New Zealand Management

Articles from July

AS I SEE IT : Steve Price; Warriors Captain Steve Price Has Recently Added a New Cap to His Career ,Co an MBA with Southern Cross University at Manukau Institute of Technology
How would you describe the New Zealand identity? Our identity is young, pure and fresh, and we are renowned for spectacular countryside and friendly, smiling people. But it is also tough and we punch well above our weight on the world stage, particularly...
ECONOMICS: It,COs Fragile out There
Byline: Bob Edlin The global financial markets remained C[pounds sterling]fragileC[yen], Reserve Bank governor Alan Bollard said when releasing the latest Financial Stability Report. The sovereign debt concerns facing some European economies...
EDITOR'S LETTER : Kiwis Who Inspire
Byline: Brenda Ward ICOm fortunate to talk each week to some of New ZealandCOs best minds in business and industry, and ICOm incredibly heartened and humbled by what I find. You only have to scratch the surface of a Kiwi CEO to find someone who...
ETHICS : Tackling Bribery and Corruption; When It Comes to Anti-Corruption Policies, New Zealand Companies May Not Be as Good as We Think We Are, Finds Reg Birchfield
Byline: Reg Birchfield With recent government-backed moves to encourage Kiwi manufacturers to pitch for US defence equipment contracts and consider a free trade deal with Russia, New Zealand companies should be re-thinking attitudes toward their...
EXEC TECH : The Ergonomist Speaks; the Wrong Peripherals and Workstation Set-Up Can Be Damaging and Costly. Pauline Herbst Gets to Grips with Ergonomics
Byline: Pauline Herbst If youCOre in management, youCOre in a dangerous job. Ignore the obvious culprits like stress or that person you fired last year who still holds a grudge. YouCOre staring right at a potential trouble maker Co your computer....
FACE TO FACE : Wayne Besant - A Bit of a Legend; We Need More Authentic Kiwi Leaders, Says AIA's New Group CEO, Wayne Besant. as He Moves from Banking to Take a Fresh Perspective into Insurance, Besant Tells Brenda Ward the Finance Industry Has to Do More to Help Kiwis Understand Money
Byline: Brenda Ward When Tuakau boy Wayne Besant was the first in his family to pass School Certificate, they saw him as C[pounds sterling]a bit of a legendC[yen], he laughs. When the bright-eyed young political science masters graduate flew for...
FLEETS : Reinventing the Wheel; Alastair Sloane Test Drives Practically Every New Car in His Role as the NZAaHerald,COs Motoring Editor. He Runs Brenda Ward through Some of the Top Cars for You and Your Business
Byline: Brenda Ward ThereCOs an old quote floating around about executive cars, says Alastair Sloane. C[pounds sterling]You take a Merc to a summit meeting and a BMW to a rock concert.C[yen] Despite the perception, Sloane is adamant either car...
HEALTH AND SAFETY : Managers at Risk - How the Law Affects You; If Managers don,COt Want to End Up in Court, They Should Be Looking Seriously at New Changes to Our Health and Safety Laws, Says Lawyer Grant Nicholson
Byline: Grant Nicholson Changes coming soon to the Health and Safety in Employment Act are likely to have a big impact on managers. The National-led Government has adopted a bill first introduced by Labour in 2008, which means that technical...
HEALTHY LIFESTYLES : Why Working Is Good for You; When You Get Sick, You Should Take Time off to Recover. Yes? Well, Maybe Not
Byline: Peter Tynan Most of us believe that when we get sick, we should take time off work to recover. But how long is too long? Could we actually be doing our health a favour by returning to work before our recovery from illness or injury is entirely...
IN TOUCH : Local Is Hot
From China to Scotland, local is the hottest topic in international food right now. Hot enough for both European and US government agencies to fund local food marketing initiatives and for farmersCO markets to move from being romantic tourist destinations...
IN TOUCH : Winning Workers
Workers aspire to live lives they have reason to value, says a researcher from Victoria University. Dr Jane Bryson says her research study showed workers want to be capable humans Co not just skill sets for the workplace. C[pounds sterling]Human...
