New Zealand Management

Articles from August

As I See It: Rewi Spraggon - Kaiwhakarite Maori Manager at Waitakere City Council
How would you describe the NZ identity? New Zealanda[euro]s identity is simple. Ita[euro]s all about accent and I dona[euro]t just mean the way we sound, but the way in which we do things. There is a real Kiwi attitude of taking on the task and...
Boardtalk: Coral Ingley - Feudal Fortunes; Is It Time to Re-Think the Fundamentals of Corporate Governance? Reg Birchfield Talks to AUTa[euro][TM]s Associate Professor in Management, Coral Ingley
Byline: Reg Birchfield There is no escaping the conclusion that desperately poor corporate governance performance is really what is at the heart of the latest global economic crunch. While that might seem like a pretty harsh conclusion, Coral Ingley,...
Boardtalk: Coral Ingley - Feudal Fortunes; Is It Time to Re-Think the Fundamentals of Corporate Governance? Reg Birchfield Talks to AUT's Associate Professor in Management, Coral Ingley
Byline: Reg Birchfield There is no escaping the conclusion that desperately poor corporate governance performance is really what is at the heart of the latest global economic crunch. While that might seem like a pretty harsh conclusion, Coral Ingley,...
Business Insurance: The Risk Gap A[euro]" Is Kiwi Business Under-Insured? Risks to Businesses Are Growing but Budgets Are Shrinking. Is There a Danger That More Kiwi Enterprise Will Fall through the Risk Gap?
Byline: Vicki Jayne Risk is an inevitable part of business life and people totally averse to it will seldom be found leading or managing an enterprise of any size. But, as one insurer regularly points out, s...t happens, and research suggests as...
Case Study: Tanzania Turnaround A[euro]" A Third World Case Study; How Do You Rescue an Organisation That isna[euro][TM]t Servicing Its Million-Dollar Debt, hasna[euro][TM]t Had an AGM in Years, and Lacks Governance Policies, Strategic Planning, Business Plan and Budget? Plus A[euro]" ita[euro][TM]s in a Poor African Country
Byline: Alan Schofield In management circles therea[euro]s long been a a[euro]jokea[euro] that a consultant is someone who borrows your watch to tell you the time, then keeps your watch. Ia[euro]m hoping the following story goes some way to restoring...
Consultation : How to Spot Bad Stress
Byline: Kevin Gaunt I had a quiet moment at work yesterday and suddenly saw how I was feeling. I had general aches and pains, my heart was racing, and I felt jumpy. I dona[euro]t often have quiet moments like this, but realised I have underlying...
Cover Story: New Zealanda[euro][TM]s Grey Quake A[euro]" Causes Workforce Cracks
Byline: Pauline Herbst There is a grey tsunami gathering, ready to break upon the global economy. Forget the current recession, if analysts are accurate in their assessment, the impact of ageing populations worldwide will be devastating. Despite...
Economics : Controlling the Kiwi
Byline: Bob Edlin John Walley is expected to rail against monetary policy and the effects of its singular targeting of inflation. He is chief executive of the Manufacturers and Exporters Association, after all, and must promote his membersa[euro]...
Editora[euro][TM]s Letter: Put This on Your List!
Byline: Vicki Jayne Wea[euro]re all getting older. Yes, folks, ita[euro]s truism time. And there does seem to be a point where the gleeful upward romp through lifea[euro]s significant markers becomes more gravity afflicted a[euro]" in all sorts...
Exec Tech : An App A Day; for Those Who Think a Phone Is Just for Calling People, Think Again. Whether You Want to Track Time or Appointments, Consult a Map or a Strategy Guru, Your Smart Phone Is a Useful Management Tool. We Track 10 Useful Apps on Applea[euro][TM]s iPhone 3G
Byline: Pauline Herbst Rather than review the iPhone 3G when its faster sibling, the 3G S, has just come out, NZ Management wanted to see just how useful its famed apps are for business people. There are two schools of thought when it comes to...
