Welcome to the October edition of Leading Edge.
This month, we’re thinking about developing decision making and problem solving. It was Theodore Roosevelt who once said, “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” Indeed, with managers and leaders making an average 35,000 decisions per day, not all of them are bound to be the right decision. Our daily activities, professional and personal, depend on us analysing problems and taking action even if they turn out to be wrong; because nothing will change if we decide to do nothing. Good leadership must make opportunities of problems and change things for the better.
At the Institute’s inaugural Leadership Impact Series events in less than a month, internationally-acclaimed neuroscientist Dr Hannah Critchlow will deep dive into the neuroscience behind our decision-making behaviour and creative problem solving. At the Institute, we believe that great leadership isn’t just about the Malalas, Obamas and Zuckerbergs of the world. It starts with a brave choice to innovate, inspire and make an impact no matter who you are. By hosting impactful leader and acclaimed neuroscientist Dr Critchlow, we hope to bring out the leadership potential of everyday Australian professionals like you, from interns to CEOs. With recent advances in neuroscience technology, scientists are able to peer into the mind like never before. We are now discovering certain complex behaviours are ingrained while others are skills that can be built on and improved. Dr Critchlow’s keynote address will help us learn to open minds to more productive collaborations in and outside the workplace. With less than a month left before the events in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, be sure to book your tickets now.
With a fantastic response to the Sydney IML Conference this month, I encourage you all to attend the CPD events IML has scheduled before the year is out. With the Brisbane IML Conference tickets selling fast, the event is a must for those interested in developing skills such as decision-making and problem solving to build high performing teams. For those who missed the Sydney Conference, the Institute is also hosting a full day Sydney Masterclass on Leading from the Middle, empowering middle managers to balance managing teams, processes and business priorities. IML is also hosting a Masterclass in Adelaide as well – a half day development session helping managers build their game plan to future proof their businesses and skills. This is the first Masterclass in the region, and with known experts leading the day including the Honorable David Pisoni, SA’s Minister for Industry and Skills, it’s sure to be an insightful and inspiring day. Be sure to book your development events before the year is out.
I am also incredibly excited to share with you the success of our recently launched Foundations of Intentional Leadership. The 12-week blended development program equips professionals with fundamental management and leadership skills to manage themselves, their teams and the business. Within the module on managing self, participants learn to implement effective decision-making methods and engage their teams to participate in root cause analysis problem solving to empower them to lead effectively and successfully. With the Sydney program almost complete and the Melbourne program hitting the halfway mark, it makes me proud to hear the overwhelmingly positive response so early into the program. Some of the feedback given include:
‘It’s interactive, thought provoking and academically sound.’ Penny Millgate, Manager, Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)
‘[It is] knowledge that will set me up as a manager and a leader for success’ Sally Roebuck, Operations Manager, Bulimba State School OSHC
‘It gave me a new perspective on leadership/management’ Lynda McLean, Office Manager of Postureworks & COO of Quattro Health
The 2019 Foundations of Intentional Leadership program is already open for registrations. With sessions run by the Institute for mixed company cohorts or in-house corporate groups. Visit the website to enquire or register your interest.
Finally, as we draw towards the final months of the year, the Institute would like to invite you to our complimentary End of Year Event held in your closest region or city. These evening events are a perfect opportunity to celebrate a successful year for the Institute and the progress you’ve made in your professional journey. Hear highlights from the year and exciting events in 2019 from your local Relationship Manager, network with fellow Members and enjoy refreshments. IML’s End of Year Events will be held from November through to December. But be quick, these celebrations book out every year. RSVP today.
Ann Messenger FIML
Chair of the Board, Institute of Managers and Leaders