Category Archives: Managing Indigenous Organisations

Prioritising Risks During Risk Management Planning

In Risk Management Planning, you take 6 steps in order to prepare a Risk Management Plan for your organisation, to be prepared for the risks that face your organisation. The 6 steps are:
  1. Identify all the risks
  2. Assess the risks
  3. Map the risks into a Risk Matrix
  4. Create strategies to manage the risks
  5. Manage the Risk Management Plan itself
  6. Monitor, test and evaluate
However, when we identify all the risks, the list is likely to be a long list and potentially overwhelming. It is impossible to do everything at once, so there must be a method to prioritise the risks that you have identified and create suitable prioritised strategies. (more…)...
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The Risk Management Planning Process

OTS Management has produced an online training/workshop for the use of Indigenous organisations in their Risk Management Planning. The video embedded into this article is an excerpt from the lesson introducing the process of Risk Management Planning and has been edited to under 10 minutes from the original 20-minute lesson. We use it in this article to help introduce the 6 steps in Risk Management Planning, that you can implement yourself. Risk Management Planning is all about "being prepared" so that when the worst-case scenario happens you have contingency plans. In the best-case, Risk Management Planning allows you to have managed the risk so that the impact when it happens has been reduced. (more…)...
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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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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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