New Zealand Management

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 6, July

Are You the Ideal High Tech CEO? Neville Jordan on Scientific Start-Ups; What Turns Science and Technology Companies into Successful Enterprises? It's All in the Leadership, People and Something Called Creative Spirit. (Entrepreneurs)
After listing his Hutt Valley-based microwave telecommunications company MAS Technology on the NASDAQ in 1997 and cashing out with almost $60 million from a global giant a year later, entrepreneur Neville Jordan now spends his time looking for high-flying...
Beware the Over-Blown Reference: It Might Explode. (Upfront: News, Trends, People)
Since the John Davy fiasco put very literal bars on use of seriously inflated CVs (at least for him), any reference that glows too brightly is inevitably going to earn closer scrutiny. A good thing, too, according to Horner & Partners general...
Blended Threats. (Tech Nous)
I recently spent a few days in Sydney, and considering that it had been almost 22 years since I last visited Australia's largest city, there were a number of noticeable changes. Aside from the impressive new facilities, such as Darling Harbour with...
Crash and Learn. (Success Secrets)
Car wrecks always drawn a crowd, a as every driver knows, and that's true for the equivalent in business, too. Rubber-necking at someone else's trouble, many executives thank their stars that they're not caught in the pile-up; most take the opportunity...
From the Podium. (Advertorial)
Perception--it's reality. What makes your customer choose you or your competitor? Don't underestimate first impressions. It could be the Yellow Pages, a signwritten company vehicle or one of your advertisements in an industry magazine. Your company...
Getting the Best out of Business Travel: The Rules of the Business Travel Game Are Changing. It's Costly, Time Consuming and Security at International Destinations Can Be a Busy Executive's Nightmare. but "Being There" Is Still, Very Often, the Best Option. Take a Look at the Changing World of Business Travel and Pick Up a Few Ideas. (Business Travel)
Business travel costs consume large portions of operating budgets and executive time. Add the time spent planning and running the gauntlet of more stringent security measures and is it any wonder travel plans are more vigorously contested? The job...
Global Warming: Management Will Make the Difference. (Upfront: News, Trends, People)
Private enterprise in the US is leading the charge to eliminate global dependence on fossil fuels, according to Eileen Claussen, president of the PEW Centre On Global Climate Change. A not-for-profit trust, the PEW Centre works with 37 Fortune 500...
Going Global Is People Driven. (Upfront: News, Trends, People)
In today's competitive business environment, if you are not leading change you're not leading effectively. It's an issue that affects all organisations, but it is particularly relevant to enterprises attempting to build a global operation and do business...
How to Create the Productive Office. (Life Balance)
Last month, the first article in this series looked at the relationship between staff work/ life balance and productivity and considered how managers' attitudes might support or impede their staff to achieve a better balance for themselves. In this...
Keeping Score: 10 Dumb Performance Measurements; Mark Graham Brown Helps Some of the Largest Organisations in the World Keep Score. He Even Writes about It. His Latest Book, Winning Score, Is All about Designing and Implementing Organisational Scorecards. but He Comes across Some "Really Dumb" Scorekeeping. He Identified His 10 "Dumbest" Performance Measurements in Auckland Last Month. (Managing)
Consultant, author, performance expert Mark Graham Brown was in Auckland last month on his way to coach evaluators who will assess entries in this year's Business Excellence Awards. The tall, fair-haired American has been consulting with corporations...
Kiwi Companies Hit a "Glass Ceiling". (Upfront: News, Trends, People)
If there was a World Cup for top business performers, it appears not too many Kiwi companies would be fit enough to compete. "When it comes to a world ranking in performance excellence, we're doing OK, but not as well as we could," says Mike Watson....
Kiwi Scorecard? (Opinion Leaders)
For the past 10 years many organisations have attempted to introduce the balanced scorecard ideas of Kaplan and Norton with rather mixed success. I believe this is because the basic premise of this system is that people are regarded as costs and...
Lighter & Brighter: The Data/video Projector Marketplace Continues to Be One of the Most Competitive and Potentially Confusing Sectors for Buyers. E-Office Shed Some Light. (Data/video Projectors: E.Office)
A good projector can make or break a presentation. However, narrowing down the right model for your needs can be somewhat of a challenge--it is wise to seek advice. In 2002 data/video projectors are continuing down the lighter, brighter pathway. Brightness...
