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REGISTERED clubs have ramped up their support of regional sport, committing almost $250,000 annually to an intensive education program through the Regional Academies of Sport.

In an announcement that brought almost 1000 people to complete silence at the recent Academy Games on the Central Coast, ClubsNSW chairman Peter Newell declared each academy would benefit directly from about 80 per cent of the funding, while the rest would be allocated to the running of the Games into the future.

The new athlete education program curriculum will cover a range of issues including nutrition, drugs in sport, sports medicine and mental health first aid.

It is a program that won’t kick into gear for several months, but is an exciting step in the right direction for local sporting academies.

“It’s a huge value add to our athletes,” Central Coast Academy of Sport managing director Ian Robilliard said.

“The curriculum will be developed independently, so it’s not a drain on our resources, and then we will deliver it as part of the scheme.

“Each year, for the next three years, we will get the money to fund this program and it’ll give us a more systemised approach to off-field education.”

He hoped long term the money would allow the academy to expose its programs to more Coast athletes.

Mr Newell said it was a logical step for ClubsNSW to make, with the future of Australian sport in mind.

“Clubs help get junior athletes onto the playing field and give them the tools they need to play the sport they love,” Mr Newell said.

“Now, through our partnerships program, we will be able to provide guidance on off-field issues as well, which, all too often, derail promising sporting careers.

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/250000-boost-to-regional-academies-of-sport/news-story/253dc209e11732c6e8a32325812bfce7

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I’m always on the lookout for the next productivity hack that’ll make my workweek shorter. But even with all that time spent experimenting with lists and apps, I still had that window each week when I was pretty much just running out the clock.

Maybe, for you, that window is when you’re easing into work on Monday. Or during that funky 3 PM to 5 PM window right before the Friday finish line.

Whenever it is, it’s exactly when you should dive into Entrepreneur Sol Orwell’s Research-Plan-Connect (RPC) activity. It’s just what it sounds like: a block of time away from deadline-driven work to focus on these three categories: researching, planning, and connecting.

Ever since learning about it, I started setting aside time on my schedule to work on things that get me ahead, rather than things that just hit deadlines. And after doing it for three months, I’ve found that I’m actually reading all those articles I save and emailing the people I’d been meaning to reconnect with.

I’ve been able to accomplish big things, while also building my skills and network in ways that would’ve taken me much longer if I’d simply followed my old “I’ll fit it in here and there” approach.

Want to give this a shot? Here’s what you might do during your new RPC time:

Research

I’m a reformed article hoarder. I used to have weeks when I saved industry articles with all the intentions of reading them—and just never gotten around to it.

Looking back now, it seems pretty obvious to block out time to, you know, read them. But setting that time aside—specifically—makes all the difference.

Or, if you’re not sure where to start, investigate the things that’ll help out you on the job. These could include anything from new tools or resources, to conferences you’re considering attending, or workshops you feel would benefit your team.

If you can book a skill-boosting webinar during your research window: perfect.

And that potential client you’ve been cyber-stalking? Yeah, that’s actually just research.

I set Google alerts for topics related to my industry. This way there’s a curated round-up of news ready for me to absorb each week. It’s how I stay fresh and “in the know.”

Plan

Type A’s: rejoice! And non-type A’s, I promise you’ll find this worthwhile, too.

If you RPC on Fridays like me, planning for the week ahead during this block will be a no-brainer. But it doesn’t have to be on Fridays, and it doesn’t have to involve your weekly planning, either.

When you need to, seize the time to outline big projects or your goals for the quarter.

Maybe even use the time to review your personal development plan—and think about how you’ll meet larger goals to advance in your career.

Use your planning window to break that Herculean task you have coming up into small, manageable chunks; and when you get back to it, you’ll have a real, live step one (and two and three).

Connect

Connect time is all about warming and building key relationships with co-workers, clients, business partners, work friends from previous jobs—the list goes on.

I’m not suggesting you suddenly jam all of your coffee dates into back-to-back meetings and come back to work jittery, or stare, unblinking at LinkedIn. (Though, if you’re always putting those things off for “when you have time,” this is a window to do them—within reason.)

It can be as old-school as popping a thank you note or birthday card in the mail, or as informal as sending out a heartfelt tweet. One-on-one brainstorm sessions, chats with your mentor, and Friday happy hour mingling all count too!

Finally, if you want to be truly successful with this approach, remember: Don’t kid yourself.

While you don’t want to be a stick in the mud (like telling your networking contacts you’ll only meet during this window, their schedule be damned, or feeling like you have to split each block into perfect thirds), you do need to be honest about the difference between making it work for you, and pretending that cat videos are “research.”

If you use this new work schedule for all those career-boosting activities you typically back-burner, you’ll find yourself looking forward to—and benefitting from—what were once the least-productive hours of your week.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-tip-you-100-need-to-read-if-you-find-yourself-killing-time-every-week?ref=carousel-slide-5

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Posted by | April 22, 2017 | Weekly Update

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It’s pretty much a given that you’ll change careers at least a few times during your life. According to research, 35% of all U.S. workers have changed careers in the past three years while millennials average four positions before hitting 32).

With each new job comes the opportunity to build skills and expertise, which Peter Roper, Google’s Head of Mobile Brand Strategy, says is the most important priority when considering the responsibilities of new positions.

Roper advises that it’s best “to think about what skill sets you want to get at your next job,” rather than look at surface level features such as location and salary. When you think of each move as building on your prior experience, you’ll have a better chance choosing the positions that’ll grow your expertise.

