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Advice from Outside the Square

Managing Indigenous Organisations

Commercialising Indigenous Business

Are you an Indigenous entrepreneur wanting to start your own family business? Perhaps you are an expert in what you do, or you are a creative excelling in your specialty, and you work for someone else but think that you can do it better, or that your own business would be so much more? Starting an Indigenous family-owned business is no different from starting a business if you are not Indigenous. Everyone is excited at the prospect, but also a little terrified! Where do you start? (more…)...
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Strategy Implementation

How many times has this happened to you in your organisations? You have invested a lot of time and money in preparing a strategic plan. You ended up with a strategic plan that you could be justifiably proud of, that laid out a clear vision for your organisation, clear goals and objectives, and detailed strategies. Then something seems to happen - or in fact, nothing seems to happen! Somehow, over time, the strategies don't get implemented, or they are half-finished, or at the end, they seem to have evolved into something that was not in the strategic plan. Here's how to move from formulating strategy to implementing strategy. (more…)...
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The Business Planning Formula

Indigenous businesses (or indeed Indigenous not-for-profit community-controlled organisations) must prepare business plans. This is not because they are Indigenous but because every organisation that wishes to grow must be in control of where it wants to go and how it gets there! It's common sense - would you go on a holiday without a plan in mind? You don't just jump in the car and decide to go - you booked some time off ("when"), you decided what you wanted to do on holiday ("what") which helped you decide where to go to do it ("where") and you decided who would come ("who"). Yet, why would you start your family business or social venture without a plan? (more…)...
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5 Questions For Any Indigenous Board To Consider

If you are a Director in an Indigenous corporation, the start of a new year is as good a time as any to review your Board performance and the stability of the corporation you are leading. As a Director, you have the responsibility to oversight the performance of management, and the "shape" and direction of the corporation. You also have a legal duty to exercise diligence in your work as a Director, which means understanding where any weaknesses lie and acting upon them. But, to be short and sweet, at the beginning of the new year, spend some time considering these 5 issues as you survey the health of your corporation. (more…)...
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