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This year we were fortunate to participate in FAHSCIA’s delivery of professional development, rolled out across NSW to 200 staff and volunteers working with people in crisis. The forums focused on sustainable Emergency Relief service delivery and provided participants an opportunity to practice important skills. Responding to the needs of Emergency Relief clients, managing emotional and difficult clients, and maintaining healthy mindsets in high stress work environments were key areas of focus.

It was a wonderful experience working with such dedicated and generous individuals who give so much to those most in need.

In the other area of our business, we are delighted to announce that our web-based training management system, aXcelerate is going gangbusters! We’d like to take the opportunity to welcome our new clients this year including:

ACAT, Aboriginal Health Council of SA, Accell, ACT Training, Active Training Services, Adapt Education, All Saints Anglican School, Amina Academy, ASC Training and Development, AT Group, Trust Asthma Foundation of WA, Australian Business & Retail Academy Queensland, Australian Business Leadership Training, Australian College of Beauty Therapy, WA Australian College of Massage, Australian College of Mining, Australian Dance Institute, Bannister Technical, BPG Training, Think Real Estate, Camden Haven Community College, Concern Australia, Learning Alliance, Coffs Coast Community College, Culturally Make a Difference, Evolve College, Executive Excellence, Fitec Australia, Flinders International College, Get Skilled Training, Gold Coast School of Beauty, HSE Plus, IRT, Industry Pathways, Integracom Management Group, LGASA, Mayfield Education, New Horizons Safety & Training Services, Odyssey House PCYC NSW, Port Macquarie Community College, Prestige Service Training, Quality Education Services & Training, National Training Solutions Queensland, Master Builders Association, Ramsdens Communications, Regal Security & Industry Training, Resources Risk Solutions, Rhodes Group Australia, Richards Mining Services, Safety & First Aid, […]

VM’s Journey

VM Learning will soon be celebrating its 25th birthday. Where did the time go?! The VM Group began in 1989 with a six-month mentoring program for Indigenous youth at risk. It was a unique program exposing participants to a variety of activities from filmmaking to dance. Many participants credited the program with sparking their interest in these areas, a large number of who moved onto study and work in associated fields. It was certainly one of the most meaningful projects that we have had the pleasure of being involved with.

VM quickly grew to become a major player in the VET market, offering many accredited programs, including the first Certificate IV in Aboriginal Arts and Crafts Enterprise, to 40 communities across Australia. I have so many fond memories from this time. It felt like every week we’d be off to a new destination. Packing my bags before a trip, I’d often find myself humming the tune “I’ve been everywhere man”, by Lucky Star. An oldie but a goldy!
Corporate Professional Development & aXcelerate
In the 90s, VM started delivering transformational leadership programs to corporations around Australia. These programs were considered ahead of their time and were based on Australian and US research in the fields of Neuropsychology and Emotional Intelligence. These programs have been and remain the hallmark of VM Learning.

One of our other flagship projects, The Women as Leaders Program has been delivered nationally to over 4000 women including hundreds of Indigenous women. Since its inception in 1994 the program has been honoured with numerous awards, the most recent of which being the 2013 ACLW International Women’s Day Award and the 2013 Sustaining Women’s Empowerment in Communities and the Organisations Award (Gold Winner).

Now an established leader […]

How Important is Trust?

Stephen Covey made the comment that “Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” He has also stated in his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, that trust is the highest form of human motivation.

While trustworthiness is undoubtedly a key trait of effective leaders, it is also the most fragile.

There are some obvious ways in which leaders abuse trust like betraying a confidence, taking ownership for work completed by others, operating in a less than transparent manner.

Trust can also be eroded slowly if team members perceive a discrepancy between a leader’s words and actions. If a leader makes a commitment for the future, employees will rightfully expect them to make good on it.

Consistency as a leader is imperative in building trust. Any change to workplace procedure or strategy needs to be communicated and implemented in a systematic and clear manner. This will work to waylay employee anxiety and gain commitment to the new direction.

10 Ways Effective Leaders Build Trust
(Nan S. Russell in Trust: The New Workplace Currency).

Here are 10 ways effective leaders, with or without titles, foster authentic trust at work. How many apply to you?

1. Leaders are good at what they do. Leading by example is a great way to earn the respect and trust of team members. If you perform your job efficiently and effectively, it builds trust in your performance as a leader.

2. Leaders are passionate about their work. Passion isn’t about cheerleading, platitudes, or faux enthusiasm. It comes from an inner desire, determination, and drive to get the job done, and get it done well. For many, it’s about making a difference or contributing […]