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June 20, 2016

By AIM Senior Research Fellow Dr Samantha Johnson

“Listening is a positive act: you have to put yourself out to do it.” David Hockney

What do you think about when you’re engaged in conversation with others? 

Odd question?

Right now you’re thinking that it depends on what the conversation is about, surely?

Sometimes it does.  But, is this always the case?

Think about how you think about when you are listening to someone else. 

Think about what you tend to think about. 

June 19, 2016

By AIM Business School Faculty, Ian Siebert

A recent headline in the Australian Financial Review grabbed my attention: “Leaders failing in key areas of management”.

It looked the wrong way around to me while also being overly negative! Surely it should have read something like “Australian managers and leaders will benefit by increasing their capabilities in leadership”?

June 19, 2016

By AIM Business School Faculty, Dr Richard Carter

When Facebook buys a virtual reality headset company (Oculus) for $2 Billion and their famous COO Sheryl Sandberg (author of Lean In) has to hose down speculation about how rapidly virtual reality will become a major income stream for them, you know virtual reality has arrived.

June 08, 2016

By Hamish Williams.

For anyone that’s halfway serious about their career, it will come as no surprise that your ability to learn and acquire new knowledge is vitally important to your career success.

What may come as a shock is your ability to dump old knowledge and processes in favour of new ways of doing things is now also becoming highly sought after.

June 02, 2016

By Nina Sochon

Have you ever been in a meeting when one of your colleagues began to drift off course?

Tangents in meetings can be amusing or annoying at best. They can also be incredibly serious.

The usual advice for eliminating tangents goes like this: “articulate a goal, clarify the agenda and stay focused.” Certainly without doing these things no meeting would run effectively.

May 23, 2016

By Tudor Marsden-Huggins, Managing Director of Employment Office

With the unemployment rate hovering around the 6% mark, it’s clear there are candidates out there, actively looking for work. 

But speak to any hiring manager and they’ll tell a different story – that good people are hard to find, and the skills shortage we’ve been hearing about for years is a reality reaching crisis point for organisations across the country.

May 22, 2016

By Hamish Williams

For public servants, understanding the role they play as individuals as well as the role of their team can sometimes be difficult when viewed in the context of the wider context government.

May 22, 2016

By Scott Martin, Sales Director AIM Corporate

Do you want your leadership programs to really deliver embedded learning and behavioural change?

Here at AIM, we’ve spent the past 75 years delivering thousands of leadership and management development programs right around Australia, in every industry and every sector.

Whether it’s an accredited or non-accredited program for ten people or 10,000, there are some common ingredients to the all-around success of these programs.

May 20, 2016

By AIM Senior Research Fellow Dr Samantha Johnson

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves - Carl Jung

Ever heard someone say, ‘That’s just the way I am, like it or lump it!’?  Or, ‘I can’t help being angry, I don’t suffer fools easily!’  How do you respond to these statements?

I have to admit, they make me cringe. 

It’s ok to be yourself, in fact, it’s more than ok, it’s imperative.

May 19, 2016

CRACK. You turn to see a young man falling to the floor, the unfortunate victim of a workplace prank. As it turns out, someone had removed the screws from his chair and when he sat down he was left sprawling on the ground.

While a health and safety officer would be shaking their head in disgust, this is just horseplay, harmless tomfoolery - right? But what happens if the young man had been seriously hurt, or if a different joke was taken the wrong way and led to claims of bullying?