Life Life Balance?
Dear Members and Supporters
Over the past few weeks we have highlighted some of the great things our female business leaders are doing. Here is another.
We all hear the term ‘work life balance’, but perhaps we should simply call it ‘life life balance’ because in an age of technology and instant communications the lines are becoming very blurred.
And when it comes to family owned businesses, there is definitely a merging of work and life, just ask Cathi Buttfield of Sar Major Canvas Goods & Trailers. The company was established by Cathi’s father Kenneth in 1953, first operating from his backyard in Netherby until the factory at 25 Pinn Street St Mary’s was built in 1958.
The unique thing about Cathi is she also works outside of the business in a full-time role and so has much to manage when it comes to her responsibilities; ‘It is definitely a challenge and a balancing act! First and foremost I have amazing staff including a phenomenal team of trusted managers at the factory that run the day-to-day operations and keep striving to grow Sar Major,’ said Cathi.
‘Equally I have a very understanding family and my employer has been incredibly supportive. There is definitely that constant prioritising and when you are focused on one role you are keenly aware that another role is not getting the attention it needs. I would say that I am a fair way off of getting that balance right but each day you make choices to do the best you can for each world.’
When asked about what systems she uses to balance all elements of her work life Cathi said she had recently implemented Office 365 and OneNote ‘I use it to keep all of my information, actions and ideas (aka my brains!) available to me from any phone or computer wherever I am and even share it with others. In this way I can quickly switch into Sar Major, Government, Association Board member, Travel Club, Network Marketing, Cryptocurrency, Property Options, Power of Attorney or just plain “Mum Mode” at the flick of a screen.’ Whew! Talk about busy and there is that old saying that if you want something done give it to a busy person and it will get done!
When asked her advice about how Sar Major has managed to survive and remain relevant during its 65 years Cathi explained that it is all about embracing innovation and reviewing systems and processes that support the business. ‘We continue to adapt and evolve as a manufacturer that is no longer required to produce constant large batches of production. We still have the capacity for bulk production, but Sar Major now specialises in high quality, small-run made-to-measure products and aside from commercial work, we predominantly sell direct to the retail market.’
In the past few weeks all of the businesses featured in our SBC Bulletin have mentioned that they relate their on-going success to establishing great teams, systems and constantly reviewing these systems to remain relevant. ‘As the world changes so quickly these days it’s important to seek out a variety of mentors and networks – they will be one of your greatest sources of knowledge and strength,’ said Cathi.
Sound advice from a long-standing member of SBC. ‘SBC has been an amazing support throughout the last few years. As a business owner you can feel quite isolated, especially during challenging times, the members are always so generous with their knowledge and I always come away from events totally inspired. My top 3 values are learning, connecting and helping – SBC is a triple win on that front.’
Cathi is a great inspiration to not only female entrepreneurs but all business owners, and she owns that space!
Quote of the week from Jack Welsh. “There Is no such thing as work-life balance. But there are work-life choices, and you make them”.
Have a great long weekend everyone.
Nominations have been called for the positions of:
for the 2017/2018 year of Southern Business Connections.
Existing committee members may re-nominate themselves.
All other interested parties please contact SBC Business Facilitator: email@example.com to be sent a nomination form.
All nominations must be received by the Facilitator by COB Wednesday 4 October 2017.
The AGM will be held 6pm Wednesday 25 October 2017 – formal notice will be forthcoming in the coming weeks, but please diarize and save this date now.
Wednesday 11 October, 6-8pm
MAB Tenancy 22 – Gate 3
6 MAB Eastern Promenade, Tonsley
SBC members free, non-members $15
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Come and network with like-minded local business people over a drink and light dinner and find out about another of the SBC members, and have a tour of their brand new facilities in the Tonsley complex.
Building the Economy in Southern Adelaide
Monday 16 October, 7.30am – 9.00am
Flinders NVI Tonsley, Level 5
1284 South Rd, Tonsley
SBC members $25, non-members $35, includes hot breakfast
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Network with others in business
Hear the State's perspective, an economic update, from Treasurer Koutsantonis
Hear a business perspective, from Andrew Downs of SAGE – how he started his business in his Mum’s shed, and is now moving their national headquarters to Tonsley
Hear from Brett Mayne of the Department of State Development – learn about the Job Accelerator Grant Scheme and also the Work Ready Program
City of Marion Event
Grow Your Business Expo
Thursday 23 November, 4.00pm – 7.00pm
1284 South Rd, TonsleyThis is a large regional business event run by the City of Marion showcasing local business support and the latest in Technology to help Southern Adelaide businesses thrive.
Whether an early stage start-up or an established business, the Expo will have experts on hand to solve the issues a growing business will face – solutions to accessing people and accessing business programs.
The afternoon will include:
Networking opportunity with Keynote Speaker (Speaker at 6pm)
Onsite parking available
They understand that time is money, so they have planned the day with as much as possible, so the afternoon out of the office is worthwhile.
Being a non-industry specific show, businesses from all backgrounds can find new, inventive ways to help their business grow. This is a perfect opportunity to connect with the right people in Southern Adelaide and build relationships.
To register your interest, please go to: http://2017growyourbusiness.eventbrite.com.au
or contact Georgie Johnson: firstname.lastname@example.org