Leadership, rather than just managing, is becoming one of the real differentiators in our rapidly changing Super/Wealth landscape. At the ASFA spotlight on leadership and transformation luncheon last week, a number of keynote speakers including Chris Davies (CEO of Telstra Super) gave some valuable insights into simple ways businesses can create a positive leadership environment. One of the key points made was that gender diversity was not just a moral position, but one that had a significant positive business case payback to organisations.
“Diversity makes business sense; it does not need to be just a moral position.”
One of the biggest takeaways from the conference was the idea that age plays an interesting role in introducing different forms of leadership amongst employees.
Within the next three years, Gen X, Y & Z will make up 92% of the workforce. For leadership initiatives to prosper internally, each employee and their respective generational leadership styles must be understood.
Also, technology is fundamentally ingrained into the present-day working environment and whilst it is there to make work life more efficient, it can have many detrimental aspects by making us work longer, blurring the lines between home and work.
In summary, leaders must be open to change and adapting to new circumstances as the landscape of work is changing and we need to equip our staff with the tools to succeed.
What a great event.
Kostas Kalantzis, attending the ASFA Luncheon on behalf of IQ Group
MOTHER’S DAY CLASSIC FOUNDATION (MDCF) AND WOMEN IN SUPER (WIS) PARTNERS WITH IQ GROUP TO SUPPORT VOLUNTEER DEVELOPMENT
The national rollout of Project Skills workshops for MDCF and WIS volunteers by IQ Group will provide a thorough understanding of project fundamentals and support the continued success of both MDCF and WIS programs.
Melbourne, 3rd July 2019 – Commencing in July, MDCF/WIS together with IQ Group will launch a series of workshops for MDCF/WIS volunteers to build on their fundamental project management skills and navigation skills for achieving project success.
Sharon Morris, MDCF Chief Executive Officer says, “The Mother’s Day Classic Foundation couldn’t raise funds and awareness without the incredible support of our volunteer committees across the country. So, we are delighted to have IQ’s support in facilitating a national project skills workshop, which will enable us to give back to those who give so much, by providing invaluable professional and personal skills to our volunteers.”
Women in Super, founders of the Mother’s Day Classic, see its involvement, together with its work in promoting better retirement prospects for women, as an important investment in the future health of Australian women, so they can enjoy a happy and healthy retirement.
Cate Wood, Chair Woman in Super says, “Women in Super is dedicated to providing valuable opportunities to members, as well as women generally, and one of the key ways we achieve this is through the range of events we hold. Offering our committee members this training is not only a way of thanking our tireless volunteers by providing them with practical skills that can be put to use to further their careers, but will also ensure that our teams continue to create engaging and inspiring events year round.”
IQ Group senior project practitioners Cynthia Cheong, Cathy Hollis, Pam White and George Georgiou will deliver the workshops across most major Australian cities. Brian Peters, Chief Executive Officer of IQ Group commented that, “IQ is proud to be supporting capability development for the MDCF and Women in Super volunteer network. The work they do touches the lives of thousands of Australians raising funds and awareness for breast cancer and working tirelessly to create better retirement outcomes for women. We are thrilled to be playing a small part.”
The objective of the program is to give MDCF/WIS volunteers greater confidence, ensuring all contributions have a positive and successful impact for the ongoing success and legacy the MDC Foundation, together with Women in Super, have created.
ABOUT IQ GROUP
IQ Group has helped superannuation and wealth management clients to achieve better business outcomes, delivering independent advice on technologies, processes and regulatory change as well as proven project delivery success for almost 20 years in Australia.
In a time of unprecedented industry and market change for the superannuation and wealth management industries, IQ Group understands the technological and regulatory forces impacting organisations.
IQ Group is committed to ongoing innovation and empowering our clients.
ABOUT MOTHER’S DAY CLASSIC FOUNDATION
The Mother’s Day Classic walk/run event is held in all capital cities and 80 regional/metropolitan locations across Australia. Approximately 100,000 family and friends come together on Mother’s Day to participate, celebrate, raise funds and pay tribute to those affected by breast cancer.
Over 22 years more than $36 million has been raised for breast cancer research. In quantifiable terms, those funds equate to 64 research programs and over 200 Australian scientists.
MDC Foundation Ltd as trustee for Mother’s Day Classic Foundation is a company limited by guarantee, and a public company with charitable status (MDC Foundation Limited ACN 604 328 994).
All proceeds from the MDC Foundation Limited are donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that supports research into breast cancer prevention and treatment.
ABOUT WOMEN IN SUPER
Women in Super is a national advocacy and networking group that works to improve women’s retirement outcomes.
