Local communities affected by south east Queensland’s deadly floods two years ago are still on the road to recovery.
Flash flooding after heavy rainfall affected not only the lives of people in the Lockyer Valley and Toowoomba, but the business operations which are the lifeblood of our region.
Toowoomba Regional Council’s Disaster Management Co-ordinator at the time said, “Many lessons have been learned. You learn to do things in a more effective way and a more efficient way.”
“The recovery phases actually started at the time of the response as you can imagine getting people back to their normal lives, getting communities back to their normal lives.
The claiming period for the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment for those adversely affected by the floods closed for all affected Local Government Areas for Queensland in 2012. However any further claims for these events may be considered if the Department of Human Services considers there are exceptional circumstances.*
OBT’s Brett Garmeister says the passing of time is the prompt to rebuild local business positively and stronger than ever, “As we roll into another busy year, business owners have a role as the region’s leaders of commerce to do a number of things.”
- One of the most important is setting the vision and path for your business. No one else can do this for you – it is your business and your vision but it needs to be properly articulated and realised.
- As leader, you must set the course, develop the systems and processes in all areas of your business. Make sure your staff are trained in those processes and understand the need to stick with them; develop your marketing, sales and customer service strategies and systems and so on.
- Learn how to develop and bring out the best in your people. Effective leaders do that by becoming the coaches of their own team, empowering those around them to manage daily operational issues, rather than running around constantly fixing things themselves.
Effective leaders also know how to ask, listen, encourage, inspire and give constructive feedback. These are just some of the aspects in which a good business partner can help you and strengthen commercial activity in our region.
“Knowing our business is the most important thing – OBT not only knows our business but understands us,” says one OBT business client. “We couldn’t expect a city accountant to understand our business, especially in this region. Having our accountant nearby is important for the subtle nuances of running our business.”
Management expert Stephen Covey once put it this way, “It is about life management – your purpose, values, roles, and priorities. What are ‘first things?’ First things are those things you, personally, find of most worth. If you put first things first, you are organising and managing time and events according to your personal priorities.”
Working with an accountant who is also a specialist business advisor to provide specific management advice makes a lot of sense, yet only a few firms are qualified and confident enough to do so.
If you’re looking to work on your business rather than being stuck in it, schedule a complimentary business assessment with OBT today by phoning us on 07 5462 2277.