MMP'S Instability. (Politics)
This is the stability election. Or so Helen Clark would like you to think. You are supposed to give her a majority to restore stability after the Alliance screwed up and the Greens went ape. Hang on a minute. According to the theorists who gave...
Paying the Price: The High Cost of Executive Success; the More Successful You Are the More Likely Your Personal Relationships Will Suffer. Today's Career Success Stories Are Tomorrow's Chapters of Family Failure. Does Reaching the Top of the Management Ladder Mean You Must Break Every Rung along the Way? Take Some Time to Take Stock. (Careers)
When executive stress costs money, whether through decreased productivity, lowered morale or increased absenteeism, the organisation pays attention. Likewise, business reluctantly acknowledges stress when the Government forces it to, as with the pending...
Political Webs. (on the Web)
Way back in the `60s, television reinvented the way election campaigns were waged. Today, one poor performance on "the box" can become a political straw with which to break a campaigner's back. The web is hardly a replacement for telly's reach,...
Pressure Points. (Editor's Letter)
The reality of our inexorable transition into becoming a "branch office economy" strikes home for most of us every working day. Publishers for instance, must wait for advertising budgets to be signed off in Sydney or Singapore, and there is less and...
Strategy-A Composition in B Flat? (Upfront: News, Trends, People)
Crafting company strategy may be judged one of the most important tasks executives perform--but all too often this performance proves a miserable flop. A recent survey carried out by US-based McKinsey consultants Eric Beinhocker and Sarah Kaplan...
Tax Attack. (Economics)
If this Labour Government has decided never to reduce the company tax rate, or never to slap a ceiling on the top rate for high-income earners, it would seem politic to keep quiet about it. But Finance Minister Michael Cullen went on the offensive...
The Expanding World of the Extranet. (E-Business)
Forget this is an article about e-business. Forget terms like "extranet" and "intranet" and "business to business" (B2B). Instead, imagine for a moment your customers, suppliers and business partners have anytime access,to the internal computer system...
The Oracle's Words: Why CEO Larry Ellison Writes His Company's Ads; Chief Executives Unconvinced of the Importance of Marketing in the Management Hierarchy Could Take a Leaf from Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's Book of Priorities. He Might Be the World's Third Richest Individual but Still Writes the Company's Ads. Why Doesn't He Entrust the Job to Anyone Else? (Marketing)
Chris Hammel, six foot plus of articulate, immaculate marketer, is vice president marketing Asia/Pacific. He whistle stopped Auckland recently, explaining the company's approach to managing its marketing budget as he went. He also threw some light...
Triple Bottom Line Reporting-Being Seen to "Give a Damn"; Apart from (Hopefully) Turning a Profit for Shareholders, What Impact Do Companies Have on the World around Them? How Do Their Operations Affect the Well-Being of Their Workforce, of Surrounding Communities, or the Health of the Environment in Which They Must Function? (Corporate Governance)
The answers to questions posed in the introduction to this story were once deemed altogether too philosophical or downright irrelevant to pop into the annual report. Traditionally the focus for reporting has been financial and its target audience...
What Foreign Ownership Means for Managers. (Cover Story)
Almost half our top 200 enterprises are now overseas owned and controlled. New Zealand has become a branch office economy. What does the transition mean for managers and for enterprise? Does it, as some believe, provide greater opportunities for growth...
What's Driving the Renaisance of the South? the South Island's Economy Is on a Roll. Even Its Sporting Teams Are Top of the Table. What's Behind the Drive to Succeed and How Long Can It Last?
The South Island's scenery is stunning. Exotic flora, fauna and topography, inspire artists and tourists alike. Tourism New Zealand's "100% Pure" marketing campaign is so successful overseas that there is talk of capping the annual visitor flow to...
Why It's Important to Think Strategy: Despite All the Sound Theory, Seminars, Articles and Encouragement, New Zealand Senior Managers Still Don't Get the Best from Their People, Those Who Carry out the Day-to-Day Work of Their Business. (Nzim)
The recently released NZIM/Wevers Index of Human Resource Management and Organisational Effectiveness 2001 contains a wake-up call for managers looking to improve their organisational performance and meet the current exigencies of our economic and...