Posts Tagged ‘Avondale College’

Workplace Trends of the Future

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Future“When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat?” asks author Chuck Palahniuk in his novel Invisible Monsters. It is a good question, as the future does hold a lot of promise, but can easily turn into a threat if we are not cognizant of what is looming on the horizon.

As leaders of various business entities, it is our responsibility to be looking at what our business faces and how we might need to respond. Failure to think ahead is a certain way of turning the future into a threat.

In a recent ‘In The Black’ article Susan Muldowney looks at what nine trends are likely to impact our workplaces sooner rather than later. While you can read the article here, the summary of the first four trends are:

  1. Robots will rise
  2. Ohm! Workplaces get more flexible
  3. Leadership gets more provocative
  4. Democracy shows up at work

The remaining five are well worth the time to read and consider. Once you have looked at all nine trends, the challenge is to work out whether your business is positioned to take advantage of them, or be overwhelmed and have your business suffer.

The Avondale Business School can advise your organisation on being effective in these areas – find out how by contacting Warrick Long at the Avondale Business School.

E: Warrick.long@avondale.edu.au

P: 02 4980 2168

How to be More Influential

Friday, February 27, 2015

Effective leadership is built around being able to influence. If you cannot influence, then you cannot lead. There are a plethora of leadership books based on this simple premise, with one of the most enduring being Dale Carnegie’s ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’.Influence

For some leaders their ability to influence comes from the power of their position in the organisation. Often this is authoritarian and is one of the least effective methods of influence. Other leaders influence by their charisma, essentially charming people in the process. While this may work, it is very shallow and often does not survive the tough times. Some leaders influence through a ‘Follow Me!’ approach whereby they inspire and lead by example, which is good in the tough times, but can be exhausting for their followers over the long term. There are many other styles of leadership and influencing people, some more successful than others.

However you lead, you need to be able to influence in order to be effective. Jon Pratlett is an expert on leadership and his tips for being more influential are shared in a recent NAB blog (Read it here). While the article goes into more details on influence, and the importance of being a CARER (someone who creates Certainty, Autonomy, Relationship, Equity and builds your Reputation), Jon’s tips for influencing your employees are:

  1. Ask questions rather than give instructions
  2. Take time to build the relationship
  3. Encourage them to make suggestions and their own decisions, wherever possible
  4. Ensure they have a sense of being treated fairly and with respect
  5. Don’t try to convince them with a purely logical argument – appeal to their emotions
  6. Don’t expect them to be motivated by profit – link their job to a sense of higher purpose by emphasising the value they provide
  7. Be a CARER not a scarer

The article also has tips on influencing your customers, and I highly recommend you take the time to read it. The challenge is to reflect on your own leadership and influence style and see if you could become more effective.

The Avondale Business School can help you and your team develop leadership skills – find out how by contacting Warrick Long at the Avondale Business School.

E: Warrick.long@avondale.edu.au

P: 02 4980 2168

HR Internship Available

Thursday, February 26, 2015

People and Culture | Sanitarium Australia
(based at Sanitarium, Berkeley Vale)

Looking for: University student currently completing HR or Business degree with HR major. All applicants must have experience in Microsoft Office Suite, good research skills; be motivated and considering a career in church employment.

You’ll gain exposure to:

- Researching Leadership Resources

- Learning Management Systems

- Engagement and Culture Surveys

- General HR processes and procedures

Tenure of role: 2 to 3 days per week for up to 6 months

Start date: ASAP

Applications close: Once we find the right applicants so be quick!

Please apply via the Student Connect link – http://www.adventistemployment.org.au/studentconnect

Biggest Issues Facing Australia Today

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The National Australia Bank recently undertook a survey to find out what it is that Australians find and the issues of most concern to them. Not surprisingly, overall it is the cost of living, then access to healthcare; employment and jobs; the economy; and terrorism/security. Whereas we are least worried about indigenous issues, infrastructure and transport and taxation.NAB

The full report can be found here, and it is worth exploring as there are significant differences between the various states of Australia (for example, in WA it is the threat of terrorism/security that is of most concern to them) and demographics (over 50’s worry about access to healthcare).

However, just reading the report is one thing. Thinking about how it impacts your business is more important. For example, if you are reliant on donations for income, how will the worry over cost of living impact on people’s willingness to donate? Or what about aged care, can your potential client’s access appropriate health care? And overall, how do people worried about terrorism react in an increasingly multi-cultural Australia?

You should be seriously considering how your business is set up to alleviate these fears for people, as customer/clients will be attracted to those entities that can.

The Avondale Business School can advise your organisation on being effective in these areas – find out how by contacting Warrick Long at the Avondale Business School.

E: Warrick.long@avondale.edu.au

P: 02 4980 2168

Are Bean-counters More Selfish?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Yes. But I can say that, because I am one of them. Also, I have recent research to back up that statement. The research was conducted by J. Keith Murnighan, Long Wang and Chen-Bo Zhong, and it looked at the over-emphasis on quantitative analysis in problem-solving. That is, relying too much on numbers, and not enough on other, more social factors.

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Their research reviewed whether quantifying everything and reducing it to numbers means people would tend to act more unethically and selfishly, taking less account of social consciousness and motives. And they found that people do tend to do so. It appears that greed and selfishness take over and mask the more social factors. This referred to as a ’calculative mindset’.

A calculative mindset works in a short-term frame, but is not the answer for long term sustainability. The researchers propose that a better way of operating is to change the way problems of business are viewed. Rather than thinking exclusively about maximising profits, that is, grabbing as much of the pie as possible, instead think about maximising value, or creating a bigger pie, generating a sustainable business model.

