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How to manage high-potential employees

A big part of a manager's job is to identify who is contributing to the overall success of the company and who needs to pull their socks up.However, the temptation is to concentrate too much on the staff members who need the most help, while allowing high-potential employees to regulate themselves.While they may enjoy the…

6 Aug 2013, by test test

Leadership & Communication

Achieving better Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a term that refers to a person's ability to perceive, manage and understand their emotions, as well as those of other people. Having a high EI has obvious benefits, enabling you to navigate your interpersonal relationships more easily, while also enabling you to evaluate what makes you happy or unhappy. Traditionally,…

5 Aug 2013, by test test

Leadership & Communication

Sex-segregated labour markets ‘perpetuating gender inequality’

There is an entrenched division across many Australian industries between sectors dominated by men and those dominated by women. This is according to Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) president Ged Kearney, who said gender inequality in the workplace must be tackled. Ms Kearney spoke at the Fifth International Community, Work and Family Conference and…

2 Aug 2013, by test test

Leadership & Communication

5 essential tips for engaging an audience

Public speaking is rarely easy. Whether you're inexperienced, talking to a large group of people or are presenting to high-profile executives, there are a number of factors that may have you especially nervous when public speaking. Many speakers tend to become introverted in these circumstances and read mechanically from a prepared script and slideshow. Here are…

31 Jul 2013, by test test

Leadership & Communication

What type of leader are you?

Being a leader isn't easy, and everyone brings their own qualities and attributes to the role in an effort to get the best out of their colleagues. However, there are several distinct leadership styles - all of which have their own advantages and disadvantages in the workplace. Do you recognise yourself in this list? And…

29 Jul 2013, by test test

Leadership & Communication

Fine-tuning management skills after landing a promotion

Congratulations! You've worked hard, shown your determination and secured a much-earned promotion, meaning you're ready to take on your new role with aplomb. However, if you're new to management there may be a few skills that you need to pick up quickly, or at least fine-tune the ones you already have (it's unlikely you'll have…

26 Jul 2013, by test test

Leadership & Communication

Gender politics and Julia Gillard’s downfall

Australia last month said goodbye to the country's first female prime minister. Almost three years to the day after taking over leadership of the government, Julia Gillard was ousted on June 27 by former prime minister Kevin Rudd. Some may call it poetic justice, with Gillard having won the leadership following a similar coup on Rudd…

25 Jul 2013, by test test

Leadership & Communication

Making actions speak louder than words when public speaking

Showing confidence through your body language is one of the most important skills to develop as a public speaker. Engaging an audience is more than just about keeping the content interesting (although obviously that plays a big part) - you must be able to convey the information in an interesting and eye-catching way. Invoking emotion…

24 Jul 2013, by test test

Leadership & Communication

PowerPoint or PowerPointless: Designing presentations that engage

Whether it's university, the boardroom or conferences - we've all experienced a PowerPoint presentation that puts the audience to sleep. Visual aids can bring a topic to life, but if used incorrectly they can make speeches confusing, disjointed or even more monotonous. Anyone who has had the dubious pleasure of sitting through a friend or family…

22 Jul 2013, by test test

Leadership & Communication

Is Australia bridging the gender gap?

  The 100th year of International Women's Day was celebrated in 2011, making it a century since 15,000 female textile workers marched in New York City demanding better pay, voting rights and shorter hours. Marking the anniversary three years ago, then-Australian sex discrimination commissioner Elizabeth Broderick remarked at how far Australia has come since those…

19 Jul 2013, by test test
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