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26 May 2024

Membership Crackdown Could Hurt Kogan.com’s ‘North Star’

Thanks to the The Australian Financial Review for speaking with our Lead Portfolio Ray David on Retail, and regulatory views around merchants in the Australian Market.

The AFR explores KGN… “Investors are betting a crackdown on lucrative membership programs will hurt Kogan.com’s major profit driver, pushing the online retailer’s shares lower at a time when the company is performing significantly worse than expected.”

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22 Apr 2024

Embracing Team Values and Their Practical Application


Alignment, Quality, and Trust

In every successful team, values are the invisible threads that weave individuals into a cohesive unit. At Blackwattle, we’ve centered our firm around three core values: Alignment, Quality, and Trust. But how are these words applied practically every day, and what is their purpose?
Building Unity: Team values serve as the cornerstone of unity, binding team members together with a common purpose and vision. When everyone aligns with the same values, it creates a sense of belonging and fosters a supportive environment where each member feels valued and respected.
At Blackwattle we created our values through team input, where the question was asked, “What do we want to stand for as a team?” Team buy-in was essential in creating a sense of unity and in finding our three core values collectively.
Driving Performance and Guiding Principles: Clear and shared values provide a framework for decision-making and behavior, guiding actions even in the face of challenges. By upholding these values, teams can maintain focus, stay resilient, and consistently deliver high performance, even in dynamic and uncertain circumstances.
At Blackwattle Alignment and Trust are fundamental values that are referenced in all the decisions we make as a team, asking “Is this decision congruent with our core message of alignment?” and “Does this decision help foster trust?”
Fostering Innovation: Diverse perspectives are the lifeblood of innovation, and team values play a crucial role in encouraging open communication and collaboration. When individuals feel empowered to express their ideas and perspectives within the framework of shared values, it sparks creativity and drives breakthrough solutions.
Encouraging opinions and actually executing those ideas to help shape strategy or make decisions is a key fundamental in helping build trust within the team.
Cultivating Growth: Teams that prioritize values create an environment conducive to growth and development. By promoting trust, accountability, and continuous learning, team values empower individuals to stretch beyond their comfort zones, take calculated risks, and unleash their full potential.
Too often, values are just words on a wall—they are the guiding principles that shape our culture and define who we are as a team. By embracing and embodying these values each day, we pave the way for collective success and, in our case, hopefully drive outperformance which creates a lasting impact not only for our team and our organisation but also for our clients and community.

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