The full article can be viewed here, and it is worth exploring further. As you think about your way of approaching business decisions, are you about a short term or a long term sustainable approach to business?

The Avondale Business School can assist your organisation take a longer term view – find out how by contacting Warrick Long at the Avondale Business School.

E: Warrick.long@avondale.edu.au

P: 02 4980 2168

Marketing Scholarship Available

Friday, February 6, 2015

 

Stefmar Pet Care is currently offering an e-commerce scholarship available to commerce and marketing, IT and communications and e-commerce students. 

 

Eligibility

The scholarship is available to students currently enrolled in Bachelor or Master Studies in areas related to commerce and marketing, IT and communications or e-commerce.

We are looking for applicants with a pronounced interest in online marketing, who are capable of out of the box thinking, analyzing sets of data and coming to relevant and actionable conclusions. Interest in sales is another prerequisite, as is a business oriented mentality. While a lack of web literacy will not automatically disqualify a candidate, a familiarity with web technologies is a definite plus.

Value and How to Apply

Our team is providing the chosen candidate with up to AUD $1000 to be used towards attending training to further their abilities and skills in the E-Commerce management space, as well as a chance of a full time employment as a part of our e-commerce team.

Interested candidates should send the following information to scholarships@stefmar.com.au:

1. Your name

2. Your area of study

3. Contact details

4. A 1000 word comprehensive submission detailing why you want to enter the world of e-commerce management.

Availability and Deadlines

Our team will be offering at least one scholarship a year for the next three years, with the closing date/deadline for entries being 1/10/2015 – 1/6/2016.

For any additional information, students or your team can visit http://shop.stefmar.com.au/scholarships or contact us at scholarships@stefmar.com.au

Bringing Out The Best In People

Sunday, February 1, 2015

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Whether we like it or not, most of the time our organisations are going through some sort of change or transformation. Sometimes the process is smooth and easy, but most of the time it is difficult and fraught with resistance. So what can we learn from organisations who have successfully undergone major transformations with really positive results?
The management consulting company McKinsey & Co recently published an article on this very topic, and outlined the four key success factors that ensure the organisations concerned not only survived the transformation, but exceeded their goals. The article can be found here, and is rich with useful information and resources.
Reading the article in its entirety will give you the context and full picture, but the four points in summary are:

  1. Engage every level of the organisation
  2. Create excitement and pride
  3. Apply a range of learning techniques
  4. Institutionalize through HR

While the article is set in the context of large organizations, the principles are just as relevant for small to medium enterprises as well. A challenge would be for you to think how your entity could build these four factors into its culture.

If you would further information on how Avondale Business School can help your organisation, contact Warrick Long
E: Warrick.long@avondale.edu.au
P: 02 4980 2168

How Well Is Your IT Managed?

Sunday, February 1, 2015

I am so old I once worked in an office with no computers! Since then I have seen IT creep into every aspect of organisations, and continually morph into its next life-form. I wonder if we had the opportunity to scrap all our existing IT and design something form the very start what it would look like?

As a consequence of this evolutionary approach to managing IT it is easy for it to become a bit of a ‘dogs breakfast’ and lack a number of key efficiency and security measures. A recent article on the Life Hacker ? Blog site (Read it here) looks at the top 10 mistakes small business makes in the area of IT.

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The article expands on each mistake, and it is worthwhile taking the time to read this short article, however, as a teaser, here are the 10 mistakes in point form:

10. Not investing in training

9. Using too many communications tools

8. No social media strategy

7. Not taking security seriously

6. Not using two-step authentication

5. Failing to back-up data

4. Email chaos

3. No actual tech support

2. Slow internet

1. You’ll need to read the article…

So after reviewing the article think about your business and whether you have all these bases covered. Not your job? Then find out who’s it is and check with them.

The Avondale Business School can advise your organisation on being effective in these areas – find out how by contacting Warrick Long at the Avondale Business School.

E: Warrick.long@avondale.edu.au

P: 02 4980 2168

Accounting Internship Opportunity

Friday, January 30, 2015

 

SanitariumACCOUNTING INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Finance | Sanitarium Australia
(based at Sanitarium, Berkeley Vale)

Looking for: University student currently completing an Accounting or Business degree. All applicants must have experience in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel; good analytical skills; be motivated, and considering a career in church employment.

You’ll gain exposure to:

-          Accounts Payable

-          Accounts Receivable

-          Car Leasing

-          Other General Office functions

Tenure of role: 2 days per week for up to 6months

Please include copies of your most recent transcripts.

Start date: ASAP

Applications close: Once we find the right applicants so be quick!

Please apply for this position via http://www.adventistemployment.org.au/studentconnect

Walking the Walk While Talking the Talk Adds Value to Your Company

Monday, January 19, 2015

Culture

Creating a culture of integrity does come at a cost. Publically listed companies traditionally believe that the stock market does not quickly reward actions that enhance the integrity of their company. However recent research from the Kellogg School of Management has questioned this (Read it here) and instead believe that a corporate culture of integrity actually adds value to the bottom line.

The research found that companies who gave ‘lip service’ to integrity, inclusiveness and positive employee morale had a lower level of financial return on a range of measures than those companies who had taken the time to develop a corporate culture that lives up to their claims. It seemed that employees rewarded those companies where a positive corporate culture had developed.

This gives business leaders an opportunity to reflect on whether their company’s culture actually is what they say it is. Maybe it’s time to take stock and see what your employees really think.

If you would further information on how Avondale Business School can help your organisation, contact Warrick Long

E: Warrick.long@avondale.edu.au

P: 02 4980 2168