Jo Farrell, Coordinator
Red Cliffs Community Resource Centre
Jo, NML Alumni 2013, proved to be a very inspiring speaker, shared insights into running a not-for-profit organisation. Jo imparted extensive experience working with hands on the ground within the community sector. Jo’s passion and energy shone through; a great way to kick off the day. Jo shared with the group the up coming development and renovations of the Centre to accommodate the new “Men’s Shed” and welcomed any supporters to join.
Chief Executive Officer, Mildura Rural City Council
Gerard provided the group with an insight into his style of leadership and what he believes makes a good leader. Leading an organisation of over 630 employees, Gerard imparted a lot of wisdom in successful organisational leadership. Standouts from his presentation were some quotes from during Q & A.
“Balance! There is no balance it is a blend” – Gerard Jose
“I don’t manage all my staff, I empower them to manage themselves” – Gerard Jose
“Leadership is not defined by the exercise of power but by the capacity to increase the sense of power among those led. The most essential work of the leader is to create more leaders.” ~Mary Parker Follett, The Creative Experience, 1924
Community Development Panel
Mildura Rural City Council
Mark Jenkins, Manager of Community Futures
Jody Jones, Community Development Coordinator
Belinda Fitzgerald, Community Development Officer (NML 2013)
Hosting small workshops, the Community Development Panel gave the NML group an understanding of working collaboratively with community. The panellist shared their current roles including current projects, community development and the grant application process. The group gained valuable insights and learnt from experience, which can be directly used in upcoming NMML community projects.
Belinda Fitzgerald (NML Alumni 2013) shared her Neighbour Day project, which aims to create connected communities.
“Strategic planning and community development can have a great impact to population outcomes – but it is long term work!” – Jody Jones
“Our role is to support communities to advocate for themselves, to achieve their desired outcomes.” – Belinda Fitzgerald
Executive Officer, Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council (SMECC)
Dean challenged participants to view of our community from a different perspective. As EO of SMECC, Dean’s role is advocate for the culturally and linguistically diverse populations within the Mildura region. This advocacy role, often includes challenging service providers and businesses in the community to consider the ‘whole’ community (including migrants, refugees and CALD populations).
A thought provoking quote from the day was something that all businesses and service providers should consider:
“It’s not about who is using your service, It’s about who isn’t using your service…and why?”
Something that come through from Dean’s talk was that businesses are missing out on large opportunities by not catering to this populations needs.
A great fact he shared was that every 100 people new to Mildura provide $19.3 million dollars in revenue for the region.
Red Tie Limos – Innovator and Entrepreneur
Patrick has a penchant for all things innovation and technology. His talk with the group was a walk in the world of innovation in business, which is definitely where his heart lies.
Patrick shared some advice on what he believes is important; including surrounding yourself with like-minded people, challenging tradition, being adaptable and seizing opportunities.
Patrick’s advice about innovation was very clear:
“Create something that has a meaning.”
The group even learnt a new method of handling reluctant stakeholders. A method called the “Puppy Dog Close”.
Business person (Owner of Fossey’s Gin)– Innovation in Action
Steve provided the group with a lot of valuable information about the start-up of businesses and his methodology including his “Needs and Nices” management style when dealing with his multiple business managers.
Steve shared some great tips during the afternoon including how working through the process of getting Fossey’s up and running, requiring a lot of patience and jumping through many different hoops to achieve his goals.
Some stand out quotes from Steve were:
“Bite of more than you can chew and then chew like buggery” – Steve Timmis
“Never ever, ever, ever give up” -Winston Churchill
“If it is to be, it’s up to me” -Ron Barassi
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