Vantage Performance Podcast



At Vantage Performance, everything we do is aimed at creating stronger, more resilient businesses. In this podcast we provide a range of insights into the world of Turnaround Management and Performance Improvement.


  • Seven Key Elements of a Robust Safe Harbour Plan

    04/04/2021 Duração: 18min

    Vantage Performance’s own research has shown that the vast majority of company directors still don’t know about the Safe Harbour regime. Michael Fingland tells Phil Dobbie he is disappointed in the findings, particularly during a pandemic when many businesses are struggling to survive. In this edition of the Vantage Performance podcast he explains why struggling businesses need to have a robust Safe Habour plan, and the key elements that plan includes.

  • The Top Ten Traits of Resilient Leaders

    27/11/2020 Duração: 18min

    The COVID crisis has tested the staying power of many business leaders. In today’s Vantage Performance Podcast Michael Fingland takes Phil Dobbie through the traits of resilient leaders, who can consistently deliver results, carrying their team with them. Listen in to pick up tips about what makes great leaders deal with a crisis, from how they communicate, through to looking after the welfare of their teams. Plus, what’s the latest must-have in the Fingland household!

  • How to survive the COVID recession

    04/08/2020 Duração: 18min

    COVID19 is likely to result in a 1 in 100 year recession – so what does that mean for your business? In this edition of the Vantage Performance podcast Michael Fingland goes through the seven principles that will help your business to survive and come out stronger than before. The seven principles discussed are: 1. A 100 day stabilisation plan 2. One or two big changes in strategy 3. Stakeholder management and communication 4. What is your why? 5. Pay down debt 6. Strong financial management 7. Maintain a focus on marketing and R&D YouTube: Linkedin: Website:

  • Never waste a crisis

    07/07/2020 Duração: 17min

    Businesses should be seeing the COVID-19 crisis as an opportunity. It’s a time to refocus, says Vantage Performance’s Michael Fingland. In this podcast he tells Phil Dobbie that now is the time to think of the one or two big changes to your strategy that will make your company more resilient and ready to grow as the economy picks up. It means you will have a stronger company. But you also don’t have much choice – banks and investors will be picking winners as the impact of the virus hits home. Funding will be available for realistic business turnarounds, not for bailouts that might simply extend the demise of a business that’s on its way down. YouTube: Linkedin: Website:

  • We need to develop Australia’s turnaround plan

    22/04/2020 Duração: 21min

    Right now, the Australia economy faces the same challenges as a business struggling to survive. Michael Fingland tells Phil Dobbie that we need to treat the country in the same way as we would a business, with a turnaround strategy that will rebuild a vibrant economy. The opportunity is to return to a new normal that is more prosperous and resilient than life before the virus. In this podcast he outlines the three elements of a turnaround plan and says we should be kick starting a 100 days of planning, to determine a policy with bipartisan support, backed by politicians, businesses, and the broader community. Can we build a stronger Australia following the principles we’d apply to a business turnaround? YouTube: Linkedin: Website:

  • The Executive's Guide to Managing Stress

    05/04/2020 Duração: 15min

    Monday 6th April 2020 In these uncertain times it is vital that managers keep their stress levels under control, for two reasons. First, it’ll stop you getting sick. Secondly, your staff will be looking to you to show that you have the situation under control, so they can manage their stress levels. In this podcast Vantage Performance’s Michael Fingland talks Phil Dobbie through his simple three-point plan. And explains the daily routine he follows to keep stress under control. YouTube: Linkedin: Website:

  • How to stabilise your business

    29/03/2020 Duração: 28min

    Many businesses are facing a severe reduction in revenue, without the cashflow and working capital to see through what could be several months of shutdown. In this, the first of several special Vantage Performance podcasts, Michael Fingland urges business owners not to give-up, because there are options to ‘put on ice’ various expenses and other aspects of your operations, including delaying rent and tax payments. Today he talks through the steps you can make to bounce back quickly once this difficult period is over. YouTube: Linkedin: Website:

  • What big questions are driving your business?

    18/08/2019 Duração: 11min

    Businesses often fail because they lose their way. The original vision gets lost as the company grows over time, or perhaps its less relevant today and hasn’t been subject to regular review. In this edition of The Vantage Performance Podcast Michael Fingland tells Phil Dobbie the number one question his company uses to direct the business. From that spring a series of other questions that are constantly asked by all staff to ensure the team stays on track. Listen in to the questions they ask and how to develop the same approach in your business. YouTube: Linkedin: Website:

  • The big turnaround questions we always ask

    26/06/2019 Duração: 12min

    Over the years, Vantage Performance has developed a set of questions they always ask themselves at the start of a new Turnaround Project. Vantage Performance CEO Michael Fingland talks Phil Dobbie through all seven, explaining their importance in determining how to proceed: 1. What are the 1-2 big changes needed? 2. Can we stabilise cash flow for at least 100 days? 3. How many key issues are inside versus outside of their control? 4. Are there any management gaps? 5. Are management up to the challenge energy wise? 6. Have we got the right people in the management team for a turnaround phase? 7. Where are they on the 5 stages of decline? Listen to Michael explain the context of each of these questions in this edition of the Vantage Performance Podcast. YouTube: Linkedin: Website:

  • Safe Harbour Operational Update

    18/06/2019 Duração: 13min

    It’s almost two years since the Australian government introduced the Safe Harbour legislation, designed to provide protection for directors whilst they’re developing and executing a turnaround or restructuring plan, to greatly reduce the number of companies that enter Voluntary Administration or Liquidation. In this edition of the Vantage Performance Podcast, Phil Dobbie asks Michael Fingland, Vantage Performance’s CEO, whether the legislation has been a success, how it has changed behaviour and what changes he thinks could be made to improve on it. YouTube: Linkedin: Website:

  • How to deal with a workout banker

    10/07/2018 Duração: 13min

    If your business is in trouble, and you fail to meet your obligations with your bank, you could face having your account moved to a workout banker. So, how does that change your relationship with your bank. Phil Dobbie talks to Matt Jesse in this edition of the Vantage Performance Podcast. Matt has 25 years’ experience in the turnaround industry – before joining Vantage Performance he was a workout banker with a major Australian bank. He describes what will be expected of you and how to ensure the relationship gets off on the right footing. YouTube: Linkedin: Website:

  • Queensland’s New Labour Hire Licensing laws – Will you pass the test?