As a not-for-profit, Women in Super (WIS) advocates for a super system void of gender-based inequality by working on behalf of its members and women generally with government, unions, employer organisations, regulators and superannuation funds.
With over 3,300 members across Australia, WIS provides professional development, networking and career progression opportunities to assist these members in developing broader professional and personal networks. Furthermore, WIS strongly supports and encourages the appointment of women to superannuation fund boards, and works with other organisations and stakeholders to achieve this.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Brian Peters Sharon Morris Cate Wood
Chief Executive Officer Chief Executive Officer Chair
IQ Group MDC Foundation Ltd Women in Super
BPeters@iqgroup.com.au email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Earlier this year IQ Group officially launched the IQ Pat Baker Foundation. The IQ Pat Baker Foundation was set up in memory of Pat Baker, a wonderful colleague who was instrumental in building IQ Group Australia. Pat was kind, enthusiastic and generous with his knowledge and support; he enjoyed helping those around him. He sadly passed away in 2016, but his memory continues to live on.
“We hope that, through this Foundation, the legacy of Pat is never forgotten,” said Belinda McKinlay, Head of the IQ Pat Baker Foundation. “This Foundation has been a long time in the making, and we look forward to seeing what the future holds.”
The goal of this Foundation is to support two charities, including one international and one national charity, through fundraising, volunteering and donations; The Smith Family and Hopes and Dreams. Recently the IQ Pat Baker Foundation ran its first fundraising activity at IQ Group’s monthly company-wide meeting. Representatives from both charities attended the evening.
The Smith Family is an Australian community-based initiative that works to give disadvantaged children and young people the support and resources they need to achieve their full potential. Research shows supporting a child’s education and learning is one of the most effective means of breaking the cycle of disadvantage and this is what The Smith Family is all about today. By helping to provide this, we are empowering young minds to build a better future for themselves.
Hopes and Dreams is an international charity dedicated to delivering self-sustaining, poverty breaking solutions through micro enterprise and water development projects in Africa and India. They work to bring basic human needs, social justice, self-worth and a sense of purpose to families living in poverty. With the goal to change someone’s destiny, the concept is to teach small business skills to help women that would not necessarily be able to borrow funds to start a small business. Hopes and Dreams strives to assist in breaking the cycle of poverty for those who have been in this condition for years and even generations.
“We’re looking forward to running more fundraising activities this year,” said Belinda. “It has been great getting to support and build awareness for The Smith Family and Hopes and Dreams through the IQ Pat Baker Foundation.”
IQ Group will be supporting our nominated charities to ensure the legacy of Pat Baker is never forgotten.
To find out more about the IQ Pat Baker Foundation, please contact email@example.com.
This year IQ Group was one of the winners of the 2019 Australian Enterprise awards, hosted by APAC Insider, taking out Best Superannuation Industry Consultancy 2019.
The Australian Enterprise Awards returns for the 3rd year to acknowledge businesses and individuals who have played a pivotal role in the resurgence of one of the world’s biggest economies. As one of the top 15 highest grossing economies in the world, Australia boasts many individuals and organisations from across a myriad of sectors and industries deserving praise and recognition.
In a time of such unprecedented industry and market change for the superannuation and wealth management industries, we are proud to be included among the businesses and individuals being showcased for their contributions and achievement.
To find out more on APAC Insider and the Australian Enterprise awards, visit www.apac-insider.com.
About IQ Group:
IQ Group is Australia’s trusted consultant and first choice delivery partner to the Superannuation and Wealth Management industry. IQ Group understands the technological and regulatory forces impacting organisations. We provide first-rate project delivery and independent expert advice on technology and processes to meet the needs of the latest regulatory environment.
Read More: https://www.apac-insider.com/2019-iq-group-australia.
Over the years, IQ Group has developed a great Graduate Program to kick-start the careers of new graduates and introduce them to the world of superannuation consulting.
With our 2019 Graduate Program well underway, we thought it would be a great opportunity to check in with our team of Graduates, Carmen Yang, Justin Robb and Damien Huynh, to find out what work they are doing and their motivations for joining the program.
Left to Right: Damien, Carmen and Justin.
Q.) How long have you been in the IQ Group Graduate Program?
Damien: Well, Carmen and I have been here for a month.
Carmen: Yeah, just a month.
Justin: I started the last week of January, so I’ve been here almost 2 months now.
Q.) What were you doing before joining the program?
Carmen: I was finishing my master thesis at the University of Auckland prior to coming on board.
Damien: Well I was just watching Netflix – nah I’m joking! I just finished my degree and graduated in December.
Justin: I recently transitioned from a completely different career. I’ve been in teaching for the last several years, and prior to that I was in IT. I’ve been jumping around and trying to figure things out, and I’ve figured out where I want to settle.
