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I have an announcement to make.

From 1st October, Central Business Associates will be based in the iconic Mount Carmel Centre in Wynnum.  

Yes, it’s just across the road from where we are now (I really do love my community!) and it’s a big change but the time has come.

Why the move?
When I discovered last year that Mt Carmel were offering space to hold events, I’m not going to lie – I was quite jealous! I’ve basically spent the last year sitting at my desk, looking out of the window at the building, and clearly manifesting myself a way to work there!

The Mount Carmel Centre has amazing meeting rooms and facilities, and as we speak, they are in the process of looking at how they can also offer coworking desks. I’ve explained how many people have been using our flexible workspaces here and I wanted to be sure that as many of my current and past clients could be accommodated as possible.
I’ve spent over 6 years making flexible working a reality in our area and am delighted that the Mount Carmel Centre can continue most offerings for our local community.

Now more than ever, it’s even more relevant to have suburban flexible workspaces available in our communities. Many people are reluctant to commute (COVID19, or just the wasted time), or don’t have space at home to comfortably and professionally work from. I certainly won’t stop campaigning for and promoting that aspect of what I’ve achieved over recent years. Because I continue to be passionate about helping people to live a balanced life.

But it’s time for me to move on to a new chapter….to help my clients grow and thrive, by offering them services to improve how they manage their business. And work in a balanced way to suit their lives. I’ll still offer Membership, just with different benefits.

What I’ve learnt along the way

  • I’ve been able to refresh and learn new skills over the past 5 years – in the areas I am passionate about, including Leadership & Management, Change Management, Strategic Management, and Small Business Management.
  • I still see many small business owners trying to ‘wear all of the hats’! Trying to be the Operations Manager, the Marketing Manager, the Finance Manager, the Sales Manager, the Customer Service Manager – it’s no wonder they are exhausted! That is a lot of weight to carry around on your head! (pun intended…)
  • It’s important to find new ways to help stay passionate about the business each of us start in the first place. To look at how small changes to customer care and people management help in retaining ‘best’ clients and attracting more like them.

The future is bright. My services will evolve in this next phase, as they have throughout my 14 years in small business. Adapting and change are where I thrive.

Of course, the goal is always balance – what’s the point of starting your own business if it takes over your life and you have no time to enjoy what’s around you? I really believe we each need to be passionate about our business. Because if you don’t take care of yourself – there won’t be a business.

Change really can be as good as a holiday. Let me help make your business more manageable and productive.

If any of the above resonates, please get in touch. I offer an initial 30-minute informal consult to see if we can see the benefits of working together.

Yours in continued collaborative business success,

Celia

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About two years ago, I realised that one of the things I missed about the corporate world (and there are actually quite a few!) was getting together around a boardroom table, discussing how each of our departments had performed in the month. We would include positives and negatives, and as a team, discuss how we might be able to help one another with issues we had come up against.
It was a time when I began to realise that one of my biggest strengths was being able to see simple solutions, utilising existing structures where possible. Being able to collaborate with others – helping others see how instead of butting heads, we could pool resources and create win/win outcomes.

I put the concept to a few colleagues I was already collaborating with, and we decided to run with it for at least 6 months, see what sort of format we could work with, and whether it would be beneficial within the world of small business. I drew up a basic plan for us to work with.

Our Leadership and Accountability group has now been running for almost two years, with no sign of slowing enthusiasm! We actually now have at least one business retreat a year as well, to ensure we take a few days out to work on our biggest business challenges. Every one of those businesses has grown considerably in that time, and I’m delighted to have seen us all benefit from the process.

For some, particularly if you are the only person in your business (whether a sole trader, or just a one-person entity), it can seem strange to consider yourself a Leader. Who exactly are you supposed to be be ‘leading’?

The answer is ‘everyone you interact with’, in one way or another. You need to be able to lead your business – and that includes any contractors, suppliers and even your customers. You need to bring them on the journey with you, and show that your business vision is worth them coming along with you.

We now have embedded this same concept within the Memberships at Central Business Associates, where you can choose to join a Leadership group and work through your challenges with other small businesses or sole traders. These groups have a real mix of people, with different-sized businesses, within various industries, but often some of the challenges will be similar, and someone around the table can offer some insight – even if it’s ‘what not to do’. Brainstorming these issues can bring so many different strengths out in the participants, and can lead to innovative and successful solutions.
Click here to look at our Membership options, and contact us if you’d be interested in joining the next round of Leadership & Accountability sessions.