Have you thought about studying a business degree to kick-start, change or further your career?
Whether your dream is to build your way to the top, become a great team leader or simply get your foot in the door of that next corporate organisation, these business tips, insights and mantras will hopefully inspire your business and management approach!
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Sir Richard Branson
“Having a personality of caring about people is important. You can’t be a good leader unless you generally like people. That is how you bring out the best in them.”
He created Virgin ‘everything’ and he’s planning on sending people into outer space. Richard Branson is one of the most influential business leaders in the world, and yet he’s still all about people.
In business, you must enjoy working with people and know how to treat them with respect, whether they’re higher up than you, working under you or on the same level. At TAFE, your fellow students are akin to your colleagues and coworkers – so be respectful, enjoy collaborating and find ways to bring out the best in others.
“That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex; you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
Whether you love Apple or not, there’s no denying that Steve Jobs changed the way we interact with technology in our everyday lives.
And he believed that even the most complex of thoughts can be boiled down a simple idea. Once you have that, you then have clarity and drive. And from there, you can achieve anything.
Consider this the next time you’re working on a project or assignment linked to your business studies. Can you find the simplicity in your complex idea?
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
Einstein may not have been sitting at the top of a famed corporate company, but he did change everything we once knew (or assumed) about our universe.
One of the things that made Einstein stand out (other than this flair for physics) was his ability to imagine things that nobody had yet come up with. Of course, in business, this is often referred to as having a vision.
If you want to succeed in business, especially at a leadership level, you must be visionary. You need to be able to imagine a better project or product – or a better world or company. Only then can you innovate and bring about change.
Ask yourself: What’s the vision behind your idea, product or project? How do you imagine it will change the lives of your customers?
“I find a fence a very uncomfortable place to squat my bottom.”
As Australia’s longest-running Labor PM, Hawkie was known for his clear political vision, his reformation of education in Australia and his ability to quickly down a yard of beer (who says you can’t always go above and beyond your job description?!).
Of course, no politician can be a fence sitter – and no businessperson should be either. Fence sitting isn’t about the avoidance of taking sides in business, but about believing in your opinions, taking calculated risks and making intelligent decisions for the betterment of the company or project.
Remember, be a decision-maker (or at least a decision contributor), not a fence sitter!
“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow.”
Marissa Mayer is many amazing things: the CEO of Yahoo!, one of the most influential young person in business according to Fortune and a mother who crowdsourced her baby’s name.
Marissa’s advice above is essentially about taking calculated risks in order to grow and give yourself a shot at success.
In business, you can only build your talent and experience by taking on new things and saying ‘yes’ to new opportunities, even if they seem a little overwhelming or scary. It’s easy to say ‘yes’ throughout your business studies, but don’t forget to keep this up once you enter the ‘real’ business world.
“I’ve done a lot of things in a business where you’re lucky to stay alive, so when the time comes, I’ll be happy to pass my knowledge along and help someone else.”
Jumping from a balloon 39 kilometres above ground in the Earth’s stratosphere, courtesy of Red Bull, has made Felix Baumgartner wonderfully humble.
As you move through your studies, keep this business insight in mind. Imparting what you’ve learned in business is a great way to expand your leadership and management capabilities. It’s also a great opportunity to help others and make a difference to someone who’s perhaps looking at studying business or getting ahead in their corporate career.
“You should actively choose to be positive, to see the world through a glass-half-full perspective. You should choose, even in difficult times, to look for the learning, the insights, the opportunities, the next steps.”
As the former CEO of Westpac, Gail Kelly hit the financial world with positive storm. She was once referred to as the ‘pinup girl for corporate Australia’ and she’s one of the most powerful women working in business today.
Being positive for Kelly has obviously gotten her far. For any aspiring businesswoman or man, positivity is key. Business people fail or face pressure frequently – and getting bogged down with disappointments will only drag you backwards.
The next time you face a challenge of experience a mishap, even at TAFE, do was Kelly says: look for the lessons you can learn and consider what opportunities the experience given rise to, and what next steps you might take!
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