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The Northern Territory news Sat 16 Jul 2011



The Northern Territory news Sat 16 Jul 2011

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NT news


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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www.ntnews.com.au Saturday, July 16, 2011. NT NEWS. 5 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:16-JGE:405LO-R: C-M Y-K 1007296v5 ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l CAREERONE.COM.AU WORK SMARTER Working smarter is a great way to make sure you dont work longer. Here are five tips to help you work smarter from Carnegie Management Group chief executive Paul Smith: 1. Change speed You will get the most done by changing your speed, increasing focus and organising to do things in parallel. 2. Focus Bring your full focus to one task and build momentum until youre producing results. 3. Nodistractions Eliminate your major distractions such as email, telephone and visitors and be by yourself for a fewhours. 4. Avoidmulti-tasking People are less productive when multi-tasking. We feel busy, but most of your activity is spent switching from task to task. 5. Reorganise You can find ways to arrange work so not somany things are happening at once. Working in harmony Not being able to escape co-workers when thework day ends brings unique challenges to those employed in a family business, CareerOne editor Cara Jenkin reveals Partners Nik Kotowski and Cheralea Kennewell have been in a work-life relationship for the past 13 years SIBLING spats, belief in abirthright and staff being in each others presence all day, every day often leads to the demise of even the most successful and long-standing family business, Family Business Australia says. The group says about 52,000 family businesses in South Australia employ about 55 per cent of privatesector employees. It says a business can fall apart at any moment, regardless of a harmonious working relationship in the past, but the risk of failure increases when ownership or management changes hands or more family members become involved. Family Business Australia estimates about 60 per cent of SA businesses will be passed on to the next generation or an outside party in the next 10 years. FBA adviser and Carnegie Management Group chief executive Paul Smith says businesses can fall apart at any level but most families, regardless of whether they receive external guidance, can sort out their problems. At the end of the day, they can say Were all related, theres the love there, weve got to get together and sort this out and that will be in the majority of cases, Mr Smith says. Most families whether its generation one, two or three, whether they are start-up businesses or handing over to the next generation some of the issues they need to address are, Why are we here? and What are we doing, where are we going, how we are going to get there and, most importantly, will we get there together? People dont consider there are family issues that have an emotional tie. Sometimes things that happened in the backyard, when little Johnny hit so-and-so, have still not been sorted out 30 years later. It can be fairly trite but it happens. Mr Smith says the image of family can be a powerful marketing tool to engage clients and achieve lasting success. He says abusing the ties, however, can just as easily destroy families and their businesses. There is a difference between family issues and business issues, Mr Smith says. Never combine the two. He says problems to watch out for include: DISCUSSING home situations, events or problems at work, and vice versa. ALLOWING family mem bers to have, or believe they have, influence above their level and position at work because they belong to the family, especially if more senior workers are not family members. FAMILY believing they have a birthright to a business but do not hold appropriate skills, experience or the talent required. DISRESPECT towards non-family stakeholders. Use frequent, open, honest and constructive communication, Mr Smith says. Sometimes families might have to compromise a little bit. Mr Smith said problems that surface must be tackled sooner rather than later to prevent them reaching the point of no return. PARTNERS Building sub-contractors Nik Kotowski and Cheralea Kennewell have ridden the ups and downs working togetherwhile in a defacto relationship for 13 years. Here, they share their top five DOs and DONTS to having a successful working and home life. DO 1.Be supportive towards each other. 2. Enjoy each others company. Make sure working together is enjoyable. 3.Be patient. 4.Knowwhat both is doing or at leastwhat each other is capable of doing. Thework needs to flowwith no added pressure. 5.Have the same goals and outcomes. DONT 1. Think aboutworking with each other if you are not capable of being around each other 24/7. 2.Makework the only time you spendwith each other. Do things out ofwork that are fun. 3.Bring home issues to work or takework issues home. Keep these issues separate. 4. Prolong frustrations or disagreements, keep them to aminimum. Move on from any that you have quickly as customers dont need to see you arguing. 5. Leave home duties to one person. The support needs to continue at home . At the end of the day, they can say were all related, theres the love there, weve got to get together and sort this out

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