New Zealand Management

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 4, May

A Site for Sore Eyes: Making the Web Work for You: Website Expert David Kelly Says Only Two Things Matter When It Comes to an Online Presence-Presentation and Persuasion-What He Calls the Two PS of Website Excellence. Steve Hart Gets the Low-Down from Him on How to Build and Maintain a Successful Site for Your Business
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] The primary objective of most websites is to generate revenue, via an e-commerce sale, or an enquiry that can be followed up and converted into cold hard cash. But what is the key to achieving that? After eight years in the...
Business Savvy, Science Nous
In one lesson Danielle Fraser would be cutting up rats, in the next she'd be planning a long-term business strategy for a major New Zealand company. She graduated last month with a real mix of skills that could take her in many career directions. ...
Comment on Managing the Brain Gain
If sport can be said to be an analogy for war, professional sport has useful parallels with executive talent management. All New Zealand employers, including the NZRU, are dealing with the challenges of open markets, attractive overseas offers for...
Conforming or Conscientious? When Personality Pays: Google 'Psychometric Assessment' or 'Personality Profile' and You Will Find Literally Hundreds of Different Tests Available. the Use of These Tests Is Growing and Not Just in Recruitment. Helen Tatham Investigates Some of the Many Tests Available, Their Application and Whether It's Possible to Cheat
Psychometric testing or personality profiling, in its basic form, is the use of questionnaires to investigate personal preferences. Many companies are familiar with their use in recruitment but now businesses are becoming smarter and starting to take...
Dealing with Difference: A Diverse Workforce: New Zealand's Workforce Is Becoming Increasingly Diverse-But Cultural Difference Can Create Recruitment Hurdles. How Can Employers Help Level the Recruitment Playing Field and Ensure They Don't Miss out on Top Candidates Because of Poor Cultural Communication?
It's curious how something"normal" in one culture is considered offensive in another. Recruitment and selection processes are no exception. I've often heard the following in conversations with management in New Zealand over the past five years: ...
Defrauding NFPs
Losing money to fraud is destructive to any business but in the not-for-profit (NFP) sector the impact can be even more negative--undermining volunteer morale and tarnishing the organisation's reputation. So how subject is the sector to fraud and how...
Green IT-Low on the Business Agenda
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Beyond recycling and energy-efficient light bulbs, two-thirds of New Zealand businesses are struggling to act sustainably, according to research into 'Green IT' in New Zealand carried out by IBM and the New Zealand Business...
How to Build a Management Team
Have you ever worked as part of a high-performance team, or have you ever watched a high-performance sports or professional team in action? Most of you will say yes--which means that you probably know a lot about management teams intuitively. What...
IT Managers Turned-Off by Social Networking
Over a quarter of IT managers here and across the ditch are unaware of the threats posed by social networking sites; a route online criminals are increasingly exploiting to gain access into organisations. That's according to a report from MessageLabs,...
Managers Abroad
Rick Helliwell, Vice-president recruitment, Human Resources, Emirates Airline & group. Ghat prompted you to seek work out of New Zealand? It seems only yesterday, when in 2000, I made the decision to take the business and HR knowledge...
Managing Older Workers
Q I have a senior manager who is in his 60s. He has held his management role for about 15 years and has carried the role out well in the past. However, there is increasing evidence that he is now not performing and is becoming a barrier to the growth...
Naked Finance: Business Finance Pure and Simple
NAKED FINANCE: BUSINESS FINANCE PURE AND SIMPLE * DAVID MECKLIN * ALLEN & UNWIN BOOK PUBUSHERS * $39.95 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Don't bother Must have If you are one of those fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type managers who likes to husk...
Political Beliefs: Censored at Work? Is Talking Openly and Honestly about Politics One of the Final Workplace Frontiers? Is It, as Some Would Argue, a Sign of an Exceptionally Enlightened and Intelligent Workplace Culture? or Should Managers Censor Their Political Colours at Work?
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] Depending on the sort of friends you have, your preferred prime minister might be a great dinner party topic. But what are the protocols when it comes to workplace chatter? Conventional wisdom is clear. Talk about politics...
Politically Free MMP: Management, Marketing and Productivity (MMP) Are at the Heart of Every Successful Manufacturing Enterprise. Tom McBrearty, Christchurch-Based Business Consultant and New Zealand Institute of Management Board Member, Explains Why by Telling a Very Personal Story
"We have to do something about our marketing to increase sales and market share." It is a constant theme that runs through our interviews with potential manufacturing clients. Fair comment, you might say. But is it? Increasing sales and market share...
Presenting to Managers: Making Your Presentation Meet Your Objectives
Every presentation has an objective: perhaps to transfer information or learnings; to influence behaviour; or to sell an idea. But, for a presentation to meet its objective--whatever this might be--three things need to occur. Managers need to listen;...
Recession or Simply Subdued?
