behaviour. Ultimately, you will [...]

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The Secrets to Staying Healthy

By |October 14th, 2015|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|

Studies that analyse the attributes of an effective manager invariably list good health as a most important contributing quality. Being healthy promotes a more satisfying and productive work experience for all of us. So, if you want to improve your fitness level and to enjoy a happier, more productive worklife, consider seriously the following suggestions… 1. Be aware of the benefits of good health. By focusing on your personal health, you can take advantage of the following reported benefits: less sickness decreased blood pressure reduction in cardiac risk factors improved oxygen uptake reduction in body weight improved diet improved disposition better self-image expansion of friendship circles. Is not this a strong and convincing case for personal health and fitness? 2. Get a regular check-up and fitness assessment. Pay attention to the warning messages your body sends you such as migraines, palpitations, stomach upsets and see your doctor immediately. In fact, [...]

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How You Can Stop That Awful Paperwork From Pilling Up

By |October 5th, 2015|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|

Does your desk sometimes look like a cluttered mailroom? Do you then go on a neatness spree – only to watch the untidy stacks of paper mount up again so that, in the following week or two, you have to clean up all over again? Some managers have a constant swirl of paper on their desks and assume that somehow the most important documents will float to the top. If you are being smothered by the paper avalanche, here are some useful ideas that may prove to be your salvation… 1. Adopt a system to process your paperwork. The key to managing the paper war is to develop an effective processing strategy. It is essential to find a structured system that will work for you – and stick with it. For example, the DRAFT system could be considered. Here, all incoming papers are sorted into one of the following five categories: [...]

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A Guide to Using Diaries and Calenders Effectively

By |September 18th, 2015|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, Soft Skills, Training|

Every manager should use a time planner… a diary, a day book, an appointment calendar, a daily organiser – call it what you will. Although effective time-management primarily depends on personal discipline and willpower, time planners can help you win that daily battle with time. Here are a few guidelines to get you thinking about how to make best use of those essential management tools – diaries and calendars… 1. Know what a diary should be. Pocket or desk diaries and calendars are the traditional ‘appointment books’ – but they ought to be used for more than recording appointments. They require enough space to list one day’s appointments and, on the same page opening, enough room to comment on the planning or recording of the day’s work: telephone calls, reminders, meeting notes, goals, ideas, lists, events. Your diary should become a written record of events, thoughts, and plans – a book [...]

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How to Change the Way You Think and Work With These 10 Steps

By |August 28th, 2015|Leadership, 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, Soft Skills, Training|

It was the Roman philosopher Epictetus (50-130) who said. ‘Your will is always within your power. Nothing really stops you. Nothing holds you back, for your own will is always within your control’. Epictetus’s message is particularly relevant today when addressing the issue is ‘change’. You can change if you want to change! Old ways of doing things don’t always work. Be prepared to try new approaches and find new ways to work and to live your life. Here are some approaches to consider. 1. Change the way you think. Constant adaptation to an ever-changing environment is critical for successful people. The invention of the micro-chip (c. 1965) has changed forever the potential for change and the speed at which it occurs. According to Downes and Mui (Unleashing the Killer App, Harvard Business School Press, 1998), the micro-chip has contributed significantly to unleashing what they call ‘the killer app’. We [...]

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How to Sharpen Your Entrepreneurial Skills

By |August 28th, 2015|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 Project Managment, Schools, Soft Skills, Training|

An entrepreneur is someone who sees an opportunity and creates the organisational structures to pursue it. The entrepreneurial process involves all of the functions, activities, and actions associated with pursuing that opportunity. If you decide to establish your own business or remain where you are, entrepreneurial behaviour can be learnt and used to strengthen your existing management skills – even open new doors for you. Here’s how to sharpen your entrepreneurial skills… 1. Develop appropriate personal attributes. Though entrepreneurs come from a wide variety of backgrounds, the literature can provide an accurate picture of these innovative types. Wayne Bygraves in ‘Portable MBA in Entrepreneurship’ refers to the 10 Ds that characterise entrepreneurs: they dream or vision what the future could be like; they’re decisive, and doers, showing dedication, determination, devotion, and attention to detail they’re in charge of their destiny, expect dollars as a sign of their success, and distribute [...]

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Getting Organised to Succeed

By |December 10th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Training|

Are you a fire-fighter? Many clever confident people are held back in the main by a single weakness. They are totally disorganised. This can lead to procrastination and missing out on the successes that they could have achieved. Diagnosis is the first step to recovery. If you can recognise this weakness in yourself, you can take steps to eliminate this disadvantage. If you are disorganised you are at a disadvantage. Look at all of the most successful people in the world. They are all well organised. If they have a difficulty in this area, they employ a personal secretary to organise things for them. Assuming that you are not in a position to employ an organiser we will have a look at some improvements that you can make. 1.    Prioritise. The first thing to do is to look at the work that you have on your desk (or garden, shop, [...]

