Last monthâs 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 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 Â 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.
Signature Guttering and Roofing was born in 2015, by adding to the team an accountant, marketing and sales agency and strategic planning professional. Â Since then Rebecca and Dave have purchased a commercial property, reached a turnover of $5 million, Â employed and sub-contracted 30 more team members. But they arenât 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.
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. Â Rebecca explains âour 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 businessâ. 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 âwe are always hiringâ, so if someone comes along that is amazing we create a roleâ.
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 teamâs personality preferences, leadership, and communication styles. If you are interested in booking please contact the COC.
Rebecca Walkerâs recent PD lunch on âBuilding your teamâ 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 youâve reached your working capacity.Â
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. Â
Melissa Gardner : Meluka Design – Property Styling