Seven Simple Ways to Help Your Business Function Leads Develop their Teams

Seven Simple Ways to Help Your Business Function Leads Develop their Teams - L and D Generous

How can you help you function leads develop their team members?

From HR and Marketing through to Sales and Accounting, the role of a function manager is an extremely challenging one and, whilst those managers can be highly skilled and experienced, research suggests that they often feel under-prepared and/or overwhelmed in regard to addressing their team’s capability development needs.

Here’s a few simple strategies for helping them identify and address their team members’ capability needs and, as a result, decrease workplace stress, anxiety and dis-engagement and increase positivity, performance and productivity : Continue reading

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Events Alert: UQ Business School’s remaining Exec-Development short courses for 2018

UQ Business School - Executive Short Courses - 2018

Participants in a UQ Business School workshop are provided with the highest possible capability development opportunities

Given that my role as an Industry Engagement Manager at UQ Business School includes keeping organisations up-to-date with our various public programs, I thought I’d do a quick post to let you know what’s coming up in the calendar for the rest of this year.

As you’d expect from UQ, these workshops really are about as good as it gets being developed by one of the world’s top-tier universities and delivered by facilitators with both academic excellence AND in-depth industry experience. They also offer an amazing opportunity for participants to network and share knowledge and experience.

Most of these workshops are designed for people working from Middle-Management to Executive level positions (although, some are targeted at just Executives and Senior Executives – see the program titles and full course info for details).

Book three places or more for a 10% reduction.

NB. These topics (and many others) can all be delivered ‘in-house’, fully contextualised to your specific needs.

UQ Business School’s 2018 Short Course Topics, Dates and Pricing

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In the News – National skills agreement signed

By: The Sydney Morning Herald – 13/04/2012

All states and territories have signed on to the federal government’s skills  package in a deal which is worth $1.75 billion to them in incentive  payments. As well the commonwealth is putting up $7.2 billion over five years to pay  for a training entitlement.

It will lead to 375,000 extra people getting skilled qualifications over the  next five years, with all working-age Australians guaranteed a government-funded  training place. Continue reading

Event Alert – HR Summit(s) 2012 dates & details

I went to a couple of the HR Summits last year and have to say that, on the whole, they were well worth attending. This year’s events look good too, not in the least because it’s the their 10th anniversary so they’re putting some extra effort into it.

Unfortunately the Sydney event has already been held (at Luna Park, which must have been a great venue), but Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth are yet to happen.

Of course, being an all-round HR event, it’s not all relevent to those of us in the L&D/OD world, however, it’s got plenty that is and so is well worth checking out…I just need to hit the boss up for the money for the ticket now!!! Continue reading

From Me – Creating opportunities for leaders to emerge

I caught the end of a great interview on ABC radio the other day in which the guest (so sorry, I did write down the name then promptly lost the piece of paper it was written on) was discussing some of the issues facing Australian organisations from a leadership point of view.

I’m really annoyed I didn’t tune in earlier as I’d love to have been able to post more information for you (I’m going to try and find the full interview on ABC’s website and will post addition info if I do), however, there were a couple of really interesting points made, which (as always) seem very obvious in retrospect but are often missed by so many companies (and especially by execs who don’t fully understand the relationship between a good L&D strategy/program and a healthy company/profits). Continue reading

Video – How Social Media is being used by L&D

We’re all hearing more and more about ‘social media’ and the impact it’s having on many areas of business, L&D programs being no exception. Unless you’re a member of Gen Y, then you’re probably like me in that you’ve asked yourself ‘how on earth does social networking do anything other than help you find your old school mates and connect with people in your business community?’.

Given that an ever increasing percentage of the workforce is Gen Y, it’s clear that keeping abreast of the latest ways of delivering learning solutions is paramount. To that end, here’s a video I found on CLO Mag featuring Jeff Cobb, of Verizon Wireless, and Joe Campbell, of Nike, explaining how their organisations are using social media for leadership development (This is my first go at embedding a video so hopefully it’ll work!!!)…

Blending Informal learning and Social Media into Leadership Development from Human Capital Media on Vimeo.

In the News – Do They Practice What You Teach?

By: John Sweeney – Chief Learning Officer Magazine – 9/9/11

Employees need to practice their skills to improve. Learning leaders should model the desired behavior and provide a safe place to hone skills.

Within every successful athlete, artist or musician there is some talent. But without
practice, that talent will not reach its full potential. When we applaud and cheer performers, what we see are often the results of their practice. What we don’t see are the years they spend perfecting their skills. Practice is essential to their talent development, yet we often diminish its importance in employee development. Continue reading