Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | February 24, 2017 | Weekly Update

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Much like groundbreaking design, the best creative careers rarely adhere to a pre-determined template.

Nobody knows this better than Debbie Millman. An author, artist, illustrator, educator, and brand consultant, Millman’s career path looks much more like a winding road than it does a straightforward climb.

What’s more, it wasn’t always smooth. In fact, she describes the first 10 years of her professional life as, “experiments in rejection and failure.”

If you’re familiar with her work, this statement might surprise you—Millman is, after all, the author of six books on design; she chairs the School of Visual Arts’ Masters in Branding program; and her popular podcast, Design Matters, has accrued numerous accolades.

But arguably, those experiments, combined with a set of serendipitous curveballs, are what led to her success.

Whether you’re still contemplating the shape of your creative career or you’re looking for a bit of inspiration in your day job, take a page from Millman’s playbook on finding fulfilling work, navigating tough decisions, and defining success in a way that matters to you.

Follow Your Interests

Millman’s initial goal was to design magazine covers for a proper glossy in New York City, but despite being the editor of her college newspaper, her attempts fell short.

It wasn’t until her early thirties that she “fell into” a role in branding; the field was a perfect fit for her skill set, interests, and passions. At Sterling Brands, Millman began exploring the relationships between people and the brands they choose to integrate into their lives.

Then, in 2005, she started Design Matters—the world’s first (and now longest running) podcast about design—in which she converses with notable figures in the design space. It was the first thing that put her on the map, especially after garnering the People’s Choice Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2011; in 2012, Millman was invited to the White House and personally congratulated by former First Lady Michelle Obama.

Today, Millman dedicates a significant portion of her time to educating others about design. She finds her day job exceptionally fulfilling—a key litmus test for career success.

“I think that any time you are doing work that fulfills your soul, it has the opportunity to become much more universal—because chances are there are other people out in the world who it will fulfill, as well,” she says.

Look Beyond the Beaten Path

Recently, Millman found herself at a career crossroads: She was offered the position of CEO at Sterling, where she’d served as President for years. For many, it would have been the logical next step, but she wasn’t sure it was the right one for her.

“It was a really exciting opportunity, and one that I know I would have enjoyed—but it would have meant putting my own artistic and creative aspirations aside. It took me four months to decide to turn down the job. It was the hardest decision I have ever made,” she says.

The decision ultimately aligns with one of Millman’s core beliefs about careers: Financial and creative fulfilment aren’t mutually exclusive. Seeking the proper balance of both is key.

Plus, “if anything takes you four months to decide, you probably don’t want it,” she says.

Difficult choices aren’t the only element of Millman’s career that have led her off the beaten path—she’s also had the opportunity to travel to some of the most obscure corners of the country for her work.

“Travel has really impacted my career. As much as I am a homebody, I love seeing new places,” she says, adding that she’s always prepared for a spur-of-the-moment trip or opportunity. “I have a bag that’s always packed with the day-to-day things that I need when I travel. I keep everything that I need in that bag—all my toiletries, technology, cords… all of the things that make me feel comfortable when I’m not home. All I need to do is pack the clothes that I’m going to wear,” she says.

The Lowest Moments Can Reap the Highest Rewards

When Millman talks about the early rejections and hurdles, it’s easy to dismiss her protestations as humility. But, she insists, at one point in her career, she actually thought she might be “the most hated woman in design.” The low blow occurred when she read a piece in a blog called “Speak Up” criticizing the work she’d done for a major brand, as well as for a major film franchise.

Instead of folding when she faced criticism, she decided to actively join the conversation.
She connected with the blog’s founder, Armin Vit, and began contributing to the site, persuading the design community about the merits of her work. Millman and Vit went on to form a long-term professional relationship. Today, she’s the godmother of his oldest daughter.

“I look back on it now and think, ‘I’m so glad that happened,’” Millman says. “Almost every major [accomplishment of mine]—the kernels and the seeds—came out of that experience. Ultimately, that turned into one of the most profound, life-affirming, life-changing things. So, sometimes the worst moment of your life can be a catalyst for the best life you could possibly imagine.”

If You Can Dream it, You Can Be It

As an accomplished writer, it’s perhaps no surprise that Millman’s most emphatic piece of advice for young creatives is to turn to the power of the pen.

“Write an essay about the life you’d like to have five or 10 years from now,” she says. “Write it with as much detail as you can muster. What does your day look like? Where do you go? How do you get there? What does one perfect day in that life look like? Write it down, savor it, save it, reread it every year, and I will guarantee that the life you envision is one that you’ll get closer to.”

As for Millman’s perfect life?

“I’m living it,” she says.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-design-the-career-of-your-dreams-advice-from-creative-genius-debbie-millman?ref=carousel-slide-0

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CENTRAL Coast Council has revealed the preferred locations of two long-awaited landmark projects after years of frustration.

The Leagues Club Field on Gosford waterfront is set to become “the new cultural hub on the Central Coast” and the preferred location for the hotly anticipated Regional Performing Arts and Conference Centre.

Council announced the Georgiana Terrace site as the preferred location for the highly controversial entertainment venue at tonight’s council meeting, along with the preferred setting for Gosford’s Regional Library and Learning Centre at the Parkside Building in Donnison St.

The performing arts centre announcement is expected to spark further debate with many business and community stakeholders originally pinning their hopes on either the old Gosford Public School site or at nearby Poppy Park.

Council’s administrator Ian Reynolds acknowledged the community had been eagerly awaiting a decision and said it was important to “move the conversation” towards making it the best centre it could possibly be.

“There is still a long way to go but council will be working closely with our state and federal counterparts to secure their previous funding commitments and enthusiasm for the development of this important cultural venue,” Mr Reynolds said.

“This is another great step forward for our new council, making progress on an important community project that will help revitalise the Gosford CBD and put it on the arts and cultural map.

“It will support tourism and business as well as promote culture and talent development throughout the region, creating jobs and opportunities for our growing region.”

Council’s group leader of connected communities Julie Vaughan said council staff explored a number of site options for the performing arts centre in and around Gosford CBD before making a decision.

“Staff will now be undertaking detailed assessment of the site, revising business plans and progressing with detailed designs for the RPACC and we will keep the community involved as we go,” Ms Vaughan said.

“An appropriate business model and venue specification is important for the RPACC’s longevity and overall success — ensuring the community see the full value of this cultural facility for generations to come.

“We want to create a world-class, financially viable facility that the Central Coast can be proud of.”

Meanwhile, Ms Vaughan confirmed council staff would liaise with the Federal Government and Robertson federal Liberal MP Lucy Wicks to confirm the $7 million funding for the library project as promised from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development’s Community Grants Program.

“This is an important project for the Central Coast community and will be the focal point for library services across the region,” Ms Vaughan said.

“Staff will now begin designing detailed plans to redevelop the site into an engaging learning space that will effectively meet the needs of the community.

“We will also work with the current tenants of the Parkside Building to ensure they are completely informed of the progress of this development and their future options.”

Mr Reynolds said the new library location highlighted the importance of Kibble Park as the heart of development in the CBD.

“We want to lead the way in revitalising Gosford and this project is a fantastic starting point,” he said.

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/central-coast-council-reveals-leagues-club-field-preferred-site-for-performing-arts-centre/news-story/3b81d7a44852ff3f3889992142a81401

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | February 17, 2017 | Weekly Update

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Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) firefighters are urging residents and businesses to find the water hydrant on the footpath and street closest to their home or place of work and check its condition.