And as Roper says, “You don’t have to have your career perfectly mapped out,” but it helps to think of each subsequent job as a building block, not as a blank page.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/a-much-smarter-way-to-think-about-your-next-career-move?ref=recently-published-0

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Regional Development Australia Central Coast CEO Mr John Mouland, welcomes today’s announcement by The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO that the Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) will be funded with $50 million over ten years, through the Federal Government’s Cooperative Research Centres program.

Mr Mouland said, “Regional Development Australia Central Coast is a member of the bid consortium, which was led by the Knowledge Economy Institute at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), together with QUT and Curtin University.

The Food Agility bid has 54 partners across the food value chain – including 15 technology providers, 11 food production companies, 7 service providers, 7 research providers, 6 regional development agencies, 5 government agencies and 3 industry networks. RDA Central Coast was excited to support this very important initiative due to its alignment with our vision in developing the Central Coast as a Food Innovation Region.

At its core, the Central Coast Food Innovation Region Initiative is about leveraging the NSW Central Coast’s underlying existing strengths and realising economic benefit through growing the local food industry. International research has shown that enhancing the food value chain is an integral component to enhancing regional economic development.

The overarching objective of local initiative is to grow jobs, build regional business competitiveness and encourage national and international trade. We’ll be able to achieve this through collaboration, tapping into best practice innovation, education and research capabilities.

The unique combination of partners committed to this initiative creates the opportunity to fast-track the transformation of Australia’s food and agricultural sectors that will directly assist the Central Coast in becoming known as a centre of food excellence.

Regional Development Australia is excited about the possibilities that will be delivered by the Food Agility CRC as it provides Australia and its participating regions with the opportunity to match and surpass the capabilities of our global competitors and optimise the enormous potential the food and agriculture sector holds for the Australian economy.

Souce: http://rdacc.org.au/media_releases/rda_central_coast_ceo_welcomes_50_million_funding_announcement_to_deliver_food_agility_cooperative_research_centre#sthash.HK65pqSK.dpuf

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Posted by | April 14, 2017 | Weekly Update

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The Central Coast Medical School and Research Institute to open at the redeveloped Gosford Hospital has the potential to transform health care on the Central Coast, according to Dr Brok Glenn, the Dean of the Central Coast Campus of the University of Newcastle (UON).

The Central Coast Medical School and Research Institute, announced by Federal Member for Robertson, Ms Lucy Wicks, during the 2016 Federal election campaign, is being developed by a partnership between UON Central Coast and the Central Coast Local Area Health District. Dr Glenn said the building was expected to be completed in 2019, and occupied by the fi rst intake of medical students and fully operational by 2020. The total funding for the school and institute was $72.5 million: $32.5 million from the Federal Government; $20 million from UON; and $20 million from the NSW Government.

“Gosford Hospital is being redeveloped and in that redevelopment, in consultation with the university, we have agreed to transfer 30 commencing medical student places each year to a total of 150 over fi ve years,” Dr Glenn said. “We have an additional 400 students in allied health to focus on the contemporary integrated care needs of the region,” he said. “The Local Health District understands that it has population growth and changing demographics, and so it understands the future workforce that is needed to service that population.” Dr Glenn said the Medical School will have an approach to care that focuses on the patient.

“The idea is to provide a process to address the patient’s needs without having to default to the GP or go into hospital. “The idea is that we would work with a range of health practitioners, and that could include the GP, a physiotherapist, a psychologist, and so on, but the patient is at the centre of it. “Instead of building more hospitals, we change the way we deliver care. “We can’t just keep building hospitals in Australia, it is just too expensive.

“We need to reduce the burden on the existing infrastructure by putting new care models in place. “A lot of the medical curriculum will be informed by the needs, as we understand them, of the Central Coast population, but we will also need to be able to translate research very quickly to the medical bed,” Dr Glenn said. He said that is where the Research Institute will come into play, by “working at the pointy edge of some sub-disciplines and will be able to train workers immediately.” Based on the region’s demographics, the Research Institute would focus on the younger and older cohorts of the population that are dominant. “Not exclusively, but a strong flavour of those will be identified. “The medical school and the research institute will be regionally focused but globally engaged. “The medical education will be integrated with the translational research and the whole enterprise will be energised by UON’s global reputation. “It will be guided and supplemented by an international advisory board,” he said.

That advisory board will include the likes of Dr Nick Goodwin, Chair of the Association for Integrated Care in the UK. “Some incredibly big, heavy hitters have agreed to assist in the development of the Institute,” Dr Glenn said. “It means that some of our graduates and undergraduates can spend time in other parts of the world to inform health best practice. “The Central Coast Local Health District estimates it needs around 900 new staff over the next decade, given the expansion of Gosford and Wyong hospital, and we believe all of that, through our new degrees around integrated health, can be delivered.

“We already have an associate degree in integrated care and we are looking in the next two years to enhance that into a bachelor of integrated care program and also there is a nurse practitioner degree that is offered currently as a post graduate degree that is also highly sought after.

“In addition to that, Ms Wicks is also chairing a health taskforce group which was established by the Coalition Government to see how we can further exploit these developments and bring further expertise around the health space to the Coast, including companies that work in data analytics, manufacturing of small medical appliances, and bringing a new supply of GPs into the Coast.” Dr Glenn said he believed the Institute and Medical School would become “Centres of Excellence. “They will occupy 9,000 square metres of floor space within two signifi cant multi-storey buildings, and they will sit over the car park that is being constructed now.

