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  • 11 Oct 2019 5:00 PM | Jackielou Idia (Administrator)

    Sydney Networking Lunch - Mark Toohey will present 'Should Directors be Liable if they are not Technically Literate?

    How Blockchain and other emerging technologies are about to transform business systems and the implications for executive management. Mark Toohey is Australia’s leading legal expert on Blockchain technology and its implementation in commercial environments. He is the co-founder of TBSx3, a brand protection company. Book now…

    The Price of Freedom for Freelancers

    To all the freelancers: would you give up self-employment for a full-time corporate job that offers greater security? A change that trades the autonomy and lifestyle of freelance work for the regular pay, benefits and interaction of an office job. I would struggle with it. I cannot imagine commuting to and from work, taking Read more…


    My Vision for AIEA

    The only thing I love just about as much as I love telling the AIEA story is helping other people learn to tell theirs. That’s why I developed AIEA. And that’s why I’m writing this blog. If ‘be my own boss’ is on your bucket list – or if, like me, it’s the only thing you’ve ever really wanted to do–you’ve come to the right place. Read more…


    Let Them Eat Larvae

    Farmers are feeding their livestock the larvae of black soldier flies—an abundant, sustainable snack that’s quietly greening the industry, one maggot at a time. Read more…


    The Most Miserable Countries in the World

    Venezuela holds the title of the most “miserable” country in the world for the fourth consecutive year in a row. According to the United Nations, four million Venezuelans have left the country since its economic crisis began in 2014. Thailand takes the prize as the least “miserable” country in the world on the index. The country’s unemployment rate has been remarkably low for years, ranging between 0.4% and 1.2% since 2011. Read more…


    35% of the U.S. workforce is now freelancing — 10 million more than 5 years ago

    For some, it was out of necessity, but for many others, it’s a new career choice that government and businesses need to find better ways to support. The freelancer’s reputation is one of constant hustling, underpayment, and a short life span. It’s just a glorified waiting room for when you’re in between full-time, salaried jobs, right? Read more…


    Entrepreneurs Who Sleep More Are Better at Spotting Good Ideas

    It is time to put the myth of the sleepless founder to bed. Too many entrepreneurs think skipping on sleep is the heroic path to success, and a badge of honor. But in a recent series of studies, we found several specific deficits among exhausted entrepreneurs that demonstrate that even the most dedicated founders could best serve their fledgling venture by resting up. Read more…


    A drought-proof farm: This algae farm is leading the charge in Australia’s plant-based protein revolution

    It’s entirely automated and modular, and easily scalable. Also, and perhaps most importantly, this algae thrives in what Barnett calls “the Goldilocks zone” — the 200km of coastline that houses Brisbane. It has temperate summers and warm winters, and an average of seven hours of sunshine every day. It also has affordable land on the banks of rivers, where algae can grow happily in tidal river water. Read more…


    How Oslo manages carbon emissions like it manages money

    The city is planning to be a zero-emitting city by 2030 and is using a “carbon budget” to lower the amount it can use every year until then. It’s encouraging other cities to do the same. Read more…


    Horrifying Report: The ocean is in more danger than we thought

    Each year, as humans emit billions of metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, nearly a third of the emissions ends up in the ocean, changing the chemical balance of the water. And as the climate changes, the ocean is also absorbing almost all of the Earth’s extra heat Read more…


    How Self-Driving Cars “See” the World

    Modern cars bear little resemblance to their early ancestors, but the basic action of steering a vehicle has always remained the same. Whether you’re behind the wheel of a Tesla or a vintage Model T, turning the wheel dictates the direction of movement. How does this next generation of self-driving cars “see” the road? This TED video explains one of the mind-bending innovations making autonomous vehicles a reality. View now…


    One Liners From The Internet

    • If I'm not back in five minutes, just wait longer...
    •     A bank is a place that will lend you money, if you can prove that you don’t need it.
    •     A balanced diet means a cupcake in each hand.
    •     Doing nothing is hard, you never know when you're done.
    •     If you’re not supposed to eat at night, why is there a light bulb in the refrigerator?
    •     Don’t drink while driving – you might spill the beer.
    •     I think the worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of charades.
    •     I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don't know the answer.
    •     Alcohol doesn't solve any problem, but neither does milk.
    •     My wallet is like an onion. When I open it, it makes me cry





