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Monthly Archives: August 2019

How To Get People Ready For Change

When I started consulting to businesses over 25 years ago, no matter how small a business, a restructure of the way a business conducted business took place about every 6 years on average. In a 2018 survey of Small and Medium Enterprises, a restructure every 3 years was more typical. In fact in some industries, some restructure process happens every year. Since these restructuring processes can incorporate anything from changes to business units to changes in procedures to specific performance improvement projects, they can affect every person in a business. This is incredibly challenging for employees in every sector. (more…)...
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Good Partnerships Start With Good Preparation

As Indigenous organisations manoeuvre into social enterprises, or commercial businesses, into a world that many of them do not have experience of, they take the logical step of setting up partnerships with more experienced organisations or businesses. This partnership approach has many advantages - it allows one partner to mentor the other and allow the less experienced organisation to gain experience while mitigating risk. It reduces the cost of the investment, it allows the two partner organisations to bring different strengths to the table, and it scales the business or project beyond what one organisation alone is unable to do. There is one other major advantage to the Indigenous organisation, and that is that it allows that organisation to gradually buy out the partner thus giving time to build resources and experience. However, not all partnerships end well! (more…)...
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