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6 Factors of Career Success

By |2019-09-27T13:04:25+10:00September 15th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, Soft Skills, Training|

What do employers look for in potential employees? That was the question that was posted recently on a career discussion forum online. Naturally, for each different position, the answers to that question would be different. However, there are some common skills that employers look for in all employees, whether the employee happens to be a network engineer or a fry cook. In-Demand Skills for Success 1. BASIC SKILLS Reading, writing and arithmetic! Believe it or not, a good portion of high school graduates (and some college grads) do not read at an 8th grade level and cannot do multiplication in their head. Employers are seeking employees who can read well, can write coherently, and who can calculate mathematics in a business environment (fractions, percentages, etc.) Add to that the modern basic skills of keyboarding skills, basic computer knowledge, and the ability to use most computerized tools (e.g. fax machine, basic [...]

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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 Conduct a Workshop

By |2019-09-27T13:06:03+10:00August 23rd, 2013|Leadership, Qualifications, School of Business, School of Management, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Workshops, Workshops|

Workshops provide a forum for individuals and groups to explore areas of mutual interest or concern - skills, problems, or possibilities. And often the expectation is that you, as the manager, will lead and conduct the workshop, thus providing another opportunity for you to demonstrate your leadership and group skills - if you do it well. Here are some considerations to help you prepare for that next opportunity... 1. Do the hard yards early - get prepared. Preparation is essential. If you are not prepared, postpone the workshop until you are. Preliminary considerations should focus on: Timing - the topic must be relevant to the period and participants’ needs. Establishing outcomes - fuzziness upfront will create problems later. Deciding on essential knowledge and skills - pre-workshop training may be required to ensure effective participation on the day. Identifying possible attendees - wall flowers are merely excess baggage. Developing materials to [...]

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