It's Lonely at the Top - What to Do about Depressed CEOs; Are Boards Responsible for the Emotional Well-Being of Their Chief Executives? or Should They, at the First Sign of Stress, Bundle Their High-Paid CEOs out? Clive Plucknett Tells Reg Birchfield How Boards Should React
Byline: Reg Birchfield Listen to Clive Plucknett, a self-confessed "type A" chief executive who spends far too much time in his office, and you might be forgiven for thinking that depression among chief executives is spreading like a volcanic cloud....
JUST GOOD BUSINESS BUZZ : How Green Are Consumers?
How are New Zealand consumers thinking and behaving when it comes to sustainable issues in general? Is our behaviour in line with our global image as a clean country? The Colmar Brunton CyBetter Business, Better WorldCO report answers these and...
JUST GOOD BUSINESS BUZZ - SUSTAINABILITY : Lost in the Bush
Byline: Peter Neilson At one Coromandel tourist spot I visited last year with my family I was invited to donate a gold coin for a stop-mining bumper sticker. This possibly sums up our ambivalence about mining. The catalyst in my hybrid car may...
JUST GOOD BUSINESS CASE STUDY : When Waste Is Good; A Kiwi Company of ,Cyenviropreneurs,CO Is Creating Truly Recyclable Packaging Solutions, from the Bottle to the Pottle
Imagine a world where every container you toss away is guilt-free, where packaging is truly recyclable and breaks down into organic compounds that help feed the earth. ItCOs a dream that has started to come true for Grant Hall of The Good Packaging...
LEADERSHIP : From Rockets to Cataracts; It,COs Not Rocket Science. or Maybe It Is. Winners of the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards Showed Inspiring Leaders Can Come from Fields as Varied as Medicine and Astronautics
Ray Avery modestly says his job is all about applied research Co taking existing technologies and applying them to a different paradigm. Although his development work is done in a lab, it is his wider, groundbreaking work on improving the lives...
MANAGERS ABROAD : Nicki Black, London-Based Sustainability Consultant
You are just about to move jobs. Tell us how that came about? Since finishing my PhD in strategic management at Waikato University last September I have worked with business, civil society and policy organisations as an independent research consultant,...
NZIM - MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES : The Management Imperative: Time to Step Up; New Zealand Managers Are Not Up to Scratch, So Where Do We Go to from Here? This Is a Significant Economic Problem for New Zealand, One That Has Not, Historically, Been Seriously Addressed Either by Business or Political Policy Analysts, Writes Reg Birchfield
Byline: Reg Birchfield New Zealand must C[pounds sterling]transformC[yen] both its level of management competency and the Kiwi workplace. Whatever other spin is put on the findings of the recently released, government-sponsored research report entitled...
On the Move
Grant Milne Insurance broker and risk advisor Marsh has appointed Milne as country head of its New Zealand business. He succeeds Kirk Williams who will now focus on leading the businessCO major client accounts, sales opportunities, colleague development...
Paid to Fail - What Boards Can Do about Overpaid CEOs; the Public Is Outraged by CEOs Who Get Big Payouts Even as Their Companies Are Failing. Iain McCormick Looks at How Australia Handled This Issue -- and What Boards Can Do Here
Byline: Iain McCormick "Shameful" is how President Barack Obama described the recent behaviour of Wall Street bankers as they awarded themselves nearly US$20 billion in bonuses at a time when the economy was going downhill and the US government...
POLITICS : When Better Is Better Than More
Byline: Colin James Last year John Key, ex-banker, went to his first National party conference as Prime Minister as the adulated winner who had restored the party to power. This year he is the Prime Minister who has taken the party into uncomfortable...
SMART COMPANY: First Cab off the Rank; Thinking Differently about Managing a Fleet of Cabs Has Worked for Kiwi Company TaxiCharge, Says Reg Birchfield
Byline: Reg Birchfield The taxi business has been fare game ever since New Zealand deregulated the industry back in the 1980s. Resorting to RaffertyCOs rules and free-for-all competition made life tough for many cabbies. So too have ballooning...