  • 25 Sep 2019 11:59 PM | Jackielou Idia (Administrator)

    Brisbane, Networking - Kevan Sangster BAIEA and Fiona Cochran on 'Interim Management Market Update, and how to position yourself for opportunities in this market'

    We will be providing an update to the Interim management market in Queensland from a recruiter’s perspective. Fiona and Kevan will focus on trends, current developments and areas of growth in the interim management market. They will also highlight how you can best position yourself on social media and proactively attract the opportunities you want to work on. Book Online…


    Most entrepreneurs aren’t OK: Australia’s small business mental health crisis

    Mental illness is a daily tragedy in Australia, and for our 2.2 million small businesses, the issue has reached a crisis point that demands urgent action. The prevalence of mental health issues among small business owners in Australia is more than double the national average. Read more…


    The $86 Trillion World Economy in One Chart

    This visualization charts the most recent composition of the global economic landscape. The data in the diagram and table below come from the World Bank’s latest update, published in July 2019.View online…


    What's A Mental Model? Your Shortcut to Being More Productive, More Often

    Everyone has their own way of looking at the world. The way you view your world and everything in it (yourself, your job, your relationships, your goals…literally everything) is unique—you’re experiencing it through a lens typically constructed from a mix of your beliefs, experiences, biases, and opinions. But that lens? It’s not always the clearest way to look at things. Read More…


    Climate Smart Mining: Minerals for Climate Action

    Renewable technologies are going to create a huge demand for minerals. The World Bank is working to mitigate mining's impact. Read more…


    The Global Fibre Optic Network Explained

    As we scroll through Instagram or cue up another episode on Netflix, most of us give little thought to the hidden network of fibre optic cables that instantaneously shuttle information around the globe. This TED-Ed video explains how fibre optic cables work and introduces the next generation of cables that could drastically increase the speed of data transmission. View now…


    One-liners from the Internet

    • Sorry for the mean, awful, accurate things I said.
    • I’m sorry, if you were right, I’d agree with you.
    • I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not too sure.
    • Doing nothing is hard, you never know when you're done.
    • If two wrongs don't make a right, try three.
    • I am not lazy; I am on energy saving mode.
    • I am on a seafood diet. I see food, and I eat it.
    • Alcohol! Because no great story started with someone eating a salad.
    • I don't need a hair stylist; my pillow gives me a new hairstyle every morning.
    • Don't worry if plan A fails, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet.








  • 7 Sep 2019 11:20 PM | Jackielou Idia (Administrator)

    Join us on Wednesday 18th September at the Sydney Networking Lunch when Chris Pearsall FAIEA will host a Roundtable on AIEA in the Sydney marketplace.

    The September networking lunch is intended to be a forum for members and guests to provide suggestions and feedback which will assist the AIEA to consider how to best serve the interests of members in the future. All suggestions and thoughts will be gratefully accepted and will help set our program for the next 12 months. With many people choosing a different way of working in the next phase of their careers, the AIEA is looking to assist members ensure sustainability and longevity. Read more…

    Join us on Tuesday 1st October at the Brisbane Networking Event when Kevan Sangster BAIEA and Fiona Cochran will present 'Interim Management Market Update, and how to position yourself for opportunities in this market'

    We will be providing an update to the Interim management market in Queensland from a recruiter’s perspective. Fiona and Kevan will focus on trends, current developments and areas of growth in the interim management market. They will also highlight how you can best position yourself on social media and proactively attract the opportunities you want to work on. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and seek advice to support your career. Read more…

    Why women mentoring women is a winning business strategy

    Women mentoring women is an invaluable step towards gender diversity and equality in the workplace, and it’s a boost for business too. Here’s how it builds a sustainable female pipeline for leadership positions, and what that can do for your bottom line. Read more…

    ATO steps up enforcement as small business fails to pay $11 billion in tax

    The Australian Taxation Office said $7 billion (64%) of the unpaid tax was tied to black economy activity. Deputy commissioner Deborah Jenkins said bans on sales suppression software and a recently launched dob-in-a-business tip-off hotline are part of crackdown efforts. Read more…

    The 25 Best Warren Buffett Quotes in one Infographic

    Warren Buffett is famous for his wit and will likely go down in history as one of the most quotable and influential investors of all time. The "Oracle of Omaha" turned 89 years old last weekend. We celebrate his wisdom by bringing you his best one-liners, complete with illustrations and stories that help distil them down. Read More…

    A Short Guide to Pricing Your Services as a Consultant or Coach

    Many executives dream about starting an executive coaching or consulting practice, or launching one after they retire. But a touchy subject soon emerges: what should you charge? Too much, and you won’t have any clients. Too little, and you’ll work yourself to the bone — and become resentful in the process. How can you strike a balance Read more…

    Which Countries Have the Most Wealth Per Capita?