Minister Michael Cullen reportedly used a curious expression when telling us the economy might soon shrink. The country might slip into a "technical recession", he said, although any recession was likely to be short and shallow. He did not expect to...
Riding the Technology Wave: Success and Secrecy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Born out of a Waikato University research project, Endace has conquered the world of network monitoring and hardware acceleration, with a firm technological base supported by ongoing product and sales innovation. Robert Smith...
Saving for the Future
Investing responsibly is not an option but an imperative, according to professor Prakash Sethi, a renowned academic and senior policy advisor to the United Nations Global Compact. Sethi, president of the International Center for Corporate Accountability...
Social Sustainability in the Spotlight
Quite often the word 'sustainability' brings up notions of environmental awareness and protection. Sustainability is linked to being green, but for the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) it includes integrating environmental outcomes with the financial...
Space, People & Technology
How the three are fitted together has a lot to do with creating workplaces that enable people to do their jobs better, in a way that suits both their work needs and lifestyles. But is it happening? Not as much as it could, according to Neil Salton,...
The Breakthrough Imperative: How the Best Managers Get Outstanding Results
THE BREAKTHROUGH IMPERATIVE: HOW THE BEST MANAGERS GET OUTSTANDING RESULTS * MARK GOTTFREDSON AND STEVE SCHAUBERT * COLLINS * RRP $44.99 Don't bother Must have About 40 percent of America's senior managers leave office within two years of...
The Curse of the Operational Manager: Business as Usual: Having Trouble Turning Your Strategic Vision into Results? You May Want to Look at the Managers in Your Business. Are They Selected and Trained for Operational Competency? Great Operational Managers Make Execution Look Easy-So Easy in Fact That One Can Easily Make the Mistake of Thinking It "Is" Easy-And That Leads to Disastrous Consequences
Managing operations is rarely regarded as a sexy topic in management--and that's too bad. Still, it is much easier to sell executives well-packaged products dealing with innovation, strategy, entrepreneurship--and, of course, leadership--than it is...
The Nightmare Shadowing Key's Dream Run
In Budget after Budget during Michael Cullen's time the Treasury has been wrong. It has projected less revenue than the economy dished up. This time, if the Treasury is wrong again, chances are revenue will be lower, not higher. Just whose problem...
The Way We Were: Our Marketing Press History: Ian F Grant, Founder and Editor of NBR Marketplace, the Predecessor to NZ Marketing Magazine, Takes a Nostalgic Look at the Early Days of Marketing and the Contribution the Two Publications Have Made to the Profession
It's almost exactly 30 years to the month that the last issue of the country's first marketing magazine was published. NBR Marketplace, named best business magazine in the early 1970s and still remembered affectionately by grizzled marketing and advertising...
Ticking the Box
Who do you vote for? Why is that considered a rude question? We are happy to ask where people live, work, holiday, about their partner, what they read, their favourite colour or food, even their religion, but not their politics. I find this odd as...
Up Close with Stephen Covey
American Stephen Covey is internationally respected and world renowned as the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness. Suzanna Rangi, the learning and development manager with NZIM Northern...
Visionary Thinking
Here's a refreshingly different way to create an organisational vision and mission statement--paint it, don't write it. That is exactly what Kerridge and Partners, an aggressively growing three-year-old Auckland-based executive search and leadership...
When Growth Is Unsustainable
The ethos currently driving business is not sustainable and business leaders have to stop acting like adolescents in denial. That's the unequivocal message from world-renowned sporting and business coach Sir John Whitmore. "I would say that any...
When the Going Gets Slow: Good Directors Get Going: When the Business Environment Gets Tough and Management Comes under More Operational Pressure, Effective Directors Step Up to the Challenge. but How Can They Best Support Their Management Team? Jens Mueller Offers Some Advice
Governance in any organisation is not a fair-weather friend; it is a tool that can help a firm steer through the tough times ahead. We know that many New Zealand firms are increasingly looking for new independent directors to strengthen their governance...
Women in Power: Breaking through Glass Ceilings: In Honour of International Women's Day, Pauline Herbst Hosted a Forum Discussion with Five of the Consumer Electronic Industry's Power Players
The top executive at Philips, Canon NZ, DSE, Sunbeam and Sharp happen to all be women--but more importantly they are business people serving at the upper echelons of management dealing with new technology, triple bottom line reporting and the logistics...
You're Fired: Exiting Employees Who Hold You Back: It's Not an Easy Topic to Discuss, Both for Relationship and Legal Reasons, but Sometimes an Employer Does Need to Relieve Themself of a Non-Performing Worker. Lawyers Clayton Kimpton and Charlotte Hatlauf-Coles Discuss the Process
Being an employer in 2008 in uncertain economic times, coupled with low unemployment and global wage pressures, represents a challenge rarely experienced. On one hand, employers cannot afford to lose staff; on the other, they may not be able to retain...