Face to Face: Jenny Shipley : Life after Politics; Once youa[euro][TM]ve Crossed A[euro]run Country as New Zealanda[euro][TM]s First Female Prime Ministera[euro] off Your List of Goals, Where to Next? for Jenny Shipley, the End of Her Political Career Started a Whole New Story
Byline: Pauline Herbst Once you become Prime Minister it is the beginning of the end of your political career.a[euro] Jenny Shipley, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, the first and only female leader of the National Party and the former Womena[euro]s...
Global Lounge: Cross-Cultural Credibility A[euro]" from Australia to Africa; This New Series Interviews Senior Management from the International Arena, Either in Transit as They Fly through New Zealand, or on Their Own Stamping Ground. We Quiz Ola Nilsson about Snap Decisions and Multicultural Management
Byline: Pauline Herbst In Ola Nilssona[euro]s own words, he survived his first five years at Electrolux through a[euro]sheer cockinessa[euro]. As an MBA student studying finance and international marketing, Nilssona[euro]s thesis tackled the thorny...
Governance in Not-for-Profits : It Starts with Fiduciary Responsibility; James Lockhart Explores the Governance Requirements of Organisations Where Outcomes Other Than Profit Are the Primary Means through Which Performance Is Measured
Not-for-loss boards have a peculiar almost love-hate relationship with fiduciary responsibility. On the one hand the classification of these organisations as not-for-profit suggests that outcomes other than profit ought to be at the focus of their...
Governance in Not-for-Profits : It Starts with Fiduciary Responsibility; James Lockhart Explores the Governance Requirements of Organisations Where Outcomes Other Than Profit Are the Primary Means through Which Performance Is Measured
Byline: James Lockhart Not-for-loss boards have a peculiar almost love-hate relationship with fiduciary responsibility. On the one hand the classification of these organisations as not-for-profit suggests that outcomes other than profit ought to...
Healthy Workstyles: Why Health = Wealth
Byline: Peter Tynan A healthy workforce is vital to a recovering economy a[euro]" and therea[euro]s no better time to look after staff than when the pressure is on. With fewer staff on the job, absence from work and reduced productivity can cause...
Intouch: Big Pay A[euro]" but Not for Better Work
Bigger firms in New Zealand a[euro]" as in other English-speaking countries a[euro]" pay higher wages than smaller firms. But why? Research by two New Zealand economists shows that there is no evidence that this pattern occurs because workers in...
Intouch: Dave Larsen: Building Success
After starting his working life as a boat builder, 31-year-old Dave Larsen has proved he can capably take the helm when it comes to running a sales team a[euro]" an accomplishment thata[euro]s earned him this yeara[euro]s NZIM/Eagle Technology Young...
Intouch: Going Green Saves $1.2 Million
North Shore City Councila[euro]s innovative sustainability initiatives led to savings of more than $1.2 million last year, and that figure is likely to increase by half as much again this year. Thata[euro]s because sustainability is a[euro]primarily...
Intouch: Managers Abroad
Linley Watson Managing director, Peak Performance International, chapter leader Kea Melbourne What prompted you to seek work outside New Zealand? Peak Performance has worked with a number of leading New Zealand organisations including BNZ....
Intouch: On the Move
Kevin Jaffe Simpson Griersona[euro]s new chairman Kevin Jaffe says his appointment reflects the firma[euro]s focus on corporate/commercial law as well as his involvement in the leadership team. He says the change at the top (with Rob Fishera[euro]s...
Intouch: Smart Company A[euro]" Firstlight Foods; Theya[euro][TM]ve Pioneered a Market-Led, Close-Knit Supply-Chain Model That Hits All the Right Buttons in Terms of Quality, Transparency, Integrity and Sheer Smart Thinking
Byline: Vicki Jayne Ita[euro]s a fairly long-standing criticism of our primary produce sector that ita[euro]s limited itself by being a bit too, well, primary in its approach to marketing. Too much scale, not enough value add. As Firstlighta[euro]s...
Intouch: Tactics for Not Losing Talent
Managers have put so much emphasis on cost cutting and delivering bottom-line efficiencies that theya[euro]ve taken their eye off the ball and forgotten how to manage their greatest asset a[euro]" their people. Thata[euro]s the warning from David...
