Date Posted: August 3, 2015

For me this month the buzz words have been collaborative, community and support. I have had several members share with me stories of support they have had from within the FBA community. For Cath Resnick of Strategic Perspectives it was the surprise that a large part of her supporters at her recent launch of a new online venture Kindom, came from the FBA community. For me personally it was the... Read more

Date Posted: August 3, 2015

There is much fear attached to the concept of Disruption especially when the term is used as a battle cry by digital start-ups as they wage their war against the tyranny of traditional business.The irony is, even those who feel they are successfully wielding this weapon poorly understand Disruption. Contrary to the belief held by the digital start-up scene, Disruption itself is not a weapon, it is an outcome. Understanding... Read more

Date Posted: July 30, 2015

In the last few weeks, we have had a surge of interest in our Forum Groups, which many consider to be the jewel of the crown in FBA offerings. As such we are looking to extend our offering in this sector and expand to regional areas and to special interest groups. Potentially Wollongong district, Central Coast, Western Sydney and perhaps a group for non-family executives – do you have staff... Read more

Date Posted: July 30, 2015

When I was growing up, the community considered our family of four kids on the small side. In 2015 having three children is a large family. I grew up watching the Waltons on TV - they had six or seven children (I used to know all their names too!). Now two of my siblings and many of my friends have one child and that seems to be just enough. My... Read more

Date Posted: July 30, 2015

Great family businesses are built on strategy, vision, values, and execution; but family businesses that endure across generations have an additional edge: governance. “Governance becomes vital to a family business as it grows and confronts new opportunities, challenges, and critical questions about its future direction.” Bill Noye, Family Business Services Leader, KPMG Governance is a broad term that can encompass many aspects relevant to the running of a business; in short, however,... Read more

Date Posted: July 30, 2015

August is always an exciting time for FBA with our National Family Business Conference taking place at this time each year. I am looking forward to this busy time again this year - the 2015 conference program brings together key lessons and gritty take home value that can be implemented in your family business. It has been fantastic to receive news on how the learnings of past conferences have inspired... Read more

Date Posted: July 30, 2015

 My first month in the role of SA State Manager with FBA has been amazing.  I have been warmly welcomed by the dedicated SA committee and overwhelmed by the passion and commitment demonstrated by the family businesses and advisors I have spoken with in my first few weeks.  Every day I hear more stories about family businesses doing great things in South Australia.  I look forward to welcoming more of... Read more

Date Posted: July 13, 2015

Imagine this: You run a successful small business – you have surrounded yourself with a great team and things are going well. Your parents start dropping hints that your younger brother needs a new job and he would be a great addition to your business. You are not only a great entrepreneur, but you also have a big heart and welcome him to the team. You have just transformed from... Read more

Date Posted: July 7, 2015

A big thank you to all that attended Better Family Communication on June 30 at the Hackney Hotel. Facilitated by Elizabeth Tyson from HR Progress, we heard from non-family member Sarah Leo CEO of OpenBook Howden Design & Print on her experiences working in a family business, how they resolve communication issues and what she has learnt. Family business owner John Angove from Angove Family Winemakers and Catherine Sanders, Clinical... Read more

Date Posted: July 3, 2015

The most amazing part of my job has to be the opportunity to network with family businesses. That may sound a little trite but this community is overflowing with people who demonstrate daily the best attributes of enterprise and care. This morning’s event highlights this perfectly. FBA accredited advisers; Matthews Steer Chartered Accountants host a Women in Business breakfast quarterly. Around the table this morning were family business matriarchs and protégés,... Read more