In NSW Hydrants are located just a couple of feet underground on either a road or pathway and have a cover known as a surface fitting.

In residential areas, hydrants are positioned approximately 50 – 100 metres apart depending on the lay of the land and provision of other services such as phone lines, power and gas.

What does a hydrant look like?

The covers or “surface fitting” is what you will find when you go looking for your closest hydrant. They come in different sizes and designs. The most common cover or surface fitting is one with the letter ‘H’ on the top and may be coloured in yellow. This is what covers the hydrant and protects it from damage as well as sealing the hydrant pit.

You will find these types in most residential areas. These types of fittings can be located on either roads or pathways.

The hydrant cover should be clearly marked, cleared of vegetation or other obstructions and not parked over at any time.

Find the hydrant using markers

Firefighters use hydrant markers to identify the location of a hydrant. These markers are critical in locating a hydrant in a quick and timely manner during firefighting operations.

Without these markers they would not know where a hydrant is unless they have prior knowledge of the area.

These markers not only assist firefighters in locating a hydrant, but assist Sydney Water also.

The markers are divided into two groups: Primary and Secondary Markers.

Primary Markers

Primary Markers are found on power / light poles and face directly towards the hydrant.

These plates can have the letters H, P or R stamped on them and a series of numbers.

The letters stand for:
H – hydrant
P – pathway
R – road

Primary indicator plates are marked with two sets of numbers. The top number gives the distance (in metres) from the plate to the hydrant and the bottom number gives the size (in millimetres) of the water main.

A black line horizontal through the middle of the marker indicates that the hydrant is located across the road.

Secondary Markers

Secondary Markers can be found on power poles or marks on paths and roadways.

These markers indicate the presence of a primary marker or a hydrant located adjacent to by the blue marker or on the other side by the green ‘H’ marker.

Additionally, white or yellow triangles or arrows may be painted on roads, or blue markers may be fixed to the road to one side of the centre line. Hydrant cast iron cover may also be painted yellow.

Can’t find your hydrant?

Hydrants may be hidden or unuseable when;

  • Grass or vegetation has grown over the hydrant cover
  • Dirt, earth or rubbish has been piled over a hydrant
  • Cars are parked on top of a hydrant
  • Gardens have been grown over a hydrant
  • Hydrants have been relocated due to building construction
  • Markers have worn out or been dislodged
  • Insects have infested a hydrant

If maintenance or marking is required, report it to your local fire station, council or water authority.

Keep the area around the hydrant clear of any grass, vegetation, gardens, rubbish and dirt. 30cm around the hydrant cover is adequate.

Don’t place large heavy objects on top or next to the surface fitting.

Ensure no one parks over the hydrant at any time.

If you feel something is not right or just want answers regarding hydrants, or if you see a marker or markers that are old, unreadable or worn out, signs of insects or if other maintenance might be required contact your local fire station, council or water authority and report it.

These people are trained in hydrant systems and will provide you with assistance.

Source: http://www.centralcoastaustralia.com.au/news/frnsw-hydrant-education-and-location-program/?current-news

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When you think about advancing your career, what do you think about doing? Learning new skills? Building your network? Maybe pursuing a side gig?

These are all great options for getting ahead at work. If you’re gunning for a promotion or simply want to make yourself more marketable for future opportunities, you can’t go wrong by expanding your knowledge and building relationships.

But as you solidify your plans for advancement this year, I’d like you to also consider a different approach: letting go. Sometimes the thing holding us back isn’t a lack of something—it’s our refusal to ditch something that’s become outdated or irrelevant. Check out the list below, and ask yourself if you can make room for those new skills or relationships by abandoning that which you no longer need.

1. An Unhelpful Mentor

You will always need people who can help you professionally. There are plenty of examples of top performers who access coaches or mentors to help them navigate difficult decisions or major changes. Because relationships evolve over time, however, it’s entirely possible for someone to be influential and helpful at one point in your relationship, and then become problematic later on.

As you progress in your career, someone who was once a great mentor may grow competitive. Or he may simply get stuck in an outdated mindset while you (and your company) move on. Whatever the reason, if you outgrow a mentor, consider letting go of the relationship—at least in its current form. You don’t have to cut ties completely or end a friendship, but you don’t have to hold onto this person as your career guru, either.

2. An Irrelevant Goal

Goals are obviously important. If you aren’t working toward something concrete, after all, then what are you doing? And yet being inflexible in the pursuit of your goals may lead to trouble in some situations. A leadership change at work, a transfer to a different department, a new opportunity, or any other number of unforeseen changes could all impact the feasibility of any given goal.

Let’s say you set a goal to increase revenue for a specific product line, but your supervisor tells you she wants you to increase revenue on a different product line. If you can’t do both, you better align yourself with the company goals or you may land in hot water.

While you certainly don’t want to get in the habit of abandoning a goal the minute you feel challenged or stressed, you do need to get in the practice of periodically evaluating whether your goals are still high priority.

3. An Outdated Approach

No one plans to be the person who blurts out, “But we’ve always done it that way!” And yet, when we get comfortable, we become afraid of change and seek security in what we know.

Ask yourself if you’re sticking with something—a routine, a software system, a practice—because it’s familiar. Do you feel a twinge of fear when you think about modifying your approach? That twinge is the beginning of the “We’ve always done it this way!” mindset.

There’s certainly a benefit in knowing a particular tool of your trade backward and forward. You can work quickly and confidently when you’re at ease with your processes and technology, but getting stuck is dangerous. Committing yourself to exploring even one new thing a year in your industry can help you avoid attachment to products or practices that are increasingly outdated.

4. Technology

Think about an interaction with a colleague or friend that was profoundly impactful. Did it happen over text or an email? Unlikely. If you need to make a convincing argument, elicit assistance, make a difficult decision, or deliver an apology, technology is an aid, not the vehicle for communication. Make an effort this year to set your phone down, walk out of your office, and engage with people face-to-face.

Of course, seeking worthwhile and meaningful interactions with colleagues is only one reason to let tech go when possible, but there’s also an argument for increased productivity. How many minutes a day do you lose to mindless scrolling on Facebook? How long does it take you to coin the perfect Instagram caption?

I’m not saying to abandon your apps, but to look at much you . Wrest back control of your time before your boss takes note of your distractions. You’ll likely be amazed at how your productivity blossoms when you control your use of technology instead of the other way around.

This is certainly not a comprehensive list of all the things you might consider ditching. Most of us have habits, relationships, beliefs, and practices that warrant occasional scrutiny to determine if they still have a place in our lives. If you haven’t considered this before now, it’s a good time to review your plans to determine what you want to add, and what you want to leave behind to make this your best professional year yet.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-things-you-need-to-ditch-if-you-truly-want-to-get-ahead?ref=carousel-slide-2

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | February 10, 2017 | Update, Weekly Update

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A contract has been awarded by Central Coast Council for the construction of stage one of the Tuggerah Regional Sport and Recreation Complex.

The $23.71 million sporting complex will include a premier ground with another nine playing fields, cricket pitches, public amenities including change rooms, canteen facilitates, store rooms and parking at Lakes Rd, Tuggerah. Council’s Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds, said the awarding of the contract was a step towards positioning the Central Coast as a destination of choice for major sporting events. “We have previously had to turn away some state competitions due to a lack of appropriate facilities,” Mr Reynolds said.