Source: http://coastcommunitynews.com.au/2017/04/medical-school-research-institute-track/

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Leonardo da Vinci. Marie Curie. Thomas Edison. Beatrix Potter.

What did all four of these people have in common?

Not only were they all highly motivated and creative individuals, but they also all kept some form of an idea journal.

An idea journal is not a diary where you have to record all of the details of your day. Rather, it’s a place where you jot down daily goals, achievements, observations, ideas for projects, quotes, or other bits of inspiration.

If you’re working on a project, you can fill your journal with updates on your progress, thoughts on how to improve the project, and anything else that motivates you. A writer’s might be filled with ideas for stories or articles or blog posts. An artist’s might contain sketches or inspirations for drawings. Ultimately, the idea journal exists as a private place to plant your thoughts and watch them grow.

Here are four reasons why some of the most successful people keep one (and you should, too):

1. It Helps You Remember and Develop Ideas

Leonardo da Vinci may not have kept an idea journal strictly speaking, but he did fill hundreds of pages with sketches, scientific diagrams, ideas for new inventions, and reflections on art. These pages were bound together as books after his death.

To make his writings even more private, da Vinci often employed a kind of shorthand and didn’t worry about perfect penmanship or proper punctuation.

What he did care about was carefully recording his lab notes and his many ideas for new inventions—everything from a flying machine to a submarine prototype.

Whether you’re researching an article or a novel or planning any kind of project, you need a place where you can organize all of that material. Like da Vinci’s notebooks, an idea journal helps you clarify your thoughts and express them more clearly. The action of writing down an idea forces you to think more deeply about it.

2. It Helps You Evaluate Lessons Learned

Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only person to win in multiple sciences. She also kept detailed lab notebooks that described her discovery of two elements: radium and polonium. These notes gave her a permanent and immediate record of her experiments and accomplishments.

Though you may not be a scientist, an idea journal acts as a lab notebook of sorts. While working on a project, you can use it to record each step of your journey: the difficulties that set you back, the hurdles you overcome, the milestones you make, and your final achievements.

The idea journal helps you avoid repeating mistakes in the future. And, you can flip through it to see all the steps you took toward completing your goals.

3. It Motivates You

Here is a photo of a page from one of Thomas Edison’s notebooks. He writes at the top of the page things doing and to be done. His to-do list runs for several pages and includes an amazing number of ideas, including an electrical piano, “unflammable” insulating material, ink for the blind, and an apparatus to help the deaf.

Edison’s to-do list shows how we can use an idea journal to warm up our creative muscle. Your lists can reveal to you a detailed picture of the things you’re passionate about and can even show you what field of study you should pursue.

Best of all, it motivates you to fight procrastination, list your goals, and start working to accomplish them. It reminds you to not abandon your dreams, but continue to strive to achieve them.

4. It Makes You a Better Observer

Beatrix Potter is most famous for her children’s stories about Peter Rabbit and her beautiful watercolor illustrations. However, she was also keenly interested in the natural sciences, especially botany.

From the age of 15, Beatrix Potter kept a journal in a secret code she had invented. The code was not cracked until 15 years after her death. Potter’s journals are filled with accounts of the long walks she took and her observations of the natural world. It was in this journal that she began to outline her scientific theories. She also recorded her opinions on society, fashion, art, and current events.

Potter practiced her observational skills by writing in her journal. Your notebook will train you to be observant as well. Writing encourages you to be curious, ask questions about the world, think innovatively, and find creative solutions to the problems you encounter.

 

Ready to start your idea journal?

Ultimately, there are no rules set in stone when it comes to making yours. It’s up to you to decide what to fill it with—just remember that its purpose is to inspire you.

An idea journal doesn’t have to be a physical notebook, although writingwith a pen and paper will give you the feeling of creating something and make your ideas that much more real.

Personally, I have several idea journals. For example, I love using Evernote to store the many articles and quotes I collect when I’m researching writing projects. Evernote has a feature that allows you to save anything you see online—including text, links, and images—into your account with a single click.

Additionally, I journal almost every day using an app called Day One that has a simple and elegant interface.

Ultimately, the idea journal is a portable laboratory where we can record our own unique perspective on the world, note the things in our lives that awaken our muse, and experiment with new ideas.

Source: http://inkwellscholars.org/4-reasons-to-keep-an-idea-journal/

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Posted by | April 8, 2017 | Weekly Update

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The Central Coast Council has determined 3,000 development applications since it was created in May 2016, worth over $1 billion to the economy of the new Local Government Area (LGA).
New housing opportunities will be available close to one of the Coast’s greatest attractions, the beaches, with residential unit developments approved for Canton Beach, with more to come.
The Central Coast also remains an ideal place to build the family dream home with 914 additional lots created since the merger.
Council Group Leader, Environment and Planning, Mr Scott Cox, said Council’s role was to ensure it had the right planning controls in place to continue to grow and encourage sustainable development on the Central Coast.
“We have a huge challenge to meet the housing and employment needs of our growing community while maintaining the enviable lifestyle and environment we all enjoy here,” Mr Cox said.
“We are in the process of consolidating our planning controls so that there is consistency across the Coast, as we want to ensure that we can facilitate the right development we want to see here.
“The growth in housing, particularly unit style development, needs to be where transport connections and opportunities are, in our town centres and tourism hubs, and we want to encourage development there.
“The mix needs to be right in delivering a range of housing options to match various household needs, but also ensuring that the unique environment on the Coast is enhanced and protected.”
Council held its first Developers’ Forum on Monday, February 27, with over 140 industry leaders in attendance to start the conversation as to how Council and the development sector can work together to deliver sustainable development for the Central Coast.
Due to the strong interest in the Forum from the development sector, a number of industry members were unable to fit in, so Council will hold another informal Developers’ Forum in Wyong in May on a date to be determined.

