MELISSA CRINGLE

Elite Property Manager - - Cover Story -

Main­te­nance Co­or­di­na­tor, In­de­pen­dent Prop­erty Man­age­ment

What is the mar­ket like in your area? Can­berra has a strong rental mar­ket, par­tic­u­larly around the town cen­tres, with ten­ants pre­fer­ring newer prop­er­ties and con­ve­nience of lo­ca­tion. In June 2018 the me­dian weekly rent for a unit in Can­berra was at an all-time high of $450 per week.

What is one thing you've quit do­ing since Trans­form? I have quit try­ing to be like ev­ery­one else – ‘We can only con­trol that which we can con­trol’.

What's your big­gest take­away from the pro­gram? Thanks to Fiona, I re­alise that while we can strive for great­ness we do not need to be per­fect. The best lead­ers are not per­fect and they do not try to hide this. Be your­self, and use emo­tional in­tel­li­gence to em­brace your strengths and con­tinue to im­prove.

How did you fit ev­ery­thing in dur­ing the chal­lenge? Dur­ing Trans­form I was on leave for the first two weeks and then re­turned to work for a week of tran­si­tion into a new role within our de­part­ment. To bal­ance this, I had to be dis­ci­plined in book­ing out hour blocks to com­plete the daily chal­lenges. Some days I needed to add ex­tra time while en­sur­ing I main­tained work/life in­te­gra­tion.

What is your next goal? To ap­ply dig­i­tal in­no­va­tion to con­tinue to re­fine pro­cesses and sys­tems. I would 100 per cent par­tic­i­pate again and have set my­self a goal to fin­ish in the top five.

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