blueVisions and Institute of Management help special needs and disadvantaged children through Circus Quirkus

The Rotary Club Of Canberra were the founding hosts of Circus Quirkus. Circus Quirkus has been putting smiles on the faces of thousands of special needs and disadvantaged children for the past 22 years, due to the kind generosity of local businesses and individuals.

The purpose of the event is two-fold:

Firstly, Circus Quirkus brings fun and respite into the lives of thousands of children who, through no fault of their own, miss out on so much that most of us take for granted. They come from over 60 local … Read more

BlueVisions’ End of Year Celebration with Taman Fioretti Orphanage

It has been an annual tradition to celebrate our team’s accomplishments at the end of each year. This time, BlueVisions Indonesia decided to take the children cared for by Taman Fioretti Orphanage in Pondok Gede, South Jakarta for a fun day out. The orphanage was established in July 1999 by Sister Yulia and Sister Rosa. Over the past 16 years, the orphanage has grown to caring for 70 children, toddlers, and babies with the help of five dedicated caregivers.

IM HRD CLUB – Acquire and Retain Talent in Today’s Challenging Business Environment

To coach or to poach? This remains one of the biggest questions in talent management. Both options are important investments for the company, each offering benefits and risks that management must consider. The next question is: which strategy is suitable for your organisation?

A Night for HRD – Competencies and Training Plan Development

If you cannot measure something, you cannot manage it. Defining and measuring performance is essential to every manager’s job.

In Indonesia, organisations have regularly conducted corporate training and development. However, the identification of training needs, especially for behavioural competencies, Read more

Department of Health PRINCE2® Project Management Training

Perth, Western Australia – The Institute of Management has recently been selected to deliver PRINCE2® Project Management training to staff across the Department of Health commencing in November 2014.

The Department is seeking to improve the delivery capability, knowledge, … Read more

DISC: Communication Tips for Is – Part 3

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, we talked about the importance of DISC and D’s profile characteristics. In this next discussion, we’ll cover the characteristics of Is and how to communicate with them.

When you think of famous influencers, some names come to mind almost instantly. Bill Clinton. Robin Williams. Will Smith. They all score highly in the ‘I’ metrics.

Quick reminder: ‘I’ measures how a person attempts to influence or persuade others.

I(nfluence) style characteristics

People with high scores on ‘I’ have these characteristics:

  • Emotional
  • People-oriented
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DISC: Communication tips for Ds – Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we talked about the importance of DISC. In this next discussion, we’ll cover the characteristics of Ds and how to communicate with them.

What do Margaret Thatcher, Bruce Lee, Donald Trump and Michael Jordan have in common? They all score highly in their D’s.

Quick reminder: D measures how a person solves problems and responds to challenges.

D(rive) style characteristics

People with high scores on D have these characteristics:

  • High ego strength; seek  authority
  • Impatient
  • Greatest fear is to be taken advantage of
  • Desire
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Can You be Friends with Your Boss?

The simple answer is of course yes, you can. The more complicated version of that is yes, you can, with certain limits.

Let’s say you have a good job and a great boss. You click with him and you feel great to chill over a cup of coffee or a glass of beer. You don’t mind hanging out after office hours. You are not just colleagues, you are friends. However, here’s a word of caution: It’s very hard for friendship and professionalism to co-exist in a business setting.

Your boss … Read more

Stop Working Long Hours: 5 Tips to Maximise 8 Hours of Work Everyday

In this even tougher economy, many businesses operate on the basis that the longer an employee works, the more he will get done and the bigger the profit. Some people even work for 10 to 12 hours a day. Does this mean that more things get accomplished? Unfortunately, the answer is no.

In the early 1900s, Ford Motor experimented on various working hours to maximise their worker productivity. They discovered that their employee productivity is at its best in working 40 hours a week, while adding an extra 20 hours … Read more

Communicating to Influence Using DISC – Part 1

This article, and the four that follow, will talk about improving communication in the workplace by knowing your DISC behavioural styles. In this discussion, we will explain what DISC is and its importance for influential communication.

In a perfect world, every co-worker, boss and staff member knows exactly how to communicate effectively to achieve the greatest result. However, in the real world everyone speaks a different language and sends ambiguous messages.

To improve communication efficiency in the workplace, many companies use DISC personality profiles. These profiles provide insights into an … Read more