It's great to be back!
Finally we are back to in-person events! It was wonderful to be back at The Colmslie Hotel and I'd like to thank the team for the efforts they went to to ensure our event was COVID-safe.
This month, it was a pleasure to welcome Dr Tony Watt to our Breakfast at Sunrise event. Tony, aka "The Culture Doctor" shared with us an exceptional presentation on showing who's been caught "swimming naked" when it comes to team culture.
Tony shared with us the incredible value of 'discretionary effort' and that an effective culture is driven by the values and beliefs of the owner, expressed through the behaviours of its employees. This means that there often is a difference between what Tony referred to as 'aspirational' culture and the 'real' culture of a business. Whilst a company make speak of high ideals such as integrity and accountability, it's quite likely that the real culture of the business is far from the ideal. This was particularly evident in the examples Tony presented, such as Enron, Lehman Brothers and Australia's own Commonwealth Bank.
Speaking with local business owners it's been wonderful to hear how optimistic people are right now. Certainly, with JobKeeper and the increased JobSeeker allowance, it would seem like the community is getting behind our local businesses and spending locally. With the borders now open to all except Victoria, I'm also hearing positive news that tourism and accomodation businesses are starting to pick up again.
As we learn more about how Coronavirus is spread and how to stay healthy in a COVID-19 environment, hopefully any second wave will be managed pragmatically at a government level without the need for draconian lockdown measures. Over the coming weeks, I will be sure to raise this with our local state MPs as economic viability will be vital to the health of our local community - particularly once the federal support payments stop in September.
I'd also like to commend CCIQ for the brilliant advocacy work they have done over the last few months, particularly with putting pressure on the State Government to provide a date for businesses so they could prepare for the reopening of borders.
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