    When it comes to wealth per capita, it’s clear that Australia and Switzerland lead the pack. In fact, the data shows that both nations top the lists for both mean and median wealth. However, both nations also have the highest absolute household debt-to-GDP ratios in the world: in 2018, Switzerland’s levels reached nearly 129%, while Australia followed behind at 120%. Read more…

    The Future of 5G

    See how 5G compares to older iterations of wireless technology. Also, we look at why 5G is poised to change the way the modern world uses data.  By 2024, an estimated 1.5 billion mobile users will be using 5G wireless networks. Read more…

    BIG DATA METRICS FOR SMARTER BUSINESS DECISIONS

    90% of data was created in the past two years; by 2020, there will be 40 trillion gigabytes of data. How can businesses effectively utilise big data: namely, to sieve efficiently through the troves of information to analyse relevant data, develop optimised metrics, and use them to guide decisions towards success? View on YouTube…

    The no-growth future: has Australia’s economy finally run out of luck?

    The expectation, based on the past, that we should get richer and richer may have reached its use-by date. Wages are stagnant. Wealth is falling. House prices are down. Consumers aren’t spending. Businesses aren’t investing. Interest rates are at record lows and Read more…


    One-liners from the Internet

    • A cheap shot is a terrible thing to waste.
    • A hard thing about a business is minding your own.
    • Most women don’t know where to look when they’re eating a banana.
    • Does time fly when you’re having sex or was it really just one minute?
    • We are all time travelers moving at the speed of exactly 60 minutes per hour
    • The big difference between sex for money and sex for free is that sex for money usually costs a lot less.
    • Life is short, smile while you still have teeth.
    • A balanced diet means a cupcake in each hand.
    • Maybe you should eat some makeup so you can be pretty on the inside too.
    • I'm not shy, I'm holding back my awesomeness so I don't intimidate you.










  • 1 Aug 2019 12:39 PM | Jackielou Idia (Administrator)

    Join us on Tuesday 6th August at the Brisbane Networking Event when John Hale FAIEA will present ‘Creating an Executive Mindset’

    Want to future-proof your business? Need help creating a strategic mindset? John has twenty years of strategy consulting experience. He will break down the anatomy of a strategic mindset and show you how to build perspectives of the future. He will leave you with the ability to navigate effectively in the era of disruption and align your intended, perceived and unfair advantages. Read note…

    How to Successfully Create Your Consulting Practice

    This is one of the foremost questions asked when I meet with new AIEA members. One of the AIEA Fellows, Bryan Worn, will conduct a half-day workshop on 'The 7 Steps to Successfully Create Your Consulting Practice'. Building a sustainable successful practice can be simple but it is not easy – until you know how. During this thought-provoking, interactive session, Bryan will show you how to start, maintain and grow a successful practice. Book now…

    Join us at the Sydney Networking Lunch when Ivan Oshry will present 'Negotiating and Structuring Solid Shareholder Agreements'

    In his presentation, Ivan will discuss the major issues affecting shareholders and how these can be incorporated into a strong Shareholders Agreement to reduce the potential for conflict down the track. Read more…

    The Countries with the Highest Housing Bubble Risks

    With a decade-long bull market and an ultra-low interest rate environment globally, it’s not surprising to see capital flock to housing assets. In recent years, experts have been closely watching several indicators that point to rising bubble risks in some housing markets. They are warning that countries like Canada and New Zealand may be overdue for a correction in housing prices. Read more…

    EXPERIENCE is not something you can GOOGLE

    Why Hire a Veteran?

    Some of the AIEA members have a military background, and we think this provides a great foundation for their careers as interim mangers. Over the course of their military service, no expense has been spared to give them the excellent training and education that they now possess. What are the qualities of the ‘Military Veteran’? Read more…

    Is your job safe - collaboration, automation, annihilation?

