What we've been up to

May 2016...

ChangeJam16 was held on Wednesday 4th May. Change does not take place in a vacuum - in its very nature lies the idea of moving from an existing state to something different. Occasionally we see change that is so transformative it appears to have brought about something entirely new. ChangeJam16 explored the creativity, courage and tenacity it takes to drive change that reinvents.

ChangeJam focused on the future of change, making a conscious effort to select speakers who have challenged the idea of change as evolution - and instead generated revolution. We are very proud that our very own Lisa Twyford was chosen as a speaker at the event.

Please click here to view a copy of the May 2016 ChangeJam Magazine.

December 2015...

On the 3rd of December, one of our clients who we supported with change and project management (SA Water, asset maintenance project), won a change management award from Change Connect. Change Connect is a local change management dynamic association who drives the promotion of change management. 2015 was the first year the group held a change management awards program and there were 6 finalists shortlisted from government and the private sector. The judging panel was headed by Erma Ranieri and had representatives from Santos, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank and other businesses in South Australia.

"It was fantastic to be recognised by the change management fraternity in South Australia as excelling in managing change through this project."

October 2015...

The Australian Institute of Business Conference was held in Adelaide on the 10th October, and Lisa Twyford presented on the topic of Operational Management. Attendees would agree that this was an insightful presentation. In lieu of payment Lisa requested that the AIB donated money to the Cora Barclay Centre on her behalf.

Lisa has once again been asked to be a mentor on the YWCA’s SHE Leads Program is South Australia’s only young women’s leadership program. This 10-month leadership program is designed for young women in the early stages of their career. At the completion of the program, participants will have:

  • Developed an understanding of leadership principles and techniques that have immediate application to the workplace
  • Applied their skills, networks and confidence needed to perform at a higher level
  • Developed their own leadership style and learnt to think strategically, and
  • Shared a transformational learning experience with like-minded young professional women from a range of industries.       

August 2015...

The YWCA She Leads Conference was held on Friday 21st August. This is South Australia's only young women's leadership conference, and was a day of inspiration aimed at defining and debating women's leadership and empowering the next generation of female leaders. Clear Decisions™ is very proud to be partnered with such a wonderful event, and sponsored 2 young women at the start of their leadership journey, to attend the conference.

On the 27th August, Lisa presented to members of Behind Closed Doors on the topic "Applying Project Management". This informative session covered topics such as; how to manage scope in your project, how to define what your project will cover, how to manage project constraints and project tools and tips for your business.

July 2015...

This year Lisa Twyford was named as a nominee in 2 categories; Ausmumpreneur of the Year and The People’s Choice award for Excellence in Business Service. These national awards celebrate the success of mum’s in business. Everyone would agree that being recognised for the hard work you do is both valuable and gratifying. Congratulations Lisa!

May 2015...

The YWCA She Leads High Conference was held again on the 8th May. This was a full day conference designed to support and foster the leadership potential of secondary school girls and designed to meet growing demand for leadership development opportunities for girls and young women. Our very own Lisa presented on the topic "Individual Challenges To Young Women Leaders". Other keynote speakers included Rachael Leahcar, Senator Sarah Hanson Young and Lisa Warner.

Lisa Twyford was asked to be a guest lecturer at the University College London on the 26th May. At the lecture Lisa gave valuable insight on what makes a project successful and why some projects fail.

"What does empowerment mean to you?" was the theme of the GLOW women's event on the 28th May. A panel, including our very own Lisa Twyford, was asked this question as well as many others on the topic. Lisa shared with the group on who she draws inspiration from, any methods she has for ensuring she is empowered and how she helps to empower other people.

March 2015...

A national survey of 409 leading Australian business women has found stopping domestic violence against women is the top priority for women in Australia 2015. Telstra Business Women's Awards Alumni, including our own Lisa Twyford, were asked to rank six names issues or choose another to find what should be this year's top priority.

The survey ranked stopping domestic violence against women as top priority, followed by supporting women to pursue leadership roles (2), achieving gender pay equity (3), eliminating existing gender stereotypes (4), encouraging more young women to explore non-traditional female careers (5) and encouraging more men to equally share family responsibilities (6).