“The economic benefits that will fl ow to our community from hosting large sporting events is huge in dollar value, creating local jobs and boosting tourism,” he said. Work on stage one is anticipated to take 12 to 18 months to complete and will create up to 70 new full-time employment opportunities during construction. “A further 28 new fulltime jobs will be created in the region after fi ve years of operation of this complex, boosting much needed employment opportunities on the Coast. “This is a really exciting time as Council brings much-needed infrastructure and facilities to the Central Coast to improve our community’s quality of life and deliver projects the community needs, wants and values.”

This project was made possible with the support of the Australian Government’s $10 million National Stronger Regions Fund to go with Council’s $13.71 million, Mr Reynolds said. He said Council recognised the importance of the funding and was looking forward to collaborating with the Australian Government to deliver future projects for the Central Coast community.

The final stage of the project will see construction of an indoor sporting centre incorporating six basketball courts, amenities, sporting officers, a kiosk and a 3,000 seat grandstand to bring the total value of the complex to $53 million. The tender was awarded to Norths Construction who also built The Art House in Wyong, for which they won a 2016 Master Builders Association Award.

Source: http://coastcommunitynews.com.au/2017/02/contract-awarded-tuggerah-regional-sport-recreation-complex/

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Local students from disadvantaged families have been urged to apply for new scholarships worth $1,000 to support their education.

NSW Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Mr Scot MacDonald, said the FACS High School Scholarship program was now open to students in Year 10, 11 and 12 at a NSW high school or TAFE. “This is a wonderful initiative from the NSW Government to help students from struggling families get all the support they need to do well at school,” Mr MacDonald said. “Funds can be spent on expenses including textbooks and course fees, or practical supports such as child care and internet access,” he said.

The program will award 240 applicants $1,000 to help with their studies. Twenty successful students will also be eligible to receive both a scholarship and mentoring. “Previously this scheme was only available to HSC students living in social housing, but we are expanding it right across the board,” said State Member for Terrigal, Mr Adam Crouch. “Now students in social housing or on the waiting list, in Out of Home Care, receiving private rental assistance, or living in crisis accommodation, can apply,” Mr Crouch said. Mr MacDonald said another key benefit of the program was the chance for students to reapply each year, all the way through to the end of their tertiary studies.

“These scholarships had been a one-off, but now students can apply year after year – potentially for up to seven years if they successfully apply from high school onwards. “Education is one of the most effective means of ensuring the cycle of disadvantage does not become intergenerational,” Mr Crouch said. “We have many families on the Central Coast doing it tough and these funds will ensure bright kids are rewarded, no matter what their financial circumstances.” Applications opened on January 16 and close on February 24.

Source: http://coastcommunitynews.com.au/2017/01/1000-scholarships-available-students/

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We all often face the same problem: The workweek drags by at a glacial pace, while the weekend speeds past us before we even realize what’s happening.

Mathematically, of course, it all makes sense. But, what if you could change that? What if you could use your time so efficiently that you had all of your important to-dos wrapped up by Thursday?

Even if you can’t actually pack up, leave the office, and take every Friday off (we wish, right?), wouldn’t it be nice to know that you have that whole “bonus” day to stop putting out fires and instead get a jumpstart on next week—or even use that day to tackle those bigger ambitions that have been permanently parked in your back seat?

I know, it sounds impossible. But, skepticism aside, it’s totally doable if you use your time effectively. In fact, numerous companies have actually begun instituting flexible or four-day workweeks for their employees.

So, how do these people manage to pull this off? It’s not as tough as you think.

1. They Schedule Intentionally

You’re aiming to view Friday as the extra day tacked onto the end of your workweek—a day when all of your weekly tasks are finished and you can finally have a clear head and a somewhat empty plate.

This means you’ll want to avoid scheduling meetings, phone calls, and other important get-togethers on that day (unless it’s just a casual coffee get-together with a networking contact). Instead, you want Friday to provide a large chunk of totally uninterrupted time that you can use however you’d like.

Dustin Moskovitz, co-founder and CEO of Asana, swears by this no-meeting structure—although, he implements it on Wednesdays for his team. “With very few exceptions, everyone’s calendar is completely clear at least one day out of the week whether you are a maker or manager,” he says in an article for Inc., “This is an invaluable tool for ensuring you have some contiguous space to do project work.”

This intentional scheduling applies throughout your entire workweek. In order to set yourself up for an empty Friday, you’ll also need to keep a close eye on your schedule during the other days as well.

No, you don’t always have complete control over your calendar. However, it’s important that you frequently check through your schedule to see how your week’s shaping up. If you think you have far too many commitments and not enough time to actually work, you’ll need to see what you can move around or back out of.

2. They Focus on Priorities

You start your week with the best intentions and a laundry list of things you’re going to tackle in the office. But, when Friday rolls around, you’re shocked to realize that you barely accomplished any of them. You were too caught up in the emergencies that cropped up.

As Stephen R. Covey, the incredibly successful businessman and author, said, “Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.”

People who get everything wrapped up before Friday know the value of effective prioritization, and many of them use the time management matrix developed by Covey in order take a step back and readjust their focus on the things that are critical, rather than time-pressing.

Oftentimes, there’s a big difference between how you’re actually spending your time and how you should be spending your time. And, if you want to have Friday reserved as free space, you’re going to need to constantly evaluate your priorities and ensure that you’re channeling your energy into the right things.

3. They Tune Out Distractions

Of course, you’re going to need to maximize every single minute of the days you actually do have. And, that means minimizing distractions as much as possible.

If you can’t focus at your desk with the office chatter and phone calls happening around you, try to find a quiet spot (or, if you’re desperate, some noise-canceling headphones) so that you can get into a groove and zone in on whatever you’re working on.

Another distraction you’ll want to keep at bay? Emails. So, close out that browser tab and resist the siren song of your inbox. You can even take a cue from Tommy John’s CEO, Tom Patterson, and set an out-of-office message that lets everybody know you’re only reading your emails at a certain time. That way, you won’t feel as tempted to keep checking in on your inbox.

4. They Find Shortcuts

You might hear the word “shortcut” and assume that means shoddy work. But, that’s not what this strategy is about at all.

Successful people are always concerned with producing top-notch results—however, they also find little ways to save time in the process. So, take a page from their book and have a good, hard look at your routine. Are there places where you’re spending a lot of unnecessary time?

Perhaps it’s a document you’re repeatedly drafting. Create a template so you always have the barebones in place. Is it an email you’re always sending? Save a canned response so you don’t have to draft the same message over and over again. Is there a menial task you need to complete daily or weekly? See if there’s a way you can automate it.

These changes seem small. But, if you managed to save yourself 15 minutes each day between Monday and Thursday, that’d be an entire hour by the time Friday rolls around. See? It all adds up.

Cutting a day out of your week might seem like a surefire way to get far less done. However, that’s not always the case. In fact, four-day workweeks have been proven to offer plenty of benefits—including increased productivity, higher levels of engagement, and happier employees.

Studies also show that longer hours don’t always equal more tasks being accomplished. After a certain point, we check out and our productivity either flat lines or takes a total nosedive.

