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By Suzi Dafnis

12 January 2010 | 1 Comment

I hope you're ready for a great year in business. This year the Australian Businesswomen's Network programs, publications and webinars are designed to help you, in a structured way, create, plan, implement and work towards real business results.

Each month our themed events and newsletters will build, step-by-step, adding to your knowledge, reach and exposure to good education, inspiration and information.

But, YOU are going to have to put in the time to read, study, collaborate, question, participate in our discussions and training programs.

2010 GOODIES FOR YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS

Here's just some of what our 2010 programs will give you the opportunity to do:

  • Clarify your business vision, mission and plan
  • Determine who your customers are and how to find them
  • Put in place your big milestones for the year
  • Determine the cost of doing business and look at forecasting profits
  • Uncover steps to marketing your products and services and yourself
  • Find the measures that make a difference to your ultimate success
  • Look at what team (virtual or not) that you need to help you create success
  • Implement actions that will get you results
  • Improve your productivity so that you focus your time on what matters most
  • Increase your business knowledge, borrowing ideas from industry experts
  • Master online communication and leverage the internet
  • Innovate and improve what you offer and how you do business
  • Formalise and systemise processes for efficiency
  • Promote your business and spread your message
  • Capitalise on new media and technology

Get Started HERE

1. If you're not yet a member of the Australian Businesswomen's Network then join today. Choose from StartUp Membership or Growth Membership.
2. Decide what you'll start, stop and continue doing to grow your business with this free resource, available for download. (If growing your business and your contacts is on your list of things to start - then see point 1. Membership is where the rewards are!)
3. Register now for the upcoming business webinars. February's webinars get you started with the BIG PICTURE, Planning and Strategy
4. Join our social networks. If you haven't connected with us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, you're missing opportunities to network. Join our online family today.

I look forward to our conversations this year and in getting to know you and your business better.

Click here to read our January issue of the Women in Business eNewsletter - Best of Business Articles, Podcasts, Webinars.

My best wishes,

Suzi Dafnis - Community Director

Women in Business eNewsletter - Best of Business Articles, Podcasts, Webinars

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Suzi Dafnis is the Australian Businesswomen's Network's Community Director and Chairperson of the Advisory Board. Suzi has been involved with the network since 1995. In 1998, she took over the network from its founder and has since managed and grown the network. She remains its media spokesperson ...


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Success in business is a function of leadership. Here are some thoughts on leadership:

Leadership is the art of mobilizing others toward shared aspirations. In a business enterprise, leaders must take care of employees who, in turn, are responsible for taking care of customers, stakeholders, and related outside parties, such as the government and the community, in an ethical manner. This approach also considers implications for the environment and results in profitable growth combined with an increase in the welfare of all parties involved.

Great leaders are visionaries whose intuition helps them to recognize and capitalize on business opportunities in a timely manner. Their success is based on surrounding themselves with “like-minded” professionals who complement them to help reinforce their strengths and eliminate their weaknesses. They build teams consisting of individuals who complement one another in a way that ensures consistent performance in line with corporate goals. The mantra embodied herein is “Build grand castles in the air while ensuring that they rest on solid foundations.” This is in direct contrast to mediocre leaders who surround themselves with yes-people who, by their very nature, are unable to contribute positively to the bottom line!
The wisdom of effective leaders enables them to appreciate the views of their inner circle and others. In situations where consensus cannot be reached, they have an uncanny ability to cut to the chase and make informed decisions. They foster an environment that encourages the sharing of ideas through brainstorming while realizing that innovation need not be preceded by the existence of committees.

True leaders place a great deal of emphasis on culture and shared values. They realize that business involves human beings and that profitable growth results from fruitful relationships. They normally possess both formal and informal power. Formal power is entrusted to them by virtue of their position in the company. Informal power results from their core belief system. They lead by example, thus earning the respect and admiration of their peers and subordinates. As a result, employees are enthusiastic about going beyond the call of duty for “their” leaders.

Great leaders build organizations that are vibrant and performance driven. They structure employee compensation packages in a way that promotes and reinforces the right behaviors and rewards people on the basis of individual as well as team performance. They believe that a base salary pays the bills, whereas variable compensation, including earnings before interest, taxes, dividends and amortization (EBITDA)-based bonuses, motivates employees to challenge themselves and increase their contribution to the firm on a consistent basis. These leaders find reasons to pay bonuses as opposed to those leaders who find reasons to deprive employees of bonuses they truly deserve!

Leadership traits can create a virtuous cycle for the firm’s management, employees, clients, stakeholders, and others. Great leaders have a natural flair. There are those who believe that their effectiveness can be increased through education, other methods of training and development, and experience, though to a limited extent.
Ethical leadership calls for morals, fairness, caring, sharing, no false promises or unreasonable demands on others, etc. Is “ethical leadership” an oxymoron?

I have a policy of distributing free abridged versions of my books on leadership, ethics, teamwork, motivation, women, bullying and sexual harassment, trade unions, etc., to anyone who sends a request to crespin79@hotmail.com.

Maxwell Pinto, Business Author
http://www.strategicbookpublishing.com/Management-TidbitsForTheNewMillenium.html

Comment by Maxwell Pinto — January 14, 2010 @ 2:20 am


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