How to develop great staff to build your business

6 ways to develop awesome staff through coaching “Driven, enthusiastic team members will be your best asset.” – Richard Branson Ask any successful entrepreneur about the key foundation on which they built their business and great people will always be at the top of the list. Having great people on staff is common to all successful organisations. Smart leaders know that great staff are a valuable asset and therefore spend the …
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5 ways to recruit the right people on a small budget

Employees are a company’s greatest asset – they’re your competitive advantage. You want to attract and retain the best; provide them with encouragement, stimulus, and make them feel that they are an integral part of the company’s mission. – Anne M. Mulcahy I am sure you have heard this before. The belief that staff are our most valuable asset is widespread. Most managers and business owners know it’s true. We …
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How do you prepare your RTO for an Audit? Will it be war or peace?

We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender – Winston Churchill The audit as a battle ground. Sometimes an audit feels like a battle ground. And the words of Churchill, while we use it in …
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I tell stories for a living. And sometimes I get to tell great ones!

My kids laugh when I say I tell stories for a job. They laugh even more when I say I help other people tell their stories. I get it, it’s funny. They get my stories for free every night and are curious how I can make a living telling other people’s stories. Why would someone pay me to tell a story? But that is what I do. I tell stories to …
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How can I be confident my RTO is compliant, at all times?

You might think that this is a no brainer but there is a tendency in RTOs to only think seriously about compliance when an audit is approaching.  Why is this? Because the day to day pressing issues overshadow the compliance tasks. Many RTOs are reactive in their approach to compliance and quality, they deal with issues as they arise but they may not have systems in place to systematically review …
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5 Steps to Get Your Ideas Out of the Shower and Into the World

Everyone Has Ideas “Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has an idea. But it’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.” Nolan Bushnell We all have ideas. Especially when we’re having a shower or walking the dog. But only a few people turn their ideas into reality. So how do we generate ideas and bring them to life? …
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Facebook are you my friend or my foe? Will Facebook’s changes make it harder for you to market your organisation?

“Sometimes I just want to scream and punch facebook in the face!” I laughed and snorted my coffee. We were in a local cafe and one of my client’s was frustrated after reading about Facebook’s new changes. After we laughed a little more and the frustration settled, my client earnestly asked, “Seriously, what are we going to do?” I replied, “Pretty much what we have always done. We continue to …
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What I Learned About The Power of Restriction from a 50000 Word Novel Without The Letter ‘E”

I just read a novel by Ernest Vincent Wright that did not contain the letter “E”. Why would someone set themselves that kind of challenge? Guy Kawasaki explains in his book APE, According to the book’s introduction, Wright was tired of hearing “it can’t be done; for you cannot say anything at all without using the letter E, and make smooth continuity, with perfectly grammatical construction.” Wright used a typewriter …
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