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Every stage of your career requires you to fight to stay ahead – there is always somebody just as qualified and experienced clamouring for the same jobs, promotions and opportunities.
As renowned executive coach, D.A. Benton, discusses in the book The CEO Difference, if you don’t initiate, stand up, step up and step out, someone else will. In fact, Benton puts it best when she writes ‘Today, you have to exceed in a group of exceed-ers’.
So how do you make yourself stand out in a group of people that share the same exceptional talent? According to Benton, you have to differentiate your thinking, your being and your actions.
The CEO Difference describes a variety of ways you can achieve these three goals, but to get you started on your quest for success, here are five tips from the book:
1. Be self-confident
You may have great ideas and skills, but unless you’re confident enough to speak up and share them, how will your boss know yo
Did you know that the fear of public speaking rates higher than the fear of snakes?
While some leaders appear born to the podium and make public speaking look effortless, most people need to work hard to cool those nerves and master the stage.
When expert on the topic, Grant Withrington spoke to AIM recently on the art of presentations, he outlined some useful tips for managers looking to overcome their public speaking fears:
1. Remember that nobody wants you to fail
When you’re standing up on the podium looking out to your audience, it can feel like everybody who is watching is judging you, waiting for you to slip up or make a mistake. But this is irrational thinking. The truth is that audiences don’t want you to fail – they want you to succeed. View them as your allies and supporters. It will help you feel more comfortable and less alone as you deliver your speech.
2. You are the subject matter expert – they are here to learn from you
If you h
Guest post by Anna Musson AFAIM
The funny thing about business etiquette is that you get points for having it, but no one will actually tell you that you weren’t promoted because you didn’t have enough of it.
It’s like one of those sneaky unmentionables like smelling good or having nice teeth – we will compliment you on the good and not mention the bad.
To quote the Wall Street Journal (March 2014), “likable people are more apt to be hired, get help at work, get useful information from others and have mistakes forgiven”.
In modern day business one of your most important assets is your ability to be liked. It is almost impossible to have a positive impact on customers, culture and, dare I say it, revenue, if you have annoying habits or are just plain annoying.
So what is the skinny? In my book, Etiquette Secrets: A Simple Guide to Mastering the Art of Modern Manners, I’ve dedicated an entire chapter to the subject of business
Catch up on all the latest management topics, issues and tips with these articles gathered last week on AIM’s Twitter.For daily updates follow us at http://twitter.com/aimcomau.
The Introvert’s Guide to Networking (via @fastcompany) http://bit.ly/1oETnSl
Employee Disengagement: The Enemy of Every Leader (via @readytomanage) http://bit.ly/1m6wy4c
Why it’s so Hard to Catch Your Own Typos (via @wired) http://wrd.cm/1pTegqU
Organizational Change Can Start Wherever You Are (via @JesseLynStoner) http://bit.ly/1taKvTR
Leaders: Tame the Brain’s Fight-or-Flight Response and Give Helpful Feedback (via @greatleadership) http://bit.ly/1uGMS3A
8 Tips forAvoiding Your Leadership Blindspots (via @thoughtleaders) http://bit.ly/XvZSvG
4 Basics for Building (or Repairing) Your Personal Brand (via @entmagazine) http://bit.ly/1kPGkMP
3 Ways to Beat Decision Fatigue (via @workawesome) http://bit.ly/1rPrX9E
How FTA Tasks Are
Guest post by Daniel Etter
When it comes time to plan your next big work function, group meeting or corporate event, you want to make sure everything comes off perfectly.
In the day to day of working for clients and pitching to new prospects, we sometimes forget the benefits of running successful internal work events and their positive impacts on workplace morale and productivity. Be it an employee awards night or team building day, making sure your event goes off with a bang will do wonders for workplace motivation, harmony and inclusivity. You’ll be encouraging staff to develop stronger bonds which really do carry over to teamwork activities in their day jobs.
Experienced event planners know that there are seven key steps to keep in mind as you work towards your event. By considering each of these seven steps you’ll be able to plan ahead, monitor your progress and prepare for an event that goes off without a hitch!
