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Guest blog by Richard Carter
Resilience as a key leadership characteristic is fast becoming a commodity all Australian leaders need.
The unprecedented levels of disruption occurring across most industries means that many leaders are now facing increasing adversity from changes in market dynamics, technological innovation and new competitors. Clearly, being a leader in today’s economy is not for the faint-hearted.
But what does it mean to be resilient? Resilience is the ability to persist in the face of challenges and bounce back from adversity. More specifically, resilient leaders usually demonstrate the ability to:
By Dr Malcolm Johnson FAIM
If stereotypical behaviour towards the different generations was a virus, we’d be in the middle of a pandemic.
Unfortunately, while the attraction of generation stereotypes is to reduce the complexity of human interactions to more simple terms, this is causing a range of problems in business, as AIM’s recent research on the management reality of generational thinking has shown.
Much like making business decisions based on star signs in the daily newspaper, the profile of ‘generational behaviours’ is contributing to biased and unhelpful responses to issues that have no place at work or in society more broadly.
Effects on relationships, communication and culture
When it comes to attitudes towards people of different generations, there’s a pervasive tendency to see unique qualities about one’s own group while viewing the behaviour of others through the lens of ‘there’s something wrong with them’ – this can obviously have a negative eff
Guest post by Fiona Triaca and Erica Davis, Naked Ambition
Ever wondered what can get you moving from being the assistant to having a team of assistants?
It’s simple really.
It may have killed the cat, but it will get you everywhere in the business world.
To get that next big role… you want to start by asking questions and take it upon yourself to understand how your work fits in with the bigger picture. Learning the “business” of business is essential for career success and developing your business acumen will get you everywhere, particularly in large organisations.
If you are wondering how to step it up – ask yourself these questions:
Don’t miss out on last week’s best reads from around the management world, gathered from AIM’s Twitter at http://twitter.com/aimcomau.
Why Smart Leaders Embrace Flexibility (via @workflexibility) http://bit.ly/QRVXGe
Are Your Assumptions Killing Performance? (via @DavidCKlaasen) http://bit.ly/1jQqWMM
12 Strategic Planning Questions Before You Start (via @brainzooming) http://bit.ly/1lD5Hhu
5 Ways to Reduce Conflict When There Are No Right Answers (via @leadershipnow) http://bit.ly/1hPnrWl
Open Questions, Open Communication (via @mgissues) http://bit.ly/PJ6iTI
3 Ways to Get Better Ideas From Your Diverse Team (via @cnnmoney) http://bit.ly/1e74GyE
Dealing With Feelings: How to be an Emotionally-Aware Leader (via @MeghanMBiro) http://bit.ly/1lFtspe
12 Most Surprising Things Great Brands Do (via @12most) http://bit.ly/1oGheRI
Discover Questions Get You Connected (via @KevinEikenberry) http://bit.ly/1qe69Vm
How to Put Out Burno
Guest post by James Paulsen
Innovation is crucial to the success of every business. New technologies and globalisation are testing current business models in new ways every day and the need to evolve has never been so evident.
There are many insights into how organisations can become more innovative; some are too complex to incorporate and others are too simple to make a difference. But while there is no one truly successful model, the principle of innovation is universal and it must be grown and fostered from within the organisation.
We’ve summarised some of the key innovation indicators from successful firms and incorporated them into the LATTE Principle of innovation – Listen, Ask, Trust, Timing, Evolve.
Listen – All successful firms look for feedback from their stakeholders including staff, customers and suppliers. This information should be collected regularly and reviewed for opportunity to improve processes, products or services. Feedback is the best form of knowledge and thos
Starting a new job can be stressful, but there’s no need to sweat. You can stifle the nerves by being prepared and in no time, the scary new environment will be old hat. By Emma Williams
No matter what your experience level, the first day and even the first week at a new job is a nerve-racking experience. Starting a new job is strangely reminiscent of the first day at school – everything is different and unfamiliar, you don’t know anyone and even the little things, like not knowing where the lunchroom is located, can be distressing. The pressure to hit the ground running can be immense, so we’ve put together some simple tips to keep you on track for a successful start.
