Knowledge Sharing Dinner Series: Sharing knowledge you can use to make better decisions and take decisive action to fill the gaps in your business.

The real risks of business and the internet: beyond cybercrime

The Synergy48 Group Knowledge Sharing Dinner Series: join the conversation.

TBA 2019

The online world has given birth to new industries and exciting possibilities, it’s profoundly changed our lives, but there’s a catch. Like all human endeavours there are those that seek to make the world a better place and others just wanting to take advantage of its vulnerabilities… and then there’s just simple human error. The fear is real, and with the internet especially, the solutions are complex.

Is your business at risk? Are you, your staff, your clients, and your assets adequately protected? Join the conversation over dinner to find out for yourself.

Date and Time

2019 TBA

6pm – 8.45pm

Location

Novotel Hotel, Glen Waverley

What’s Included?

  • Drink on arrival
  • 2 course dinner
  • Workbook
  • All dinners in the Knowledge Sharing Dinner Series are limited to 32 guests so that everyone has the opportunity to speak in depth with each of the panelists to discuss issues of concern to their business
  • Every guest will leave with a prioritised action plan customised for their business.
  • The opportunity for quality conversations with other quality business owners.

The Expert Panel

Damien Battersby

IT and Cyber Security Specialist

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Damien Battersby: Proactive IT Solutions

IT Support and Cyber Security Specialist

Damien Battersby is founder and managing director of Proactive IT Solutions, an IT company focused on helping business owners improve their bottom line through best practice technology. Over the past 15 years, Damien has worked with hundreds of small and medium business owners helping them get the best from their business through better technology. By focusing on the business strategy and taking a proactive approach, Damien offers more to his clients, maximizing their business performance through their IT systems. His clients enjoy less downtime, higher returns on technology investments and more profits. Along with technology, Damien is also passionate about business and particularly what he calls ‘Client Experience’. The theory behind this is that by focusing on delivering a consistently awesome client experience, you will have more loyal clients who spend more and never question your pricing. This of course translates to a better bottom line.  Damien believes that by choosing the right technology, maximizing client experience can be systemized enabling a repeatable best practice “Client Experience”.

Ian Hopkinson

SEO & Brand Reputation Specialist

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Ian Hopkinson: Mad Scientist Digital

SEO and Digital Marketing Specialist

Musician turned Entrepreneur Ian Hopkinson is a Digital Strategist with expert knowledge from development through social media to SEO and analytics. The Mad Scientist Digital concept was born in the Silicon Valley out of the revolution Napster and the Internet created in the music industry. A professional musician since age 10, Ian toured Europe and recorded with iconic Australian musicians. He was working in the US when the the tidal wave hit – and he found he had the skills and the passion to ride the wave and have great fun doing it. His enthusiasm led Ian’s Californian community to label him a digital “mad scientist” and send him in to advise startups in a range of industries. He realised that he was an entrepreneur and a digital creative. Ian returned to Australia to live and work, building Mad Scientist Digital to help local and global businesses navigate the disruptions of the digital revolution.

Harvey Bowlt

Business Law Specialist

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Harvey Bowlt: Bowlt Commercial Lawyers

Business Law Specialist

Harvey is an Accredited Specialist in Business Law, one of only 107 appointed by the Law Institute of Victoria. He has over 30 years’ experience in both South Africa and Australia. Prior to immigrating to Australia in 2004 Harvey enjoyed a successful career as an Attorney, Notary and Conveyancer in South Africa and was a partner in a Cape Town law firm, where he specialised in High Court litigation, commercial and property work. For the past 13 years Harvey has practised solely in commercial law and specialises in managing risk in businesses. Harvey started Bowlt Commercial Lawyers because he recognised that modern law firms need to be more flexible and attuned to clients’ requirements, particularly by:

  • Providing Specialist Services-competent is not good enough!
  • Being accessible and responsive to clients’ specific needs
  • Providing personalised, commercially practical legal advice and agreements
  • Offering flexible consultation arrangements (including at clients’ premises or another mutually convenient venue)
  • Providing realistic turnaround times for work, and
  • Offering agreed fees, where appropriate.

Harvey is happy to work with any business, provided they have the vision and drive to make their business a success, and understand the value of a trusted advisor like Harvey assisting them with the journey.

Peter Ligdopoulos

Risk Management Specialist

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Peter Ligdopoulos: Delphic Insurance

Insurance and Risk Management Specialist

Peter Ligdopoulos has 15 years industry experience working for global insurance companies both in Australia and the London market.  Having worked with multinational clients his entire career, developing risk mitigation strategies and structuring insurance solutions, Peter founded his company with the goal of applying these principals to businesses who did not have internal risk management departments and rely on external consultants for advice. Through consultation and education, Peter is passionate about his clients understanding the risks in their operations, adequately protect themselves and also how to maximise the opportunities that may present themselves through removing uncertainty.  He is also engaged in the tech startup community, particularly within disruptive technologies and spends time working with social enterprises, charities and not for profits on their risk and governance framework.

About the Knowledge Sharing Dinner Series

Information is Noise – Knowledge is Power

A 2016 survey of 300 business leaders from 16 countries conducted by CIMA and AICPA found that senior leaders are struggling to make the right decisions, with 72% of organizations admitting to at least one strategic initiative failing in the last three years as a result of flaws in their decision making processes.

A top cause of poor decision making identified in the study is information overload, with 36% saying their organization is not coping with information overload, and that it is making life harder for those charged with decision making because they are unable to extract relevant information and turn it into insight.

