The 80-year-old startup
IML formed out of the merging of NZ Institute of Management (NZIM) and its Australian counterpart AIM in 2018. As a professional institute there has always been a focus on providing a community for managers to grow their network, develop skills and show their commitment to professional standards. Since the merger, the Institute’s mission has been to support businesses across Aotearoa to improve the capability, skills and confidence of their leaders – to help transform workplace culture and drive higher levels of engagement through a range of learning and development solutions.
Nick started working with IML in June 2019, and is passionate about the organisation’s vision to create better leaders who, in turn, will create a better society.
He says the business is, in a sense, going through a “startup or growth phase”.
“We’ve been around for 80 years as a professional body, but our current approach to learning and development solutions and consulting services was only launched in New Zealand in 2021 and that’s the area that is experiencing great momentum.”
IML provides a range of courses and programmes that focus on developing “people skills”. Nick says he doesn’t agree with the term “soft skills”, as these competencies are often the most difficult to develop and are highly sought after when hiring staff into leadership positions. They work with businesses to overcome challenges and manage their teams more effectively.
He says, “organisations come to us with a specific need. We partner with them to deliver the right solution for their people, and as part of our ongoing support they join our Member community. And as a Member, they then have access to further support and connections through our network and ongoing development and resources.”
The majority of the IML team is based in Brisbane, Australia. But there are others spread across Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Nick is currently the only employee based in New Zealand.
Because of that, it was important for him to find the right space to set himself up in. Generator was the logical choice, as it provides everything he needs to do business effectively: flexibility, community, and all the facilities he needs.
Event spaces make clients say “wow”
IML makes excellent use of the Generator event spaces. “When we’re running public leadership programmes, we use event spaces across the three Auckland sites,” he says.
This is crucial to IML, allowing it to treat Generator’s purpose-built venues in CBD locations as their own, without the huge CapEx required to develop their own.
“We get the best of both worlds by being here at Generator,” says Nick. “When I bring clients in here, they’re always impressed that we’re in the centre of Auckland in nice buildings with stunning views. It works for us!”
Nick says that there’s plenty of cross-pollination between Generator events and the IML events that he holds in Generator spaces. “I invite Generator community members to my events, and I invite my clients to Generator events,” he says. So, it becomes both a networking and a business opportunity.