Source: http://coastcommunitynews.com.au/2017/03/over-1-billion-worth-of-development-applications-determined-by-merged-council/

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You used to love your job, but now you’re bored. You have to drag yourself to the office each day, and while you’re there, you’re not even working, just refreshing Facebook every five minutes.

If you’re being honest, you’ve outgrown your role, but you’re not ready to throw in the towel and move on just yet.

Job searches take a lot of time and effort, and—especially if you once loved your position or have close relationships with your team—you may be torn as far as whether you should try to make it work or look elsewhere.

Well, the answer depends on what’s causing your boredom, because once you know where it stems from, you’ll also be able to clearly see what your next move is. Here’s what I mean:

Stay if: You’re Coasting

The truth is, you could do your work in half the time—and with your eyes closed.

If the assignments that used to challenge you now seem like rote errands, then you’re sleep-working. Sure, you can do your job really well (maybe because you’ve been in it long enough to develop superb expertise) but you dread the idea of doing the same things over and over.

Remember how you struggled to learn new skills when you started? That’s because work isn’t meant to be too easy. It’s supposed to stretch your abilities.

The good news? You can still be happy at your job. What needs to change is the kinds of projects you’re working on—and that’s something you can talk to your boss (and co-workers!) about.

Next Step

Set up a meeting with your manager to explore how you can take on challenging new projects. Say, “I’d love to pursue opportunities for growth within my role. I’m only a beginner at [skill] and becoming more proficient would help me with [aspect of your job]. So, I like to work on projects that require me to practice it, such as…”

If you come with concrete ideas, you’re making it easier for your supervisor to say yes.

Another way to find out career-boosting opportunities in your day is to offer to help your co-workers. Tell them how much flexibility you have in your schedule and your interest in joining new teams.

Go if: You’re Out of Sync

Once upon a time, you were bubbling with ideas. You were able to excite people around you and ultimately get results.

Now—not so much.

You’re not excited about going to the office because your ideas are constantly shut down, your suggestions are never taken, and you’re frequently asked to redo things. It’s just not clicking—but that doesn’t mean your only option is to get comfortable coping with feeling frustrated each day.

Priorities may’ve shifted for your manager, team, department, organization, or industry, and you may no longer be the right fit (or your role may no longer be right for the company). If you and your team are on different pages, it can be best for everyone involved for you to seek out an opportunity that’s more suitable for you in this stage.

Next Step

While everyone has some small things they may not like about their job, successful people know better than staying in a role or at a company that’s no longer good for them.

When you accepted your current job, you felt you were making a smart decision. In that moment, you clearly saw how the position could elevate your career. Now you see something else: a new path.

Your best bet once you’ve come to this realization is to start actively looking for a new opportunity. To make sure you don’t end up in the same situation again, don’t apply only to roles you’re qualified for. Consider those that’ll take you out of your comfort zone and encourage you to master new things.

No one wants to be bored at work every day—and no one should have to be. Do what you can to make your job grow with you, but if that isn’t possible, don’t feel bad about looking for a job that excites you.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/what-to-do-if-your-work-no-longer-excites-you?ref=carousel-slide-0

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Posted by | April 1, 2017 | Weekly Update

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MILLIONAIRE businessman Dick Smith has thrown his support behind Central Coast Council’s vision for a general aviation hub for the region.

The former Civil Aviation Safety Authority chairman said Central Coast Airport could help reduce youth unemployment in the region and become a “world leader” in flight training and aviation engineering.

The outspoken entrepreneur’s opinion comes after the council called for expressions of interest from aviation operators to lease land and purpose-built facilities at the Sparks Rd aerodrome.

“I just think it would be a terrible pity if all those jobs are lost,” Mr Smith said.

“The potential of an expanded Warnervale airport is staggering when it comes to employing people and bringing wealth to the area.”

Mr Smith — who officially opened Warnervale airport after resurfacing work in late 2015 — said the Coast’s proximity to Newcastle and Sydney airports wasn’t an issue and would instead help ease traffic congestion on the M1.

He also hit back at claims a Central Coast Airport would be a waste of ratepayers’ money.

“Flying is far safer than going by road and will always be that way,” the 73-year-old political activist said.

“Look at the delays and risks when travelling by road on the M1 now?

“Councils are not there to make a profit, they’re there to provide the systems that we need to be able to live in balance.

 “The problem is airports are a bit like parks. The council need to have parks, but it’s very hard to get a return from it.

“Parks are really important and airports are really important too.”

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AN iconic part of the Central Coast’s northern skyline will be demolished on Sunday with the Munmorah Power Station’s two chimney stacks set to come crashing down on Sunday.

The former Delta Electricity coal power station at Colongra, at its peak, had a power generation capacity of 1400 megawatts.

It was closed in 2012 and decommissioned in 2014 and will have its stacks demolished with a single blast scheduled for approximately 10am, weather permitting.

To bring down the 155 metre high stacks, explosives will be embedded in the concrete walls and a 500m exclusion zone surrounding the site will be in place.

Delta Electricity Interim Chief Executive Ray Madden said the station was built in the 1960s and was closed after 45 years of operation.

“Its ageing infrastructure and cost of operation meant that it was no longer economically viable to compete against newer and more efficient plants,” he said.

