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13 ways to prepare yourself for a brilliant career

By |2020-12-11T12:18:52+10:00December 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|

13 ways to prepare yourself for a brilliant career Climbing the career ladder to success is not something to be left to chance. Unfortunately, there is no magic formula. In fact, no two successful people would agree completely on any certain recipe for reaching the top job. They would agree, however, that, if you are ambitious to reach the top, then the best person to help you get there is yourself. So here are 13 ways to prepare yourself for a brilliant career. 1. Be prepared. There are no better candidates for advancement than those who, while handling their own jobs in exemplary fashion, have also prepared themselves for the job above theirs. Keep close to the people whose job you want, for they often have much to say about their successors. 2. Attend seminars and courses regularly. The sharpening of management skills through continuing education is essential for [...]

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9 ways to position yourself in your new job

By |2020-12-11T12:50:22+10:00December 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|

9 ways to position yourself in your new job Finally, all your hard work and commitment has landed you your new job. Now, it is natural to feel some uncertainty when starting in a new environment, but we have some great guidelines that you can follow to make things a little bit easier. Here are 9 ways to position yourself in your new job. 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 early stages. Just as you will go out to meet your staff, let some of them come to you. Don’t show your hand until you are ready. Use this period to gather information and plan. 2. Focus [...]

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Laughter in the Workplace!

By |2020-12-10T10:50:56+10:00August 31st, 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|

 As a manager, you can set the tone by implementing simple techniques to provide employees with a bit of fun and enjoyment. But why? Laughter is an important part of being human. Who doesn't love laughing!? We all need to laugh! Especially now in these hard times, where we can sometimes forget to laugh. Here is some information on the importance of laughter! Laughter heals William Fry Jr, the 'Doctor of Humour', has researched the power of humour for over thirty years. He is convinced that laughter is a total body experience, an 'internal massage' that embraces all the body's systems - muscles, brain, nerves, digestion. Following stimulation and exercise caused by laughter, the body relaxes. Indeed, claims Fry, like jogging, laughter is a good aerobic exercise. It aerates the lungs, relaxes the muscles, nerves and heart, expands breathing and circulation, and enhances oxygen intake and expenditure. He says that [...]

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5 Ways To Become More Promotable in 2020

By |2020-07-24T11:57:16+10:00July 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|

Being more promotable is something that we all should work hard at being.  It is a delicate subject and one that should not be taken lightly. The hard part about being more promotable is that you need to determine what your boss will consider promotable behavior and making the right adjustments that will be good for you and for everyone else involved. 1 - Observe Peoples Needs  You need to figure out what you or your boss wants from you first.  This will apply to your personal life and your business life as well.  When you are observing what the needs of everyone are, you will be better able to understand what the importance of it all is. You need to think about the performances that you do and how you achieve your current goals.  Look for ways to make your life easier and more successful and [...]

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8 Steps to Implementing a Great Mission Statement

By |2020-07-03T15:10:53+10:00July 3rd, 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|

You’ve followed the suggestions provided on previous pages about developing a mission statement and are now ready to implement that mission. If you’ve used an inclusive process to develop the statement, your efforts will be rewarded in this implementation phase: you’ve demonstrated an understanding of the importance in the development of acceptance, commitment, and ownership. Now, in implementation, you can benefit from your efforts thus far… 1. Form an ad hoc committee. Select a working party representative of all groups in the organisation – management and staff. This team, established for the specific purpose of successfully implementing the new mission, will be disbanded after this intention has been realised. By being expansive about committee membership, you will give every group an opportunity to be involved in the implementation process. Make sure that each working party member wants to be involved and, therefore, is prepared to give the task the priority [...]

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How YOU Can Develop a Positive Mental Attitude

By |2020-03-31T17:33:27+10:00March 31st, 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|

In uncertain times it can be very easy to overthink what might happen to your career. It is true that some things are out of our control, but one thing that is certainly in our control is our attitude. Our ability to choose how we respond to the things that are out of our control. It is often your attitude which determines how you think, what you do and what you can achieve in the future. Although changing attitudes is not easy, it can be done. Here’s a nine-step process that can lead to the development of a positive mental attitude, a will to win, and career success on the other side of adversity … 1. Take charge of your attitude. Religious writer Charles Swindoll encapsulates it precisely: “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It [...]

