Posts Tagged ‘Success’

ABS Develops Avondale College Leaders

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Recognizing the need to invest in developing its leaders, Avondale College commissioned its Avondale Business School to develop and implement a program for middle and aspiring leaders. The Avondale College LEAD program was crafted and delivered by ABS monthly throughout the second half of 2018. Word of the program spread to other entities, who sponsored their own staff to also attend. The success of the program is such that it is being expanded for 2019 with any Avondale Staff invited to attend, and a range of new topics being developed, including dealing with conflict and toxic people, leading teams, and leading change. Participants from this year enjoyed the program and the following comment typifies their responses “I have very much enjoyed the sessions I have attended – love your presentation style and have appreciated learning some new concepts and skills”. Avondale Business School can also help you develop your leaders, and to find out how, contact Warrick Long at or 02 4980 2168.

ABS 2018 Graduates

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

December 9 was the culmination of many years hard work for the graduating Avondale Business School graduations of 2018. Of the 13 graduates, 12 attended the ceremony at the Lake Macquarie campus, including two graduates from our partnering entity Universal Institute of Technology (UIT) in Melbourne. The Accounting, Human Resources and Marketing majors enjoyed a celebratory day receiving their Bachelor of Business Degree certificates and congratulations. Around 50% of the graduates already have employment confirmed, and a number of others are in the application and interview process. ABS congratulates all the 2018 graduates, and wishes them well for the future.

A Trip down Memory Lane

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Being an Alumni of the University of Sydney, Assoc. Prof. Lisa Barnes was given the opportunity to walk the halls of her undergraduate days when she attended the 13th World Congress of Accounting Educators and Researchers, held at the new Ambercrombie Business School building, on 9-10 November, 2018. The conference was an initiative of the International Association for Accounting, Education and Research (

The TRAC Model

The conference was attended by delegates from around the world and included symposiums as well as plenary sessions. A paper prepared from Warrick Long’s PhD entitled “Accounting Academic Workloads in the Higher Education Sector: Balancing Workload Creep to Avoid Depreciation” was presented. Delegates could relate to particularly the TRAC model presented, where it was demonstrated that Accounting Lecturers are undergoing a type of workload creep with the current changes to student cohorts and changes to the way in which accounting is taught in the higher education sector.

Erin Poulton, one of ABS’s sessional lecturers also presented a paper entitled “The Alzheimer’s approach to Financial Disclosure: the case of Australian Residential Aged Care Providers”. This paper was from Erin’s PhD and is timely in the fact that there has now been an announcement of a Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. The Honourable Justice Joseph McGrath and Ms Lynelle Briggs AO have been appointed Commissioners. Justice McGrath is a judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and Ms Briggs is a former Australian Public Service Commissioner. The Royal Commission’s interim report is to be provided by 31 October 2019, and its final report no later than 30 April 2020.

Erin’s recommendations in relation to disclosure of Financial Statements by Residential Age Care providers, is that currently they are inconsistent and inadequate and recommends the use of the General Purpose Financial Reporting (GPFR) standards when preparing accounts. She also recommends an audit of these accounts to enable the entities to release financial information to stakeholders to help them assess their ability to be sustainable, and make sure they family members are well provided for in the facility.

The conference website links are as follows can be found here.

ABS Graduating Students Learn to “Do Lunch”

Sunday, November 18, 2018

ABS graduating students were treated to lunch in celebration of the last 3 years of work they have put in to achieve their Bachelor of Business undergraduate degree, see link here to degree information. Students will attend graduation in December 2018, after finishing sitting their final exams in the next 2 weeks.

Graduating students have a range of majors from Accounting, to Marketing and Human Resource Management. Some students have already secured employment at organisations such as Sanitarium (, & Adventist Schools Australia (

Taking the students out to lunch was a chance for students to reflect on their journey, and give some feedback to lecturers on ways to enhance the journey for future students. Students shared stories on previous lecturers, and their quirks and lecturers also shared their experiences as an undergraduates. It was a great way for students to finish their final semester, and shows the importance of the care and service that ABS staff show towards their students. Clearly small class sizes enhances the student-teacher relationship, making it one of trust and care, instilling confidence in the students for their future success upon graduation.

The graduation ceremony will be held on Sunday, 9th December, 2018. Before that, students also celebrate graduation with a student dinner, breakfast with Avondale Staff and finally lunch with the President on graduation day. The ABS expects approximately 15 students to graduate this year, with three students making the journey from our Melbourne offering on the day.