Delta Electricity appointed demolition expert Liberty Industrial to manage and oversee the station’s demolition.

Liberty Industrial have been selected for their expertise with large industrial demolition projects and their impeccable safety record,” Mr Madden said.

A Central Coast Council spokesman said all the approvals for the weekend’s project were in place.

“The two concrete stacks at Munmorah Power Station have been approved for demolition on Sunday,” he said.

“The removal of the stacks is part of the ongoing demolition of the power plant.

“Liberty Industrial have secured all the necessary permits for the demolition from SafeWork NSW, after gaining approval for demolition of the power plant from the former Wyong Council in 2014.”

Liberty Industrial’s founder and director Clinton Dick, said the project was in good hands.

“We have a proven track record with large industrial demolitions and we understand this type of

project extremely well” he said.

 The demolition project aims to eliminate the risks associated with deterioration of the station,

improve the visual impact of the surrounding environment and maximise the re-use and recycling of materials removed from site.

Liberty Industrial are renowned for their demolition services to the mining, petrochemical, power generation sectors as well as their large and complex projects.

The demolition of the stacks is part of the ongoing clearance of the site, with all structures on the site including the power station building, coal plant buildings, overland conveyors, and above-ground pipelines to be removed.

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/munmorah-power-station-chimney-stacks-to-be-demolished/news-story/94505bde700a0d56528550f9fdb78353

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When you’re a nice person, conflict can be a real challenge. Not that mean people are any better at conflict; they just enjoy it more.

New research from Columbia University shows that how you handle conflict can make or break your career.

The researchers measured something scientifically that many of us have seen first-hand:

  • people who are too aggressive in conflict situations harm their performance by upsetting and alienating their peers
  • while people who are too passive at handling conflict hinder their ability to reach their goals.
  • The secret to effective handling of conflict is assertiveness – that delicate place where you get your needs met without bullying the other person into submission.Assertive people strike a careful balance between passivity and aggression (that is, they never lean too far in either direction).

    How to handle conflict assertively:

    It’s easy to think that nice people are too passive. While that’s often true, unchecked passivity can boil over into aggression. So there are plenty of very nice people out there who have exhibited both extremes of the assertiveness spectrum.

    To be assertive, you need to learn to engage in healthy conflict. Healthy conflict directly and constructively addresses the issue at hand without ignoring or trivializing the needs of either party. The strategies that follow will get you there.

    Consider the repercussions of silence.

    Sometimes it’s hard to muster the motivation to speak up when the likelihood is high that things will turn ugly. The fastest way to motivate yourself to act is to fully consider the costs of not speaking up – they’re typically far greater than not standing up for yourself. The trick is that you need to shift your attention away from the headache that will come with getting involved… to all of the things you stand to gain from your assertiveness.

    Say “and” instead of “but.” 

    The simple act of replacing the word “but” with “and” makes conflict much more constructive and collaborative. Say, for example, that your teammate wants to use the majority of your budget on a marketing campaign, but you’re worried that doing so won’t leave enough money for a critical new hire. Instead of saying, “I see that you want to use the money for marketing, but I think we need to make a new hire,” say “I see that you want to use the money for marketing, and I think we need to make a new hire.” The difference is subtle, but the first sentence minimizes the value of his idea. The second sentence states the problem as you see it, without devaluing his idea, which then opens things up for discussion. Saying “and” makes the other party feel like you’re working with them, rather than against them.

    Use hypotheticals.

    When you assert yourself, you don’t want it to look like you’re poking holes in their idea (even when you are). Hypotheticals are the perfect way to pull this off. Telling someone, for example, “Your new product idea won’t work because you overlooked how the sales team operates” comes across much more aggressively than suggesting the hypothetical, “How do you think our sales team will go about selling this new product?” When you see a flaw and present a hypothetical, you’re engaging with the original idea and giving the other party a chance to explain how it might work. This shows that you’re willing to hear the other person out.

    Don’t speak in absolutes (“You Always” or “You Never.”) 

    No one always or never does anything. People don’t see themselves as one-dimensional, so you shouldn’t attempt to define them as such. Using these phrases during conflict makes people defensive and closed off to your message. Instead, point out what the other person did that’s a problem for you. Stick to the facts. If the frequency of the behaviour is an issue, you can always say, “It seems like you do this often.” or “You do this often enough for me to notice.”

    Ask good open questions until you get to the heart of the matter. (Questioning funnel)

    Failing to understand the motive behind someone’s behaviour throws fuel on the fire of conflict, because it makes everything they do appear foolish and short-sighted. Instead of pointing out flaws, you should seek to understand where the other person is coming from. Try asking good questions, such as. Why did you choose to do it that way? What do you mean by that? And Can you help me to understand this better? Even when you don’t see eye to eye, using questions to get to the underlying motive builds trust and understanding, both of which are conflict killers.

    When you challenge, offer solutions.

    People don’t like it when they feel as if you’re simply attempting to take apart their idea. When you challenge someone’s idea, but also offer a solution, you demonstrate that you want to work together to come up with a fix.

    This reinforces the value of their idea. For example, you might say “One potential problem that I see with your idea is ___. However, I think we can overcome this problem if we can just figure out a way to___.” In this example, you aren’t even providing the solution. You’re just acknowledging that you’re willing to work together to find one.

    Bringing it all together:

    Mastering conflict requires emotional intelligence. Emotionally intelligent people know how to craft their message in a conflict, whether they’re naturally assertive or not. They take other people’s feelings into account while still asserting themselves confidently.

