April 07, 2016 | 0 comments

By Yvonne Willich

Companies are surprisingly similar in what they claim to be their values, culture and execution, but there is a lot more variation in what actually happens at the coalface. Leaders have a crucial role in determining how well their organisations ‘walk the talk’ through their own conduct and the way they respond to others.

April 07, 2016 | 0 comments

We've all heard how diversity is good for society, the economy and communities in general. Anyone who has been through leadership training will also know that diversity can lift the performance of a company.

However, research has so far avoided the question of how diversity can make a person smarter. So what positive influences does diversity have on individual actions?

Diversity: A group project

April 07, 2016 | 0 comments

By Susan Muldowney

What is a stretch target?

More ambitious than targets and less restrictive than quotas, stretch targets are about pushing the boundaries of what may be possible. They allow organisations to signal their goal and seek creative solutions to achieve gender balance at every level of a business.

How do they work?

April 07, 2016 | 0 comments

We've all seen them: The narcissist. The micromanager. The passive-aggressive sociopath. These are the personalities that haunt many otherwise successful businesses, disguised behind a well-tailored suit and winning smile. 

While there are plenty of bad bosses out there, they don't happen in isolation. In a recent article, we explored how a bad boss is a product of the culture within the business, which means managing a bad manager may also require addressing the culture of the company.

April 05, 2016 | 0 comments

By Hamish Williams

Few of us claim to be gifted public speakers and in fact many of us find the experience so terrifying we avoid podiums and lecterns at all costs. While it may seem that some people have an innate ability to charm a room full of strangers, the truth is good public speakers are just much better prepared.

April 05, 2016 | 0 comments

By Sam Bell, AIM’s General Manager of Policy and Advocacy

April 04, 2016 | 0 comments

Would Alexander the Great be able to lead an American car manufacturer through a financial crisis? Could Qin Shi Huang successfully unite two culturally different mobile operators after an acquisition? How would Augustus fair leading a brick and mortar company through a digital disruption?

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other - John F. Kennedy

April 02, 2016 | 0 comments

Guest post by Karen Gately

How well do the people on your team get along?  Do they trust each other?  Do they respect and value one another?  Now reflect on the impact the quality of relationships across your team has on the performance of your business.  How well are you able to leverage the full potential of your people because they work with a spirit of cooperation?  To what extent are you tapping into the diverse perspectives, skills and experience your team offer because people are able to collaborate?

March 31, 2016 | 0 comments

The pressure is building. The company you work for is rolling out a new product line, and the commencement date is closing in quicker that you had anticipated.

It seems like time is flying by. Your phone won't stop ringing and your inbox is filled to the brim. You finally check the time and it is 1.30 am.

Do you a) forgo sleep and attempt to conquer all that sits before you or do you b) climb into bed and wake up refreshed ready to tackle your workload?

Is sleep the cousin of death or the father of success?

March 31, 2016 | 0 comments

Guest post by Suzanne Waldron

According to a recent survey by Direct Health Solutions, the cost of absenteeism to the Australian economy now exceeds $32.5 billion per annum in payroll and lost productivity costs. Medibank Private estimates that 34% of that is caused by stress or depression.