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Happy New Year! And Some Tips For 2021

Happy New Year to all our "Managing Indigenous Organisations" readers. It's been a full-on year for leaders and managers of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander corporations so we send you our best wishes for a happy new year ahead! We hope you have scheduled some time off to spend with family and friends and enjoy a break. But in looking forward to 2021 we also wanted to give you some tips about some initiatives for the next year, aimed at continuing to grow and improve your corporation. 1. Review or prepare your strategic plan Before it all starts again, review your strategic plan. Do you need to make any amendments due to changed circumstances? If you don't have a strategic plan, consider preparing one to help you steer toward your ultimate goals. 2. Update or prepare your Policies and Procedures Over time, your Policy & Procedures manual can get overtaken by changes in personnel and their slight changes to how things are done. A good and accurate record of your Policies and Procedures can improve efficiency by over 50% just because it promotes efficient and authentic procedures. 3. Review your financial performance Half-way through a financial year is a great time to review where you are between budget and...
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Happy New Year, and what’s next?

Happy New Year! I hope you had a well-deserved Christmas holiday, ate and slept a lot and enjoyed your time with your family, and you're looking forward to a great New Year! After a pretty tough 2020, I think we all deserved the break! I'm pretty sure you don't want to be reading a lengthy treatise on New Year's Eve, so this is just a short note to wish you a Happy New Year and to provide some food for thought for later. Here are some ideas about what you need to think about as you enter 2021! (more…)...
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Principles of a Good Partnership For Indigenous Organisations

How well a partnership operates depends on people more than procedures. Good governance of a partnership rests on building structures around people. There are three components of what makes a good partnership: -
  1. Behaviours;
  2. Structures; and
  3. Governance and Management Processes.
Behaviours What you want to achieve from the partnership indicates the kind of attitudes you need to bring to the partnership. For example, if what you want to achieve is co-operation about the management of Country, then the attitude you need to bring is one open to co-operation. If you want to build a business that will carry on for the foreseeable future, then you need to bring an attitude appropriate to the building of a long-term relationship with your partners where you are open and honest and willing to negotiate fairly. There are, however, some keystone behaviours that you need to bring to any partnership, and these are: -
  • Respect and fairness – no relationship can survive where partners don’t respect each other, constantly work to “do one better” over the other and attempt to gain an unfair advantage. Your community or corporation has to understand that even if you gain a...
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Let’s Start Planning 2021 Now!

Well, that's another year about to finish, and what a year it was! From global economic uncertainty to political and international turmoil, from bushfire to Coronavirus. What haven't small business been through? But if you're not careful, another year will slip by you where you haven't really done much to make your business the success you want it to be. I'm not saying you're not working hard, in fact, I'm saying exactly that: "you're working too hard in your business, but not hard enough on your business!" It's time that you really did something other than work hard for no real progress toward your ultimate goal of a successful business that fulfils your passion and your vision, that gives you a great income and a balanced lifestyle. The start of a new year is just the right time to do something different. (more…)...
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