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Service Leadership II - Strategic
AMCA National Course calendar 2010

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The popular Managing For Profit course has al-ready been filled; but the first cab off the rank is actually one of the Service Leadership courses... information on some of our presenters....While getting a feel for the level of understanding in the classroom, Cherry always seeks to make the learning both fun and engaging, as she realises finance training can typically be so dry... but she also realises its importance and relevance for the Service Leader too!

When Australian trainers train overseas
Australian Institute of Training & Development, April 2010

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Australian trainers who train in culturally different markets need to be aware of cultural differences, and be flexible to the needs of their audiences... Cherry Birch, of Melbourne-based Birch Consulting Group, has trained extensively in India, as well as other Asian countries. She advises trainers to learn as much about the host organisation, the country, and the market before leaving.... Cherry also stresses the importance of the
letting an offshore audience know about the trainer's credentials and experience.

Epworth HealthCare: Understanding and Working with numbers
Leadership Development newsletter, June 2010

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Meet the Facilitators: Cherry Birch... for the last 16 years, she has primarily focussed on the areas of executive coaching, leadership, change management, career management and general management development, gaining international experience through working and living in the UK and SE Asia before moving to Australia.

Stockholm-based Bonanza Education expands into US market
News Release, Oct 2009

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Birch Consulting Group's partner, Bonanza Education AB announced it is expanding into the world’s largest business market by bringing its proven financial literacy programs to the United States...

Finance Skills Builder – Financial understanding for NFP Board members
Organised by Leadership Victoria, Oct 2009

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This fun, interactive two-day program starts with all the financial basics and then extends your knowledge. Learn financial skills key to Board members, including:

- The 3 key financial statements in some depth
- Key ratios
- Working capital management
- Capital expenditure appraisal
- How to read an Annual Report

Costing and Pricing – an accounting overview
Topic to be presented in Workshop in Costiing and Pricing for Platforms July 2009

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The purpose is to provide Bio21 Cluster PTN Managers with an introduction to costing and pricing principles, along with specific examples of pricing within a PT environment.

Topics include:
- context and concepts of costing and pricing
- the basics of costing (direct and indirect, fixed and variable)
- what is depreciation?
- introduction to Activity Based Costing

How To Increase Your Profits In A Downturn
Pubublished on CEO Online May 2009

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Let's face it. Every business needs profits - to expand, to invest in new things, to enter new markets, pay investors - or in these uncertain times, just to survive. So what are your strategies for increasing your profits? And are you confident that everyone in your business understands these?

When you simplify it, there are just 3 ways to increase profits:
1. Increase prices
2. Reduce costs
3. Increase sales volume

Which of these would impact your bottom line most favourably?

Featured Facilitator: Making finance training fun!
AIM Victoria & Tasmania Associate Consultant Newsletter April 2009 Issue 7

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For many years, I misguidedly thought that all senior managers understood the basics of finance... when I’d finished the class, a senior executive sheepishly said to me, “Do you know that is the first time I have ever understood that stuff?”, I was blown away. Prior to this, I had been a partner in a London firm of Chartered Accountants and so I’d always dealt with senior executives in the finance area. It never occurred to me just how many people reach senior positions in companies without any formal finance training. These days, I never assume! I am also very careful to avoid anyone losing face – one of my rules – There is no such thing as a stupid question!

Corporate Training: Getting into Export Workshops
Workshops by Austrade, 16 & 19 February 2009

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...designed specifically for corporate training/human resources consultants and business consultancy professionals who would like to source offshore business clients, raise awareness of their services and learn more about opportunities in South East Asia. In 2008, the first round of workshops attracted over 100 attendees around Australia.

Experienced Industry Advisers, Business Development Managers from Austrade and an experienced exporter will present the workshop in Sydney and Melbourne connecting Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart and Perth via video conference.

Get A Grip - Money Matters!
Leadership Victoria Board Orientation Series Finance Skills Builder, 6 & 7 Feb 09

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This 2 day course will start right from basics and extend the Board Orientation Series module. It has been designed to cover the areas most relevant to Board members, including:

- The 3 key financial statements in some depth
- Key ratios
- Working capital management
- Capital expenditure appraisal
- How to read an Annual Report

Your presenter, CHERRY BIRCH from Birch Consulting Group, has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services sector. She has served on a number of NFP boards and is a regular presenter on Leadership Victoria’s Board Orientation Series.

Figuratively speaking
HR Monthly, June 08

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...commercial businesses are about putting money in the bank, and HR people need to understand the business impact of everything they do. In executive team meetings, everyone else will have views relating to the people issues, so why should the 'people people' not have views in the finance area?

Come Clean, avoid a mess
SMH MyCareer, 26-27 January 08

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If you are out of order and you know it, and the other person does, bluffing your way through and not saying anything, not apologising, is going to lose you respect,’’ says coaching expert Cherry Birch of Birch Consulting. ‘‘We all know we trust someone more if they admit their mistakes.

No need for cashflow crises
Daily Telegraph, 20 December 05

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According to Birch Consulting Group head Cherry Birch... "how many times have your customers used a query on a small part of the invoice as an excuse to delay payment...? Ask them if they are in agreement with the rest of the invoice and get them to pay the non disputed amount while you investigate their query".

Make your money work
The Adelaide Advertiser, 20 December 05)

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... managing cash properly can help businesses get through lean times... Birch says knowing how quickly the business is paid and whether payment periods are met is somewhere to start. "Calculate your receivable days and compare to your payment terms and conditions... if your receivable days comes to 90 days and your terms say 30 days, you will most likely encounter cash flow problems".

Sales rarely an easy option
Herald Sun, 15 December 05

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Running a sale or a promotion might seem an easy way to bring in some extra cash for the business, but it might hide a bigger problem. "The two primary areas in which businesses tie up cash are receivables and inventories or stock"...money tied up in these areas can be "dead money"... but managing cash properly can help businesses get through lean times.

Creditors and stock do need steady scrutiny
Courier Mail, 14 December 05

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...Birch Consulting Group says businesses sometimes do not pay enough attention to the amounts and the ways money is flowing in and out of the business ... sending invoices promptly will also help smooth cashflow because the client will receive the invoice while the work done is still fresh in their minds and they are more like to pay more quickly.

Putting fun into finance
The Adelaide Advertiser, 22 October 05

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Everyone in the organisation should have a basic understanding of finance in order to appreciate the impact of their actions on profitability ... "Fundamentals is an interactive training program involving a combination of fun and highly participative learning techniques... very effective in enabling employees from the junior ranks to chief executive officers to understand the basics and gain more confidence in dealing with financial transactions and data."


 
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