“You grow most in your areas of greatest strength. You will improve the most, be the most creative, be the most inquisitive, and bounce back the fastest in those areas.” Marcus Buckingham, Author

There is something about the first week in December that brings a sense of frenzy as that artificial deadline of Christmas takes hold and we push through the works, the social functions and the end of year commitments to meet them all.

Three particular conversations this week though have brought forward a consistency in personal and business reminders – and that is to work with our areas of greatest strength.

The CEDA State of State address by the Premier highlighted that by drawing together when things get tough and focussing on our values and priorities we can get through a year as tough as 2020. The Premier highlighted that we are now experiencing an 11% increase in household expenditure moving towards our restaurants, cafes and recreational activities. A great boost to our local economy but also to our mental health as we gather out and about and enjoy what our local communities have to offer. Together we are making this a more prosperous place to call home and for the majority of us, we are fortunate enough to be in a position to do so.

The State of the Blue Economy Conference, that I was fortunate enough to MC, and represent our diverse businesses that have links to our marine environment at, was an inspiring discussion on just how we grow and capitalise on our natural advantage of an incredible coastline, how we support and promote the talented and passionate group of individuals drawn to growing this sector and the planning and infrastructure needs of the future to ensure we protect, and provide access to the opportunities that are on the horizon. You can view the conference highlights here.

Finally, on a personal level our 19th Set the Month in Motion, sponsored by the City of Fremantle’s Building Business Capacity Program, highlighted how important it is to step back, review our values and what is really important as we spend time with family and friends over the festive period, and re-set our expectations to prepare for the uncertainty of the year ahead.

I encourage you to review spend some time over the weekend viewing, listening and sharing these important conversations with your colleagues.

Read more in the Chamber Weekly here.