Q.) What motivated you to apply?
Damien: I was looking for a job that would give me exposure to different companies. I didn’t want to be stuck with the typical 9-5 job. I wanted to experience something different and to develop problem-solving skills and apply those to the companies that I was working for. IQ Group provided that, which was really good. That was one of the points that made me want to apply.
Justin: So as I mentioned previously, I was working in a different industry for quite a while. I’d been thinking for a while, due to some industry instability, that I wanted to get back into something that was more stable.
After hashing it out with my wife for quite a while, figuring out what I was going to do and how I was going to get there, I ended up meeting with Brian [IQ Group’s CEO] while he was in Sydney in June last year. Brian asked if I’d thought about coming and seeing IQ Group. He explained that the Graduate Program had been completely revamped and was very different from the last time I had worked there. So after looking around at a number of different job boards and workplaces, I found the Graduate Program to be the best fit for me in terms of getting back into the industry. The exposure is huge, as Damien said, and it’s a great way of getting into a lot of different businesses and gaining different skills, experiences and building a really good career foundation for myself.
Carmen: So I had similar career aspirations and knew I wanted to get into consulting. I decided to apply because of the reach of companies and the scope of learning I could do. As Belinda [IQ Group’s Resourcing Manager] was interviewing me, she told me about the various roles that they offer. There are four different streams and there’s a chance to see which of them I like. I was very interested in this because I want to be a jack-of-all trades.
Q.) What work have you been doing as part of the program?
Damien: Our first 4 weeks in, they sent us to [a client] and I was placed in the PMO team, helping out with support. While I’ve been working there, I’ve been attending meetings, taking minutes, shadowing project managers and learning exactly what the process is when starting a new project up to its launch date.
Carmen: I work in the CRM testing platform team. Over the last three weeks I’ve been doing a lot of Salesforce work and testing. What I’ve been doing is helping with [a client] transition and data dictionaries, and helping with Salesforce testing.
Justin: I spent the first week just going through the motions, learning what consulting is, about IQ Group and what we are doing in terms of super and our clients. I have done a lot of LinkedIn Learning to up my skillset, and we’re learning BABOK and RG146 to get qualified for consulting work.
In terms of my client, I started off there doing a little bit of admin and backlog clearing. There’s a lot of the clients user documentation that needed cleaning quite urgently.
And recently I’ve jumped on a new project that’s started up in the last couple of months with Pam and her team. Without going into too much detail, I’ve been doing a lot of data mapping work. Due to the ramifications of what we do, I can’t say too much about it, but I’ve been quite heavily involved with the project manager, product managers, lead [Business Analyst’s] (BA’s) and people at all levels in order to generate this program.It’s been great being an integral part of a key project for our client and helping them to deliver a new product to their clients. While it’s been a challenge to step up to the responsibility this early, I’m really enjoying it.
Q.) What have been the highlights of working with IQ Group?
Damien: The highlight for me has been just being able to experience firsthand what it’s like to be a consultant. This years’ graduates were fortunate to engage with clients very early. I think the method IQ Group has adopted enabled us to get an early preview of what we should be expecting. And the people are really nice, which is really important; especially when you’re looking at the kind of company you want to work for.
Carmen: For me it’s similar. The thing I’ve enjoyed the most has been getting hands-on with the client-facing roles. Getting to know the ins and outs of IQ Group and the client early on has been really rewarding. Another thing that I’ve enjoyed has been the support we’ve been given from the IQ staff every time. Especially my team leader, Steven, and the support and guidance he has been giving us since we got here has been really helpful. The people and the culture have been really nice.
Justin: When I was looking at making my career change, the thing that I really wanted to get into was BA work. I was looking into what BA’s do and the skillsets required, and I thought this is something that’s right up my alley and it’s exactly what I’m looking for.
When I was doing my initial interview with Pam, I explained BA experience is what I’m after, and she said being a BA is what she does and that’s the type of work I would get. It’s been pretty awesome to jump straight into work, get all of that down and start applying some of it at the client sites and to know that the pathway is there.
It’s great to know that I have goals in place to get to where I want in future, and that there are people who have already done it supporting me to get there. They know exactly what to do and can answer pretty much anything I come up with in terms of a struggle or problem. It’s really good to know that there is that support in place.
Anyone who starts a Graduate Program has probably just finished a whole bunch of study and to then be told ‘well, now that you’re working, you’re going to spend another 2 or 3 months studying some more’ isn’t really what they want to hear. Being able to get onto the client site straight away is definitely a bonus. Learning hands-on is very useful for both the company and ourselves.
To find out more about IQ Groups Graduate Program, visit: http://www.iqgroup.com.au/graduate-program/