Adventures in learning

Straight from his teaching degree, adventurer Andrew Hughes jumped into a kayak instead of a classroom. Hughes then embarked on a 5000-kilometre voyage from Hobart to Cape York, learning as he went.

“I was a really inexperienced sea kayaker,” the University of Tasmania graduate says. Read at the Sydney Morning Herald..


Tactics to bowl over the boss

The line between worthily striving to impress the boss and just being a smarm can be fine. In fact, just chatting with colleagues about how to wow the chief executive could make you look like a bumptious yuppie, or worse. The English language abounds in adjectives that skewer servility.

Still, nobody would claim that you are judged purely on the calibre and quantity of your work. The personal impression you make is vital and not just dependent on genetics, experts say. How much you charm the chief executive apparently hinges on behavioural areas that you can tweak: your attitude and habits.

So here is some expert intel on how to shine. Become an irresistible candidate for that promotion or pay rise without looking smarmy; although, it seems, flattery works. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald..

Simplicity the core element: Business experts explain why Apple is at the top of the game

Apple’s success story looks set to be studied in business schools for decades – likely by students reading from iPads, not textbooks. The tech giant rose from the brink of extinction in 1997 to become the world’s most valuable company.

Now, according to CNNMoney, Apple is worth more than Greece is – more than $400 billion. Despite criticism of working conditions at its Chinese Foxconn plant, Apple is widely seen as the world’s most impressive company.

So what is Apple’s secret? Find out at the Sydney Morning Herald..



Workers on the front lines: why lousy pay is not why people quit jobs

If you thought lousy pay was the main reason people left their jobs, think again. With Australia’s unemployment rate hovering at historic lows, “lack of challenge” is now the top reason for seeking new work, according to the Victoria-based Macro Recruitment. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald..

Climbing the ladder

Still not chief executive? If you are giving your all but are stuck in middle management, you may feel resentful because success can seem like a lottery.

You probably know a clown chief executive scarcely capable of running a pub quiz. Likewise, you may know a clerk who deserves to be a captain of industry.

Doubt surrounds whether reaching the top rests on working smarter, for instance, or just showing up – which accounts for 80 per cent of success, according to the film director Woody Allen. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.



Stress envy

Frantically busy? Stress has been called “today’s essential badge of status and success”. In fact, stress sparks such awe that analysts talk of “stress envy”.

Stress envy means the office workaholic verging on burnout could be treated as a role model. Apparently, it is impressive to be wedded to 24-hour connectivity. Apparently, it is cool to multitask like a maniac, yapping into a mobile phone while grappling with social media updates and directing the intern.

Such intense displays of commitment can be seen as bragging because they show the showoff is in demand – a winner. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald..



The great Aussie mining boom

Australia’s mines are at the heart of its robust economy. The provide a wealth of job opportunity. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald