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  • 1 May 2019 9:36 AM | Jackie Idia (Administrator)

    Join us on Wednesday 19th June at the Sydney Networking Luncheon when Barry Anderson will present “The Role and the Value of an Interim Executive”.

    The Sydney presence of AIEA has launched under the management of Chris Pearsall. The first lunch-time monthly event in NSW will be held at the UUSC (Union, University & Schools Club of Sydney) on the 19th of June 2019. Read More

    14 lessons from 14 years of growth with Domino's CEO Don Meij

    In the last 14 years Domino's Pizza Enterprises has expanded from 400 stores in Australia and New Zealand to 2,450 stores across nine different countries. At the helm of the Brisbane based company is Don Meij, the group's CEO and managing director. Meij joined Silvio's Dial-a-Pizza as a delivery driver in 1987. Now, he leads a global pizza empire. Read More

    Reviving Australia’s Auto Industry – ACE-EV

    It was a very sad day for Australia’s automotive industry back in 2017 when the last ever vehicle – produced by GM’s Holden brand – closed its doors. More than two million Thai-made vehicles imported into the country became the final nail in the coffin for Australian car manufacturing. Introducing the Australian Clean Energy Electric Vehicle (ACE-EV). Read More

    Are businesses taking the threat of cybercrime seriously?

    The news that Australian National University suffered from a massive hack, seeing 19 years of data stolen made headlines earlier this week. One of Australia's largest banks was also hit this week, with the details of almost 100,000 Westpac Bank customers being exposed in a cyberattack. Read More

    All the World’s Carbon Emissions in One Chart

    Two degrees Celsius may not seem like much, but on our planet, it could be the difference between thriving life and a disastrous climate. This chart uses the most recent data from Global Carbon Atlas to demonstrate where most of the world’s CO emissions come from, sorted by country. Where does Australia sit? Read More

    Ranked: The Richest Countries in the World

    This chart examines the top 10 richest countries and the growth of private wealth from 2008 to 2018. Australia now tops the list in terms of highest wealth per adult, and it is second in the world only to Switzerland in the context of major nations. Read More

    Steady Need for Interim Talent Keeps Firms Busy, and Expanding

    Use of temporary help climbs 2.7 percent in the first quarter. Moving forward, growing numbers of companies plan to employ contractors, freelancers and temporary workers. Across the board, in every industry, today’s market is fuelled by growing demand for top talent against a landscape of short supply. Read More

    How to Recruit an Interim Manager

    Interim executives and managers can be lifesaving for organisations. Executives are a crucial component of any organisation, and so filling an open role quickly is a priority. Employing an executive on a short-term basis while a more thorough search is carried out can be useful for businesses in a pinch. However, the usefulness drops if the search for an interim executive drags on or becomes expensive. Read More

    The H2 City: How Hydrogen can help to achieve Zero Emissions

    Cities are drivers of growth and prosperity, but also the main contributors of pollution. Can hydrogen fuel the growth of cities with clean power? This infographic outlines hydrogen technology as a sustainable fuel for keeping urban economic engines running effectively for the future. Read More

    40 Stock Market Terms That Every Beginner Should Know

    This infographic covers the most important stock market terms that every new investor should know and understand. It’s enough to get any beginner on the same playing field, so they can start toying with the more nuanced or complex concepts in the investing universe. Read More

    One-liners from the Internet

    1. Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.
    2. It was love at first sight. Then I took a second look.
    3. Everybody is somebody else’s weirdo.
    4. I think, therefore I’m single.
    5. It ain’t the jeans that make your butt look fat.
    6. Should crematoriums give discounts for burn victims?
    7. When you stop believing in Santa Claus is when you start getting clothes for Christmas!
    8. I bet you I could stop gambling.
    9. The only difference between the people I’ve dated and Charles Manson is that Manson has the decency to look like a nut case when you first meet him.
    10. Sex on tv can’t hurt unless you fall off.

  • 19 Apr 2019 4:02 PM | Mal Walker (Administrator)

    Join us on Friday 17th May at the Brisbane Networking Breakfast when Keith Bailey FAIEA presents 'Advisory Boards - Who Needs Them?'

    Whether a business is a start-up, well-established, underperforming or in distress, the CEO, business owner and even a formal Board of Directors need access to expertise and independent thinking to thrive or even survive. One way to develop and implement a plan or alternatives is to set up a Board of Advisors appropriate to the challenge. Keith Bailey is an active Board Advisor and a Strategy and Change Specialist and works with Boards of Directors and with specialist Board of Advisors..... Read more

    Which Countries Are Set to Attract the Highest Skilled Workers from Abroad?

    Whether we’re talking about a giant like Google or a start-up that needs a visionary to shape products of the future, innovative companies require access to high-skilled workers to stay ahead of their competition. This infographic breaks down the top 25 countries in attracting high-skilled workers..... Read more

    Bloody Clever Discovery

    My daughter Tara is a medical research scientist and recently returned from Dresden to re-join the Queensland Brain Institute at UQ. She’s much smarter than me. Here is an article on her current research, together with the way the press reported it. .... Read more .... Read more

    How can my Mobile Number be Transferred and Stolen Without my Consent?

    Mobile number fraud occurs when someone steals your personal information to transfer your mobile number to them without your consent. Your stolen mobile number can then be used to receive SMS codes, allowing the scammer to gain access to services such as your bank, email and social media accounts and other services..... Read more

    Proof That the Most Successful Entrepreneurs Are Older Ones

    Here’s refreshing news for boomers and Gen Xers, especially women considering starting businesses after 50. When it comes to launching a successful business, youth is not the magic elixir. .... Read more

    Today the Sunshine Coast; tomorrow the World

    We sent out the call for people to step up to run AIEA in other locations. Peter Diezmann, a long-term Fellow of AIEA, is the first and will establish AIEA on the Sunshine Coast, with others to follow shortly. .... Read more

    What Happens in an Internet Minute in 2019?

    During an average workday, a single minute might seem negligible. If you’re lucky, a minute might buy you enough time to write a quick email, grab a coffee from the break room, or make small talk with a co-worker. This infographic aggregates the online activity of billions of people globally, to see what an internet minute looks like. .... Read more

    Ten One-Liners from the Internet:

    1.     The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.
    2.     The human brain is a wonderful thing. It starts working the moment you are born, and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.
    3.     Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me the hell alone.
    4.     Strangers have the best candy.
    5.     Rap is to music as Etch-A-Sketch is to art.
    6.     Men are like mascara, they usually run at the first sign of emotion.
    7.     Trust but verify.
    8.     The difference between divorce and legal separation is that a legal separation gives a husband time to hide his money.
    9.     WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to think you can sing.
    10.  The last time I was inside a woman was when I went to the Statue of Liberty. 

  • 26 Mar 2019 7:55 AM | Mal Walker (Administrator)

    Join us in Brisbane on Tuesday 2nd April at the Brisbane Networking event when Mark Harper FAIEA will present 'Founding a Neobank in 90 days via Bootstrapping'

    What is a neobank and how are they different to a traditional bank?  What levers for differentiation can a neobank use to change the way that consumers and businesses see the business of banking?  How is technology supporting the increasing appearance of new neobanks? These key questions will be explored and discussed in the context of the journey of Vspry, which is an emerging Brisbane-based neobank with a twist.

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    Why middle-aged entrepreneurs are better than young ones

    Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg are three of the biggest role models for entrepreneurs. They are all famous for starting their companies in their early 20s and in many ways set the benchmark for what a successful entrepreneur looks like. And yet, there is reason to believe that we’d be better off investing in older entrepreneurs.

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    How to be Better than 90% of Freelancers

    You may have brushed elbows with other freelancers offering the same services you offer. Maybe it was exciting and collaborative or maybe it was more than a little awkward. For freelancers, there are two things that will help you stand above the crowd. And these things are your secret to building up a strong referral network in record time.

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    Benefits of Having a Multigenerational Family Business

    Of the 28.8 million small businesses in the U.S. 19 percent are family-owned. As that type of business grows and evolves, it begins to benefit from the many generations running the day-to-day operations. Here are five ways a family business can benefit by including veteran and rookie family members alike:

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    The Case for the 6-Hour Workday

    Start-up founders are seldom known for having heaps of free time, often working 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in their quest for growth and success, but one is turning that rhetoric on its head, suggesting founders slash their working hours in half in order to achieve better business results.

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    Is AIEA your Side Hustle?

    In case you missed this last month - AIEA has been established in Brisbane for a while now and has found a prominent place in the commercial marketplace. An increasing number of senior executives are adopting Interim Management as a preferred business lifestyle, and organisations are finding ready use of them. Perhaps you have checked out AIEA and wished it was operating in your location. Well, it can be.

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    The 7 Major Flaws of the Global Financial System

    This infographic highlights the seven major flaws of the global financial system, ranging from the lack of basic access to financial services to growing inequality.

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    Hiring an Outside Expert for Your Family Business

    One of the of the trickiest thing for a family business to do is to ask for help from an outsider, whether it’s bringing on an expert as a full-time employee, a consultant or a board member. But to take a family business to the next level, tackle thorny challenges and receive no-holds-barred feedback, sometimes you need to do just that.

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    Ten One-Liners from the Internet:

    1.      You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.

    2.      I pretend to work as long as they pretend to pay me.

    3.      Have you ever made fun of someone so much, you think you should thank them for all the good times you’ve had?

    4.      You have two choices in life: You can stay single and be miserable or get married and wish you were dead.

    5.      I am not a vegetarian because I love animals. I am a vegetarian because I hate plants.

    6.      Roses are red violets are blue, I’m schizophrenic and so am I.

    7.      veryone has the right to be stupid, but you are abusing the privilege!

    8.      Ham and Eggs: A day’s work for a chicken, a lifetime commitment for a pig.

    9.      If the number 2 pencil is the most popular, why is it still number 2?

    10.   Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful. Hate me because your boyfriend thinks so.

  • 2 Mar 2019 12:25 PM | Mal Walker (Administrator)

    Join us in Brisbane on Thursday 14th March at the Brisbane Networking Lunch when Julie Mayer FAIEA presents “From Scars to Sustainability – moving people in the change process”

    When we talk about the ‘people’ part of change, what does that look like? How can we move people from resistance to engagement in change processes? Are there really some ‘magic wands’ that make a huge difference? These are the key questions to be explored, investigating the ‘why’ and ‘how’ behind ‘what’ we need from our people during any change process. Julie Mayer is a highly skilled and experienced executive leader focusing on design and change across multi-national, corporate, government and not for profit sectors.

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    The technology revolutionising GPS voice navigation

    Voice technology has come a long way. Besides telling Alexa to turn off the oven and play our favourite music in our homes, now with the right car model we can have our own personal in-car voice assistant. 90 percent of new cars will have some type of speech-recognition capability by 2022, according to recent research.

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    The Virtual Work Skills You Need — Even If You Never Work Remotely

    Maintaining strong, productive relationships with clients and co-workers can be challenging when you never see the person you’re working with. Yet, it is common to have ongoing work relationships – sometimes lasting years — with people you’ve never met in person.

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    The new LinkedIn feature that could spell the end of the business card

    There is little doubt the business card is no longer as prevalent as it once was — most people’s details are but a Google search away — but chances are someone, somewhere will still ask you, ‘do you have a card?’ This 2-minute video shows how.

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    101 Side Business Ideas and How to Start Without Quitting Your Job

    Starting a business requires a lot of time and effort — especially if you plan on keeping your full-time job while running the business. Starting your own business doesn’t mean you have to retire early from your full-time gig. In fact, it could mean the opposite — your business idea might need some time to prove itself before you can afford to leave your job.

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    Is AIEA your Side Hustle?

    AIEA has been established in Brisbane for a while now and has found a prominent place in the commercial marketplace. An increasing number of senior executives are adopting Interim Management as a preferred business lifestyle, and organisations are finding ready use of them. Perhaps you have checked out AIEA and wished it was operating in your location. Well, it can be.