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The Secrets to Staying Healthy

By |2019-09-27T13:02:56+10:00October 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 to Criticise Others Constructively

By |2019-09-27T13:02:59+10:00September 30th, 2015|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|

No-one likes to be criticised – even justified criticism has the potential to demoralise. But sometimes managers have no other choice; indeed, not critising errant behaviour is often worse than criticising it. But you can criticise staff so that they actually feel good when you’ve flnished. It’s a very complex management skill that can be learned, particularly if you view criticism as an investment in a colleague’s future… 1. Know when and where to criticise. Criticism should follow errant behaviour as soon as possible, while the experience is fresh in the transgressor’s mind and before anxieties begin to fester or the mistake is repeated. Except in emergencies, such as when a factory worker endangers the life of others, criticise in private, where interruptions can be minimised. If possible, allow for a second contact later in the day, when you can show by your amicability that your regard for the individual has [...]

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What Every Employee Should Know About Obligations When Training

By |2019-09-27T13:03:01+10:00September 21st, 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|

In our last blog post, we talked about Employer obligations.  In this post, we turn to the employee.  When an employer provides an employee with the opportunity for training, there are specific obligations that both parties need to agree to. As an employer, here are some expectations that your employees might have: Employees must: Be aware of, and be willing to abide by, all aspects of the training agreements Inform the employer about any concerns that are experiencing with the training or RTO Respect training resources Handle proprietary company knowledge with confidentiality Respect colleagues when training Make significant effort to fulfil the training requirements and obtain the skills needed As an employer can you think of any other obligations an employee might have? For more information about career and success, Contact Us at Global Training Institute. At GTI we are passionate about helping people succeed and achieve their career and life goals. [...]

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The Keys to Developing a Successful Code of Ethical Conduct

By |2019-09-27T13:03:02+10:00September 14th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Codes of ethics have long been associated with professional bodies and groups. In fact, members of those associations must abide by their codes of ethics. More recently, business organizations have become aware that they need their own codes of ethical conduct. So you may have to develop your own code, providing an ideal opportunity to tailor one that fits the specific needs of your organization and its people. Here are some important steps to follow. 1. Get started on your code of ethical conduct. Following recent global corporate events and scandals, we have become increasingly aware of the need for ethical business conduct. The print and electronic media continue to reveal examples of unethical conduct by global and emerging corporate organisations, as well as smaller local businesses. The need for higher ethical standards in business is obvious. 2. Get started on your code of ethical conduct. Following recent global corporate events and [...]

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The Secret To Building Other’s Confidence in You

By |2019-09-27T13:03:06+10:00September 9th, 2015|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|

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… 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 are essential: Arrive on time (or earlier). Do as you say you will. Finish what you start. [...]

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Knowing How to Break Bad News

By |2019-09-27T13:03:09+10:00August 31st, 2015|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|

The need for managers to break bad news can occur without warning (a family crisis, for example). But bad news can be associated with everyday work life (such as redundancy, failure to gain a promotion, or refusal of a major project proposal). Whatever the situation may be, breaking bad news can be difficult – even distressing. Although no one likes delivering bad news, the process can be handled effectively and empathetically, leaving the recipient appreciating your help and communicating to others your managerial ability… 1. Prepare yourself. Delivering bad news is a difficult, often unpleasant task; but it is one of your responsibilities as manager. Preparation is vital and an important part of that preparation is that your ego be removed from the process. The issue should not be what the person will think of you or how you feel about delivering the news. Your focus must be on conveying [...]

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Learning How to Say NO

By |2019-09-27T13:03:16+10:00August 17th, 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|

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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The Key to Innovation in the Workplace

By |2019-09-27T13:03:18+10:00August 14th, 2015|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 Management, School of Project Managment, Schools, Soft Skills, Training|

Without innovation, businesses suffer by becoming stagnant and out of touch. Innovation is a vital element to a healthy, thriving company. If you want to inspire your employees to think innovatively here are some ideas: Provide opportunities that inspire creativity and get employees out of their normal workspace. Encourage initiative Give employees time to think about plans and assignments so they can brainstorm. Encourage and reward risk taking. Be open and ready for them to bounce ideas off. Hire people that display intelligence. Encourage employees to learn different skills. Encourage questions. Hire people with diverse backgrounds and training. For more information about career and success, Contact Us at Global Training Institute. At GTI we are passionate about helping people succeed and achieve their career and life goals. GlobalTraining Instituteis aRegisteredTraining Organisation and offers accredited online training in the areas ofManagement,Business, Civil Construction,Local Government, Governance, Mining, LeadershipandProjectManagement. View our full list of qualifications and [...]