So, even if your office won’t officially implement a compressed week, you can still roll up your sleeves, make the most of Monday through Thursday, and reserve Friday as a more low-key day when you can tackle bigger projects or set yourself up for success next week. After all, there’s no better way to head into the weekend.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-successful-people-finish-all-their-work-by-thursday-stressfree?ref=carousel-slide-5

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | February 3, 2017 | Weekly Update

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Premier Central Coast tourism destination, the Australian Reptile Park, has lodged a Development Application (DA) with Central Coast Council to erect a new exhibits building and upgrade other areas on site.

The DA proposes a new exhibits building comprising of a steel structure, precast concrete walls and an insulated colourbond roof covering an area of 587.35m2 with two 10,000L water storage tanks. The new building will provide two new exhibit areas, a new covered picnic area and toilets. The proposed works include the demolition of the existing picnic area and an upgrade to the existing adjacent children’s play area, as well as a new 4.2 metre access road upgrade at the rear and associated landscape and drainage works. A

According to the Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) presented with the DA, the proposed new building is to be located next to the Crocodile Pond, with construction having minimal impact on day to day operations or management. According to the SEE, the upgrade is necessary to continue cultivating and promoting the Reptile Park as a world class tourism destination, and to continue to generate and support tourism on the Central Coast. The SEE concluded that the proposed development should be considered appropriate for the site and locality in that: “It is adequately serviced by existing roads, car parking, utilities and stormwater infrastructure. “The site is zoned to accommodate the proposal. “This is a minor addition/ upgrade to the existing development; and the proposal will generate employment during construction and ongoing increased operations.” The SEE recommended council consent to the proposal.

Source: http://coastcommunitynews.com.au/2017/01/facelift-proposed-australian-reptile-park/

Trusted Leaders

Posted by | February 3, 2017 | Employers, Industry News, Training

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These are the essential traits of a trustworthy boss.

By Marcel Schwantes, Principal and founder, Leadership From the Core

Organizations far and wide have for years attempted to crack the code on what makes for a healthy and profitable work culture. Well, let me save you time and money and simply break it to you here: It is trust.

We already know this to be true from several studies. For example, Great Place to Work — the global research consultancy that partners with Fortune to conduct the annual study of those “best companies” — confirms that trust is the human behavior you cannot afford not to have.

The research on those companies (Google, to no surprise, being No. 1 on the list seven out of the last 10 years) says that 92 percent of employees surveyed believe that management is transparent in its business practices. And transparency begets trust.

Author and thought-leader Stephen M.R. Covey makes his living on this. In his book, The Speed of Trust, Covey says that a team with high trust will produce results faster and at lower cost (not to mention it’s free).

5 Leadership Habits You Absolutely Want for Developing Trust

In all my years working with HR and executive teams, I have often found that these five leadership habits are difference-makers in building trust. Trustworthy leaders:

1. Are willing to give up power.

You will find that many successful leaders give up power and entrust it to their team. They do this because they are confident in their team’s ability, since trust is freely given as a gift even before it’s earned. By giving up their power and pushing their authority down, they empower others to own decisions, thus creating a proactive leader-leader culture of success, rather than a reactive leader-follower culture.

2. Show remarkable resilience in the face of adversity.

Thomas Edison once said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Such leaders are the ones who bounce back from setbacks by self-diagnosing why the same issues keep coming up over and over. They will recover and be open to change much quicker — changing what’s holding them back, and changing what no longer serves the company. This is someone you can trust.

3. Are willing to trust and believe in the people they lead.

Bringing Stephen M.R. Covey and The Speed Of Trust back to the discussion, he says that a team with high trust will produce results faster and at lower cost. But should you first earn the trust of your people? Or does trust develop from having a belief in your people first — their strengths, abilities, and commitment? In other words, which of these two statements would you agree with?

A. Trust is something that people must earn.

B. Trust is something that should be given as a gift.

If you chose A, you’re in the majority. Conventional thinking says that people have to earn trust first, and if they violate that trust, it becomes difficult to earn it back, right? But if you selected B, pat yourself on the back. It has been found that, in healthy organizations, leaders are willing to give trust to their followers first, and they give it as a gift even before it’s earned.

4. Display humility as a leadership strength.

I’ve heard a few times from people in positions of power that humility is weak. Yet this core virtue drives against the inner strongholds that make a bad leader: pride, self-centeredness, judgmentalism, control, and impulsiveness.

Author and thought-leader Jim Collins has probably dedicated more time to researching and writing about humble leaders than any other topic in his landmark study of Level 5 Leadership. He states:

Level 5 leaders channel their ego needs away from themselves and into the larger goal of building a great company. It’s not that Level 5 leaders have no ego or self-interest. Indeed, they are incredibly ambitious — but their ambition is first and foremost for the institution, not themselves.

5. Are willing to seek input from peers.

Wondering how you are doing on your leadership path? Ask. It takes humility to say “How am I doing?” And even more humility to consider the answer.

Conclusion
Any company with a leadership team committed to developing a culture of trust will eventually realize that it starts with them. That is, if they’re willing to change and set the wheels in motion.

There is an absolute ROI when organizations invest in creating a high-trust culture. Great workplaces have significantly less turnover and attract employees who have a vested interest in their companies.

These factors ultimately lead to a competitive edge and enable companies to quickly bounce back from challenging situations.

Source: http://www.versatileresourcing.com/trusted-leaders/

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Posted by | January 28, 2017 | Weekly Update

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Central Coast Council has awarded the contract for the construction of stage one of the Tuggerah Regional Sport and Recreation Complex.

The grand $23.71 million sporting complex will include a premier ground with another 9 playing fields, cricket pitches, public amenities including change rooms, canteen facilitates, store rooms and parking at Lakes Road, Tuggerah.

Council’s Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds, said the awarding of this contact is a step towards positioning the Central Coast as a destination of choice for major sporting events.

“We have previously had to turn away some state competitions due to a lack of appropriate facilities, but not anymore,” Mr Reynolds said.

“The economic benefits that will flow to our community from hosting large sporting events is huge in dollar value, creating local jobs and boosting tourism.”

Work on stage one is anticipated to take 12 to 18 months to complete and will create up to 70 new full time employment opportunities during construction.

“A further 28 new full time jobs will be created in the region after five years of operation of this complex, boosting much needed employment opportunities on the Coast,” Mr Reynolds added.

“This is a really exciting time as Council brings much needed infrastructure and facilities to the Central Coast to improve our community’s quality of life and delivering projects the community need, want and value.”

This project was made possible with the support of the Australian Government’s $10 million National Stronger Regions Fund and Council’s $13.71 million.

Council recognises the importance of this funding and is looking forward to collaborating with the Australian Government to deliver future projects for the Central Coast community.

The final stage of this project will see construction of an indoor sporting centre incorporating six basketball courts, amenities, sporting officers, a kiosk and a 3000 seat grandstand to bring the total value of the complex to $53 million.

The tender was awarded to Norths Construction who also built The Art House in Wyong for which they won a 2016 Master Builders Association Award.

Source: https://www.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/contract-awarded-stage-one-tuggerah-regional-sport-complex/

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A man who has given countless hours to those less fortunate has been named the inaugural Central Coast Citizen of the Year.

Mr Lester Pearson of Fountaindale received the honour tonight at Central Coast Council’s 2017 Australia Day Awards ceremony.

Lester has been volunteering for more than 30 years with his latest passion focused on helping local youth.

