Running a Family Business | Jo Macsween, Owner & Director at Macsween of Edinburgh
Jo Macsween, Owner & Director at Macsween of Edinburgh, shares how collaborating with other business leaders in her Vistage group helped her to gain confidence in her decision making, improve her personal development and provided emotional support in order to grow the business and overcome any challenges along the way.
“… When you work in a family business, as I have for 20 years, you have no external reference from having worked in another company, so it gives me access to other people that say keep going and especially when you’re a growing business, you just face challenges that you have no idea how to overcome, so by sharing it you get some insight into how to resolve the problem.”
Keeping it in the family business
There aren’t too many family owned businesses that successfully pass the company on from generation to generation. Then there is the Zerbini’s. This family’s life has been a circus for 250 years — that’s ten consecutive generations. 70 year old Tarzan Zerbini pitched the family big top on a patch of asphalt in the NE this week. The family patriarch spoke with the Herald’s Valerie Fortney about circus life, famous co-workers, animal rights activists and an all too revealing kiss from an elephant.
Continuous disclosure — what do listed companies have to tell the market and when?
ASX Investment talks with Kevin Lewis, Group Executive and Chief Compliance Officer, ASX
Continuous disclosure, trading halts and speeding tickets. It may seem like another language but it is all about making sure that listed companies release information to the market promptly so that investors have equal access to information. Kevin Lewis of ASX is the person responsible for listed company reporting at ASX. He talks to Tony Featherstone.
Speaker Biography – Kevin Lewis SJD (Harvard), MBA (U Sydney), LLB (Hons)/BJuris (Hons) (UWA)
Group Executive and Chief Compliance Officer, ASX Compliance Pty Limited
Ken Robinson: How to escape education’s death valley
Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish — and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational “death valley” we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.
Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.
WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO HIM?
Why don’t we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it’s because we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies — far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity — are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says. It’s a message with deep resonance. Robinson’s TEDTalk has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006. The most popular words framing blog posts on his talk? “Everyone should watch this.”
A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken led the British government’s 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements. His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a New York Timesbestseller and has been translated into 21 languages. A 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, was published in 2011. His latest book, Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, will be published by Viking in May 2013.
“Ken’s vision and expertise is sought by public and commercial organizations throughout the world.” BBC Radio 4
How you understand time determines your destiny? by Enzo Calamo
Your time is your greatest asset! Whatever your age, you ONLY have a limited number of Birthdays, Christmas Holidays, and weekends. Furthermore, for Baby Boomers, most of these special days are in the past rather than in front of them. The biggest challenge that I encounter when talking with people is that they understand this concept of limited time but they only view time as linear. Linear time starts at birth and ends at death. Throughout history, time only keeps moving forward. As a result, for the majority of people, memories and regrets are located in the past while hopes and dreams are for the future.
However, linear time is just one form of time. There are several other ways to view time which are much more beneficial and productive for your life. The following are just a few examples:
All that anyone can count upon is the current moment. Therefore, a better view of time management is non-linear. Either you DO something NOW or not! If you do not do something now, then you will NEVER do it, you must DELEGATE it to someone else to do it now, or you SCHEDULE the action for a future time. Furthermore, with the advances in technology today, you may be able to delegate your task to a system or process that will accomplish your objectives simultaneously as you do something else.
All of us are aware of the four seasons in the year but we ignore the life cycles in our lives. Just because something in your life is going well or not, it does not mean that it will continue the same way forever (this is a linear thought mentality).
By aligning your time, talents, and treasures to accomplish your life purposes, there is the ability to leverage your time to accomplish multiple goals at the same time. For example, if you use your money to bring in a housecleaner on the weekend, you can spend your time to workout, shop, or to do some other important task in your life. For most wealthy families that I work with at Lugen Family Office, understanding how leveraged time works is by far their most important advantage over the average person.
I strongly recommend that you pay attention to how you view your time since your present choices are determining your destiny and your life story. As John Wooden said, “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”
Sean Hutchison: Global Challenges & Social Innovations
Sean Hutchison, former U.S. Olympic coach and the inventor of IKKOS: a patented, brain-based movement learning system.
What’s Better Than Perfect?: Simon Cohen
Simon Cohen is a media ethics maverick. Simon is committed to shine the media spotlight on inspirational people and organisations, believing that socially driven stories can feature on the front pages.