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Advice from Outside the Square

Managing Indigenous Organisations

6 Steps To Create Your Plan On A Page

Managing an Indigenous Organisation can be sometimes like herding cats. The organisation is constantly under pressure from things that are happening outside but that affect the work. Lack of resources is a root cause of being unable to organise work and systems to create efficiency. If you have a strategic plan, you probably don't have time to look at it until that time when...it's too late? Yet at the same time, in order to move from day to day chaos, you always need to set a direction, and you need to set it in such a way that it is easy to refer to and to follow. Making To-Do lists is great. But To-Do lists are simply a set of actions, they do not always relate to goals and bigger picture achievements. Without these, any To-Do list becomes lost in a sea of activity. If you are clear about your goals they become possible. But in order to make those goals real, you need plans. Once you have plans, you, and the whole organisation, need to work on them – every day! This means they must be practical and visible. How do you keep your goals and plans front of mind before you get lost...
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External Influences in Indigenous Organisation Planning

Across the last 30 years that I have been working with Indigenous organisations, I have found that Indigenous organisations are the most conscious of writing strategic plans out of any other for-profit or not-for-profit organisations I have ever worked with. The way they do it also follows a trend. When you wrote your last strategic plan, did you do it in a "workshop"? That’s what most Indigenous organisations do – they clear out some time and take their team out of the workplace so they won’t be disturbed, and they spend a couple of days discussing what’s going on in the organisation and how to improve it and set goals and strategies. But here’s what’s wrong with this approach – more often than not you discuss and find solutions for problems and opportunities from inside your business, and forget that it is the external stimuli that could have serious and unpredictable effects. You probably started your planning by applying a little SWOT Analysis. You write on a whiteboard all your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. If your facilitator is on the ball he or she will explain that strengths and weaknesses are internal issues - you can use your strengths and eliminate your weaknesses with...
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What Are The Contents Of A Business Plan?

A business plan is an important tool for any organisation to define a roadmap to growth and to chart its progress. For an Indigenous organisation, business plans can be used in not-for-profit community-controlled organisations, as well as social enterprises and Indigenous businesses. But what goes into a business plan? Different consultants and sources seem to indicate different contents, but in reality, there are some basic details you need to include in a business plan. (more…)...
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Create Systems and Procedures for Your Office

For many Indigenous corporations, there is a huge gap between what management knows should be done, and what actually gets done. Substantial management time is taken, particularly in administrative matters, reinventing the wheel, doing the same thing in different ways, taking longer to do something that was done efficiently yesterday, and making mistakes along the way. But imagine if your corporation were a business franchise. Have you ever seen a good franchise like McDonald's or Coffee Club produce different products from store to store? No matter where you go or when you go, everything happens exactly the same way, taking exactly the same time, producing exactly the same result. How do you get those outcomes for your corporation? (more…)...
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