The dilemma is clear: on the one hand, business leaders receive too much information, while on the other hand, they don’t get enough knowledge and insights to make sound decisions and develop new capacities for action.

Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline distinguishes information sharing (giving and receiving data, facts and opinions) from knowledge sharing, with knowledge sharing occurring when people are genuinely interested in helping one another improve decision making and develop new capacities for action.

Every dinner in the series is based around Four Guiding Principles:

  1. Singular Focus: Every dinner focuses on exploring a specific business issue which SMEs have consistently identified as a significant concern.
  2. Multiple perspectives: We bring together four experts from four different industries/professions to provide multiple perspectives on the issue.
  3. Relevance and Significance: You’ll have the opportunity to explore the issue in depth with each of the experts to determine how it applies to your business.
  4.  Capacity for Action: You’ll leave with a clear and prioritised action plan developed for YOUR business – NOT a generic “To Do” list.

What business owners are saying

Able to discuss in depth relevant issues for my business with no obligation

Heidi Froelich, HF Bookkeeping,

14 August 2018

Educational and enjoyable evening. Valuable Information

Carl Huybers, Mad Scientist Digital.

14 August 2018

Lots of interesting and stimulating discussion with fellow business owners.

Peter Burgess, Olivitek Software Pty Ltd

14 August 2018

Come along! You will be surprised how much you could do better.

Dheeraj Sachdev, First Class Accounts Parkdale

14 August 2018

Come along! You will be surprised how much you could do better.

Dheeraj Sachdev, First Class Accounts Parkdale

14 August 2018

Really interesting. Great format - listen to the panel and then have the opportunity to ask questions in small informal groups.

Raie Lyth, Web Ideas

14 August 2018

Thought provoking, great knowledge transfer, clear list of action items

Ian Bosler, Intertype

14 August 2018

Lots of valuable, practical information which is unlikely to come out of a normal business presentation.

Robin Snelling, BCP Growth.

14 August 2018

Brilliant, entertaining, valuable. A great investment of time and money.

Lisa Wiking, Motivational Leadership

14 August 2018

Recommended as an informative and worthwhile knowledge sharing experience.

Mary Anne Waldron, MAW Action

14 August 2018

Very professional speakers, well organised evening. Information extremely relevant to my business!

Jeanine Purdie, Business Credit Solutions

14 August 2018

Well worth attending. Lots of good information

Andrew Poulter,  IRT Advisory

14 August 2018

It's like Q&A for the intelligent business owner. A must!

Peter Engelhardt, Plan2Brand

14 August 2018

Four experts, one deep dive into the topic and literally dozens of gold take aways - awesome

Peter Engelhardt
Plan2Brand
11 Sep 2018

Highly recommend to attend these dinners - but only if you take me with you!

Jenny Pownall
The Tutoring Company
11 Sep 2018

Wealth of knowledge and information to delve into

Frank Amato
Frank Amato Photography
11 Sep 2018

The information you'll receive will be invaluable to your business. There's more value delivered throughout the evening than you'll receive at any other networking event

Dave Dickson
3DStyles

11 Sep 2018

Very informative. I thought the night was a very well structured event.

Duncan Powell
Splash Imaging Supplies

11 Sep 2018

Come with a clear head ready to absorb lots of ideas

Kelly Stock
Kelly Ann Events

11 Sep 2018

Fantastic event, well worth time, learnt heaps plus had fun!

Damien Battersby
Proactive IT Solutions

11 Sep 2018

I got a lot out of tonight. Very informative

Michael Riley
Exec Director Australian Patients Association

11 Sep 2018

The event was particularly well run to time. The panel was well balanced and offered great value. Love the emphasis on strategy and processes. Also liked the insights into different aspects of digital marketing

Helen McIntosh
Operations Genie

11 Sep 2018

Very insightful and enjoyable company of professionals.

Mick Guerin
Foodworks

11 Sep 2018

Thought provoking, knowledge filled, entertaining.

Ian Hopkinson
Mad Scientist

11 Sep 2018

A great opportunity to think outside my sector and think about marketing for the business.

Kate Sutton
Humanitarian Advisory Group

Nov 2018

Come along for the dinner. Stay for the education

Benny Ausmus
Big Change Agency
Nov 2018

Excellent opportunity to learn more about business in a targeted manner. Excellent knowledge on the panel

Sarah Cowan
Light and Dark Creative
Nov 2018

Good mix of business and entertainment

Gerard Keble
Keble's Trading
Nov 2018

Informative and in a format that is engaging and useful

Warren Cochrane
Neopost
Nov 2018

Fantastic insights on lots of aspects of business relevant to any business owner. It's like speed dating for your business. Plus lots of useful hacks, many of which we will be implementing tomorrow

Jessica Pile and Peita De Trizio
DeArch
Nov 2018

Insightful - great for getting focused with critical items for business/clients etc

Ben Recto
Elephant Financial
Nov 2018

Really interesting and engaging. Very professional.

Matt Dunstone
Horizons Wealth
Nov 2018

Take notes! You learn and get an opportunity to talk to others about your business.

Sarah MacDonald
Canine Comprehension
Nov 2018

There is no way you wouldn't learn something valuable

Alan Gill
Choice Energy
Nov 2018

Very informative, relevant. Great networking. Learnt a lot

Adam Williams
Zeroda Sports Wash
Nov 2018

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