Council’s Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds, said Lester was a great example of how volunteering can make a difference in a community.

“Lester is a deserving recipient for the first Central Coast Citizen of the Year award, showing that his work in the community isn’t going unnoticed and it is truly appreciated,” Mr Reynolds said.

“He’s been instrumental in setting up a number of foundations to support our youth in crisis as well as those overseas.”

Lester and his wife, Sue, established ‘Coats for Kids’ through their dry cleaning business, collecting and cleaning more than 5000 coats, jackets and jumpers for Youth off the Streets programs to help keep young ones warm in winter.

His most recent achievement, the establishment of Save Our Kids (SOKS) has saved more than 190 young lives across the Coast since it started in 2013.

Lester conceived the idea of SOKS to address the issue of youth suicide on the Coast, through raising funds for Lifeline. The program has now grown to also provide young achievers with opportunities to attend leadership programs.

“Lester is truly one of the unsung heroes in our community,” Mr Reynolds added.

“He and his mates have now formed the Gosford North Rotary Benefactors Club to help raise funds and continue to support the kids on the Coast.

“I would like to personally thank Lester for all the time he has given to improving young people’s lives and also congratulate him and all the other winners of this year’s inaugural Central Coast Australia Day Awards.

“I would also like to thank the independent panel who had the hard job of considering all the nominees for our Awards and coming up with the winners. Thanks to Sarah King, Andrew Church and Ron Sharpe.”

Other Australia Day Award winners announced tonight at the first Central Coast ceremony include:

  • Youth of the Year – Miss Courtney McDermott
  • Community Volunteer of the Year – Mr Peter Hurley
  • Community Volunteer of the Year (Highly Commended) – Mr Michael Sharpe
  • Community Activity and Service Award – Mrs Meg Champness
  • Arts, Culture & Entertainment Award – Ms Meredith Gilmore
  • Arts, Culture & Entertainment Award (Highly Commended) – Mrs Vivien Sale
  • Environmental Award – Ms Carol Long
  • Environmental Award (Highly Commended) – Mr Ian Carr
  • Sportsperson of the Year – Mr Keenan Derry
  • Business Connecting Communities Award – Mr George Abourizk

Congratulations to the 2017 inaugural Central Coast Australia Day Award winners.

Source: https://www.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/leading-citizen-recognised-30-years-dedication-youth/

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Have you ever desperately wanted to quit your job and find something you love, but then—fear. Desperate, overwhelming, soul-crushing, stop-you-in-your-tracks fear.

Maybe you’re ready to quit or maybe you’re just thinking about it. Maybe you’re thinking of putting in your name for a promotion at work or maybe you’re trying to work up the guts to tell your boss you want to change your role. Regardless, your stomach’s a pit of despair, and your mind’s screaming at you to stop trying to change the status quo.

Feel like I’m reading your mind? Well, good news, I’m not! Rather, you’re going through something very common. In fact I don’t know anyone, including myself, who didn’t freak out before making a leap.

So first things first. Let’s get over the idea that fear is a bad thing.

It’s not—it’s a biological reaction that tells you when things are changing so you stay alert and react. Or, if you prefer explanations that sound less textbook-y, think of it this way: It’s also a tool to help you on your journey.

Think about the last time you were on a roller coaster. Were you screaming your head off wanting to get the heck off of it as you inched towards that first big drop? But then as soon as it ended, wanted to get ride back on and live the thrill again?

That’s the roller coaster effect.

So, if you let of of of the idea that fear is a bad thing and instead think of it as a useful indicator that you’re about to do something amazing, what would you do differently?

For starters, you’d probably follow through more on things that scare you because you knew that getting through to the other side would be worth it. Maybe you’d finally make the first move to change careers because the initial discomfort would lead you down a path that you truly love. Or maybe you’d set up that meeting with HR to talk about an internal transfer. Or perhaps you’d sign up to give a presentation  at the company meeting.

Whatever it is that’s currently getting you excited, yet also making you want to curl up in the corner, do it! Really. Whenever you feel afraid I want you to acknowledge your fear, and recognize that it’s giving you a choice: Stay stuck and make no progress—or push through it and get to the top of that roller coaster ride.

Yes, it’s scary, but it’s also thrilling and exciting and in both cases—the roller coaster and your life—the only way to get to the fun part is to push through that fear.

 Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/being-scared-is-a-great-sign-youre-about-to-do-something-amazing-in-your-career?ref=carousel-slide-0

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Posted by | January 20, 2017 | Weekly Update

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Central Coast Council libraries are using innovative technology platforms to upskill the community and help create the workforce of the future.

As skills needed for work become more technology-based, council libraries have been at the forefront of offering courses and platforms aimed directly at young people, including workshops on 3D printing, coding and gaming.

Council’s Group leader of Connected Communities, Ms Julie Vaughan, said the jobs landscape was changing dramatically and young people today will forge careers not seen before. Libraries are a key to helping them gain the skills and interest they need to succeed.

“We have had a coup in getting a 3D printing company that printed the Death Star in the latest Star Wars movie (Rogue One) to present a workshop on 3D printing . This technology is taking off in the movie world and will become more widespread, ” Ms Vaughan said.

“This is a unique opportunity to learn new skills that will be invaluable in the future workplace.”

“Council is passionate about providing opportunities for residents to learn new and relevant skills as we move further into the technology age.”

“3D printing is already used in a range of industries, including medical science, car manufacturing, aviation and household items…it is believed 3D printing will be as common as paper printing in the future.”

The workshop will be held at the Blue Haven Community Centre at 10am on 17 January.

Participants in the 3D printing workshop will be guided through the process of designing their own plastic pen with their name on it.  After the class 3D Printing Studios will create the pen and send it to participants.

Council is also running computer gaming workshops on 21 January and 4 February at 10am at Tuggerah Library.

Council’s Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds, said making libraries a community learning space and technology hub reflected council’s desire to invest in the community and stimulate economic growth.

“With a growing population we will need more businesses to open on the Coast. If we can help upskill residents so they are fluent in cutting edge technologies, businesses are more likely to move here,” Mr Reynolds said.

“Technologies such as 3D printing will soon be a part of daily life and Council is committed to providing educational opportunities through our libraries that are in line with what employers of the future will be looking for.”

Source: https://www.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/libraries-key-creating-future-workforce/

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We can all name a passive-aggressive person right now. Whether it’s the friend who takes forever to get back to your texts, or the roommate who subtly puts your dirty dishes on your bed, or even the co-worker who says hi to everyone but you in the morning.

Unlike the first two examples, the co-worker poses more of problem because we can’t just distance ourselves from them.

Amy Gallo recently wrote an article in the Harvard Business Review laying out the best way to deal with this issue. Besides the obvious suggestions to not overreact, make a big angry deal about it, or behave passive aggressively yourself, Gallo shares author Amy Su’s advice: The most important thing to remember is that, often, it’s not about you:

People who routinely act in a passive-aggressive way aren’t necessarily complete jerks. It could be that they don’t know how to communicate or are afraid of conflict…There’s also a self-centeredness to it. ‘They make the flawed assumption that others should know what they’re feeling and that their needs and preferences are more important than others’.

 Once you come to terms with the fact that that person might not be intentionally behaving this way toward you, you can address it with a clearer head. As Gallo suggests, focus on the crux of the problem, not the way it’s stated.

