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The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 2012



The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 2012

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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4 NT NEWS. Saturday, February 25, 2012. CLASSIFIEDS 8944 9999 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 5 -F E B -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 4 0 4 C O L O R : K CAREERONE.COM.AU l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au Sport a serious business There is plenty managers can learn from elite athletes, CARA JENKIN reports Good leadership comes from someonewho is confident,whomakes a decision thatmight not be the right decision but doesnt doubt it Patrick Jonker takes overall honours at the 2004 Tour Down Under in Adelaide WHETHER winning on the bike or in business, it takes the same tools to overcome the pressure to perform and successfully lead a team. Former international cyclist Patrick Jonker says professional sport has evolved beyond the spirit of competition of being the best, to be a billion-dollar industry. Jonker, now a cycling coach, says there are many similarities between what elite sportspeople and top managers have to cope with, and how they need to respond to it to be successful. This means the professionals have much they can learn from how they each tackle the pressure to perform, be it from boards and company owners or sponsors and team managers. A lot of it is being optimistic when things go bad, Jonker says. Its sport psychology, always motivating athletes who are not performing instead of threatening to break their legs. Talk about the positive and looking at changing a negative situation. Jonker says team environment dynamics also are similar in sport and the business world and strat egy and leadership, rather than pure power, is demanded for success. Its not something like who can pedal fastest theres a lot more to a Tour de France victory, he says. Good leaders will make a team function successfully and Jonker cites Lance Armstrong as a good example of one who was not the fastest rider but had a brilliant career thanks to being able to lead and motivate his team. Good leadership comes from someone who is confident, who makes a decision that might not be the right decision but doesnt doubt it. Australian Institute of Management SA chief executive John Stokes says relating management issues to real life often is the best way for executives to learn new skills. Some of these requirements to achieve success are no different in business, Stokes says. (Jonker) is a good example of someone who is actively involved at the top level and can demonstrate how managers in their everyday work encourage their teams to perform at a higher level. Make sure time is on your side CARA JENKIN outlines how tomake themost of a busy day n 1 GET MOBILE ITS the obvious option but its a goodie. Whether its talking on the mobile phone when walking between appointments; checking emails on a phone, laptop or tablet; or reading documents on those same devices, mobile technology increasingly makes it possible to function away from the workplace. Devices can be tax deductible or employers may buy them for you if you can outline a business case for it. There are many apps for smartphones and tablets worth investigating that can make your working life easier. n 2 NETWORK THE days of networking being about talking to colleagues around the water cooler or at an industry breakfast are long gone. Now, no matter who you meet and where, there is an opportunity to network and make contacts for your career. From small talk with commuters at the bus stop to chatting to parents at your childs swimming lesson, every interaction is an opportunity to make contacts. n 3 BE INSPIRED TAKE in your surroundings on your daily commute, at the lunch table or even relaxing at home in the evening. What has worked well for others? What grabs your attention? Can this be applied to your work? Let your subconscious guide you to points of interest, then consider how this could be used in your work. n 4 PLAN, SCHEDULE AND PRIORITISE CONSULTANTS in workplaces often advise that making a quick to-do list, plan of attack or scheduling time into a calendar for activities will help bring a busy workload under control. BY THE NUMBERS n 34 per cent of employers intend to increase permanent staff levels this year. n43 per cent increased their budget last year to secure the best candidate. n67 per cent areworried about losing existing high performers. n Seven out of 10 employees are consideringmoving jobs this year. n Six out of 10 say they deserve a pay rise. n 36 per cent say a salary increasewould convince them to stay put. Morewith less PRESSURE to do more with less is causing tension between employers and staff, according to the latest Hudson Salary Report and Insights. Almost 50 per cent of hiring managers rejected their top candidate in favour of their second choice last year for financial reasons, the survey of 10,000 respondents found. But about 44 per cent of employees were described as not good. And employers are increasingly asking candidates to prove they can improve the companys bottom line. Employers are under pressure to simultaneously improve the quality of their hires and control the cost of these hires. They need valuable employees to take the business forward but not at any cost, says Hudson Asia Pacific chief Mark Steyn.