    The world of work will be radically different in the future. From hyper-surveillance of staff to digital nomadism to robots taking jobs—how, where and why we work is changing beyond all recognition. View now…

    The Impressive Statistics Behind Amazon’s Dominance of the Cloud

    To the average person, cloud computing must seem quite magical. All at once, the cloud provides instant access to all of your data, photos, music, and applications, without you having to store any of that data locally. In fact, users can access the cloud from practically anywhere in the world, and across multiple devices and platforms. Yet, this all happens without you seeing any visible infrastructure. With data now being created at record speeds, where the heck is all this information being physically stored? Read more…

    EXPERIENCE is not something you can GOOGLE

    Why Anti-Money Laundering Should Be a Top Priority for Financial Institutions

    To keep pace with the tactics of money laundering criminals, banks must innovate by delivering robust anti-money laundering policies and practices. Read more…

    One-liners from the Internet

    • If good things come in small packages, then more good things can come in large packages.
    • You may have a heart of gold, but so does a hard-boiled egg.
    • My wife ran off with my best friend last week. I miss him.
    • A woman has got to love a bad man once or twice in her life, to be thankful for a good one.
    • A cat, by any other name, is still a sneaky little furball that barfs on the furniture.
    • Laugh and the world laughs with you. Snore and you sleep alone.
    • Being in a nudist colony probably takes all the fun out of Halloween.
    • Married men live longer than single men, but they’re a lot more willing to die.
    • If life hands you lemons, break out the tequila!
    • Beauty is only skin deep…but ugly goes all the way to the bone!


  • 17 Jul 2019 12:23 PM | Jackielou Idia (Administrator)

    AIEA comes to the Sunshine Coast next week

    Peter Diezmann FAIEA will bring the first of the monthly networking meeting to the Kawana Surf Club on July 23rd. He will be joined by Mal Walker, the AIEA Founder and Chairman, and they will discuss how AIEA works. If you reside in the paradise called the Sunshine Coast and want to know how AIEA can help you in your post-employee reality, come along. You are sure to meet some interesting people. Read more...

    Join us on Tuesday 6th August at the Brisbane Networking when John Hale FAIEA will present ‘Creating an Executive Mindset’

    Want to future-proof your business? Need help creating a strategic mindset? John has twenty years of strategy consulting experience. He will break down the anatomy of a strategic mindset and show you how to build perspectives of the future. He will leave you with the ability to navigate effectively in the era of disruption and align your intended, perceived and unfair advantages. Read note…

    Top 10 Most Useful Websites You Need to Know

    With more than a billion websites to choose from, only a small fraction of them are truly useful. Over the years, TechGumbo has analysed hundreds of sites, some of which were more helpful than others. To determine the best of all those websites we’ve narrowed down the list and will now show you 10 websites we think are the most useful in 2019. View now…

    Wind and solar cut rather than boost Australia’s wholesale electricity prices

    Wholesale prices in the National Electricity Market have climbed significantly in recent years. The increase has coincided with a rapid increase in the proportion of electricity supplied by wind and solar generators. But that needn’t mean the increase in wind and solar generation caused the increase in prices. It might have been caused by other things. Read more…

    What Does a Typical Interim Manager Look Like?

    What a question! As the Chairman of AIEA, I know hundreds of Interim Executives but the question threw me. How would you answer if you were asked “Who was a typical student in your graduating class?” or “What is your typical family member like?” It made me start thinking about the individual members of the group in question (AIEA) and realise how diverse a group it is. Read more…

    Why Big Data Keeps Getting Bigger

    The sun never sets on the creation of new data. Yes, the rate of generation may slow down at night as people send fewer emails and watch fewer videos. But for every person hitting the hay, there is another person on the opposite side of the world that is turning their smartphone on for the day. As a result, the scale of data being generated—even when we look at it through a limited lens of one minute at a time—is quite mind-boggling to behold. Read more…


    Visualizing the Wealth of Nations – you may be surprised where Australia stands

    Just as there exists a longstanding inequality in the distribution of household wealth, so exists a considerable differential in the amount of wealth held by countries on the international stage. Simply put, some nations are “haves”, while many others are “have-nots”. Read more…