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    What can YOU make into a gig?

    Many of us are aware the world of work is changing due to technology and automation. And there's evidence it's affecting all workers in entry-level, intermediate and senior roles. For many, the gig economy offers a solution. These types of arrangements can include freelancing, temp agency work, subcontracting and self-employment.

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    Silicon Valley is not the right model for most cities or regions

    Today’s world is very different to the world of 20 or 30 years ago, we are experiencing a massive transformation from the industrial era to the information or knowledge era and beyond. Technology is a key driver of change and opening up new opportunities for businesses of all sizes to access global markets.

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    100 Common Spam Trigger Words

    One of the major barriers to an email being successful is the possibility of it being marked as spam. To the email marketers’ horror, 69% of recipients mark an email as spam before they even open your email.

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    Ten One-Liners from the Internet:

    1.      The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and a flat tire.

    2.      Constipated people don’t give a crap.

    3.      Why is a bra singular and panties plural?

    4.      Be safety conscious. 80% of people are caused by accidents.

    5.      Without ME, it’s just AWESO.

    6.      If you do not say it, they can’t repeat it.

    7.      I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older. Then it dawned on me… they were cramming for their finals.

    8.      Be careful of your thoughts, they may become words at any moment.

    9.      If you don’t care where you are, then you’re not lost.

    10.   Your gene pool could use a little chlorine.

  • 21 Jan 2019 12:54 PM | Mal Walker (Administrator)

    Join us in Brisbane on Monday 11th February when Sigrid de Kaste FAIEA will present "What is Branding and Why do Consultants need it?"

    Being a consultant can be like a popularity contest at times! What makes you the popular, sought after consultant or company is the degree to which you are followed, cited, invited, and therefore become trusted. The recipe for Branding, expanding Reach and building a Reputation for Consultants and Professional Services is employing diligent, strategic marketing strategies, visually branded, validated with content and distributed through multiple on-line, off-line and social media channels on a consistent basis.

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    Google’s Psychological Safety Strategies are Actually Pretty Simple 

    Depending on how you measure it, Google—or Alphabet, if you prefer—is more or less the world’s most valuable brand, synonymous with creativity and innovation. According to the company’s own research, a lot of this comes down to “psychological safety,” or whether or not people can take risks without feeling insecure, embarrassed, or worse.

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    Creative block? These million-dollar companies explain how they generate new ideas

    No matter how much success you encounter on your path to growing a million-dollar company, the ability to generate fresh perspectives and approaches will never lose its importance.

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    Common challenges faced by small and medium businesses

    Developing a business finance strategy can be daunting. Even hitting the jackpot of rapid growth can cause stress. This eBook will help you tailor the right plan for your SME and, more importantly, roll with whatever comes your way.

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    Six warning signs your company may be on the verge of collapse

    Voluntary administration will only save around 10% of companies. It is far more common for the company’s assets to be liquidated.

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    When I became an entrepreneur

    In this 11-minute video, Steve Dotto gives his personal experience on becoming an entrepreneur. It’s a story I hear from many of my AIEA members.

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    How to Take the First Steps in Scaling Your Business

    This Infographic will show you how to scale up, to overcome roadblocks and play to your strengths.

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    The Emotional Side of Freelancing

    It’s a roller-coaster ride, but it can also help you become your best self.

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    Ten One-Liners from the Internet:

    1.       Why is it that in the US: If you take off all your clothes and walk down the street waving a machete and firing an Uzi, terrified citizens will phone the police and report: “There’s a naked person outside!”

    2.      Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

    3.      I tried to hang myself with a bungee chord. I kept almost dying

    4.      Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He’s all right now.

    5.      I must exercise early in the morning before my brain figures out what I’m doing.

    6.      Some of us learn from the mistakes of others; the rest of us are the others.

    7.      You are depriving some poor village of its idiot.

    8.      Discretion is being able to raise your eyebrow instead of your voice.

    9.      Every so often, I like to go to the window, look up, and smile for a satellite picture.

    10.   At every party there are two kinds of people: those who want to go home and those who don’t. The trouble is, they are usually married to each other.
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