Plan your trip to work
As simple as this sounds, this piece of advice can never go astray. Even if you know where you are going, it is important to plan your trip to work, allowing yourself extra time in case you need it. A dry run in the days before you start, at the time you’ll be leaving for work, is also a go
Are you a leader who likes to stay ahead of the latest industry trends and hype?
Then you’ve probably caught on that EQ is the new IQ – and with research showing that emotional intelligence is just as important as technical skills, you can rest assured that the industry fascination with emotional intelligence isn’t going out of style anytime soon.
In fact, emotionally intelligent leaders are more in demand than ever before.
Why? Because emotionally intelligent leaders are better people managers, and in business, people are everything. Being able to understand, empathise and connect with your staff, clients, audiences and stakeholders is more than just a useful skill – it’s an industry superpower that can set you apart.
Studies carried out by Genos International, an organisation that specialises in emotional intelligence, demonstrate that it can enhance employee engagement, improve staff retention and increase sales.
According to Dr Ben Palmer FAIM (pictured), the CEO of Gen
Catch up on a week of management reading with this selection of articles, gathered from AIM’s Twitter at http://twitter.com/aimcomau.
50 Signs You Might be an Entrepreneur (via @entmagazine) http://bit.ly/1pE5Qky
Podcast: 4 Difficult Sentences for Leaders (And Why You Must Get Good at Saying Them) (via @michaelhyatt) http://bit.ly/1lvNViE
6 Tips for Developing Successful Strategic Partnerships (via @globeandmail) http://bit.ly/1iNCcbN
The Language of Leadership (via @tanveernaseer) http://bit.ly/1h86jq0
How to Network Like You Really Mean it (via @inc) http://bit.ly/1i77okf
Employee Engagement is a Leadership Commitment (via @forbes) http://onforb.es/1pwKhUW
How to Build Relationships of Trust (via Andreas von der Heydt) http://linkd.in/1hqjGqb
How to Succeed When Deadlines and Priorities Constantly Change (via @intuitquickbase) http://bit.ly/1jpSrg5
The Stoic: 9 Principles to Help You Keep Calm in Chaos (via @99u) http://bit.ly
Guest post by Andrew MacDonald
The days of a “job for life” are fast disappearing, if not gone already. Career change in the workplace has become far more commonplace.
Inextricably tied to this is the development over the past two decades of the “knowledge economy” – where new jobs are being created and new industries are emerging. While this is more apparent in sectors such as technology or health, in almost every vocation you can think of, the innovative use of ideas, knowledge and information is having a permanent impact.
As a reflection of this new economy, once frowned-upon multiple career changes are becoming the new norm for the modern workforce.
So, what are the implications for our workplaces? How do businesses best develop and retain their employees in a shifting employment environment?
Organisations need to embrace the knowledge economy and be able to adapt to the rapid rate of change if they want to continue to move forward and attract and ret
Did you know that some of the greatest Fortune 500 companies started in a financial downturn?
According to inspirational Young Australian of the Year recipient and CEO of Empowering Enterprises, Sam Cawthorn, this is no anomaly. In fact, some of the greatest crises throughout history have sparked tremendous world change that has led to positive growth and transformation.
As Sam recently discussed at a recent breakfast presentation at AIM Brisbane, crisis offers businesses the chance to innovate, refocus and transform. As managers and industry leaders, you simply need to open your eyes to the opportunities. But how do we do this?
Here are five useful tips Sam offered for turning crisis into opportunity:
1. Make it your decision, not your condition, that determines who you are
While industry regulations, the economic landscape and ever-changing marketplace trends can affect your business, it is your decisions that truly shape your future. It is of no use to simply acce