Just Good Business : Diamond Level Engagement
OfficeMax is the first office products company a[euro]" and one of only 11 companies in New Zealand a[euro]" to be awarded Diamond certification in the Landcare Research Enviro-Mark programme. Ita[euro]s the highest level of recognition for the...
Just Good Business: On Track for A Sustainable Future - Plastics Recycling; A Combination of Customer Focus, Smart Design and a Drive to Prove That Plastic doesna[euro][TM]t Need to Become Waste after One Use Has Helped Put Auckland Company Jakaar on Track for Sustainability A[euro]" Literally
Byline: Vicki Jayne The art of plastics recycling is probably the last thing on the minds of the thousands who annually trudge New Zealanda[euro]s breathtakingly beautiful Tongariro track. But beneath their feet is a bit of smart product design...
Just Good Business: Smart Firms Will Embrace the Economic, Climate and Energy Crises
Byline: Peter Neilson While some wonder if green business and policies are a luxury during a global downturn, the evidence mounts that sustainable businesses are performing better. Theya[euro]re also more in tune with what consumers want and may...
Leadership: Rock-Solid, Red and Well-Led A[euro]" Where Values Rule; Youa[euro][TM]d Have to Be Colour Blind Not to Spot That A[euro]reda[euro] Is Colour Du Corps at Vodafonea[euro][TM]s Auckland HQ. but Where Does It Fit in Its Value Spectrum? and What Does That Have to Do with Its Long-Running Leadership Programme?
Byline: Vicki Jayne You have to get the three a[euro]Ra[euro]s up front in a conversation about leadership at Vodafone. Ita[euro]s happy to own that its values: red, rock-solid and restless are at the heart of everything the company does a[euro]"...
Limited Liability Companies A[euro]" How Protected Are You? Non-Compliance with Technical and Mundane Companies Act Procedures Means Some Directors and Shareholders Do Not Have the Limited Liability Protection They Thought They Had. Kensington Swana[euro][TM]s Rodney Craig and Campbell Featherstone Outline the Steps That Need to Be Taken to Avoid This Predicament
Byline: Rodney Craig and Campbell Featherstone Have you ever found yourself in a situation where the product you thought you had turns out to be something quite different? Maybe it was a a[euro]conservativea[euro] investment product that turns out...
Limited Liability Companies -- How Protected Are You? Non-Compliance with Technical and Mundane Companies Act Procedures Means Some Directors and Shareholders Do Not Have the Limited Liability Protection They Thought They Had. Kensington Swan's Rodney Craig and Campbell Featherstone Outline the Steps That Need to Be Taken to Avoid This Predicament
Byline: Rodney Craig and Campbell Featherstone Have you ever found yourself in a situation where the product you thought you had turns out to be something quite different? Maybe it was a 'conservative' investment product that turns out to include...
NZIM: Management Capability A[euro]" How Capable Are Kiwi Managers? Thata[euro][TM]s the Rating from the NZIMa[euro][TM]s Latest Annual Survey of the countrya[euro][TM]s Management Capability (MCI). So A[euro]" Is It Improving against Previous Surveys? and Just Where Are Local Managers Falling Behind Their Overseas Counterparts?
Byline: Doug Matheson First it was the Indians, then the Malaysians a[euro]" now the Canadians have taken to using the NZIMa[euro]s Management Capability Index (MCI) and showing us up. Results from the latest survey of the countrya[euro]s management...
Politics : Local Grumbles A[euro]" National Liability?
Byline: Colin James How local is local? How much governing should local government do? Rodney Hide has strong ideas on both. But will he carry the cabinet? A fashionable 1990sa[euro] theory was that decisions and actions should be taken, as far...
Thought Leader : Is Employee Engagement Enough?
Byline: Ian MacRae and Sam Dawson As a result of greatly reduced demand for products and services, organisations globally, regionally and locally are revisiting their business strategies and models as well as their operating models, before restructuring...