New Year's Management Resolutions

As acclaimed American author Marshall Goldsmith once wrote, 'what got you there won't keep you there'.

Or, in another words, the achievements that helped you secure your current role won't be sufficient to take you to the next stage in your career.

Now is the time to plot your pathway for personal development for 2013 and beyond.

Australian Institute of Management - Qld & NT Chief Executive Officer Vivienne Anthon FAIM said the first step toward setting career resolutions was identifying achievable goals.

"It's all about goal-setting. If you stand still, others will pass you, both your peers and the industry," Ms Anthon said.

"Don't bite off 10 things and think you can achieve them all. Identify two or three achievable goals and set about ticking them off. Make the holidays a point of reflection about what you have achieved in the past year and what you want to achieve in the next 12 months."

Ms Anthon said the most important element of career success was professional development. She said those who advanced their careers set professional development goals in two areas. They continually developed their technical skills while simultaneously developing tactical or interpersonal skills.

Ms Anthon identified five AIM courses to shape and enhance your career next year.

Brain Science for Managers provides powerful insights into how our brain functions, how decisions are made and how distractions impact productivity. Recent advances in the field of neuroscience provide guidance as to why people respond as they do. Given the concept of 'command and control' no longer cuts it in the workplace, it is important to develop the skills of influencing and communicating, which do not come naturally to everyone.

That's why courses such as Influencing Others and Communicating with Diplomacy, Tact and Creativity are so vital Ms Anthon said.

"The learnings enable participants to develop productive workplace relationships and dynamics that will free up time and energy," she said.

"They say life is not about the answers you get but the questions you ask and that is certainly the case in management."

Ms Anthon said the course Leading with Questions explored the power of questioning across the full range of business functions from information flows and personal development to coaching and mentoring.

"I am often asked, 'If someone could take just one professional development course, what would you recommend?'

"My answer is always Project Management Fundamentals," Ms Anthon said.

"I appreciate there are many sophisticated project managers and we do have courses and qualifications for them."

However, she said every employee benefits from understanding the basics of project management because so much of our work was project based, particularly in professional services firms.

"The return on investment from this course is remarkable," Ms Anthon said.


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