The business women were also asked to name what actioins they would personally take in 2015 to help women's equality. Forty-four per cent said they would take action to influence men to help advance women's equality while 68 per cent said they would more actively network with other women. Fifty per cent said they would become a mentor to young business women while 48 per cent said they would increase the number of women they mentor.

Finally, the survey, asked for a single reason to the question "behind every successful business woman is...?" The most common answer were supportive family and friends, followed by a great team, determination/drive, self-belief, hard work, passion and a mentor.

December 2014...

The Advertiser interviewed our very own Lisa Twyford on changes she sees happening to business in South Australia. Lisa explained that her approach as a consultant is to develop a strategic direction with executives, to review the approach and implement change. To read the entire article please click here

November 2014...

Congratulations to Lisa Twyford, who has just been awarded the bronze Stevie Award in recognition for her continued work in helping other women in business. Lisa was nominated as a great advocate for the advancement of women in business. The award was presented at 11th Annual Stevie Awards for Business, at a gala dinner in New York City on the 14th November.

Lisa was interviewed by Radio 5RPH 1197AM on the subject of Project Management. Lisa gave listeners an insight in to her expertise on the topic, where she spoke openly on what she has learnt and gives tips on tools, techniques and software available to people working in this field.

On the 5th November Lisa was very excited to be asked to speak at the Behind Closed Doors Luminaries Group. Lisa presented "Does Your Left Hand Know What Your Right Hand Is Doing?" and gave tools and tips on creating positive business changes and ways to improve business efficiencies. Some of the key takeaways for the group were: 

·         Addressing the importance of business processes

·         How to identify your business workflow

·         How to document your business processes, and

·         Identifying your top 10 business processes going forward

October 2014...

On the 14th October Lisa Twyford was awarded Finalist, Business Owner Award, in the 2014 Telstra Business Women's Award. Lisa had the following to say "Although I didn't take out the title I'm extremely proud of being named a finalist in a very competitive and respected awards program. A big "congratulations" goes to my fellow category finalists; Andrea Robertson, Kathy Drogemuller and Rebel Skirving, and to winner Sandra Berry of Sandra Berry Real Estate. Sandra your passion for what you do shines through. I would also like to congratulate the winners and finalists in the other categories as well - all of your stories are very inspirational.

I would also like to thank Telstra for recognising and supporting Women in Business. Hopefully through all the inspirational stories from Layne Beachley, the category winners and finalists we will help spread the word and encourage women to take the path less travelled for themselves and their daughters."

The South Australian winners will proceed to the national finals in Melbourne on the 26th November.

September 2014...

Our very own Lisa Twyford was named the recipient of an award recognising her Contribution to Women In Project Management by the SA Chapter of the PMI. "I am very pleased and humbled to be recognised" said Lisa. Lisa is dedicated to the continual improvement of women in the field of Project Management, and is committed to encouraging women to enter and stay in this male dominated field. Congratulations Lisa. 

Lisa was also shortlisted and named as a finalist in the 2014 AIM Excellence Awards in the category "Owner/Manager of the Year". This category celebrates the innovation, strategic thinking and visionary leadership of executives from the public and private sectors. Nominations included senior managers, executives and leaders across business across all industries, who have worked for their organisation in a professional capacity.

August 2014...

clear decisions™ has been named as the recipient of the Silver Award in the 2014 International Business Awards, in the category Company of the Year - Business Services. The International Business Awards are the world's premier business awards program. There were over 3,500 entries from over 60 countries, so to be awarded the Silver Award is a great achievement, which we are very proud of. We would like to thank all our clients and friends that have hellped make this possible. The winners will be awarded their trophies at a gala dinner in Paris on the 10th October 2014. To read the official media release please click here. 

May 2014...

Congratulations goes to our very own Lisa Twyford, who has been awarded the bronze award in the 2014 Asia Pacific Stevie Awards in the category "Woman of the Year". More than 300 nominations from organisations across the Asia Pacific region were considered this year. Winners were presented their awards at a banquet dinner in Seoul on the 30th May. Our heart felt congratulations goes out to all the nominations. Please click here to read the official media release.