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Plan for Success

By |October 20th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, Schools, Soft Skills, Training|

“Now, Work Your Plan”  Early in my career, I was told, “Most people have a business plan, but the problem is they don’t work their plan.” The same may be said of New Year resolutions. How many promises did you make to yourself and on how many of them will you follow through? One major problem is sometimes too many goals are set. Another issue may be the one goal is so dramatic it would consume all of your time to achieve. In fact, it may be so huge, it becomes overwhelming. At this stage, not only will you not work on this idea, but the state of overwhelm will prevent you from achieving your other simpler goals. For example, if you wanted to get known nationwide this year, you would have to undertake major public relations strides to accomplish this. It would entail speaking everywhere you could, demonstrating your [...]

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2 Tips to Staying on Track with your Goals

By |October 13th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Schools, Training|

Are your goals set? Are you all geared up to get started on them? Have you established some ways to support your goals? What will ensure that you actually stay on your desired path? It is easy to get off path. It is easy to get all wrapped in stuff in everyday life. You know what I mean? I know, I have been off track with my goals. When you do set goals and establish ways to get where you want to go, how do you stay on track? When you have clear goals that you want to achieve, it is easier to set the steps to achieve them. It sounds easy. The fact is you will only take control of your goal when you "stop doing things” that you are doing. Look at your life right now? What does it look like? Did you get the steps done today [...]

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How to Improve your Chances of getting Promoted

By |July 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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Building Other People’s Confidence in You

By |February 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 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|

Understanding the meaning of trust allows you to work toward being a trusted and trusting person… But trust can’t be won overnight. Trust must be carefully constructed, vigor-ously nurtured, and constantly reinforced. Trust is established over time, gradually, through a long chain of successful experiences. In the early stages of relationships, whether personal or business, we extend ourselves in small ways and observe the responses to our actions. Then we take appropriate action, withdrawing, maintaining our behaviour, or extending ourselves a bit further each time until trust is established. And remember that, although trust takes a long time to develop, it can be destroyed by a single action. Moreover, once lost it is very difficult to re-establish. Frank Sonnenberg in Managing with a Conscience. It's great to have people put their confidence in you! In our last blog post we discussed some ideas of how to build other people's [...]

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How to Build Other People’s Confidence in You!

By |January 31st, 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|

Confidence has long been recognised as a desirable - if not essential - life quality. A recent study in the United States, for example, identified ‘confidence’ as the one quality women found most attractive in men. A great deal of research and writing, therefore, has been devoted to identifying ways of building self-confidence. But attention also needs to be devoted to how to build others’ confidence in you - your effectiveness and success rely on it. Here’s how to help others to become confident in you... We need to have confidence in ourselves to begin the process of gaining other people's confidence! 1. Focus on building relationships. Tom Peters is attributed with saying ‘Business is a series of relationships between people’. In fact, relationship building has become a key value-adding activity - the better the relationships, the better the business. To build and maintain the desired relationships, four behaviours [...]

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Assessing Training Needs

By |January 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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New Job Tips and Hints

By |January 27th, 2014|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, Training|

"Concentrate and focus all your attention on getting the basics done promptly. The important thing is to come to grips with your new job quickly and be effective in your output." G. Morgan & A. Banks, Going Up: How to get, keep and advance your career, Collins Australia, Melbourne, 1988, p. 182. Our last blog post explored a lot of simple ways to get yourself familiarised with your new job, role and organisation. We hope you found it informative and helpful. Below are some more ideas, stories and quotes that we think might help you settle in! Remember...the purpose behind every moment where you feel overwhelmed is career development. Who knows what door will open or who you will meet on the job! Don't forget Make these adjustments… When moving from the workface to a management position, you’ll need to make these important adjustments: Expand and raise your own sights and [...]

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How to Position Yourself in Your New Job!

By |January 24th, 2014|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, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

Starting a new job is never easy. There are lots of new systems to learn, responsibilities to understand and skills to acquire! Maybe you started a new job last year and are still trying to get your head around all the details....or maybe you have just started in the last week or so and wondering how the year is going to turn out! We're sure you will be fine...and very capable. However, if you think you're in the deep end...why not take a look at some of these tips! If you aren't feeling this way about your NEW JOB...keep reading!   1. Avoid becoming too visible too soon. In the early days, many people will be eager to see what your approach will be, particularly in terms of changes to 'the way things are done around here'. Let there be a touch of mystery about your presence in these [...]

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