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Australia needs to stop complaining about job cuts and focus on solving the problem-o

Did you hear about the first budget that Tasmanian Treasurer Peter Gutwein handed down on 2 September 2014? The plans to cut 700 full-time public...

Not beating the competition? Your attitude to training could be keeping you out of...

When it comes to training staff, many businesses approach the process in a way similar to older, amateur sportsmen, when in fact they should...

What can training do for business? Surveys says: a whole lot!

Technical skills are essential to a job, be it IT-related or elsewhere. But, simply knowing how to perform a techie function is no longer the endgame for personal development in the modern world of business. The most effective people are the ones practicing sound management and excellent communication bolstered not only by experience, but by training as well.

Sergei Sergienko, 2011 Anthill 30under30 Winner

Want to work in construction or serve some cold ones from behind a bar? Well, you need certification for that. And Sergei Sergienko is here to help. His company, Edway Training, offers the courses necessary for people get work in the construction and hospitality industries.

Steve McLeod, 2011 Anthill 30under30 Honourable Mention

When we met Steve McLeod last year, he was steadily ascending the ladder to full-scale market domination with his training company, Fire and Safety Australia. Cut to the present, and he's still pretty much right on track. He's doubled his staff (whom he calls "team members") and annual revenues, now estimated at $2 million. Plus, his organisation has a full-time presence in every mainland state.

David Zanker, 2011 Anthill 30under30 Winner

"I want to retire at 25," says Adelaide's David Zanker, founder of Off the Chain Marketing. "It's been my goal since I was 17 and I'm pretty much on track." Don't pity him too much: at 24, he already considers himself semi-retired as he adheres to a one-day work week. "And it's only getting easier," he adds.

Who-Do Guru? Take good care of your company’s tech wizards… before they take off!

Gurus are valuable, smart and a great source of information. They do provide quick solutions to problems, they do possess a great deal of domain knowledge and they do provide a continuum in highly technical and complex environments. Gurus have a lot to offer. The trick is extracting it from them before they are gone.

Shape up, bosses, or your talent will ship out (and other workplace tips for...

Many Australian companies don’t even provide regular feedback to their staff, let alone have a formal employee development program. This is a costly mistake. As busy managers give less and less time to developing their people, companies are losing the very employees they need to succeed in the long term.

Meet Change2, Anthill 2010 Cool Company Award Finalist [Global Growth Award Category]

Change2 provides an online educations program for large Australian companies that want to make deep, lasting changes in environmental sustainability. Teaching companies how to introduce sustainable practices, by helping organisations reduce their carbon commissions, Change2 is also helping the world become a cooler place... quite literally.

What can marshmallows, dry spaghetti and one yard of string teach you about design?

The insights from Tom Wujec's design exercise are what makes this video worth watching. For instance: Kindergarten students are among the best builders, while recent graduates of business school are among the worst. Oh, and CEOs perform better if executive administrators are added to their team (somehow, that's not even remotely surprising).

What my son's foul-shot taught me about business… and getting in the zone

Picture it: a packed basketball stadium with fans going wild. It’s my son’s basketball grand final. There are four seconds on the clock. His team is down by two points. And he’s just been fouled – meaning he has two free throws. He makes his way to the free-throw line – the enemy of even the most accomplished NBA player. If he nets both shots, the game goes into overtime. If not, his team will lose the game.

What my son’s foul-shot taught me about business… and getting in the zone

Picture it: a packed basketball stadium with fans going wild. It’s my son’s basketball grand final. There are four seconds on the clock. His team is down by two points. And he’s just been fouled – meaning he has two free throws. He makes his way to the free-throw line – the enemy of even the most accomplished NBA player. If he nets both shots, the game goes into overtime. If not, his team will lose the game.

Free online ‘starting a business course’ for those with an idea

Sponsored message: There’s a special place for those with a vision and the get-up-and-go to start something. www.thesbhub.com.au is an information resource and online community where you can learn a thing or two about starting a successful business! The course will help you assess the feasibility of your business idea and develop it further.

Free online 'starting a business course' for those with an idea

Sponsored message: There’s a special place for those with a vision and the get-up-and-go to start something. www.thesbhub.com.au is an information resource and online community where you can learn a thing or two about starting a successful business! The course will help you assess the feasibility of your business idea and develop it further.

Free online ’starting a business course’ for those ready to start

Sponsored message: There’s a special place for those with a vision and the get-up-and-go to start something. www.thesbhub.com.au is an information resource and online community where you can learn a thing or two about starting a successful business! The course guides you through the practicalities of opening a business and completing a business plan.

Sales people learning foolproof selling techniques at NIDA?

Actors training salespeople how to mesmorise their targets with stage techniques. Not as crazy as it sounds. In fact, what a great idea! Now we're on the hunt for any other unusual sales training techniques or initiatives you've come across. If you know of any, let us know below.

Challenging the academics

Here's the ugly truth the multi-million dollar management training and development industry doesn't want you to hear: Australia's businesses are being hoodwinked by academics.

Sharpening entrepreneurial minds

Bootstrapping entrepreneurs might think the hallowed halls of academia are for those avoiding the cut and thrust of the private sector. After all, an MBA is for those looking to skip a few rungs on that creaky old corporate ladder. Right? Wrong. Business schools around the country are now focused on supporting and developing your entrepreneurial streak. More than ever before, higher learning is one ticket to start-up success.

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