April 2014...

On Thursday 10th April, Lisa Twyford presented "The 10 Biggest Secrets of Strategic Planning" workshop at the British Hotel, Port Adelaide. Strategic Planning takes time, it requires some tough questions and this workshop gave attendees the knowledge on how to start 2014 the right way. This workshop is about giving you tips and advice for your strategic plan. It is NOT about quick fixes, short cuts and magic bean

Lisa Twyford presented at the South Australian Young Entrepreneur Scheme (SAYES) bootcamp on Tuesday 15th April. The SAYES program is open to all business owners aged 18-35 who are in the start-up phase of the business. The program will help participants build their business skills through a series of workshops. Participants will also receive business training and mentoring by leading Adelaide business people, and given the opportunity to network and meet other entrepreneurs.

clear decisions™ was very proud to announce that they were a finalist in the 2014 Australian Small Business Champion awards, in the Professional Services category. To be considered a finalist in these awards is an honour. We would like to thank all our clients who have helped make this possible.

clear decisions™ launched a new service offering "Training" in April. clear decisions™ is committed to helping people and businesses Improve, Grow and Succeed. Training is a critical part of business success. Our training programs are based on proven methods, common-sense thinking and best practice approaches to provide your business with a competitive edge. Please visit our training pages to learn more about the training programs that we are currently offering.  

March 2014...

Lisa Twyford, Managing Director of clear decisions™, is currently undertaking the Business SA Coaching and Mentoring program. This is a ten month program that will give participants the skills and knowledge required to grow their businesses and increase profitability. Overall, the participants will get the experience, expertise and networks to grow their business. Please visit the Business SA website if you think this program may be of benefit to you and your business.

Lisa chaired her final Women In Project Management event on Thursday 13th March which coincided with International Women's Day.  Lisa was applauded and congratulated on her massive efforts and display of dedication to the cause. Lisa was the chair for the SA WIPM SIG for several years and has been a key influencer for some major achievements and accomplishments for women in the Project Management sector. Please click here to read more about this amazing accomplishment.

December 2013...

In the spirit of Christmas clear decisions™ decided to donate some money to Oxfam. The money donated to this very worthy charity will provide a village in Laos with the much needed medicine to treat illnesses and prevent disease.

November 2013...

On Friday 15th November the Australian Institute of Project Management's special interest group, Women In Project Management, hosted their final event of the year, and the theme of the evening was creating positive change within the workplace. Attendees left the session armed with the skills and strategies to identify something they could personally do to alleviate a concern or create change for the greater good in the workplace.

The team at clear decisions™ were very proud to announce that they received the Bronze Award in the 2013 Stevie Awards, in the Company of the Year - Business Services - 10 employees or less category. The Stevie Awards for women in business are the world's top honours for female entrepreneur, executives, employees and the businesses they run. Nicknamed the "Stevie's" for the Greek word "crowned", the awards were presented to winners during a sold out event at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on the 8th November 2013. There were over 1,200 nominations from organisations of various sizes all over the globe, and for clear decisions™ to be named the recipient of the bronze award was a great accomplishment for the team. Please click here to read the official media release.

October 2013...

clear decisions™ was very proud to announce that they were named a finalist in the 2013 Stevie Awards in the "Company of the Year - Business Services - 10 employees or less" category. The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honours Women Executives, entrepreneurs, employees and the companies they run - worldwide. To be nominated in a field of over 1,200 entries was a great accomplishment for the team at clear decisions™. 

Lisa Twyford, along with Amanda Sheedy from SA Water presented at the Change Management Institute's national conference "Getting to Change Agility". Lisa and Amanda presented a case study titled "The Role of Change in Projects - time for an evolution or a revolution?"

September 2013...

