Edition 58 – Grit

Have you ever stopped to wonder what sort of perspective you can draw on where you are in life right now from the lives of those who have formed part of your own family?

The news media is full of stories about terrorism, rising house prices, government debt or how bad the new US President is.

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Edition 57 – 25

It’s funny how a family commences its being, don’t you think? For us, it was Christmas Eve, 1990 in a suburban backyard in South Western Sydney. I’d been invited to a barbecue and I rocked up, hair moussed to the max, and sat myself down next to this nice young blonde lady who was sitting next to her father. Kind of hard to chat someone up when the chaperone is on the case, but I’m up for a challenge.

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Edition 55 – N is for Numbers

Not knowing the numbers falls a very close second to not having a direction for most family businesses. Personally, I find that astounding given the advent of mass computerisation in most businesses over the past 30 years. The uptake of MYOB, Quicken and Xero has changed the face of financial reporting for most businesses. Well, should have at least.

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Edition 53 – E is for Engagement

Engagement is, first and foremost, about your employees and how they work with (or against) you in your family business. Over the last ten years, I’ve observed a marked shift in the attitudes of employees towards employment. If I had a dollar for every business I know that has had employee issues, I’d be extremely wealthy.

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Edition 52 – D is for Direction

One of my biggest gripes about the owners of family business is that too many of them don’t know where they are going. They have no plan for where they are looking to take the business. They are wandering aimlessly in a world chock full of opportunity. They’re doing what they’re doing because it’s the way they’ve always done it.

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Edition 51 – 5 Ways to Transform Your Business in 2017

I’ve had a lot of conversations with a lot of people since I’ve made the transition to the Family Business Transformer in October 2016. Clients, colleagues, business associates and other family businesses that I know have all been talking to me about the issues they are experiencing in their family businesses, or in the businesses of others they know.

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Edition 49 – Reflections on 2016

For most family businesses in Australia, 2016 will draw to a close in less than 48 hours. It’s a great time of year. Our children are on school holidays for six weeks. The weather is hot and the beaches are packed. We’re in middle of the season for celebrating Christmas with family and friends. It’s a time for winding down.

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