Date posted: September 12, 2016

I really enjoyed having some time to get to know many members better during the National Conference in Melbourne last month. Life is busy and it makes me realise how important it is to take time out to reflect on where we have been and where we are going. As members you have a lot to offer to the management of FBA– your organisation – so if you ever want to bend my ear and let me know what you would like us to do to better serve you, please don’t hesitate to call. Besides, I work alone from home so every conversation is a great excuse to connect with a real person!

Stories of enormous stuff-ups can be as valuable (or even more so) than success stories and we can certainly learn from them all. I am reminded of a presentation by one of our Accredited Advisers recently where he dared to share with his peers some of the things that had gone wrong in some of his dealings with clients – and the lessons he had learned from them. In my opinion, it is courageous to share the things that go wrong and shows self-awareness to be able to reflect on them and review with the benefit of hindsight.

I am also reminded of something that my Mum used to say – “there are no mistakes in life – only lessons – and the lessons will be repeated until they are learned!”. Ouch!!

Don’t miss out on the events coming up in NSW: 


Congratulating our members:

At the Distinguished Family Business of the Year Award Dinner at National Conference it was fantastic to see two NSW family businesses recognised:

  • The Distinguished Family Business of the Year Award – Scenic World
  • Next Generation Achiever Award – Belinda Lyone – Complete Office Supplies

Recent news:

  • Tiny Hunter won silver at the Sydney Design Awards, click here for more information
  • Family businesses are adjusting to post mining-boom times, click here for more information

Until next month

Wendy Foster 
NSW and ACT Manager