    One-liners from the Internet

    1. The last time someone listened to a Bush, a bunch of people wandered in the desert for 40 years!
    2. Possums – nature’s speed bumps.
    3. It’s bad luck to be superstitious.
    4. There are two kinds of people who don’t say much: those who are quiet and those who talk a lot.
    5. The reason grandchildren and grandparents get along so well is because they have a common “enemy”.
    6. Friends are like condoms: They protect you when things get hard.
    7. With a calendar, your days are numbered.
    8. If it’s true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?
    9. The sex was so good that even the neighbors had a cigarette.
    10. It’s not the bullet that kills you, it’s the hole.
  • 9 Jun 2019 10:08 AM | Jackielou Idia (Administrator)

    Join us on Tuesday 16th July at the Sydney Networking Luncheon when Felicity Davidson will present 'The Art and Practice of Project Management'

    Felicity Davidson is a Portfolio Project Manager at the Origin Energy Sydney Head office where, in addition to managing a portfolio of program management tasks, she is also involved in business strategy, change management and business process improvement projects. Read more...

    AIEA comes to the Sunshine Coast

    Peter Diezmann FAIEA will bring the first  of the monthly networking meeting to the Kawana Surf Club on July 23rd. He will be joined by Mal Walker, the AIEA Founder and Chairman, and they will discuss how AIEA works. If you reside in the paradise called the Sunshine Coast and want to know how AIEA can help you in your post-employee reality, come along. You are sure to meet some interesting people. Read more...

    The unheard story of David and Goliath. Learn why Goliath lost

    It's a classic underdog tale: David, a young shepherd armed only with a sling, beats Goliath, the mighty warrior. The story has transcended its biblical origins to become a common shorthand for unlikely victory. But, asks Malcolm Gladwell, is that really what the David and Goliath story is about? Watch now...

    What is a Solstice? The answer might surprise you.

    What is the definition of a solstice, and when do they happen? Is the winter solstice always the first day of winter? Find out what causes these bi-annual astronomical events, as well as how they bring about the shortest and longest days of the year. Read more...

    Hydrogen isn't the fuel of the future. It's already here

    To many, hydrogen remains elusive; it is thought of as an energy source of the future. However, proven large-scale and low-emission hydrogen production is already here. Read more...

    It’s time to delete most of your apps

    It’s hard to believe that just 11 years ago, the App Store icon showed up on the iPhone. It debuted with just 500 apps total, but that number has grown to over 2.2 million. Unless you’re meticulous about your phone maintenance practices, there’s a good chance you’re toting around more apps than you need—and it could be harming your overall smartphone experience. Read more...

    ATO to launch dob-in-a-business hotline in effort to crack down on $10 billion tax hole

    The tax office is launching a whistle-blower hotline, encouraging people to dob in business owners suspected of black economy activity as part of a broader effort to address Australia’s enormous small-business tax gap. Read more...

    Investing Megatrend: How Rapid Urbanisation is Shaping the Future

    The world is constantly changing, and many of these shifts have the potential to alter the investment landscape. While some of these changes can be temporary and fleeting, others can be powerful, transformative forces that shape how society is organised at t fundamental level. Read more...

    What Does Google Know About You?

    Through its various apps and services, Google can craft a robust profile on you and your activity on the internet. Google, like Facebook, uses this personal information to target customized advertisements to you, however you decide to use the internet. This can be via search, mobile phone, Gmail, YouTube, or other apps that run ads connected to the Google network. Read more...

    Why putting in the time and attention to build your networks can pay off

    You’ve probably heard the saying ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’, but for many people – whether they’re new to the workforce, or seasoned professionals – often wonder how exactly they can make the right connections. Read more...

    One-liners from the Internet

    • Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn’t much, but the reception was excellent.
    • Who invented the brush they put next to the toilet? That thing hurts!
    • If a dog sniffs your ass, you’re probably a bitch.
    • Never agree to plastic surgery if the doctor’s office is full of portraits by Picasso.
    • Accept it. Your parents HAVE had sex before.
    • 668 – The neighbour of the beast.
    • I love oral sex…it’s the phone bill I hate.
    • Sex at age 90 is like trying to shoot pool with a rope.
    • Children in the back seats of cars cause accidents, but accidents in the back seats of cars cause children.
    • I’ve learned that the people you care most about in life are taken from you too soon and all the less important ones just never go away.







  • 1 May 2019 9:36 AM | Jackielou 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.

    .... Read more

    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.


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