Developing your vision at AIBs Brisbane Leadership Masterclass featuring Peter Irvine

Developing your vision at AIBs Brisbane Leadership Masterclass featuring Peter Irvine


On Thursday the 21st of May, the Australian Institute of Business (AIB) hosted a leadership masterclass in Brisbane CBD’s Pullman Hotel. Featuring an engaging presentation from Peter Irvine, co-founder of the Gloria Jean’s Coffees franchise, over 140 guests including AIB alumni, current students, industry guests and staff members left feeling inspired to pursue their business visions.

The host for the evening was AIB Chair of the Research and Higher Degrees Committee, Professor Ron Passfield, who shared some of AIB’s recent news, as well as details for upcoming events being held in the coming months. Ron then introduced Peter to the crowd, for the one-hour leadership masterclass to follow.

Peter Irvine is one of Australia’s leading business experts and authors, with a career spanning over 40 years in business at a high profile management level. Commencing his career at DDB Needham, he went on to become the Managing Director and see the organisation become one of the largest advertising agencies in Sydney. In 1996 Peter branched out into franchising with business partner Nabi Saleh, and together established the Gloria Jean’s Coffees franchise in Australia. Today, Gloria Jean’s boasts more than 1,000 coffeehouses across 39 countries worldwide, including over 460 in Australia – further highlighting Peter’s success in business expansion.

During his presentation, Peter shared a number of key business lessons for anyone wishing to start, grow or improve a business. Touching on the experiences throughout his career, as well as relevant research, he discussed ten important business lessons for success.

Peter explained that one of the most important factors to business success is taking the time to plan your vision. Without a vision, people tend to lose focus, and a detailed plan is essential to stay on track.

Using hunting to form his analogy, he stated, “If you chase two rabbits, they will both escape – choose one and focus on it”.

He also emphasised the importance of lifelong learning, encouraging the audience to proactively work on areas which are not their strengths in business. Referencing AIB’s practical approach, he stressed that you don’t just need to learn it but truly apply it.

At the conclusion of the Masterclass, guests were invited to ask Peter questions, with a number of people taking up the opportunity to do so. Following this, guests had the opportunity to enjoy drinks and canaps whilst networking with fellow attendees.

Finding the event to be both educational and inspiring, several guests took to social media to share their experience online.

One attendee thanked AIB and expressed that “Peter is a very engaging speaker and giver of hope for new business creation”.

Another tweeted, “I was fortunate enough to be at this talk last night. I learned that to focus on an idea you need to have a vision.

Photos from the event can be found on the Australian Institute of Business Facebook page here

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