For example, if your co-worker huffs that you “Never listen to her anyways” in meetings, maybe that’s a signal that her opinion often goes ignored by others. Or, if your deskmate always tends to push your supplies off their desk, maybe they’re just struggling to find their own space in the crowded open office.

Thinking of it this way gives you two choices: You can just take action and do a better job at keeping your desk contained to just your desk. Or, you can say something. That doesn’t mean being confrontational, but rather conversational in the moment.

For example, the next time you see your colleague push a folder back on your desk, speak up.

“I didn’t realize that was on your desk. Sorry my stuff keeps spilling over, I’ll do a better job of staying on top of it.”

Or, in the case of the person who complains in meetings, you can say, “I’m sorry if I’ve made you feel that way, I actually really want your opinion on this.”

By acknowledging the problem without escalating it, you’re turning the situation from a passive-aggressive one to an open and honest one. And by doing that, you can set the standards of an appropriate and respectful workplace interaction. You’d be surprised how powerful your actions can be.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-mindset-change-thatll-help-you-deal-with-a-passiveaggressive-coworker?ref=carousel-slide-3

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Posted by | January 13, 2017 | Update, Weekly Update

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Shakespearean Actor and Director, and Chairman of the Bouddi Foundation for the Arts, Mr John Bell, recently announced the awarding of $24,500 in grants to 13 talented young artists from the Central Coast.

Mr Bell was speaking after a special awards ceremony at Wagstaffe Hall which preceded a fundraising concert featuring the host of the popular ABC Australia All Over radio program, Ian ‘Macca’ Mcnamara and his special guest, Melinda Schneider. “The amount of talent among young artists on the Central Coast is extraordinary,” Mr Bell said. “The Central Coast can be very proud of them.” This is the fi fth year that the Bouddi Foundation for the Arts has announced its grants program. In that time, over 40 grants totalling $96,500 have been made to young artists under 25. “Not only is the depth of talent remarkable, but the range of artistic pursuits undertaken by these young people is both exciting and inspiring,” he said.

We have been able to provide support to dancers, both contemporary and classical, musicians, a writer and, in the visual arts, a photographer, painters and a ceramicist. “The Foundation has adopted a structured approach to its grants program with the aim of both developing the talent of young artists and then supporting them as they consolidate their accomplishments into careers. “It is most gratifying to see that after fi ve years this approach is working well.” The 2016 Bouddi Foundation for the Arts Grants in the Gosford City area were as follows. Jasmine Baric, aged 16 from Narara has been playing the violin for 10 years and will be using the grant for Diploma of Music Course fees and to travel to Melbourne for development with the Australian National Academy of Music orchestra. Kimberly Gilbert, from Erina, also aged 16, is a student at the Central Coast Grammar School where she studies cello, and also studies piano at the Central Coast Conservatorium, where she has earned the conservatorium’s most prestigious piano award.

Her grant will be used for travel to the US for one-on-one and masterclasses with the renowned international Steinway artist, Eugene Alcalay, and other performers at the University of Azusa, Los Angeles. Jacinta Janik from Kariong has been classically trained with the Australian Ballet and is now pursuing contemporary dance at NAISDA. Her grant will be used to attend summer and winter dance intensives overseas. Ms Janik said her goal was to travel the world in dance and that she had been proud to learn more about her Aboriginal background which was shunned by her peers when she was growing up. “I am now proud to dance for my culture as well as being accepted into NAISDA,” she said.

Jessica Pearson, also aged 16, from Point Clare, is passionate about performing musical theatre. She is studying dance, drama and voice at Newtown School for the Performing Arts, and her grant will be used for tuition, workshops and equipment. Locally, she is a Classique Dance student and is undertaking vocal tuition at Erina’s Elite Vocals Academy. Toby Wells, 17 years old, from Holgate, is a student at Narara Valley High School. He is also a seasoned song writer and singer whose ambition is to study contemporary music and become a professional musician. The grant will be used to buy quality equipment to support him in his busy performing and recording life. “My ultimate goal is to sustain a career out of writing, playing and recording my music,” Toby said.

“I hope to make music that people can relate to and connect with; I want to make a difference to someone, anyone through my songs. “The high point for me so far was when my band, Stranger Than Paradise, opened for Thirsty Merc on their 2016 Good Life tour. “The experience cemented in my mind that this was what I really want to do.” Amelia Lynch from Green Point, is 19 and took up pottery in 2012 after achieving notable success in textile arts and related genres. Now studying at the National Art School for a Bachelor of Fine Arts, her grant will be used for fees, workshops and materials. Harley Lynch, also from Green Point, aged 19, is enrolled in National Art School concentrating on photography and digital imaging.

He will be using his grant to invest in upgraded photographic equipment. David Ramsden, aged 25 from Terrigal, graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) from UNSW. Now working in Terrigal as a visual artist, illustrator and portrait artist, he will use the grant to invest in art materials. Claire Welch, aged 17 from Bensville, has explored various art techniques including digital creativity, but fi nds traditional art practice more engaging and creatively satisfying. A student at the Central Coast Grammar School, her grant will be used for workshop and art courses at the National Art School. Claire said her goal was to fi nish her HSC and progress to study fi ne arts at a university level. “There is a wide world of art that I wish to explore; I’m thrilled to already have had contact with artists that love art,” she said. “I’ve worked really hard on my art in the last couple of years and it was amazing to receive such positive feedback and encouragement from the Bouddi Foundation and the panel that spoke with me. “The Bouddi foundation’s assistance will provide access to classes and materials that I would otherwise be without,” she said. Other award recipients came from the Woy Woy Peninsula and from Toukley.

Media release, Nov 5, 2016 Joy Park, Bouddi Foundation

Source: http://coastcommunitynews.com.au/2017/01/24500-awarded-grants-13-talented-young-artists/

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This article highlights how the simple act of recognising the performance of your colleagues can become part of a positive workplace culture.

An Easy Way To Make Your Workplace Happier In 2017: Recognize Your Colleagues More For Their Work

Some of the most common New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight, save more money and live life to the fullest. But this year, consider adopting one that will cost little time or effort and will make you and your co-workers happier: pledge to recognize your colleagues more often for their work. Human resources consulting firm O.C. Tanner recently released data on the state of employee recognition, and FORBES spoke with its vice president of marketing, Gary Beckstrand, about how to give recognition effectively.

Late last year O.C. Tanner surveyed nearly 3,500 employees of large companies and found that 29% hadn’t given recognition to a co-worker over the past month. Among non-managers, the figure was 36%.

Another recent study found that more than 50% of Americans want more recognition from supervisors, and 43% want more recognition from colleagues. And research shows recognition is a great motivator. Among the factors that drive employees to produce great work, recognition was the biggest lever, according to a O.C. Tanner-commissioned report.

Tips For Recognizing Your Colleagues

Given the need for more recognition, how can you deliver it effectively? O.C. Tanner vice president Gary Beckstrand shared best practices for making your messages sink in.

“Be timely,” he says. Recognize good work as quickly as possible. It makes your comments more relevant and powerful, and it increases the likelihood that you’ll complete the important task.

“Recognition is most meaningful when delivered publicly among co-workers,” adds Beckstrand. Go to an employee’s desk and recognize her among her peers. If some employees prefer to receive feedback in private, certainly grant their request, but for others, socializing the feedback boosts their reputation. It also broadcasts a culture of recognition.

