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Australasian Interim Executive Association

The Australasian Interim Executive Association (AIEA) is a leading professional organisation for interim executives that are recognised for their practical, hands-on skills and a broad understanding of the total business environment.

The original AIEA founders were a group of senior executives who had significant experience in the provision of services as interim managers. One of the first actions was to clearly define what is meant by the term ‘Interim Manager’. The definition chosen is:

'A highly skilled, seasoned manager who is available for assignments of any duration, to either lend specialised expertise to a strategic project or to fill a mission-critical skills gap.'

 

 

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Reverse Mentoring and Social Leadership

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The workplace is an ever changing business environment. It is constantly evolving with new processes and technologies available daily and no  employees could be a master in all the innovative skills relevant to a growing business. Sometimes more junior members of an organisation may be better equipped to mentor more senior members of the team with regards to specific business needs (especially technological), or simply to provide a different take on ingrained processes. This need to teach an old dog new tricks is demonstrated in this humorous video.

A question plaguing business leaders currently is, how do you build real trust in a workplace that is both social and multi generational? And what strategies should you put in place to ensure today’s leaders, as well as tomorrow’s are constantly learning and up-skilling?

Can your habits lead to terrible decisions?

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Why do people fail? Generally, be it a personal or business decision, it all comes down to the decisions that people make. In order to minimise the chance of a bad decision it is important to understand why you are making bad decisions. While poor decisions can arise from external and unavoidable factors they are also dependent on your own habits. Habits that you have held for a number of years may be holding you back and hindering you from making good decisions.

Some of the most obvious bad habits include laziness, over-dependence and indecisiveness. Understanding these habits and which ones apply to you could be the key to greater success in your business and personal lives.

Moreover, good decision makers are generally good leaders. Understanding how to better structure your decision making processes, and to challenge poor habits in others is important to ensure your team, or organisation as a whole is making the right decisions. Everyone can benefit from better decision making and the Harvard Business Review has outlined these key habits that are leading to poor decision making. Which are your worst habits? 

How to handle working for a younger boss

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We can all see that workplace demographics are changing, fuelled in part by people working longer into their lives, by choice, design or for another reason. The inevitable consequence of this shift is that there will be more instances of older workers reporting to younger bosses.

The roles may be reversed but nothing should change in the way that you build a relationship and interact with your boss, no matter what age they are. They are the boss for a reason and they should be shown the respect they deserve. There are a number of other things that should also be taken into consideration if you are found in this situation, to ensure you derive the most value from the circumstances.