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Growing a Team Culture

By Danielle Banton

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”

– Phil Jackson, Sportsman

There have been mixed reports in the media about what 2016 will bring. However our team’s initial enquires and inspections have been exceptional. This month we thought we would give you some insight as to what makes our team so outstanding.

Harmony and Good Spirit

Annually, we help ‘Kick Start’ the New Year by venturing out of the office to a resort-style venue to bond and listen to inspiring and well-informed speakers to broaden the team’s thinking on not only business but life. We introduced this ritual a number of years ago to ensure we developed a theme of harmony and good spirit amongst all.
We live and work in a competitive environment and it is my belief that without the unity and caring attitude towards each other, there is no base to grow a team culture and team spirit.

I Often Get Asked By Our Competitors: How Do You Do It?

How do we stay connected to each other and still create young rising stars in the profession?

I happily and freely reveal my secret:  Monday and Tuesday mornings I am the first in at 7.30 am. On a Monday I greet the team for a complete sales meeting. On a Tuesday for sharing of advice, lending an ear for any current hurdles or simply for a cross-pollination of ideas and mentoring.

After that, I make myself available literally 24/7 to my team. They can consult me with any questions regarding new and existing clients or to discuss various matters – be it real estate, general family or business matters.

My belief is that this sharing-culture needs to start from the top down and permeate throughout the office.

For me it is paramount that our theme and culture are built around harmony. This is the platform that allows me to enjoy coming to work every day and at the same time to see people within our business grow and develop.

I am passionate about this theory and work ethic and it has taken 7 years to develop what we have today.

My vision for our business is clear and the path for those that join us…. exciting!

2016 – A Steady, ‘Real’ Market

As to the market: For the first half of 2016 I believe we will have a slow, but steady flow of stock and real-time sales at realistic levels with slightly less heat. Our team at Ray White Double Bay had an incredible end to 2015 and 2016 has started for us with some outstanding listings.

• 218/180 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
• 15 Wunulla Road, Point Piper
• 13/19 Young Street, Vaucluse
• 3 Church Street, Waverly
• 14 The Avenue, Rose Bay

I foresee a healthy growth in prices this year but potentially over a more extended period. I prefer to call this a ‘real’ market where buyers and sellers will find a balance in price without the frenzy we experienced over recent times.

Interest rates look set to stay and anyone needing to get a health check on their current loans should call me asap for some advice as there are still opportunities to secure funds under 4 percent and possibly closer to mid-3 percent.

So watch this space for some more amazing opportunities and exciting properties.

Warm regards,
Michael Finger and Diane Wilson

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