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With National Networking Week in full swing from Monday 4 to Friday 8 August, you may well find yourself attending one of the many networking functions being held around the country next week.
If that’s the case, now is a better time than any to sharpen your networking skills and get into the mindset of a master networker. It’s your time to shine on the professional stage!
To help you prepare, here are five tips the 2013 National Networking Week Ambassador, Steven D’Souza, shared with AIM audiences during his tour last year:
1. Don’t fall into the trap of confusing networking with manipulation.
Unfortunately, some people associate networking with negative connotations, distorting their understanding of the activity. Networking is about connecting and forming genuine relationships with people, and helping each other get ahead. Ensure you go into it with a positive perspective.
2. Gain a clearer view of your current network depth by drawing a map.
Guest post by Dionne Kasian-Lew
If you’re a professional who’s still uncertain about using social media for business, here’s a compelling reason to consider it: almost two billion consumers already do.
That trend shows no sign of abating, with social media having grown by around 18% in 2013 and predictions it will reach 2.55 billion by 2017. Still not convinced?
Consider that the billions of new consumers who are about to emerge globally will have never lived in a world without it. You may be doing well right now without social media, but as leaders and managers, you need to be ready for what is coming over the hill.
The business case
A joint Capgemini-MIT Sloan study shows digitally mature business are 26 percent more profitable than less mature peers in any industry, and according to the Sensis Social Media Report of the searches Australians do online and in social media networks, nearly 70% convert to a sale.
Yet as I discuss in The Social Exe
Guest post by Michael Henderson
Engagement surveys are a popular vehicle for measuring employee morale, developing an employee brand proposition, or as a means of positioning your organisation as an award-winning place to work.
All of these uses of engagement surveys are helpful. However, many organisations fall into the trap of extending the application of their engagement survey tool to define and describe their workplace culture.
As Abraham Maslow once noted “If you only have a hammer as a tool, then every problem is a nail”. In other words, just because you are already using an engagement survey to assess the engagement rates of your business, doesn’t mean that engagement surveys were designed to measure culture.
As I wrote in my new book, Above the Line, engagement surveys may be perceived to measure many things for an organisation, but culture isn’t one of them. Here are six reasons why:
1. Psychological hammers
Many staff s
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Stop Multitasking, Star
Guest post by Daniel Etter
As a manager or leader in your field, you can almost guarantee that at some point in your career, you will need to perform a presentation, speak to a group or even address a large audience. As your sphere of influence, responsibility and reputation expands, this scenario becomes more and more likely.
While some managers are naturally gifted at speaking, others have to work really hard at it.
Delivery of a speech is instrumental in getting the point across to an audience who may or may not be receptive to what you have to say. Sweaty palms, knocking knees and lack of eye contact are all common symptoms of a speaker plagued by stage fright. To avoid stage fright and audience disconnect, here are seven habits of highly successful speakers that you should follow:
1. Always have a clear goal
You cannot make your point if you don’t know where you’re going in your presentation. Establish your goal and visualise the response you
When used correctly, email is one of the most efﬁcient, effective and reliable forms of communication.
Unfortunately, too few use it optimally. Whether treating it like instant-messaging software or as an alternative to a phone call, inboxes are becoming increasingly clogged with correspondence best suited to other modes of delivery.
Not only does this mean spending more time dealing with those unnecessary messages, it also means you’re being distracted from more important emails. But if you’re one of the many people who can’t resist attending to it every time your computer tells you you’ve got mail, there’s also the time it takes to get back on track with whatever it was you were already working on, which was probably more important than what you were distracted by.
In AIM Melbourne’s Effective Email Management course, email strategist Steuart Snooks stresses the importance of resisting the urge to check your inbox every time something comes through.
Most times, emails ar
Guest post by Caroline Lindsay
Having recently been asked to give a presentation on the future of the workplace, I spent some time wading through various reports and futurist thinking on the topic.
I put the lights on high beam and looked down the road myself and tried to define what I predict for the future. And you know what I found? I found that the future is here already. It’s here for the bold, the innovative, the nimble and the smart. Allow me to explain.
Below I’ve put together the top five predictions from futurist reports by global consulting firms and then commented on how you can embed that thinking into your own workplace right now.
By creating a future-now organisation, you can make your employee value proposition more compelling and enhance your industry reputation. You’ll amplify what really matters to employees and who knows what can happen when you do that.
Why not find out. Let’s get down to it.
Futurist Prediction #1
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How to Coach Managers Who Don’t Think They
By Matt Drinan
Now in its 50th year, the AIM National Salary Survey (large companies edition) is based on the responses of 458 companies throughout Australia, covering over 300 job roles.
Offering a definitive reflection of the salaries, pay movements, forecasts, HR policies and trends of Australian companies, the 2014 edition revealed some interesting findings:
The skills gap is closing
According to the recently released findings, the skills gap in Australia appears to be closing. The Survey revealed that less than half of large companies (42.9%) reported finding difficulty recruiting staff due to skills shortages, down from 49.2% in the 2013 Survey. According to the Survey, recruitment difficulties were most commonly found hiring for construction and engineering roles.
Pay growth is lagging
When it came to salary movements, the average pay increase recorded over the past year (3.6%) was lower than in the previous year (3.9%) and this