STAFF RETENTION : More Than Just a Job; Increasingly, Companies Are Using Methods Other Than Pay to Reward and Motivate Staff. Brenda Ward Looks at Two Companies A!,Co BDO and Vodafone A!,Co Pursuing Different Initiatives to Increase Staff Engagement
Byline: Brenda Ward Workplace surveys are showing that staff are finding more job satisfaction in new challenges and social responsibility schemes. Two that are increasing in popularity are international secondment and charity placements. Secondments...
TEN TOP TIPS : How to Match Australia
Byline: Grant Amos Much has been made of AustraliaCOs superior economic performance and the ways New Zealand can catch up. In workplaces around New Zealand, managers can also do their bit. So, based on years of advising managers on both sides of...
THE DIRECTOR : It,COs Lonely at the Top - What to Do about Depressed CEOs; Are Boards Responsible for the Emotional Well-Being of Their Chief Executives? or Should They, at the First Sign of Stress, Bundle Their High-Paid CEOs out? Clive Plucknett Tells Reg Birchfield How Boards Should React
Byline: Reg Birchfield Listen to Clive Plucknett, a self-confessed C[pounds sterling]type AC[yen] chief executive who spends far too much time in his office, and you might be forgiven for thinking that depression among chief executives is spreading...
THE DIRECTOR : Paid to Fail - What Boards Can Do about Overpaid CEOs; the Public Is Outraged by CEOs Who Get Big Payouts Even as Their Companies Are Failing. Iain McCormick Looks at How Australia Handled This Issue ,Co and What Boards Can Do Here
Byline: Iain McCormick C[pounds sterling]ShamefulC[yen] is how President Barack Obama described the recent behaviour of Wall Street bankers as they awarded themselves nearly US$20 billion in bonuses at a time when the economy was going downhill...
THE DIRECTOR : Women on Boards - the Case for More Female Directors; as Australia Adopts Rules on Women Board Members, Susan Hornsby-Geluk Speculates That New Zealand May Well Follow Suit ,Co and on What That Will Mean
Byline: Susan Hornsby-Geluk Companies in New Zealand may soon have to provide details of the number of women directors, senior managers and staff they have, if moves over the Tasman are adopted here. The Australian Stock Exchange has recently...
TRAINING : Cyberstudy - the Future? as Online Training Takes off, Brenda Ward Looks at the Benefits of Virtual Learning versus Traditional Face-to-Face Methods
Byline: Brenda Ward As employers look at the real costs of taking staff out of their workplaces for courses, online training is becoming the new boom area for learning. Canterbury business RedSeed says it now has some of New ZealandCOs biggest...
UNDERSTANDING THE NEW WORLD : The New Face of Banking; Just How Close New Zealand Came to Financial Disaster during Seismic Shifts in the Financial World Last Year, We May Never Know. but the Face of Banking Will Never Be the Same, Say Those in the Industry. Brenda Ward Discovers after the Shake-Up, Banks Are Going Back to People
Byline: Brenda Ward As a small country, heavily dependent on offshore funds, New Zealand has been lucky to come out of the global financial crisis bruised but not beaten, say those in the banking industry. But the legacy of the meltdown Co a...
VOICE / PUBLIC RELATIONS : Love That Harbour Link!
Creating a positive perception among Bay of Plenty people over one of New ZealandCOs largest roading projects won The New Zealand Transport Agency the Supreme Award at the 36th Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ) Awards. Janette Wise...
Women on Boards - the Case for More Female Directors; as Australia Adopts Rules on Women Board Members, Susan Hornsby-Geluk Speculates That New Zealand May Well Follow Suit -- and on What That Will Mean
Byline: Susan Hornsby-Geluk Companies in New Zealand may soon have to provide details of the number of women directors, senior managers and staff they have, if moves over the Tasman are adopted here. The Australian Stock Exchange has recently...