Beckstrand’s third tip is to be specific. Acknowledge the action the employee took and the results. Explain how it benefited the company and connected to a larger business objective. These details will add depth to your message and make it stick.

Best Practices For Managers And HR Professionals

Executives and HR professionals should design recognition programs that everyone—not just managers—can participate in. “Provide little or no-cost opportunities to say thank you, like e-cards,” says Beckstrand. In O.C. Tanner’s survey, among people who often give recognition, more than 90% said their team had a formal recognition program that was easy to use and well-publicized by their organization. Social media-style recognition websites can be effective.

But don’t let tech tools dominate your recognition strategy. “Social media can drive recognition awareness quickly. But sometimes that limits the meaningfulness of the recognition,” says Beckstrand. Giving face-to-face feedback is critical and should be done often. Weekly team meetings are great opportunities to recognize an employee in front of her colleagues.

HR and senior managers should train junior managers and employees on how to give recognition, and shouldn’t position recognition as another HR to-do. Explain why it’s valuable—for instance, it can help an employee reach his goals by making his team more productive. And keep managers accountable. Check in and ask them who they recognized this week.

Lastly, don’t let HR be the only department pulling the company toward more recognition. “You need representation from all levels of the organization to come together, participate, provide input and help design the program,” says Beckstrand. Ask leaders to model the ideal behavior.

Source: http://www.versatileresourcing.com/easy-way-make-workplace-happier-2017-recognize-colleagues-work/ Source: Jeff Kauflin, http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffkauflin/2017/01/04/an-easy-way-to-make-your-workplace-happier-in-2017-recognize-your-colleagues-more-for-their-work/#2578b14620dd

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Posted by | January 6, 2017 | Update, Weekly Update

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It’s nearly 15 years since former Treasurer Peter Costello released the first intergenerational report alerting us to the economic challenges of an ageing population.

It focused on the big picture, especially the long-term impact of demographic change on the nation’s economic growth and government budgets.

There’s less attention on how the ageing of the population will drive complex economic changes at the local level, including in our big cities.

Analysis of jobs figures by regional economics expert, Terry Rawnsley, suggests the distribution of jobs in Sydney is beginning to shift as the Baby Boomer generation gradually moves into retirement.

It showed the total number of workers in the city’s Eastern Suburbs and North Shore fell in the year to November. Meanwhile, a large number of workers were added in suburbs a long way from the city’s main jobs hubs, especially the Central Coast and south-western Sydney.

It’s understandable that many retirees are staying put in well-located suburbs – they’re highly amenable neighbourhoods near beaches, cultural centres and world-class health care.

But it poses a knotty challenge for a city adding more than 80,000 people a year.

As the share of retirees grows in neighbourhoods close-by the city’s most dynamic job hubs there’s less opportunity for younger workers to move there.

More young workers locked into long commutes will add pressure to the city’s creaking transport networks and increase the already significant economic and personal costs of congestion.

Rawnsley warns of deeper economic consequences if a significant share of the city’s young people are forced to live a long way from job hubs.

Source: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/balancing-the-demands-of-the-economy-with-an-ageing-population-20161229-gtjibt.html

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In case you just woke up from a very long nap and missed it, 2017 is officially here! Everyone you know is making New Year’s resolutions to work out more often, eat less fried foods, and find a job that pays them one billion dollars a year to do the exact thing they want to do.

You probably roll your eyes every time you read a status along these lines, and when you do, I have a feeling it makes you think that making these resolutions is an exercise in futility. I’m as much of a skeptic as the next person, but there are a few things I know you can achieve by the end of the year.

1. You Can Stop Thinking About Networking and Just Do It

How many times have you bumped into someone you knew and said, “Hey, this was great. Let’s set up some more time to talk about what I want to do with the rest of my life,” only to see three months go by before you even think about following up?

I’m not here to give you a hard time for ghosting anyone you intended to connect with. But at the same time, this is an ideal time to be more intentional about staying in touch with your network.

If you meet with someone and feel the urge to say that you’ll reach out to set up some time, stop yourself and just schedule the meeting in that moment. If you can’t commit to doing this, don’t feel guilty about not throwing out the “Let’s catch up” line to close a conversation.

Nobody will hold it against you for not offering to meet whenever you run into each other, I promise.

2. You Can Look For New Career Development Opportunities

I get it—sometimes it feels like there are so many options out there to “boost your career” that it’s impossible to narrow them down and make any progress. But, as daunting as it might seem, the truth is that simply looking at your options is a great way to kick-start some serious career growth.

You can sit down and create a list of all the options out there—courses, books, career coaches. And you can just pick one and follow through.

Whether that requires you to create calendar events for yourself (with annoying reminders) to keep at it, leave Post-it notes around your place, or have a friend text you every week checking in—get started by surrounding yourself with as much encouragement as you need to make this one thing happen.

Sure, you might find hundreds of classes and thousands of books that aren’t relevant to what you want to accomplish this year. But when you find the one thing that inspires you to dig a little deeper, you’ll be amazed by how motivated you’ll be to keep going.

3. You Can Take a Hard Look at How You Feel About Your Current Job

You might like your job right now. In fact, if you’re lucky, you might really like it. But there will come a time when you like it a little bit less, and a little bit less, and a little bit less—until one day you wake up and want to quit.

Avoid that feeling of “How the heck did I get here?” by setting regular checkpoints for yourself throughout the year (and creating actual events on your calendar that’ll pop and and remind you).

On each of these days, ask yourself the following questions

  1. Was I happy to come into the office this week?
  2. Have I done anything recently that I’m proud of?
  3. Does my current path still fit my long-term goals?

As long as you can keep answering yes, keep on cruising. But the first time you have to pause and think for a second, it’s time to have a heart-to-heart with yourself on what you want your next step to be (whether that’s addressing a problem or starting to make small moves).

If you want to set some lofty goals for your career this year, I’m not going to stop you. But there’s nothing wrong with going easy on yourself and setting a few achievable resolutions.

Remember: If you run into any roadblocks along the way, try not to let it get you too down for too long. The beauty of these options is that they’re ongoing and it’s hard to fall behind.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-things-i-know-you-can-accomplish-this-year?ref=carousel-slide-1

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | December 22, 2016 | Update, Weekly Update

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Here is your last Weekly Jobs Update for 2016!  The team at Jobs On The Coast wish you a very Happy Christmas and Joyous New Year!

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DO YOU want lush green lawn under your feet but just can’t be bothered watering and mowing your grass?

Then a local inventor might just have the remedy heading into summer.

Yashin Radhakrishnan, of Bensville, is an industrial designer by day, but moonlights as the owner of KUSA Flip Flops — a company that makes thongs covered in artificial grass.

The design screams Australian summer, and only deviates from real thing in that it doesn’t pierce your foot with bindiis.

“We were doing a project at work that was using AstroTurf and someone said, ‘We should carpet the whole office in this — it’d be awesome’,” Mr Radhakrishnan said.

“That idea led me to buy a pair of cheap thongs and glued some AstroTurf over the top.

“I was walking around at work and on public transport with them and people would stare at me and start talking to me — it was a real conversation starter.”

KUSA Flip Flops offer multiple designs and sizes, and could make a quirky gift heading into the Christmas season.

“We market to anyone who wants to stand out and be a bit different, but being comfortable as well,” he said.

