Welcome to the June edition of Leading Edge.
This month, we’re thinking about cultivating business acumen and seeing the bigger picture. Often, as managers and leaders we can be too focused on the success of our short-term projects, especially towards the end of financial year. We can be so buried in executing tasks and meeting sales targets that we lose our “executive sense” – the broader perspective of all the other moving parts of the organisation that reflect the business success of our individual projects. To be successful entrepreneurs and leaders, we need to make decisions with a view the broader organisational landscape. This means learning to logically and strategically analyse and assess from a leadership standpoint.
Cultivating business acumen is a key skill that constitutes part of the foundation of the Chartered Manager designation’s assessment process and commitment. Six months after our Chartered Managers became some of the country’s first to receive the award, we can already see the difference in their leadership perspective; indeed, they have “made their mark” on their organisations. As we follow their post-accreditation journey, IML’s Chartered Managers are at the forefront of the Australian business world as leadership coaches and experts, bestselling authors, executive directors and board members. These are the faces and voices we are so proud to be broadcasting as the real success stories behind our national Chartered Manager campaign. This month, our campaign can be seen across bus shelters and train stations on your daily commute, or at domestic airports, Qantas lounges and in the Qantas Magazine. Newscorp and Fairfax publications have covered Chartered Manager in both print and digital stories in Rockhampton, Mackay, Toowoomba, Cairns, Geelong, Bendigo, Hobart, South Australia, the Northern Territory and the ACT. Chartered Manager has also launched across digital ad spaces and on social media.
With the campaign creating a huge buzz in the management and leadership space, we’ve seen an exceptional number of professionals around the country take their first step to going Chartered. Our complimentary Chartered Manager Info and Q&A Webinar saw an unprecedented amount of interest. IML General Manager Sam Bell was joined by a Chartered Manager Assessor to discuss how the accreditation can help professionals make their mark as managers and leaders. Colleen Cuthbert CMgr FIML and Andrew Spark CMgr FIML, who were amongst the first managers in the country to become Chartered, provided insights from their first-hand experience of the assessment process and the impact CMgr has had on their leadership journey. The good news is that if you missed out on the webinar, it’s now available online to watch at your convenience.
Perhaps the most important step towards cultivating business acumen is becoming the intentional leader – moving from a task-focused manager to a strategic thinker who leads with intent. After the success of the Sydney Masterclass and the enthusiastic uptake of the upcoming Brisbane event, IML will be hosting our next Masterclass on the Gold Coast, focusing on transforming accidental managers to intentional leaders. This will be a perfect opportunity for those in the area to workshop their management skills to take the next step in their careers, equipped to see the bigger picture in their business. To be held on the 14th September, the Early Bird tickets for this Masterclass are currently on sale. I encourage you to get in fast – these Masterclasses have sold out very quickly this year!
As part of our partnership with AIM Education & Training, IML Members have had access to the Library. AIMET has decided to discontinue the physical library and so this service will no longer be available to Members effective immediately. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. To compensate, we have upscaled our online offering over the last couple of years including the introduction of Leadership Direct, IML’s free online professional development tool. If you haven’t already logged in to the Member portal and used Leadership Direct, take a look today.
Finally, the Institute is excited to announce the launch of our new development program, the Foundations of Intentional Leadership. Built for incoming and new leaders of teams with under 12 months experience, the 12-week program will help learners acquire core skills to move from a team member to an effective team leader. With the promotion comes the responsibility to lead and manage a team effectively. For these professionals, a clear shift from delivery to direction can be met with difficulty and stress without formal support. Foundations of Intentional Leadership is a 12-week blended program combining face-to-face learning, online study and leadership coaching, followed by 4-months of one-on-one mentoring. The learning experience is embedded with practical workplace projects to develop your real-world applied professional skills. Our Foundations of Intentional Leadership program will start in Sydney on the 22nd August, with other locations to be announced soon. More details to follow in next month’s Leading Edge. If you’d like more information, to reserve a place or to inquire about our corporate tailored programs, please email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your ongoing support of the Institute. With so many exciting new programs and events, we’re sure to see you soon!
Ann Messenger FIML
Chair of the Board, Institute of Managers and Leaders