1. Determine your budget
The most important part of pl
Guest post by Gina Brooks
We’ve been talking about employee engagement for a while now and in all the literature and research that is focused on this topic, the results are the same:
Engaged employees perform better.
Kip Tindall is CEO of The Container Store which has been voted in the top 10 of the best places to work in the US by Fortune Magazine for the last 14 years. I think he represents what a difference engaged employees can make when he says ‘1 Great Person = 3 Good People’.
So what does employee engagement really mean?
An engaged person is someone who is both able and willing to contribute maximum effort in their work. Both the organisation and the individual employee need to take responsibility and work on consistent engagement.
How willing are people to contribute at their maximum level if results aren’t being achieved?
Often, new employees are highly motivated in the beginning – a good on-boarding program will ensure they
A resume is no longer enough – a stylish DIY website is the perfect way to stand out from the crowd and allows you to share examples of your work with potential employers. By Emma Williams
When sifting through resumes, the point of difference used to be your hobbies: reading, or hiking, say. However, the online era has brought much change and some people are building whole websites to show off what they can do.
Gen George, founder of job-matching website OneShift, says to step outside the box when job-seeking. “There’s stiff competition out there and it’s important people use technology to their advantage,” George says.
An electronic portfolio, or e-portfolio, is a professional tool to show off digital work, skills, talents and training. It can include everything from blog posts, to curriculum vitae, qualifications or examples of projects you’ve managed.
E-portfolios are particularly useful for those in creative industries as examples of work can be easily shared with pote
Just like people, workplaces can have underlying illnesses – high absenteeism, low morale, conflict, retention problems and performance issues are all symptoms of an unhealthy organisation.
According to business consultant Errol Amerasekera who recently presented at AIM, healthy organisations utilise a unique approach to business that views challenges as symptoms. Not only this, but they also develop efficient, effective and sustainable solutions to these challenges.
So, how healthy is your organisation?
Here are the eight pillars of organisational health, as outlined by Errol. By ensuring your business follows these suggestions, you can encourage a far healthier organisational culture.
1. Be a learning organisation
Being a learning organisation means that you understand the importance of self-reflection and take the time to do this for your business on a regular basis. You need to keep asking – Where are we challenged? What could we be doing differently? How could things be better
Catch up on your management reading in one place with a round-up of articles posted on AIM’s Twitter last week. For daily updates follow us @aimcomau.
Can You Really Handle the Entrepreneurial Life? Check These 5 Signs (via @EntMagazine) http://bit.ly/1sDqGoU
4 Ways to Make Performance Reviews Work Better (via @tlnt_com) http://bit.ly/1kN32Wd
4 Things to Remember When Change Hits “Upside the Head” (via @GwynT) http://bit.ly/1mrx0Ki
How to Choose Work that Works for You – Infographic (via @recoveringleadr) http://bit.ly/1q090Pw
Ideas to Help You Adjust Your Attitude and Improve Performance (via @artpetty) http://bit.ly/1oor6iB
The Power of the Minimum Effective Dose (via @michaelhyatt) http://bit.ly/1mBxbTa
To Be a Better Leader, Become a Better Listener (via @inc) http://bit.ly/1ugQoBJ
Why Building Your Brand is All About Sharing Your Values (via @fastcompany) http://bit.ly/1nHqP4q
5 Steps for Leading Through Adaptive Cha
Drug and alcohol policies are vital in any organisation, as what employees get up to in their own time can affect their safety and productivity in the workplace. By Leon Gettler
Drugs and alcohol abuse impact businesses and managers. The Australian Drug Foundation estimates alcohol and drug misuse cost the Australian workplace $6 billion a year.
The effects come through in loss of productivity, absenteeism, injuries and workplace deaths. It affects the bottom line, which means managers need to put in place robust policies along with preventative training to help reduce financial and social impacts. An Australian Drug Foundation poll found one in five employees had performed their job while under the influence of alcohol; one in five had taken a sickie because of alcohol effects; and about 40 per cent admitted going to work feeling the effects of drinking.
Alcohol use contributes to 11 per cent of workplace accidents and 5 per cent of all Australian workplace death