“It’s about being where you’d rather be. You could leave a pair in the office and it’s like you’re walking around at home on your front lawn. It’s a great way to get out of your box.”

Mr Radhakrishnan sells his product internationally over the internet and has so far sold 40,000 pairs of thongs to customers as far away as the United Arab Emirates and Kazakhstan.

 

But he realises that the grass is greener on the Coast and hopes to find a local stockist for the thongs, which retail for $39.95.

“I always saw the market as being here — I never thought I’d sell them overseas,” he said.

“It’s designed for Aussies because we wear thongs all the time, so why not wear ones that are comfy like being out in nature.

“It’s taken off all over the world but it’d be great to see it get more local exposure.”

 Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/central-coast-investor-designs-unique-grasscovered-thongs/news-story/15ad89a56015a167997d2573d24f6fc7
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Have you ever set out a clear career plan with specific goals for yourself?

When I first started out in consulting, my plan was simple: Get a big raise. Get a promotion. Start getting bonuses. Then break six-figures. Finally score an even bigger promotion (with a really nice title).

Years later I had all of the above, and yet—I was miserable. It took me a while to figure out that my career milestones weren’t making me happy, and moreover, I had spent years chasing the wrong goals.

Ugh.

I’d love for that to not happen to you.

So let’s break it down, shall we?

1. Standard Milestone: Get Promoted Early

Have you ever started at an entry-level or mid-level position at a company, met a few people higher in the ranks, and then thought to yourself: “Wow, I’d love to have their jobs?”

At my first few big corporate jobs, I was obsessed with getting promoted. I felt like it was a small stretch to go from where I was to the next rung on the ladder, and that getting promoted would make me happy. I’d get paid more, I’d get recognition for my work, and I’d be a bigger fish in a smaller pond.

Who doesn’t want that?

Except—it didn’t make me happy. Stretched over a year, the raise didn’t make a significant impact in my daily life, and the work I was doing didn’t really change.

What I Wish I’d Focused on Instead

Figuring out what kind of work would help me begin to tap into my potential as a person (and even lead to some real happiness!). That first promotion is a rush, but instead of focusing just on that, I could’ve read more books, attended interesting events, developed a few more skills, and spent that time learning and growing my network inside and outside of my company so I’d have plenty of options at my fingertips, and mentors to help me grow.

2. Standard Milestone: Getting That Fancy Office

Have you ever had office envy? I 100% did in my first big corporate gig. Everyone had their own office, but I was stuck in an inside windowless cell, while my more senior co-workers had lovely views and beautiful desks.

I lusted after their offices.

I spent an embarrassing amount of time thinking about and campaigning to get one. I thought it would give me recognition, I thought I’d feel better about my job, and I thought my work day would be nicer. The office would save me!

I knew I needed to get promoted first, but I also knew that if I campaigned hard, I could sway my boss on which of the empty and lovely offices would be mine.

After less than a year, I finally got my fancy office—complete with a view of the river. I thought it would immediately confer recognition and gravitas to my career—I’d be taken seriously. I have a window!

But, it of course, did none of those things. And even more surprisingly—I was so lonely.

What I Wish I’d Focused on Instead

I was so caught up in the prestige of a fancy office, I lost sight of two milestones that are hugely important: working with people who motivate you and loving your workspace

When I changed jobs down the road, I ended up in a desk in the middle of 30 other people—and I loved it. The people around me motivated me to do better, entertained me when I needed a break, and made coming to work fun.

And I even liked my desk-in-the-middle-of-the room. Sure, it wasn’t fancy wood and didn’t have a view of the river, but it was way more comfortable and I felt good working there.

Both these things lead me to be a better leader and better version of myself—which is a way better milestone than the fake prestige of a fancy office. So think about that: Are you working with people who motivate and support you? And are you working in a space that allows you to feel comfortable and good at what you do?

3. Standard Milestone: Making a Certain Amount of Money per Year

After I changed jobs and got promoted a couple of times my new obsession became to break six figures in income before I hit age 30.

I felt like that salary would be an external recognition of how good I was at my job, that I was on the right path in my career, and that I was worth something. Obviously, they were paying me, right?

Yeah—are you seeing the theme here?

Chasing the money was a distraction from the fact that I didn’t really love my chosen career, and I couldn’t imagine doing it for the rest of my life. But, I kept telling myself that I needed a fancy lifestyle, and the money was an important piece of maintaining my makeup addiction (and therefore my happiness).

I feel into the trap of thinking that money is happiness, which we all know is so not the case. Not only is money not equal to happiness, but my focus on it also kept me stuck, because it made it easy to justify staying stuck in the wrong career.

What I Wish I’d Focused on Instead

I wish I had worried less about spending the money that I had (and making a certain figure) and more about the question: “Is this career fueling the life that I want?”

Sure, having some money is good! But if all you focus on is the money, it doesn’t lead to happiness. For me, the hard truth was that I was buying a lot of things I didn’t need because I wasn’t getting my happiness through work.

Don’t get me wrong, I like nice things. I’m a fan of shoes, and vacations, and being comfortable. But not if it comes 100% at the expense of myself and my career.

When I started my coaching practice I cut back on everything that was unnecessary, like vacations and trips to Nordstroms. And you know what was weird? I didn’t miss those things at all.

Why? Because the work kept me happy, and it allowed me flexibility, creativity, autonomy and freedom. Basically, it fueled the lifestyle I wanted, and that made all the difference.

To sum up: I think a better career milestone that a certain amount of money is asking yourself: “Do I love my life?” And then focus on the kind of work that helps you love all parts of your life.

4. Standard Milestone: Getting a High-Level Title Like Director or VP

I thought that I’d be happier if I had a really fancy title. Other people would instantly respect me, I’d obviously have achieved a certain level of success, yada yada. You’ve read this far, you know the drill!

But when I got the tapped to be made Director of my Business Unit, my internal monologue was just the sound of someone screaming.

Did I take the job? Of course! I thought I’d be crazy not to. Also, my business card would be even more stately!

But, after getting the title and shoving 400 new business cards into a corner, I found my soul died a little bit more each day. I had even more on my to-do list that I didn’t love. And, I felt like I was doing work I wasn’t even great at anymore—and that was pretty soul crushing.

Here’s the thing: A title is great, but not if it means you lose a piece of yourself or what you actually like to do.

What I Wish I’d Focused on Instead

One of the cool things about getting more experienced and recognized is the chance to increase your level of impact on the world.

Instead of chasing the title and being focused on a few words on a business card, think about: “What’s the next step to serve more people?” or “How can I make a bigger impact?” Or “What am I doing right now that helps the world in some way—big or small?”

Now I have one of the biggest titles around—that of CEO. But I honestly don’t even think about it, because what matters to me are the emails I get every week from someone in my community telling me how I helped them change their career (and change their lives!).

And that beats a fancy business card any day!

A lot of us look for career milestones that carry external recognition, like promotions or titles. But, if you aren’t happy on the inside, no title is going to solve that problem. Instead, try and map your milestones to things that bring you actual happiness, like doing work you love, working with people who support you, having a workspace or place that makes you feel good, having an impact (no matter how big or small), and really reaching your potential as a human being.

You are a pretty awesome person with tons to offer—now get out there and do it!

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-career-milestones-you-think-will-make-you-happy-and-what-actually-will?ref=the-muse-editors-picks-2