National Asthma week was celebrated in the first week of September and clear decisions™ was proud to assist the Asthma Foundation SA with it's launch. On the 4th September Melissa Westgate and Tom Chladek from Asthma Foundation SA, along with Maria Magliari, Ben Kempster and Joseph Hayden bravely abseiled down the Santos building to raise awareness for the cause. The staff from Venture Corporate Recharge were on hand to give the team training and to ensure that the event ran smoothly. 

August 2013...

clear decisions™ is proud to have been involved in the YWCA She Leads program in 2012 and 2013. The She Leads Conference was held on the 16th August 2013 and was a very inspiring day with some excellent speakers, with the aim to give young women leadership skills for the future. clear decisions™ donated 2 tickets to the conference and the lucky recipients were, Kaleen Gurr and Anna Roeder, we are sure that they enjoyed the day and were given some valuable insight.

July 2013...

On the 3rd July 2013, the SA Chapter of the Women in Project Management was pleased to present Jodie Nevid speaking on the topic "Go on... Eat the cake - a practical approach to having it all". Jodie's key message was that you can have it all... if you really want it, and you don't have to turn your life upside down or work 24/7 to get it. The lunch was enjoyed by everyone who attended. Please click here to read the media release from the event.

The SA Chapter of the Australian Institute of Project Management held the 1 day Project Management Showcase on Friday 26th July at the Crowne Plaza. clear decisions™ Managing Director, Lisa Twyford, presented at the event along with Jason Kuchel, Brian Gilbertson, Paulette Kolarz, Milind Kumar, Sean Leyden, Genene Klepp, Rowena Huddleston and Tony Wood. It was a thought provoking event that attendees will be discussing for some time. Please click here to see a photo from the showcase.

April 2013...

Clear Decisions™ was a finalist in the Australian Small Business Champions awards. The Australian Small Business Champion awards is the only national program of its kind to recognise outstanding achievement and performance from small businesses. Small businesses from across Australia delivered an impressive array of entries displaying their passion, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. Having our passion, dedication, commitment and hard work celebrated amongst our peers was an experience Clear Decisions™ will never forget.

March 2013...

On the 13th March 2013 to celebrate International Women's Day, a luncheon was held at the Crowne Plaza. The event showcased the economic, political and social achievements of women all over the world. The day rewarded attendees with the opportunity to network with men and women from various industries while they enjoyed a lunch and heard from keynote speakers who discussed various issues that aligned with the International Women's Day theme of "The Gender Agenda - Gaining Momentum". Clear Decisions™ was proud to be a sponsor for the event.

December 2012...

Project finished ahead of schedule!

Lisa is very happy to announce the safe arrival of her son Charlie Gregory Twyford Sawyer. Born 13/12/2012 at 8.30am.

A very cute little brother for Ella.

Thank you to everyone for their kind wishes.

clear decisions™ is a proud member of Business SA, and was recently thanked by Business SA for our continued support. 

In the spirit of Christmas, clear decisions™ donated a donkey as a gift of food and income to World Vision. This gift will help communities to grow nutritious food, generate income and protect and revive their environments.

November 2012....

The Women In Project Management held an event on the 8th November at the Crowne Plaza in Adelaide. This event gave an opportunity to network with like-minded project professionals and discover the skills and strategies needed to forge a successful career in one of SA's most rewarding professions. The guest speakers included; Sonya Weiser - Principal of Weiser Consulting, Sharon Ferrier - Professional Speaker and Corporate Trainer and Niki Robinson - Senior Project Manager at Sinclair Knight Merz. Angela Littleford, who was 2012 Telstra Business Women's Award winner for Business Innovation also spoke at the event.

SA's only 12 month young women's leadership program started on the 16th November. The YWCA SHE Leads program is a 12 month pathway for young female leaders to strengthen their skills, networks and confidence, enabling them to perform at a higher level and positively impact their businesses and career advancement. clear decisions™ Managing Director, Lisa Twyford, is facilitating the program.

October 2012....

The AIPM National Conference "People, Places, Projects - A New Frontier" was held at the Crowne Promenade in Melbourne from the 7th-10th October. Managing Director, Lisa Twyford spoke on the topics "Making Your Projects More Successful: a case study in governance" and "Predictive Thinking For The New Frontier".

