Date Posted: February 27, 2015

G’day Family Business Partners, Forum Facilitators & Advisers, From my good friend the Corporate Ninja; “The 2015 Year of the Goat promises to be more favourable than recent years. Influences that have been spreading chaos will start to stabilise. One thing that stands out in many oriental horoscopes is the newly-gained faith in steady economic growth and a period of prosperity and wellbeing.” Ron Lee. Despite our wonderful governments' continual power struggles,... Read more

Date Posted: February 27, 2015

Dear FBAers, The new year has kicked off with enthusiasm at FBA, as I’m sure it has at your place! Planning is well advanced for each State Conference and for the National Conference on the Gold Coast in August; I suggest you plan your well-earned post winter break around this fabulous learning and networking event. This year we have a shorter, tighter program so you don’t lose as much time out of... Read more

Date Posted: January 24, 2015

"Leaders achieve success—for themselves and their organisations—not only because of their own abilities, knowledge, and skills but also through their relationships with others. The networks leaders build affect how they share and receive new ideas." Phil Willburn and Kristin L. Cullen, PhD, from the The Centre for Creative Leadership (CCL), describe the three qualities of a good network in their recent whitepaper, A Leader’s Network: How to Help Your Talent Invest in the Right Relationships at the Right Time.  The... Read more

Date Posted: January 22, 2015

Happy New Year! And welcome to a great year ahead with FBA, full of some fantastic professional development opportunities. This year we have developed a calendar of events that addresses the key areas of concern and opportunities that face family businesses in South Australia. Be sure to take a look at the full line up on the FBA Calendar. All South Australian’s know that summer is a great time to be... Read more

Date Posted: January 21, 2015

At FBA we are committed to contributing to the long term success of Australia’s largest sector, the family business sector. This year we are particularly focusing on tailored solutions for our members: we have a refreshed Diagnostic Tool so businesses can assess their capabilities, and the gaps in those capabilities. This allows us to tailor professional development experiences for family businesses throughout the year. These experiences might be webinars, formal... Read more

Date Posted: January 21, 2015

After having spent years in the northern hemisphere where Christmas was simply a one or two day break and a glass was raised for New Year before returning to work – I appreciate having a reasonable wind-up and pause from my working life. Lots of time with family, far too much excellent food and drink, and sunburned shoulders from working in the garden gives me time to reflect and prepare. Our... Read more

Date Posted: January 21, 2015

As we embrace a new year, it gives us a great opportunity to reflect on our achievements of 2014 and think about goals for the year ahead. As mentioned recently by Mick Burgess, of Canberra based family business Lighthouse, there are many advantages of being part of a supportive community of family business operators and I encourage you to be involved and make the most of the opportunities available. Family Business... Read more

Date Posted: January 9, 2015

As we embrace a new year, it gives us a great opportunity to reflect on our achievements of 2014 and think about goals for the year ahead. As described by Professor Mark Taylor, Dean of the Warwick Business School in the UK, an effective goal or vision needs to be out of reach but not out of sight. That is, something your organisation can visualise as a possibility to achieve, yet... Read more

Date Posted: December 22, 2014

Reflecting on what has been a successful year for the family business sector, we want to thank you for your tireless contribution to this achievement. After a year of big changes for FBA, we look forward to sharing with you even more exciting news in the new year. FBA will be closed from Wednesday 24th December 2014 and will re-open on Monday 5th January 2015. From our family to yours, wishing you a... Read more

Date Posted: December 19, 2014

Deregulation and red tape are terms bandied around by media, government and some industry associations. But what do they really mean? Red tape is regulation that is unnecessary or burdensome. Deregulation is about reducing red tape and aims to make it easier for individuals, businesses and community organisations to comply with regulations and laws. For real red tape reductions, the sort that improves the business environment and makes your life easier, government... Read more