AIM young guns take aim at generational stereotyping

Date: 
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A contingent of the Australian Institute of Management’s most successful young executives have united to dispel the damaging stereotyping which they say is threatening the career progression of Generation Y.

All members of the Institute’s AIM30, a list of Australia’s hottest management talent under 30, united to dispel the myths that are hampering their generation’s career opportunities.

On April 30, AIM30 Members in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide co-hosted simultaneous forums out of each city to reveal the indisputable findings of an extensive research campaign undertaken by AIM.

They were joined simultaneously by hundreds of young executives across the nation in an interactive forum to bring the issue into the public domain.

The AIM research, Beyond Belief: The Management Reality of Generational Thinking, proves unequivocally that stereotyping different generations was a real threat to Australia’s executive development according to AIM Chief Executive Officer Daniel Musson FAIM.

“The Generation Y stereotyping is offensive to some people and this research confirms it’s actually a myth,” Mr Musson said. “Our research, and AIM’s belief is that regardless of whether they are from Generation A or Z, it is the world that is different, not people.

“We’ve got great managers across the nation whose mindset and subsequent decision-making processes are infected by the pervasive stereotypes that often malign the motivations and behaviours of Generation Y. These stereotypes have driven an industry of different management techniques claiming to deliver ways to effectively manage people in this life stage.”

AIM30 Members Zoe Black AIMM, Dean Borg AIMM, Andrea Tjoend AIMM, Martine Pelly AIMe, Chris Iona AIMM, Kimberly Britt AIMM, Chris Hooper AIMe, Aaron Le Poidevin AIMe, Cassie McInnes AIMe, Josh Strawczynski AIMM, Aaron Yeak AIMM and Sophie Gleeson AIMe presented the findings across the four events.

Three months in the making, the report was conducted by AIM’s Dr Malcolm Johnson FAIM. He combined the findings of quantitative research conducted on more than 300,000 people from Generation Y both nationally and internationally with an in-depth qualitative study of young managers.