On the 18th October Lisa Twyford presented "Strategic Planning in Law - Nice to Do or Essential for Future Success" at the Law Society of South Australia. The session answered the following questions: What does strategic planning mean in today's business climate?, Why strategic planning is essential for all law firms (large and small), The essential elements of strategic planning, and How everyone within a law firm can play a part in strategic planning and implementation". 

September 2012....

The Australian Institute of Project Management SA Chapter 1 Day conference held on the 21st September. The conference was designed to take you on a journey of the project management lifecycle, and provided attendees with models and shared experiences that would lead people to project management excellence. At the conference Lisa Twyford was part of a special panel discussion on the topic "Leadership, Influence and The Modern Project Manager".

On the 10th September Lisa presented at the Project Management Institute on the subject "Intuitive Thinking - Is it the new skill for project managers?". This presentation answered the question "What skills separate the good from the great in  your business?".

August 2012....

Due to the sell out of tickets to the SHE Leads conference on the 17th August YWCA of Adelaide is now proud to release details for it's personal and professional development SHE Leads Program, a 12 month pathway for young female leaders strengthening their skills, networks and confidence, enabling them to perform at a higher level and positively impact their business and career advancement. Combining classroom-style professional development training days, group mentoring and executive coaches working on a year long strategic project, networking opportunities and a graduation, this Program will accelerate the career progression of young women.

Managing Director, Lisa Twyford, and other young female leaders in SA, was involved in the making of the video "What Does Leadership Look Like?". To view the video and to hear these young leaders opinion on What Leadership Looks Like, please click here

July 2012....

What a wonderful experience for the men and ladies who attended the WIPM “All Roads Lead to the Project Manager” event held on the 25th July. The day included a light lunch in the courtyard of the University College London – SA Campus, followed by an inspirational speech by Tina Nguyen – Senior Project Manager, SA Water.

Tina loves to talk and challenge herself and this is what ultimately led her to work in various industries before finding her true passion as a Project Manager.

May 2012....

On the 8th May, Managing Director, Lisa Twyford presented at this year's "BusinessSA Changes and Challenges Business Conference which was held at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Lisa spoke on the topics "Where are you investing your energy?" and "How to work on the business not in the business". A fantastic day and for those who came past Booth 35, it was a super fantastic day! Congratulations also to our business card draw winner Michelle-Lyon Green.

Congratulations to Tammy and Andy Kronawitter on the arrival of their baby boy Chase Andrew, weighing 3.3 kilos. All are doing well.

Welcome Kate Di Troia who has recently joined the clear decisions™ team as a Business Analyst.

April 2012...

Engineers Australia Women in Engineering invited you to attend a high tea with elegance and networking on Saturday 21st April, at Rickshaw's Restaurant, Stamford Plaza. A wonderful afternoon was had by all.

March 2012

On the 6th of March over 90 women and men from a variety of industries in Adelaide met at the Stamford Plaza for wine, food and to get the answer to the following question “What’s your biggest career lesson (and wish I had known)”? To read the various speaker's responses please click here

WaterAid Australia SA Beach Volleyball Tournament was held on Friday 16th March 2012 and clear decisions™ was proud to be a sponsor of the event. WaterAid Australia South Australian Committee invited participants to join in a fantastic evening of fun, challenge, competition, networking, and of course fundraising. All proceeds went to a very worthy cause. WaterAid's mission is to transform lives by improving access to water supply and sanitation for villagers in South East Asia.

Managing Director, Lisa Twyford, has also been assisting a top 50 ASX company (with interest in Australia and the USA) set up their project governance. This business is a toll road owner and operator which focuses on partnering with government to deliver roads that meet community needs over the long term

February 2012

On the 8th of February we launched our new service "Strategic Planning" at the Majestic Rooftop Garden Hotel. At the launch there was a presentation titled "The 10 Biggest Secrets of Strategic Planning".

December 2011

On the 6th December clear decisions™ was the host of the BusinessSA networking event at the National Wine Centre. Managing Director, Lisa Twyford, spoke to the audience about the work that clear decisions™ does. She also invited 3 guests who spoke about their experiences working with clear decisions™ and how it benefited their businesses.

