HR is an ever-changing profession and practitioners need to keep their knowledge current and professional skills sharp. HR Leader looks at five interesting education options for HR professionals to help them keep up with the game in 2010
1. MGSM: Leadership Development Program
The Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM)
runs a three-day leadership development program for high-
potential managers being groomed for larger roles and seek
ing to enhance their strategic thinking, leadership and
The program does this by focusing on three key areas.
First, leadership now has a greater focus on motivating and
inspiring rather than simply commanding and controlling.
Second, the emerging leader spends a lot of time influencing
upwards, downwards, sideways and externally. And, finally,
emerging leaders need to look at their market, customers
and organisation through a different set of lenses.
John Edwards, director of executive education for MGSM,
says there has been a lot of demand for the leadership devel
opment program recently. “It is a very well rounded course,”
he says. “It is targeted towards middle managers moving
into senior management roles, and takes them through the
process of self-leadership, leadership of teams as well as lead
ership from an organisational perspective.”
The program consists of a number of sessions, beginning
with self-leadership. This session starts by exploring emo
tional intelligence and self-awareness. Identifying blind spots
and creating a personal development plan are covered. The
program then moves onto sessions on managing others, which
explores some of the fundamentals of leadership, followed by
leading a high-performing team, negotiation skills, power
and influence, communicating with impact and solving
unsolvable problems. The last session, leading change, looks
at the underpinning reasons change is difficult and at per
sonal strategies for leading change.
“The practical side of leadership is emphasised strongly
in the program,” Edwards says. “There is also a compre
hensive follow-up process and two months after the program
every participant is contacted to see how they are progress
ing and how well the learning is being put into action. We get
a lot of positive feedback on this process.”
For more information call 02 9850 9016, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.mgsm.edu.au.
2. Chifley Business School: Project Management
Chifley Business School runs a two-day short course in proj
ect management, which is designed to provide participants
with the tools, techniques and tips to complete projects on
time and within budget – to the quality expected by the pro
This course is the first step to becoming a capable proj
ect manager and is designed to improve your understanding
of the project management life cycle. Simon Christensen,
general manager of Chifley Business School, says project
management is one of the most popular and important
courses being rolled out at present. “There are a lot of organ
isations which have gone through major change over the past
12 to 18 months, such as downsizing or rightsizing,” he says.
“Everyone seems to be working on some type of project
in their organisation, but now people might be working in
tighter and smaller groups. Once there might have been five
or six people working on a project, but now there might only
be one or two people, so they need the skills to do
The course covers a wide variety of project man
agement content, including: terminology; project
stakeholders and project life cycle; the role of the
project manager and project team; project defini
tions and scope; planning and schedule develop
ment; management, communication, monitoring,
handover and review; project management tools
and techniques as well as the process of managing
Learning outcomes of the course include the
ability to identify the critical success factors in
achieving project outcomes, lead a project team
and support team members to achieve project goals
and use tools and techniques to support positive
project outcomes and manage project risk.
“The course is very, very tailored towards an
organisation’s requirements. We look at their sys
tems and process, their needs and outcomes, and
we can map the course to a particular project that’s
happening in their workplace at that particular
time. We don’t roll out generic programs. Our
programs are tailored to the needs of the client.
That’s one reason this program is in high
demand,” Christensen says.
For more information call 1300 244 353 or visit www.chifley.edu.au.
3. Social media, HR and talent development
The Social Media Academy, which specialises in social relationship management in a business context, runs an executive education program on HR and human talent development. This 10-hour course examines the process of leveraging social media to find the best matching talents and create a better team spirit. The five themes explored in the course are: culture shift and workforce trends; new ways of creating an open business culture; HR challenges in a globally connected world; fusing the well developed young generation into a business; and developing a social media based recruiting strategy. For more information visit www.socialmedia-academy.com.au.
4. Finance for non-finance professionals
The Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) runs a number of programs for HR professionals, including finance for non-finance professionals. This two-day course guides participants through an analysis of the personal finance problems and solutions of a fictitious character and applies the same processes to a company's financial statements. AHRI also uses a computerised board game to reinforce learning in a way that makes it fun. The approach is to engage learners in finding out about concepts such as financial reporting, cash management and the key ratios for assessing business unit performance. For more information visit www.ahri.com.au.
5. Workforce planning for HR
Infohrm, a global leader in workforce planning, reporting, and analytics, runs a workforce planning intensive course for HR professionals. Accredited with the Queensland University of Technology, the course takes place over a six-month period and gives attendees practical project-based experience. This provides the techniques to implement all aspects of workforce planning processes at an organisational level. All workforce planning courses use case studies based on real workforce planning projects and demonstrate how varying techniques work in different organisational situations. Delegates leave with actionable ideas and a detailed reference manual to assist with immediate implementation. For more information visit www.infohrm.com.au.