Source: http://www.versatileresourcing.com/handling-conflict-nicely/

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | March 24, 2017 | Weekly Update

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IN 1967 seatbelts were an aftermarket accessory, there were about 450,000 cars sold in Australia and the average family sedan cost about $2000.

This year an estimated 1.15 million new and used cars will exchange hands with an average small car going for about $25,000 but featuring more mod-cons — such as reversing cameras, keyless entry and rain sensing wipers — than anyone ever dreamt of back in the swinging ’60s.

So much has changed in the automotive industry in five decades with autonomous cars, which drive themselves, looming as the next big thing.

But the one constant on the Central Coast has been “the big local” with Brian Hilton Motor Group celebrating its 50th anniversary last week.

Starting out as a second-hand car yard, the family business became a Peugeot and Renault­ dealership before becoming predominantly a Toyota dealer in 1972.

It moved just up the road to its current sprawling North Gosford location in 1985.

“At the time it was one of the biggest facilities in the country,” dealership principal Joshua Hilton said.

“It was quite ahead of its time. It’s allowed us to grow into it.”

Starting with just a few employees, Brian Hilton Motor Group now has more than 300 staff across nine dealerships including six on the Coast and others at Taree, Forster and Mascot.

Mr Hilton said he was very proud of his father’s foresight to get into the automotive industry and the family business had managed to “remain together and remain strong” during the economic ups and downs over the years.

“I know there’s quite a few old Toyotas — and Peugeots and Renaults for that matter — still running around with Brian Hilton stickers,” he said.

Mr Hilton said it was not just cars that had changed dramatically since his dad began selling second-hand motors but the dealership model was also vastly different with the whole servicing and vehicle financing side of the business.

While a new car cost about $2000 in the late 1960s Mr Hilton said engineering advances meant cars were better featured, safer and more reliable than ever. And because they were galvanised and spray-painted robotically “they don’t rust like they used to”.

“As a cost of living, the affordability­ of a car has come down,” he said.

“New cars have never been more affordable.”

50-YEAR DIFFERENCE IN CARS

2017 Toyota Corolla

Price: $21,240 — $31,920

Engine: 1800cc variable cam timing fuel injection

Power: 103kW

Length: 4620mm

Width: 1776mm

Height: 1460mm

Wheelbase: 2700mm

Safety features: Seven airbags, ABS brakes, traction control, stability control, reversing camera and sensors

1967 Toyota Corolla

Price: $1849

Engine: 1100cc carburettor

Power: 44kW

Length: 3848mm

Width: 1491mm

Height: 1379mm

Wheelbase: 2286mm

Safety features: none

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/brian-hilton-motor-group-celebrates-50-years-on-central-coast/news-story/5aac378f86ad261ee0adf28eb1ccf085

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Being the newbie at work is always rough, despite it being something we all go through again and again throughout our careers. On top of learning the day-to-day requirements of your new position and trying to impress your boss, you also have to navigate the intricacies of office politics and making new work friends.

It’s a lot. And it probably feels a little bit like a whirlwind.

So before you dive back into that tornado of newness, here are nine things to read that’ll help you navigate this challenging (but temporary!) stage in your career.

1. Your Guide to Your First Week on the Job

The perfect way to set yourself up for success if you’re about to start that nerve-wracking first week.

2. 3 Things You’re Overthinking at Your New Job (and 3 Things You’re Not Thinking About Enough)

To help make sense of all of those nerves, here are a few things you’re probably overthinking (and how to stop!).

3. Ask a Career Coach: How Do I Make My Mark When I’m New at Work?

We all want to make a great impression (and prove that we were the right choice!) in the first few weeks after starting. Our resident career coach shares how to do just that.

4. 3 Basic Mistakes You Can’t Blame on the Fact That You’re the New Person

Making mistakes because you’re just starting is expected. But you can’t really blame these three on being the new kid in town.

5. Excuse Me, Silly Question Here—But What Exactly Is a 401K?

Yes, you should be thinking of your savings starting from day one of that new job! And yes, you’re not the only adult out there who needs this refresher.

6. How to Ask for Time Off at Your New Job (the Right Way)

If you’re too scared to put in a vacation request for that family wedding coming up (because you just got to this job! What will your boss think?), this’ll help curb those worries.

7. The 6 Unwritten Company Rules You Won’t Find in the Employee Handbook

No matter how comprehensive your orientation is, there are just some things you won’t learn about the job and culture in a handbook.

8. 5 Impressive Things All Smart People Do When They Start a New Job

Find out how to use the 70/30 rule, as well as four other tricks, to establish yourself as the team all-star.

9. 4 Insane Thoughts Everyone Has When Starting a New Job (and How to Keep Your Crazy in Check)

Finally, no matter how excited you are for a position, the first few days are rough. Here’s what might be going through your head as you try to adjust.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-9-best-things-you-can-read-before-you-start-your-new-job?ref=carousel-slide-5

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | March 17, 2017 | Weekly Update

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Member for Wyong, Mr David Harris, has confirmed his nominee for the Wyong local woman of the year as Ms Danielle Habib of Chittaway Point.
Ms Habib has been active in community organisations including White Ribbon, the Central Coast Domestic Violence Committee and the Central Coast Women’s Health Centre.
She has sat on Wyong Council’s multicultural advisory committee and volunteers to assist migrants and refugees in settling into communities.
“Danielle is a thoroughly impressive woman, not many people can say they dedicate so much to people who have so little,” Mr Harris said.
“Danielle is a well-known Central Coast identity who doesn’t seek recognition for the important work she does.
“This nomination is a chance to say “thank you” on behalf of the Wyong and wider Central Coast community.”
Ms Habib said she was humbled to have been chosen for the award.
“There are so many deserving women in our community that give their time and energy tirelessly to so many worthwhile issues,” Ms Habib said.
“It is important that we all stand up against violence in our community and see that through the use of sexist jokes and language, and the objectification of women, that it leads to a culture of violence against women.
“As a community we can challenge these values and be a part of the changing attitudes towards women.”

Source: https://coastcommunitynews.com.au/2017/03/danielle-habib-is-wyong-electorate-local-woman-of-the-year/

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Omitting your graduation date isn’t “sketchy,” in fact, it’s a very effective technique for older job seekers. There are plenty of tips and tricks out there, but here are three techniques that’ll propel you past the age-specific concerns that are getting in your way.

1. Get Ahead of Objections

Before you head into an interview (regardless of your age) you should ask yourself what in your background might be of concern to the hiring manager. Sometimes frequent relocation or short stints of employment raise eyebrows. For the older job seeker, they might be how your professional experience lines up with the role you’re after and what kind of salary you require.

For example, if you’re interviewing for a more mid-level role that won’t have you managing anyone, a younger hiring manager may wonder why you aren’t after a lead or management position. They may also presume that they can’t afford you based on your years of experience.

You can get ahead of their worries in how you answer the “tell me about yourself” question. Providing examples that proactively address a hiring manager’s age-based concerns is the way to eliminate them. Talking about your desire to remain hands-on can explain your lack of interest in a management position.

2. Align With the Culture

This is possibly the most important thing that you can do. Having a thorough understanding of a company’s core values, and being able to demonstrate your alignment with them is crucial to overcoming the unspoken concern that the rest of the team might be younger than you.

Pay special attention to the office culture, and if possible, try to land an informational interview with someone from the company. Nothing quite compares to having an internal champion singing your praises before you even apply to the job.

3. Do Not (Directly) Comment on Your Age

If you’re interviewing with a person several years younger than you, keeping the focus on your relevant skills is key. Avoid statements that shift the focus to your age. Saying things like “Oh, I’m probably aging myself” in reference to an industry tool or obsolete brand or “I’ve worked with this system—but not since 2004” isn’t helpful. Instead, refer to your experience by employer, not by year.

Try, “I had a chance to use this system with JP Morgan,” or “I’ve been playing with the most recent release”—both better options than unnecessarily dating yourself.

At the end of the day, a company that won’t even look your way because of your age is not a place you want to be. When experience is viewed as a liability instead of a benefit, it’s not a job you will love or a place you will succeed. Finding companies and roles that value employees for their skill sets is key to finding professional happiness.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/ask-a-career-coach-how-do-i-get-around-ageism-in-the-job-search?ref=recently-published-2

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | March 10, 2017 | Weekly Update

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CENTRAL Coast Council has approved a development application for Stage 1 of a controversial aircraft manufacturing facility at Central Coast Airport, Warnervale.

Construction of a new 2760-square-metre aircraft hangar to house an office and showroom is expected to progress quickly, a spokesperson for Central Coast Council said today.

“This first stage of development is expected to inject $3 million in the local economy and create around 30 direct jobs,” they said.

Last October, American manufacturing company Amphibian Aerospace Industries (AAI) announced plans for its $100 million relocation to Warnervale.

Former Premier Mike Baird declared it was “a great day for the Central Coast” because “thousands of jobs” would flow from the venture.

Mr Baird’s office later distanced the Premier from the project after the company confirmed it had never built a plane and its development application in December proposed “a $2.84 million project with 27 jobs”.

Council maintained that it had fulfilled its “due diligence” obligations in entering into the agreement with AAI.

Council administrator Ian Reynolds said the announcement was the culmination of more than 12 months of negotiations with the company.

And council chief executive Rob Noble said AAI had provided senior council staff with information about its business plan, construction certificate and financial backing.

Mr Reynolds said attracting firms such as AAI to the Central Coast and enabling employment growth was one of the top priorities for the council.

“There were a number of locations that AAI were investigating and we’re pleased to have successfully attracted AAI to the Central Coast,” Mr Reynolds said last year.

AAI owns the licence to build the HU-16 Models A-E and G-111 Albatross Amphibian Aircraft.

AAI indicated it was now planning Stage 2 to include a full aircraft manufacturing facility “worth almost $100 million dollars and creating 270 jobs”, the council spokesperson said today.

Source: http://www.lakesmail.com.au/story/4504346/coast-council-approves-da-for-first-stage-of-airport-facility-photos/

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One of the biggest mistakes people inadvertently make when communicating with others is passing off their feelings, perspectives, or observations as fact. This happens especially when sharing difficult messages, like critical feedback for a colleague or boss. Unsurprisingly, this often leads to conflict or frustration, instead of the resolution or change you were going for.

In such situations, the key is to avoid passing off your feelings as objective statements, and in particular to avoid doing it in a way that could come off as judging. Take these two examples of giving a seemingly checked-out colleague feedback:

“You weren’t interested with what I had to say at last week’s meeting.”

“When I shared my ideas at last week’s meeting, I noticed you didn’t make eye contact or share your thoughts, and I felt like you weren’t interested in what I had to say.”

The former states your feelings as fact, and it shuts down the conversation by giving your colleague the opportunity to deny or disagree—he might answer, “Well no, I was actually very interested.”

