Seeking Gladstone's Best Managers Of 2011

The Australian Institute of Management (AIM) is urging the Gladstone business community to nominate inspirational managers for the prestigious Management Excellence Awards by 10 June 2011.

In a year that has been fraught with challenges to Queensland residents and businesses, the Awards represent an opportunity to honour inspirational, passionate and talented managers for their individual contributions and skill.

Exceptional leaders from every industry and sector and at all career stages are eligible to enter the Management Excellence Awards program. Once nominated, many managers participate because the process provides in-depth self-appraisal and affirmation of their successes.

Benjamin Hayden AIMM, Manager Technical Services at NRG Gladstone Operating Services, was Gladstone's Professional Manager of the Year for 2010. Mr Hayden described his Awards experience as an insightful reflection on his career as a manager.

"The Management Excellence Awards process is a journey of exploration and reflection. Having gone through it, I now feel more confident in my capabilities as a manager and have a better idea of where my skills can still improve," he said.

"Being nominated in the Awards came as a pleasant surprise, and I was encouraged to complete an application by my mentor. Having to reflect, understand yourself and talk about what you do to others is not a daily or common task. Giving examples of my management experience and outlining my thoughts on topics continued to give me greater insight into my management style.

"The opportunity to represent the Gladstone local group at the Queensland State Finals and meet other leading managers and celebrities was a great experience and a memorable night," Mr Hayden said.

Mr Hayden encouraged other Gladstone managers to nominate and participate in the Management Excellence Awards.

"The recognition provided through a nomination is meaningful on its own. Who know what sleeping talent you might unleash!"

The MEAs remain one of the few Awards to recognise the individual and his or her influence on the environment in which they work. Categories for entry include the Professional Manager of the Year, Owner Manager of the Year, Young Manager of the Year, Rural/Remote Manager of the Year and the newly introduced Not for Profit Manager of the Year.

Nominations for the 2011 Management Excellence Awards can be lodged online at and close Friday 10 June 2011. Nominating is free of charge and only takes a few minutes. For more information, call 1300 882 895.

Benjamin Hayden

Benjamin Hayden AIMM
2010 Professional Manager of the Year Gladstone

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