We wish all graduating students from ABS well in their future, and will take pleasure in adding them to our ever growing list of successful Alumni. We also take pride in introducing them to the necessary business skill of “doing lunch”, where so many important negotiations in business take place.

ABS Students Ranked in Top 7 Globally

Sunday, November 18, 2018

ABS students in the final year unit ‘Strategic Responses in Business’ competed all semester in a globally run computer simulation, and ranked in the top 7 worldwide in most of the success measures!

In this unit, aiming to give the students a simulated business experience, the students managed a computer sensor company over an 8 year (fictional) period. For each year the students were required to make over 160 decisions involving marketing, financing, human resources, production, and R&D. Throughout the semester there were assessments based on competitor analysis, preparing minutes of meetings and compiling company reports based on their results.

The final assessment in the last week of semester involved the students holding an Annual General Meeting for their shareholders (Staff invited from throughout the College), in which they had to report on their companies’ operations and answer questions from their shareholders.

Following the completion of their AGM, their lecturer Warrick Long revealed to those who attended that of the success measures used by the simulation, this group of students achieved a ranking in the top 7 places world-wide in four of the seven success measures, beating 587 other teams in universities from around the world. This was an outstanding achievement from this group, involving Sarah Rosenberg, Andrew Bradley, Kody Dobson and Enzo Bocchino, and they should be justifiably very proud of their achievement. Well done.

ABS Mentoring Sessional Staff

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Dr Erin Poulton and Associate Professor Lisa Barnes recently attended the Melbourne International Business and Social Science Research Conference 2018. There, Erin presented a paper based on her PhD entitled “Financial Disclosure by Australian Residential Aged Care Providers: Are They Suffering Dementia?”

Conference papers can be accessed from the conference website at

Erin has been a sessional staff member at the ABS for 2 years, but the history behind her relationship with Lisa Barnes has spanned over 10 years, with Lisa teaching her at undergraduate level, was her supervisor for her honors’ degree, and also supervisor for her PhD. Mentoring of younger staff members is an important part of the ABS strategy for retaining great staff, and getting research outcomes.

The conference was presented by the Australian Academy of Business Leadership (AABL), of which Lisa is on the advisory board. Lisa was asked to Chair the conference and provide the keynote address entitled “Collaboration and Networking for Research Excellence”. This is the 23nd conference of AABL, and 4th conference in Melbourne. The conference was represented by academics of 26 institutions from 10 countries. The Australian Academy of Business Leadership can we accessed via its website at

For this Melbourne conference, research papers were from key areas including Education; Social Business, Environment and Sustainability; Accounting, Economics and Finance; Management and Marketing and Multi-disciplinary areas. Abstracts submitted to this conference were subject to double blind peer review to ensure the highest level of academic quality and relevance.

Erin and Lisa enjoyed the conference, meeting new academics from around the world and of course contributing to the Melbourne economy by visiting local restaurants and getting a little retail therapy!


ABS Head Helps Judge Central Coast Business Awards

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The ‘Helloworld Erina Group’ 2018 Central Coast Regional Business Awards were hosted by the Central Coast chapter of the NSW Business Chamber, at Crowne Plaza Terrigal. The evening is about celebrating business excellence in the Central Coast Region. Finalists and award winners across 11 categories celebrated with the evening culminating with the presentation for the 2018 Central Coast Business of the year! The Dress Code was Black Tie & Formal. The evening was attended by Lisa Barnes who was also one of the judges of the awards.

The finalists on the night included the following:

“The judging was a huge challenge as there are so many great regional businesses out there who are doing really innovative initiatives and demonstrating that even though they are regional they can still play in the arena with the bug businesses” said Lisa Barnes. The Central Coast NSW Business Chamber provides a voice for Central Coast businesses. They advocate governments and authorities at local, state and federal levels to create a better commercial environment.

The big award winner of the night was The Australian Reptile Park who took out the award for Central Coast Business of the Year 2018. Congratulations to all finalists and winners on the night.

Maybe the Difficult Person is You!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Perhaps there are no difficult people – only situations in which people seem to us to be difficult. Author Adam Kahane takes a quick look at those situations where we find ourselves having to work with people we consider difficult. He writes about it in a short blog (find it here) that is worth a quick read.