In the second example, however, your colleague can’t argue with your feelings. You also make it harder to deny by giving specifics as to what made you perceive the situation the way you did. Even if he didn’t mean to, you felt like he wasn’t interested. The conversation can now focus on the effect, rather than the intention.

The trick is to use this simple formula: “When you did/said X, I felt Y.”

You can even add “Next time, it would be great if you could do Z” if there’s an actionable change you think would help. With a little practice, this strategy can become second nature and make you a pro at handling challenging conversations.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-simple-formula-for-communicating-hard-messages-at-work?ref=recently-published-1

Weekly Update

Posted by | March 3, 2017 | Weekly Update

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THE Central Coast has spoken, and residents have chosen 10 local projects to share $9 million funding through the state government’s Stronger Communities Fund.

Last December, ‘Your Voice, Our Coast’ asked Central Coast residents to directly vote on what they wanted to see funded from 30 eligible projects.

On Wednesday night, Central Coast Council formally endorsed the 10 projects to get the green light.

Council administrator Ian Reynolds said the funding was made available as a direct result of the amalgamation of the former Wyong and Gosford councils.

He said the $9 million was designed to fast track the delivery of priority infrastructure and services for the Coast.

‘These funds are additional to council’s existing operational budget – so it means we can now get on with some projects that we know the community want,” Mr Reynolds said.

“The selected projects will contribute to improved access to the Coast’s natural spaces and community facilities; upgraded sporting facilities and child care play spaces; foreshore improvement works and improvements in moving around one of the coast’s key tourism precincts.

“These projects are spread right across the Coast, so the long-term social and economic benefits to the Coast are huge.”

The 10 major projects to receive funding are:

  • Disability Matters – improved accessibility to natural spaces across the Coast: $800,000;
  • access and inclusion upgrades to community facilities across the Coast: $580,000;
  • San Remo BMX facility – new amenities: $640,000;
  • Peninsula Leisure Centre, Woy Woy – starting blocks and electronic timing system: $135,000;
  • Foreshore stabilisation – Brisbane Water Foreshore, adjacent to Elfin Hill Road Reserve, Green Point: $470,000;
  • Playground renovation / upgrade – Niagara Park Children’s Centre and Umina Child Care Centre: $122,500;
  • Alan Davidson Oval, Wyoming – Drainage and irrigation system installation: $349,000;
  • Austin Butler Oval and Woy Woy Tennis Courts – shared amenities redevelopment: $900,000;
  • Avoca Beach Foreshore protection works (Stage 1): $2.8 million; and
  • Terrigal CBD – traffic flow and pedestrian movement Improvements: $2.2 million.

Of the 10 projects selected, three are scheduled for completion before the end of this calendar year – the new amenities building for the San Remo BMX facility (the first stage, the track itself, was officially opened on Sunday), the Peninsula Leisure Centre and Alan Davidson Oval in Wyoming.

The remaining projects are to be completed by the end of 2019.

Source: http://www.lakesmail.com.au/story/4487650/coast-communities-to-share-in-9-million/

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Organisations which recruit and retain the best people develop an honest and thoughtful employee recognition culture…

A culture that motivates and rewards people in a way that extends far beyond simply material incentives.

A culture which makes them belong and so feel safe!

According to Gallup, 65 percent of surveyed employees reported that they received no recognition over the last 12 months for their work. In the same report, 89 percent of employers feel that most employees leave their companies to earn more money. But, most workers who leave their jobs cite lack of employee recognition as a major concern.

Best Practice For Employee Recognition Culture:

Some of the best practices for recognising employees include:

* Establishing solid criteria for work performance

* Recognising people from all areas of operations and all levels

* Fostering a recognition culture where informal feedback is frequently offered

* Aligning performance benchmarks with the company’s goals, mission, vison and values.

* Providing opportunities for advanced training and career development as part of staff recognition

The following specific recognition culture initiatives are effective ways to recognise and reward your employees:

1. Make it personal, instant, include peers and your boss!

It’s critical to be specific, personal and accurate. Use positive words, and demonstrate to the person that you actually understand their accomplishments.

2. Provide opportunities

Some people don’t get the chance to excel because of the nature of their jobs or reduced expectations for certain types of work. Anybody who does their job well should be afforded opportunities for interesting, expanded responsibilities and training for job advancement.

3. Magnify recognition

While verbal communication is clearly the most effective way to recognise employees, the best strategy is to back it up by publicising accomplishments across multiple forums such as company newsletters, dashboards and in team meetings.

4. Offer beyond-the-call-of-duty perks

People who consistently perform at the highest levels should earn discretionary privileges.

5. Motivate with financial incentives

Although financial incentives aren’t always the best motivators, they certainly demonstrate appreciation for work well-performed. The best financial incentives are spontaneous because they motivate people to work their best at all times.

6. Give holiday rewards and bonuses

Award holiday bonuses include offering a cash or gift package to reward people for outstanding performance

7. Facilitate peer-to-peer recognition

Include recognition from peers.

8. Recognise people’s passions

People love to be recognised for their outside activities, hobbies and passions because it helps people belong not simply for their work, but also for their life out of work. belong Recognising peoples passions can also work as rewards in their own right.

9. Use technology and social media to publicise accomplishments

In today’s environment of instant communications, it is important to publicise important accomplishments and even human interest items in the company’s social media forums.

Recognition and positive motivation are powerful tools for encouraging people to give you their best

The tips outlined above are simply starting points, but depending on your business and industry, we can work with you to create an HR strategy that attracts, retains, and develops talented people that enhance your organisation.

Source: http://www.versatileresourcing.com/nine-ways-recognise-performance/

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