AIM is where it's at in 2013

January may have signalled the start of the working year for many organisations but the cogs at the Australian Institute of Management - Qld & NT were steadily turning during the festive season in preparation for a big 2013.

Led by AIM Qld & NT Chief Executive Officer Vivienne Anthon FAIM (pictured right), the staff went into planning mode for the past two months to ensure 2013 is remembered as a milestone chapter in the Institute's 63-year history.

Ms Anthon said a major focus in 2013 would be reinforcing the five pillar strategy which positions AIM as member serving, region serving, profession serving, career serving and future serving.

"Our 2013 planning incorporates an expanded number of member-only benefits," Ms Anthon said. "This includes creating and awarding member scholarships for professional development and accredited qualifications.

"In 2013 we are excited to offer a total of 100 scholarships to support members in their managerial development.

"I am also looking forward to seeing our Young Manager Advisory Board, which was introduced in 2012, go from strength to strength."

Ms Anthon said resources would again be directed at serving the regions in 2013.

"We are taking international speakers on the road and, in a first for the Institute, we are presenting major speakers regionally and live streaming them back into Brisbane instead of the other way around," she said.

AIM has also commissioned or supported research to be released in the first quarter of 2013 which includes:

  • The Australian Capability Management Index - AIM's own research on Management Capability.
  • Research into Management Innovation conducted by Professor Danny Samson from the University of Melbourne.
  • Workforce Qualities that support Organisation Change Initiatives by Professor Charmine Hartel from the University of Queensland.

Ms Anthon said career serving was a major priority in 2013 and AIM would "continue to develop our range of accredited and professional development courses based on feedback from industry and members".

She said one of the major challenges facing managers was "keeping themselves up to date and capable of addressing the challenges that the future holds".

"The Institute is poised to leverage its investments in major projects and to invest funds in delivery modes particularly mobile learning and telepresencing," Ms Anthon said.

"We are also committed to AIM Green to make sure our work practices incorporate respectful use of resources."

Ms Anthon said she was excited to see the return of both the AIM Excellence Awards and National Networking Week (NNW).

She was particularly excited about the initiatives in NNW which include Australia's first national business card design competition.

"The business card remains an essential tool for managers developing their careers and their businesses. In an age of social media business cards are essential and well-designed business cards speak about your brand," Ms Anthon said.

"We have had national and international interest in the competition so it's full steam ahead."


AIM Qld & NT Chief Executive Officer Vivienne Anthon FAIM