Last month’s Professional Development Lunch was a huge hit. Rebecca provided such a welcoming environment that facilitated great conversations about team building, delegation, personality types and getting the right people in the right roles. The conversations were firing throughout the event and even sparked some promotional collaboration ideas between members.

Rebecca Walker with Anita Humpreys and Deborah Potts

Rebecca opened the lunch by explaining her move to the Sunshine Coast 10 years ago with her husband, Dave, to start their small-scale roofing business. During this hectic time Rebecca realised the skills she acquired as an intensive care nurse were also very helpful in dealing with the high-pressure situations of a rapidly expanding business. However, she soon recognised  these skills were not enough and they needed to fill the skill gaps by building a team. Rebecca notes this as a pivotal decision in the business which allowed them to meet their expansion goals.

Natalie Crombie from Etch and Co with Jodie Slade from Leadership Management Australia

Signature Guttering and Roofing was born in 2015, by adding to the team an accountant, marketing and sales agency and strategic planning professional.  Since then Rebecca and Dave have purchased a commercial property, reached a turnover of $5 million,  employed and sub-contracted 30 more team members. But they aren’t stopping there, currently they are also looking to open a new sector in Canberra and Sydney and are expanding their product range to include DYI patios.

Deborah Potts from Business Lifestyle Globally with Cheree Clarke from ABA Partners QLD

But all this didn’t happen without some serious hard work and after having their third baby, the next hurdle to overcome was creating a work life balance.  Rebecca explains “our theory was that we can never be working at more than 80% capacity otherwise we will not have time to be actively work on the business”. This meant letting go of certain responsibilities and trusting others with key roles such as estimators, procurement officers, operations managers, supervisors, admin, finance, and sales team members. These roles are so vital to our business that our mindset is ‘we are always hiring’, so if someone comes along that is amazing we create a role”.

Melissa Gardner from Meluka Design with Maria Faulder from Suite Three .

One of the great outcomes of the Professional development lunches is the quality conversations that develop between members during and after the event. During the lunch, many discussed the various techniques and tools they use to identify the right team members, such as Myers Briggs, DISC and AusIDentities. Following up after the event was the wonderful, Renee Woodhead, General Manager of SEBEL. Renee shared this link to a workshop being run by the Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce which discuss AusIDentities and how it will help identify your team’s personality preferences, leadership, and communication styles. If you are interested in booking please contact the COC.

Corrie Attneave from Secure Access with Karen Tyrrell-Conroy from Modere.

 

Funky Frog in Buderim

Testimonial

Rebecca Walker’s recent PD lunch on ‘Building your team’ gave such valuable insight into the employment side of business as she shared her journey from the first staff member through to the dynamic and successful team she has today. There were some great tips shared on what to look out for as well as realising the right time to hire when you’ve reached your working capacity. 

The table opened up with suggestions and recommendations enabling us to learn from the entire group. These lunches are a great way to learn from other professionals and to comfortably ask questions. We brainstormed together and even came up with ideas on how we can work together collaboratively and successfully, all whilst enjoying a delicious lunch.  

Melissa Gardner : Meluka Design – Property Styling

Three Cheers for Tania

On Thursday members were treated to a truly inspirational professional development lunch hosted by our Outstanding Business Woman of the Year, Tania Turner from Shine Beauty.

Wendy Chadwick from Express Print and Mail and Tania Turner for Shine Beauty

Tania did an amazing job of outlining the benefits of keeping up with technology, as well as how trend analysis from a resource based view could grow their business. What a privilege to hear such detailed and honest insights on how these strategies have returned for her business. It certainly left all who attended with a new mindset for why it is important to adapt to changes in the market.

Jodie Slade from Leadership Management Australia and Terri Everest from The CBA

Tania began by sharing how she started 18 years ago with no money, just a temporary lease and no thoughts about the internet. However, it did not take long before she realised the power and potential of the world wide web.

Tricia Keyte from Genxxlife and Martine Poulain from the Wishlist Foundation

This innovation transformed Tania’s business as she began to sell the available spaces at her salons at a discounted rate online. Resulting in online sales becoming greater than individual sales. By investing in her own in-house web development she could collect and analyse a variety of data, such as employee performance, salon productivity, P&L for each Salon, and even the success of her e-birthday campaigns. This technology has been pivotal in growing the business to six luxury beauty salons.

Melissa Gardner from Meluka Designs and Lyndsey Cox from Wandspro

Tania went on to explain the benefits that SCBWN members could achieve by understanding their market. Tania had the table in tears of laughter as she recalled the first time someone asked for a Brazilian… she did not know what it was but was willing to adapt to meet her clients demands. However, Tania did advise not to chase every fad, but to do your research and follow your gut feeling.

 

All attendees of the Tania’s Professional Development lunch were gifted a Free Facial… what a treat.

All the ladies who attended were very spoilt as they not only walked away with some amazing insights but were presented with a wonderful gift voucher from Shine Beauty for a free facial.  Also a special thanks to Kim Taylor for sharing some of her home grown produce with the ladies. Kim also donated a lucky door prize for a free seat at her next speaking workshop, congratulations to Melissa Gardner who was the lucky winner.

The next Professional Development lunch will be our Young Business Woman of the Year, Rebecca Walker from Signature Roofing and Guttering. Bec will be talking about building your team.

Attendee testimonials from Tania Turner’s Professional Development Lunch

“It was a wonderful lunch and a big thank you to Tania for your amazing insights and down to earth approach to business. You are certainly an inspiration.
In fact, each one of you is an inspiration – so thank you!” Kim Taylor from Ultimate Speaker.

“Thoroughly loved the Professional Development Lunch hosted by Tania. There is nothing more inspiring to women in business on the Sunshine Coast, than hearing a success story and how it came about, what challenges were experienced and how these were dealt with. Three cheers to you Tania! And thank you for our gift which was extraordinarily kind of you” Samantha Mackie from From Fuji Xerox Business Centre Sunshine Coast.

 

 

“The lunch today was fantastic as always. Hearing from Tania’s professional experiences certainly inspires me in my business to stay current and innovative. Tania delivered so many insights and take aways for me at least. As well as the professional development aspect of the lunch, catching up with so many amazing like-minded women is personally important for balance in my week”. Lindsey Cox from Wandspro – Innovative Outdoor Gear.

“Tania was a brilliant speaker, well prepared and had no trouble filling the time. I was amazed at her technological foresight and innovation in developing her online booking system that contained insights into every (and I mean literally every) aspect of her business”. Terri Everest, CBA.

“My own business revolves around making ‘Good People Great’” & it is just so inspiring & fabulous to hear of Tania Turner’s wonderful journey to success:- from the seeds of Desire & Determination that inspired the very first  salon of holes-in-the-walls- style leased premises 18 years ago,  to owning the building & now today, a prosperous enterprise  of 6 highly successful salons that has, aside from many other achievements I am sure,  bestowed on Tania Turner & her amazing ‘Shine’ team   an accolade of 3 Business Excellence Awards!  Congratulations Tania! And thank you for sharing your personal story that is truly that of an entrepreneur! I feel very fortunate to have attended the PD Lunch at Tides Waterfront Dining Bulcock Beach Caloundra amongst this wonderful network of women who make up the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network  & to have the opportunity to hear Tania’s amazing journey!” Jodie Slade – Leadership Management Australia.