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The Key to Apologising in the Workplace

By |2019-09-27T13:03:19+10:00August 12th, 2015|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 his ‘Essay on Criticism’, Alexander Pope assured us ‘to err is human’. Mastering the art of apologising, therefore, became an essential life skill. Whatever your position on the social and corporate ladders, there will inevitably be times when you will have to say you’re sorry (but not necessarily admit you’re wrong). The ability to apologise is an admirable trait: it takes a ‘big’ person to say they’re sorry, which can be a powerful management technique. Here’s how you can master this art… 1. Recognise the two types of apology. The most common form of apology is an admission that you’re wrong – just as Pope’s famous line suggests. A second type, however, is an apology for your actions – such as when laying down the law to a staff member who submits a report several days late. In doing so you point out that any repetition will lead to [...]

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How to Deal With Dishonest Staff

By |2019-09-27T13:03:20+10:00August 10th, 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, Training|

Once upon a time, if an employee was caught stealing in the workplace, instant dismissal would follow. Staff members caught red handed were found to have breached their duty of good faith to the employer; termination of service was an expected outcome. But these days, industrial legislation can protect even dishonest employees. Employers must, therefore, tread carefully when dealing with such staff members… 1. Stay alert. Staff dishonesty is difficult to eliminate from the workplace; it is certainly difficult to detect. The natural loyalty of employers towards their staff often permits such crimes to go undetected. In most cases this loyalty is justified; however, when it is not, the resulting loss can be high for the simple reason that employees have easy access to cash, goods, or valuables. Stay alert. 2. Be scrupulously fair in any investigation. Even if you believe that theft can be proven beyond doubt, a court [...]

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Tips to Help Involve Your Employees

By |2019-09-27T13:03:20+10:00August 7th, 2015|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|

When your employees feel like they are involved in the life and development of a company or organisation, they will give more of their effort to see it succeed. At Global Training Institute we focus on training those already in the industry to equip them to better serve their company/organisation by becoming increasingly involved. Here are some ideas of how to involve your employees: Manage their ideas effectively so that they feel heard and respected. Encourage innovative and breakthrough style thinking. Encourage employees to seek out role models within the workplace to learn from. Adopt new thinking, technology and ideas. Promote creativity and encourage them to think creatively. Inspire supervisors to welcome new ideas. Encourage strong customer service and inform your employees that they are responsible for their interactions with customers. And perhaps most importantly… Value continual training and equipping. If you have employees that need further training so that [...]

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The Value of Asking Questions

By |2019-09-27T13:03:58+10:00February 20th, 2015|Leadership, Online Short Courses, 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, Short Courses, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

Ever been in a position where you have been asked to present something and you know you’re not prepared? Ever been involved in a discussion where you don’t feel you can contribute constructively? What do you do when you are put in a position to speak or contribute to a discussion and you have no idea what to say? Ask a question. Mark Twain said, “It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.” So how does question asking stop you from looking dumbfounded and unprepared? The focus is immediately taken off you and placed onto the participants, listeners or conversationalists. Others feel valued by allowing them to input their ideas and opinions. By listening to the answers, you can launch yourself into a conversation, speech or more questions, using their answers as stimulus! Excited to ask some questions yet? [...]

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Re-Discovering your Career Passion

By |2019-09-27T13:04:08+10:00November 26th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Leadership, School of Management, School of Project Managment, Schools, Training|

We recently spotted a great article on rediscovering your career passion which we thought we'd share! Passion is a vital piece of a satisfying career. Ask yourself the following questions and see whether you are where you need to be! Do you ever feel like you’ve lost touch with the enthusiasm and passion you once felt about your career? Remember when you were just starting-out at your first job, or you were a recent graduate? You probably thought that any job would be available to you; that every employer would want to hire you. You were excited about your prospects and believed that you had something wonderful to share. But now that you’ve been in the work-world for quite a while, and have had a series of jobs with several different companies, have you become cynical or resigned in your work-attitude? Are you unsure as to which direction to turn [...]

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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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