Empowering innovation in the public sector

By AIM Education & Training CEO Peter Mobbs

At our recent Beyond the Boardroom in Canberra, a point of discussion was around the current government’s innovation agenda, which is now placing new pressures on the public sector in Australia. Innovation means being more agile, responsive and open to new ways of doing things, which in any business or organisation of scale has its inherent difficulties so the challenge for the public sector is significant.

Diversity dividends: experience in the age of logic

By AIM Senior Research Fellow Dr Samantha Johnson

‘It’ not how old you are, it’s how you are old.’ - Jules Renard

Coaching a public sector senior manager recently, my heart sank when I heard her surmise that she was overlooked for a transfer because of her age. Considering her age in words, not numbers, she’s in the age bracket that perfectly balances expertise and humility.

Putting people first in leadership development

By Hamish Williams

Many organisations and industries pay lip service to developing constructive workplace cultures but the public service is frequently the first to set the benchmark when new leadership paradigms are developed.

With the recent release of the Study of Australian Leadership (SAL) by the Centre for Workplace Leadership, many organisations will be interested to benchmark themselves against the results but few will have as rapid a mandate to adopt the report’s findings as those managers and leaders within the public service.

School of hard knocks: experience counts in public sector management

By AIM Senior Research Fellow Dr Samantha Johnson

‘If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.’ Lewis Carroll

As a management consultant, I work with managers from across a broad range of government organisations who share similar frustrations and challenges.  I hear of these almost every single day. 

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