Management

Killer-phrases inhibit forward progress

Killer-phrases can lead to ill-health.

Killer-phrases often heard, prevent progress You only have to walk down the main street of most communities, and you will listen to killer-phrases from all sorts of people. Often they contain no logic, but unless someone challenges them, they end creative conversations. Conversations which will move a community,  its businesses and non-profit organisations in the…

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Values shared outperform values imposed

Make your values matter.

Building a culture of good values may be the best thing you ever do  Do your personal goals and those of your stakeholders align with your values?  If they don’t align, people procrastinate and little progress will be made with your planning efforts and most other aspects of your business. Congruence relates to job satisfaction,…

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Growing communities requires key pieces

Growing communities requires entrepreneurial activity.

In growing communities, every town and village will improve if you plant the right seeds, fertilise and water them. Dreams are the forerunner to community growth It can be hard to start growing communities, mainly if it has been stagnant for an extended period. It can be even harder to find an appropriate starting point.…

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Local businesses often need supporting

Sometimes local businesses need all the help they can get.

When local businesses are in trouble Snap non-performing local businesses out of it. Stop any procrastination, inaction because of fear, or because of drought and start them taking action. To turn around a business might be easier than you think, but it must happen. Many communities ignore their struggling companies; they believe businesses in trouble…

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Community content improves outcomes

Community content must look and feel friendly.

Improve community content for better outcomes Is all the community content produced by your citizens, businesses and non-profit organisations, out of sync? You will not open people’s eyes with lousy content; you will just turn them off. When you need to generate some critical activity within the next 30 days. Or, things are starting to…

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Breakthroughs can happen every day

Put your heart into making breakthroughs.

Ways to accomplish breakthroughs If you want to make breakthroughs, show up every day. If you are not on the field, you cannot expect to win the game. There is no such thing as an overnight success. Breakthrough stories come from individuals who consistently show up every day. It is not easy, but you must…

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Declining population future outlook

Do not suffer a declining population

Some communities defy declining population Larger well-managed inland centres are enjoying growth and prosperity. Rural and remote towns need little reminding of their declining population. It is on the slide as big cities, inland centres, and coastal lifestyle hubs expand. However, some are bucking the trend. Some places are matching the population growth of major regional…

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Community leadership needs improvement

Community leadership takes on many forms.

Putting a focus on regional community leadership You will often hear people talking about how regional, rural and remote communities are in desperate need of good leaders. While there have been many changes in how community development should be approached, one thing has become abundantly clear, community leadership is critical. Accountability is becoming the big…

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Complaints require positive action

Complaints can lead to a better understanding.

Complaints can be your best source of information about problems and frustrations Yes, welcome complaints to achieve a balanced understanding of what is happening in the community. Sure, there will never be enough money or time to adequately address every complaint you receive. But, you can certainly get things moving in the right direction. Complaining about…

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Improving teams capacity building

Improving teams productivity enhances capacity.

Improving your capacity High productivity does not have to be complicated when looking at improving teams capacity. You do not need to start by attending elaborate courses, implementing fancy systems or spend months reading time management books. Adjusting old work habits could be the best place to start. In my many years of experience, I…

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