Leadership

It’s still a man’s world, even on International Women’s Day.

This was the verdict of audience at the Melbourne AIM IWD Great Debate, who voted almost unanimously for the positive team’s case that Australia in 2017 is still a man’s world.

The event was helmed by Jane Caro, author, novelist broadcaster and erstwhile Leadership Matters columnist. Caro spotted a man in audience wearing the distinctive pink pussy hat and declared he had set the dress standard for men at IWD events for years to come. The audience roared their approval and the scene was set for the debate to begin.

Clad in the purple, white and green suffragette colours, the team arguing the affirmative case were Joanna Hayter CEO Women’s Development Agency, Adam Hennessy, secretary of the Victorian Government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Department and senior scientist Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea. On the negative bench were Associate Professor Tony Walker FAIM, CEO Ambulance Victoria, Angel investor and CEO of Xchange Caitin Iles, and Div Pillay, co-founder and CEO of MindTribes.

The teams parried fact and figures, including the dearth of women in senior scientific roles: only 17 per cent of senior researchers are female, a mindset that starts disturbingly early. Dr Evans-Galea, pointed to research that shows children, when asked to draw a scientist, overwhelmingly drew bald white males in lab coats. Evans-Galea, an awards-winning scientist, confessed that even her own daughter’s renderings matched the Dilbert-style stereotype.

The negative team, noted the rise of women in senior positions the business, legal and political worlds and put the case that legislation supports gender equality and the only barriers are psychological. This was effectively shot down by Joanna Hayter in her closing address, “this is fake news and it’s time for Australia to stand up”.

The affirmative team was not the only victor on the day. AIM’s charity of choice for IWD, Project Futures, with the mission to fight slavery, brought the audience up to speed with the current day horror that is human trafficking. Slavery is not just a developing world problem; there are more than 4,300 people in slavery in Australia, the so-called lucky country. The audience dug deep and raised $8,200 for the charity in Melbourne alone. Around $43,000 was raised at the three AIM IWD debates in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to educate and empower a generation to end human trafficking.

 

leadership

Introducing Insight Edge for 2017

Introducing Insight Edge for 2017

Welcome to the new professional development newsletter.
Welcome to the new professional development newsletter.

team-building

Tools for team-building

Tools for team-building

There are a large range of tools out there to assist with team-building. AIM's Team Management Profile is a tool that addresses the needs of the individual and their team.
There are a large range of tools out there to assist with team-building. AIM's Team Management Profile is a tool that addresses the needs of the individual and their team.

Teamwork

Building high-performing teams

Building high-performing teams

Building teams that are effective and efficient can be a long and complicated process. Make sure you and your colleagues are meeting the most crucial factors of a high-performing team.
Building teams that are effective and efficient can be a long and complicated process. Make sure you and your colleagues are meeting the most crucial factors of a high-performing team.

strategy

How policy can support your strategy

How policy can support your strategy

All organisations need a strategy. But they also need a plan to implement that strategy. Policy is one way to turn your strategy into a reality.
All organisations need a strategy. But they also need a plan to implement that strategy. Policy is one way to turn your strategy into a reality.

leadership

From the Knowledge Centre

From the Knowledge Centre

A selection of useful digital and print resources on building effective teams and setting strategy from the AIM Knowledge Centre. Access is free to all AIM Members, online, or at one of our AIM libraries ...
A selection of useful digital and print resources on building effective teams and setting strategy from the AIM Knowledge Centre. Access is free to all AIM Members, online, or at one of our AIM libraries ...

meetings

Meetings: Why you're almost always wasting your time

Meetings: Why you're almost always wasting your time

We've all been in meetings that have dragged on and not addressed any of the issues they were designed to solve. If meetings are so often inefficient, why do we still have them?
We've all been in meetings that have dragged on and not addressed any of the issues they were designed to solve. If meetings are so often inefficient, why do we still have them?

decision making

From the Knowledge Centre

From the Knowledge Centre

A selection of useful digital and print resources on decision-making from the AIM Knowledge Centre. Access is free to all AIM Members, online, or at one of our AIM libraries around the country.
A selection of useful digital and print resources on decision-making from the AIM Knowledge Centre. Access is free to all AIM Members, online, or at one of our AIM libraries around the country.

Professional development

Developing Decision Making Skills – A Checklist

Developing Decision Making Skills – A Checklist

Decision making skills enable a manager and leader to consider alternatives and use judgement to choose an appropriate and timely course of action. The checklist below is a numbered guide to ensure decisions ...
Decision making skills enable a manager and leader to consider alternatives and use judgement to choose an appropriate and timely course of action. The checklist below is a numbered guide to ensure decisions ...