Kahane gives three things for us to think about when we are facing those people we consider to be difficult. In summary these are:

  1. Create low-stakes spaced: That is, start off by just listening, or trying things our, or just having a meeting. These are early opportunities to experiment with creating new connections with the person.
  2. Look for patters in your frustrations: In particular, see if we are actually part of the problem, and can then work to be part of the solution.
  3. Practice letting go: We have the choice about who we work with – sometimes the best choice is to choose not to work with someone. That’s ok.

In concluding, Kahane reminds us that none of this is easy or foolproof, but if we want to be able to collaborate, then we have to be willing to change ourselves. And the Avondale Business School is able to help you with change. To find out how, contact Warrick Long on 02 4980 2168 or

ABS Students Represented at UN University Scholars Leadership Symposium

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

In mid-June this year, a Humanitarian Affairs representative, Andreena Kardamis contacted Avondale College of Higher Education with the intention of locating students who believe in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). Kardamis found Avondale while conducting online research into universities that had a strong emphasis on and involvement with acts of service. 13 of Avondale’s student leaders from a variety of disciplines were then invited to attend the 9th University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS) held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. It ran from the 1st of August till the 6th of August 2018, and comprised of workshops, keynote influential speakers, motivational sessions and a service day. In total, 1057 delegates were invited across 87 countries. Our Avondale cohort shared accommodation with all of the other delegates which gave us the perfect opportunity to network and hear their stories. Some of the representatives were refugees, some came from extreme poverty and some had lost their families because of corruption.

Listening to presentations formed some of the main highlights of the whole experience. We had the honour of hearing Geraldine Cox, the founder of Sunrise Cambodia, speak on her charity and vision. Originally established as an orphanage in the Cambodian province of Kandal, Sunrise Cambodia now extends its services to sustainable development and family support in several provinces of the country. David Begbie, Director of Crossroads’ Global X-perience and senior spokesman for Crossroads Foundation, gave a presentation that particularly resonated with me. His work with Crossroads Foundation has been instrumental in sourcing and distributing resources for those affected by natural disasters, and it is this practical and missional approach to service that I really appreciated. Kishore Mahbubani, a recognised expert in Asian and world affairs, Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore and prolific author also gave further insight into the SDG’s and their role in the wider world.

There were many more inspiring presentations from a range of perspectives and altruistic goals, however they all served to reveal the commonalities that the attendees shared: drive, passion, people and purpose. Given the opportunity to surround ourselves with delegates from across the globe also lead us to the question, why did we come? This was a question often put forward to the delegates, which made us really evaluate our personal motivations for being there. We came from completely different lifestyles, cultures, ethnicities and were all wanting the same answers: zero poverty, zero hunger, good health, quality education, and world peace.

The acts of service that the delegates and the informants shared with us throughout the week were a clear representation of how God wants us to impact and change this world. It is not a common opportunity to be in the same room with so many leaders, and it was a heart-warming experience knowing that as humans, whether Christian or not, we can see God working through people’s hearts all over the world.

By Yannick Coute, ABS Student

Barking Up The Wrong Tree – Book Review

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

“Much of what we’ve been told about the qualities that lead to achievement is logical, earnest – and downright wrong.” So claims Eric Barker in his recently released book (2017) ‘Barking Up The Wrong Tree’, published by HarperOne.

Essentially Barker is dealing with the premise that ‘What we have been led to believe about being successful is mostly wrong.’ He has been researching the various issues associated with success for a number of years, writing about it on his blog. This book is a culmination of that research.

HE goes to enormous lengths to find research, and even to sources themselves to delve into the issues of success. For me, this means it is very convincing, and what I particularly like is that he explores multiple sides of the issues, allowing the evidence to speak for itself.

An example of the issues considered:

  • Do nice guys always finish last?
  • What navy SEALs, video games, arranged marriages and Batman can teach us about sticking it out when success is hard
  • The real truth about work-life balance.

Really well organised book, and very well written, with equal doses of research, humour and surprise.

This book will appeal to pretty much anyone, and especially those who are thinking about whether they are being successful or not, and what success really looks like (hint – it’s not about money!). Taken from page 3, “This book explores what rings success in the real world. And I mean life success, not merely money making. What attitudes and behaviours will help you achieve your goals in whatever arena you choose, career or personal?”

Very worthwhile, and one of the best books I have read for awhile –highly recommended.

Warrick Long, Lecturer, Avondale Business School.