Member Q&A - February

AIM’s members come from a diverse range of industries and cover roles from team coordinator to CEO. Sharing management experiences helps all members to learn and develop. Each month we will feature some of our new members here along with their views on belonging to Australia’s largest professional management organisation.

Marek Klein - Director of Community and Primary Health Care, North West Hospital and Health Service

Katherine HamiltonWhy did you decide to join AIM?
Professional affiliation is important in professional life. It provides a sense of professional belonging and identity. It allows for utilitarianism and collective strength. AIM enables for this to happen hence my membership.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given in business?
To be born in Australia today is to be given a PhD in entitlement. An overwhelming sense that we deserve, we have a right to, and even worse, “you owe me!” To follow this path is a recipe for a long-term suffering (from my mentor).

What is the best piece of advice you’ve given a colleague or an employee?
To serve from a position of power is not true service but beneficence (from Daniel T. Niles).

What are the biggest challenges facing businesses in your local area / industry?
The biggest challenge is to understand, be conscious of, and struggle with the many challenges that come our way. There is no one way / one theory approach to dealing with the many challenges. It takes many ways and numerous theories and approaches, and is almost never possible by a single individual.

 

Chris Knight - Managing Director Company: Opteon Property Pty Ltd

Graham Bargwanna.jpgWhy did you decide to join AIM?
We felt that AIM were able to cater their training course to suit the requirements of our business and people. Following a positive experience in our first group training course, we proceeded to formalize membership with AIM. We have since held one or two more private training sessions and have also had staff attend open training courses.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given in business?
Business is about people. Surround yourself with good people and empower them to succeed.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve given a colleague or an employee?
One of my favorite sayings is “a business that stands still is actually moving backwards”. I think the ingredients to being successful in any job or industry is identifying how you can continue to get the most out of yourself and the people around you and continue to push yourself beyond the comfort zone and shake up the traditional way of thinking.

What are the biggest challenges facing businesses in your local area / industry?
The usual company issues including continually expanding labour costs, skills shortage, mixed with fee and time pressures. However, we’re in a rapidly developing world. Expectation on time and delivery has never been greater, to the point where innovation and creative thinking is essential for survival. I recently spent some time abroad and among other things looked at how companies across the world are innovating. It would appear Innovation as a culture of doing business, particularly in property, is far more advanced outside of Australia. I feel this broadly will be the single biggest challenge to Australian (and global) businesses over the next 5 years.

 

Amjad Khanche - CEO/Director Australian Institute of Professional Education (AIPE)

Dr.Tina LambertWhy did you decide to join AIM?
AIPE has been a corporate member of AIM for a number of years. As a peak body for professionals in Australia, I find that AIM adds a lot of value to our business in a variety of ways. The key reason for me to join AIM was to enhance the resources available to myself and my team for personal and professional development. Being at the fore-front of Australian Private Education sector, myself and the team are keen to contribute to the contemporary practices within the sector and hence our membership allows us to develop the skills necessary to make these contributions. In addition to that, AIM also connects us with like-minded people and allows us to enhance our network of influence.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given in business?
I have been fortunate enough to have a number of mentors in my life, who have helped me along my journey. I believe the most important piece of advice was given to me by my mentor and business partner, before we started the Institute. He once said, “It’s nice to be important but it’s very important to be nice”. This one advice has shaped my journey of starting and growing a successful Institute, in Australia, and it’s the values of ‘excellence, responsibility and respect’ that have brought a lot of success to myself and AIPE.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve given a colleague or an employee?
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”. People are often scared to take that first step and more often than not, the ability to take that first risk, is what defines them later in their careers and lives.

What are the biggest challenges facing businesses in your local area / industry?
Being in an ever-changing industry, there are a lot of ups and downs and a lot of factors that affect the way we do business. The greatest challenge affecting the education sector has always been policy changes - whether education, immigration or employment. Education sector is affected by a number of policies, at both state and federal levels and the challenge for our business has always been trying to keep pace with the policy changes to ensure that we satisfy all the regulatory requirements and provide high quality education to our student - both at the same time.