    20/06/2018 Duração: 18min

    The Queensland Government’s new licensing scheme for labour hire providers came into effect on 16 April 2018 requiring all labour hire providers to lodge a license application by 15 June 2018. The new laws have serious implications for all labour hire businesses, their clients and other stakeholders. Even if they have lodged their application, they may be denied a licence due to the stringent requirements that have been put in place. All applicants are required to meet mandatory standards to be fit and proper, complying with labour hire laws and being financially viable (ie. able to pay their employees and debts). In this podcast Michael Fingland talks to Phil Dobbie about the requirements to be met, the consequences of not meeting the test and what action should be taken if directors are uncertain if their application will be approved. YouTube: Linkedin: Website:

  • A Universal Definition for the Turnaround Industry

    03/05/2018 Duração: 12min

    In today’s podcast Michael Fingland, from Vantage Performance, says we need potential clients to have a clearer understanding of what the Turnaround Industry is. He says there needs to be a better global definition that will encourage directors to seek help earlier. He says, “It’s what every financier, government department, every bank, lawyer, accountants, wants … for their client to seek help and not just muddle through and hope they get it right.” Right now, though, the definition of the Turnaround industry is focused too much on helping companies out of insolvency. The new definition needs to encourage earlier intervention and can apply to companies that might be underperforming but are a long way from becoming insolvent. Listen to the podcast then see if you can help with a clear definition to the problem. Get in touch with your suggestions. YouTube: Linkedin: Website:

  • Five Ways to Improve Your Banking Relationship

    03/04/2018 Duração: 12min

    The relationship with your bank is equally as important as with your clients and suppliers, says Vantage Performance’s Michael Fingland. In this podcast he talks Phil Dobbie through the five steps you should follow to improve your banking relationship: - Ensuring there are no surprises - Having strategic clarity - Providing financial visibility - Building familiarity with the management team - Develop a personal relationship Listen to the podcast to hear Michael expand on each of these ideas, and why a strong relationship is so important for any business, of any size. YouTube: Linkedin: Website:

  • Safe Harbour – How It’s Working Out?

    14/03/2018 Duração: 14min

    It’s been 6 months since the Australian parliament passed the Safe Harbour legislation, providing protection for directors from insolvent trading whilst they pursue a turnaround. In this podcast Phil Dobbie talks to Michael Fingland about how it’s working in practice, some interesting developments in the roll out and how it’s already starting to change director behaviour. YouTube: Linkedin: Website:

  • Sell the Outcome not the Process

    07/03/2018 Duração: 11min

    How often have you tried to figure out what a company can do for you? They might list a series of product features and the benefits they can provide, but do they really explain the real outcome for you when you buy from, or engage with, that company? In this edition of the Vantage Performance Podcast Michael Fingland explains to Phil Dobbie the importance of selling the outcome – the elevator pitch that creates the emotional response that drives the prospect to seek out more about the services you offer. Listen to the podcast for more on how to arrive at the description of your company’s outcome, plus an example of how it has changed the pitch approach at Vantage Performance. YouTube: Linkedin: Website:

  • Using the Net Promoter Score as a measure of Goodwill

    20/11/2017 Duração: 12min

    The Net Promoter Score (NPS) is a survey tool used by many businesses – large and small – to measure customer satisfaction levels. In this edition of the Vantage Performance Podcast Michael Fingland explain to Phil Dobbie how the tool can also be used to value a business. It provides a useful snapshot of how valuable a customer base is – essential for companies looing to buy or sell a business. YouTube: Linkedin: Website:

  • Seven Essentials to Creating High Performance Teams

    20/10/2017 Duração: 14min

    Michael Fingland, executive director and CEO of Vantage Performance, says you can't motivate people, instead create the right environment and people will motivate themselves. It’s the basis for creating high performance teams. In this edition of the Vantage Performance podcast he takes Phil Dobbie through the seven essentials. YouTube: Linkedin: Website:

  • The New Safe Harbour Laws

    19/09/2017 Duração: 10min

    This week a significant step was made by Australian legislators, introducing a Safe Harbour provision for directors of companies that could be trading insolvent. The Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Enterprise Incentives No 2) Bill 2017 enables directors to pursue reforms in their business rather than moving the company into administration. In this podcast Phil Dobbie discusses the legislation with Michael Fingland, Executive Director of business turnaround specialists Vantage Performance. They discuss how this new law will work in practice. YouTube: Linkedin: Website:

  • How to lower your wage costs

    16/08/2017 Duração: 14min

    When companies run into trouble they are often quick to lay off people to reduce the wages bill. But, as Michael Fingland explains to Phil Dobbie, this can be highly counterproductive – it upsets the company culture and you lose expertise that can be costly to recruit when the situation improves. This podcast covers over ways of reducing your wage costs, based on the outcomes of a brainstorming session from the Vantage Performance team. YouTube: Linkedin: Website:

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