November 2011

On the 4th November 2011 the Women in Project Management hosted a breakfast at the Hilton Hotel. Melissa Westgate form the Starlight Children's Foundation Australia spoke at the event on the topic "Time Management is Self Management".

October 2011

Managing Director, Lisa Twyford, has been selected to speak at the International Project Management Association (IPMA) 25th World Congress in Brisbane. Lisa will be presenting on the topics "Steering Committees - Time for an Evolution or a Revolution" as well as "Stakeholders are People Too". To read more about the event please click here. To read the "Steering Committee" article please click here In Business magazine also wrote an article on Lisa's presentation in the October e-news, click here to read their article.

An article on clear decisions™ was written in the October edition of Business SA's Home Xpress Newsletter. In the article it mentions how the business was created in response to a gap in the market place providing services in Project Management and Business Improvement. Managing Director of clear decisions™ Lisa Twyford, set up the business after discovering that consultants were being hired by businesses but not delivering effective results. Lisa is quoted in the article "Thousands and thousands of dollars were being spent while the client wasn't receiving results..." To read the entire article click here.

July 2011

Lisa Twyford assisted the Women in Project Management (WIPM) in facilitating an event that showcased how to close the gender gap in the area of Project Management. WIPM is a special interest group of the AIPM that was formed to give women the opportunity to interact and feel supported in a profession where they are often under-represented. To read an article on Closing the Gender Gap, please click here.

June 2011

The Changes and Challenges Business Conference is being held on the 7th June, and Lisa will be speaking at this event. This is one day that will help your business all year! For more information, or to book visit www.business-sa.com

Managing Director, Lisa Twyford in Inbusiness talks about the change in the profession of project management: "...the role of the Project Manager has evolved from a purely technical set of skills....to read more click here.

May 2011

Lisa Twyford will be presenting at the Eastside Business Enterprise Centre on the 25th May. Join us at this interactive workshop where we will explore "How Project Management can give your business the competitive edge", "How to make changes with limited resources" and "How to implement 5 simple steps to change your business for tomorrow" and other related topics.

For further information please visit: www.eastsidebec.com.au

February 2011

clear decisions™, sponsors Business SA, who are the voice of business and industry in South Australia. They assist organisations of all sizes, manage people and tackle the issues faced in today's business environment. They also bring businesses together! Come and join clear decisions™ at a Business SA networking event this year. For more information visit: www.business-sa.com

clear decisions™ Managing Director, Lisa Twyford writes an newsletter article for the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM): "How to build a PMO in 4 easy steps". To read more: click here

October 2010

clear decisions™ Managing Director, Lisa Twyford takes home Best Presentation Award from the National Conference for the Australian Institute of Project Management in Darwin, 10 - 13 October 2010.

To read more click on the AIPM website: click here

The Conference provided the opportunity of those in the field of project management to up skill, knowledge share and listen to leading experts share ideas about their profession. The three day program featured a variety of national and international speakers. The conference theme for 2010 was "Creating a future" and clear decisions™ presented on the following topics:

  • Does a Project Management Office offer value for money?
  • Youth in Projects our social and global obligation as project professionals.

To read more about the Conference visit the website: www.aipm2010.com.au . To read the program click here.

October 2010

Managing Director, Lisa Twyford becomes a South Australian Australian Institute of Project Management councillor. To read more click here.

April 2010

clear decisions™, has partnered with the Inner South Business Enterprise Centre (ISBEC) to bring the following presentation.

Cooking with fire is good, but cooking with gas is better. Ditch your caveman business practices today!

This is not a usual presentation: there will be much more than just sitting and listening.

Challenge yourself! Bring a pen, paper and an open mind to a presentation which will really make you think about your business practices and you'll be rewarded by gaining expert knowledge of how to move your business forward by:

  • Evaluating where your business practices are today
  • Discussing the available tools and their benefits and
  • Implementing 5 simple steps to change your business for tomorrow.


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