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Author: Michael McGrath

Manufacturing – why such a bad wrap!

The article by Tom Mcllroy in last Friday’s Financial Review entitled Manufacturing key to recovery from Virus hit1 may have seemed extravagant even by the current standards of grand political soundbites.
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Productivity in the New Normal

The article by Sabri Suby in last Friday’s Financial Review on productivity struck me, although not until Sunday when I sat down and read it!
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The Critical Components of Effective Leadership

Back in 2008, Michael McGrath first sat down at a kitchen table with Anthony Moorhouse, former Australian Special Forces commander and then owner and founder at the crisis management company
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Landlords and Tenants – a commercial bunfight!

It was interesting to read the article by Sue Mitchell in last week’s Financial Review talking about the current power balance shift between retail tenants and landlords.
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Is this a good time for a business owner to contemplate an exit?

Our view on this is yes, with some important caveats. Firstly, and now more than ever, a business really needs to be across its numbers and have a well-articulated outlook.
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First Rule of the Game, Stay in the Game

I was recently interviewed by the Talking Law podcast. In our discussion Joanna Oakey and I tackled some of the issues facing small to medium sized enterprises at the moment
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Where to now in the face of COVID-19?

I was recently interviewed by Joanna Oakley at The Deal Room where we explored the enormity of problems facing business owners trying to sell in the face of the Covid-19
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The Coronavirus and what it means for business

First Rule of the game is #StayInTheGame. As I write this on Sunday lunchtime, 15th March, things are moving fast. I spent most of the weekend trying to be useful
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Entrepreneurship – What is it? Is it innate? Or must it be nurtured?

Entrepreneurship is a subject among several others which were tackled when I was interviewed by Anthony Moorhouse who himself is an entrepreneur and was a client of Oasis for over
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Succession Planning – a practical approach

‘Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans’ said John Lennon in the lyrics of Beautiful Boy released in 1980. Not his own line, it is
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How setting up a management board within a business can be a game changer

I sat down recently with Joanna Oakey from Aspect Legal and discussed a range of issues from starting out in business right through to succession and deal making. In this
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A different approach to dealmaking

In a recent interview with Joanna Oakey from The Deal Room podcast I speak about Oasis M&A, our unique process, and why it’s important during transactions. In the second half
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Business lessons you don’t want to learn the hard way

I recently sat down with Joanna Oakey from The Deal room podcast and spoke about my experiences in the tough school of hard knocks including my early skirmishes with deal
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What lies ahead in 2019?

I’ve been asked more than once in the last few weeks what we think about the outlook for 2019. A loaded question, and perhaps more loaded than usual given the
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Is now the best time in a decade to sell your company?

M&A activity in Australia in 2017 was extremely buoyant, climbing 55% on 2016 compared to global M&A growth of just 1%. Of the 1,127 deals 77% (868) were in the
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