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Why do so many companies fail to get their internal culture right?

Internal Culture
Turf wars and silos exist in most businesses I have worked in over the years and it is my single biggest frustration and is the primary cause in killing the ability to build a pervasive culture that is positive, your culture should be the internal glue that leads to success.
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Time to focus on the ability of Small to Medium Enterprises who are the engine room in our economy

Head in Sand.
I am becoming increasingly concerned with all the talk about the need to invest $ millions in retraining for those who are coming out of industry segments that are in decline. What about investing in the skills of small to medium business owners who will be ones who are in a position to to employ more people in the future.

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The internal culture in family and private owned companies is the glue that brings sustainable success

Culture
As I move about and work with families in business and other private business operators I see a diverse range of internal business cultures within many of them. There is such a disparity between those who have got it right and those who fail to understand what is really going on in their business with their people. It’s been the greatest challenge of my advisory work in this segment and the most rewarding when we get it right and everyone embraces change
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Success of any organisation always reflects back to leadership

Leader
I saw some recent research that suggested that four out of five executives were dissatisfied with the the leadership in their organisation and I often hear that most people leave an organisation due to the performance of their immediate supervisor. There have been many books and articles written on the subject of leadership over the years and everyone I meet has an opinion on leadership. They also are quick to tell you about the terrible bosses that have worked for.
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Yes, maybe I am paranoid about baby boomers being told that they are out of touch

Generation Gap
In recent time I have been reading many tweets and articles in the Geelong press that are shouting that the city needs to ‘Get rid of the old and in with the new’ when it comes to who can set a future direction for the region. I suggest that all generations have a lot to learn from working together and sharing their knowledge, experience and desire for the future that improves the quality of life for all. No one age group has a mortgage on smart ideas.
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Who has time for work life balance ?

Work life balance
Work life balance is an issue that has been thrown around for a while now and while chairing a recent meeting of company and NFP directors it became a dominate theme for those in the group when I asked them how they would measure success in 2014. Interestingly they were more concerned about their personal well being first and getting that right.
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While Holden Dominates the Headlines – Who is working with SMEs ?

Hug a small business owner image due to Holden
As reality sets in and the press is dominated by the Holden issue, journalists from all organisations trying to blame anyone that suits their cause, its hard to get some clean air. No one is talking about the fact that it be Small to Medium Enterprise who will be there for displaced employees from companies such as Ford and Holden. The fact is, current auto employees will go in different directions when the time comes.
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