New Zealand Management

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 2, March

A Stock of Ages
One of the most remarkable and valuable features of wine and most other alcoholic beverages, is the investment value-enhancing effect age has on them. Time is, of course, the essence that increases the value of most high status items. The market...
Chris Zook: Breaking the Growth Barrier
Chris Zook, growth guru and lead consultant at international strategy consultancy Bain & Co, based his best selling book Profit from the Core on a worldwide study of 8000 companies to discover how and why they grow successfully or fail to deliver....
Competitive Advantages
Competition for skilled employees will become more intense over the next six years according to US business futurist Roger Herman. Finding and keeping talent will prove the importance of training, mentoring or other personal growth initiatives. ...
Destination Unknown
Publication of a Budget Policy Statement setting out the broad parameters within which the Budget is being prepared has been part of the government's annual Budget-planning process since the passing of the Fiscal Responsibility Act 10 years ago. ...
Dunlop Hits the Road
Making a difference to society rather than "simply making profits for a company", appealed to newly appointed Ministry of Transport chief executive and secretary for transport Dr Robin Dunlop. That's why he chose the public, rather than the private...
Education's Learning Curve
Last year was a challenge for the export education industry in New Zealand, as it was in many other parts of the world. A combination of the SARS virus and other international events meant not only were travel and study opportunities altered and truncated,...
Fix Up Finance: And Watch the Payback
How do you view your finance team? Do you see them as a cost centre rather than an income and value-adding arm of your enterprise? If you do, it's time to change your thinking and your management approach. Gone are the days when the finance function...
From Here to Extraordinary: The Excellence Awards Journey
How do you know when your enterprise is doing a good job--better yet, an excellent job? And what exactly is "excellence"? The New Zealand Business Excellence Awards help managers find the answer. The number of competitors long-distance runners consistently...
Have a Heart: Heap the Praise Not the Poison
Groundbreaking research by students at CMICS, the Completely Mythical Institute of Common Sense, has established that 98.7 percent of workers at every level in all age groups in most occupations feel a whole lot better about their jobs when those they...
Honesty at the Top: Boards Can Recruit for Integrity
Appointing a chief executive is still the single most important job on a board's agenda, But what an increasing number of organisations want in a CEO and other top management, is integrity and honesty. So, is it possible to interview for what sometimes...
It's a Juggling ACT
ACT, so it's says, is the party of business and it has its annual conference this month. And it will need to get down to business because now there is competition: Don Brash's version of the National party. What's more, there is an eerie parallel...
Leaders' Summit Looms
Leadership. Everyone is talking about it. And the tussle at the top of the nation's political power game is, at another level, a leadership-style sideshow worth watching. But back to the real world and the demand for more dialogue and understanding...
Learning Experience
[Letter to the Editor] Education is a serious business. It is big business too, accounting for nearly 20 percent of the Government's total annual spend of $42 billion. We are all at some stage captured by the process and, as writer Vicki Jayne notes...
Managing Our Schools: Are Principals Set Up to Fail?
The effectiveness of a school is closely linked to the caliber of its leadership. just how well led are "today's school"? And what help do state school principals and their front-line managers get to cope with a task that makes managing a business...
More Sociable Than Green?
Businesses in New Zealand are reasonably active on the recycling front and half of them at least consider the environmental impact of their products, processes or services--but social or community-based projects seem to be more their thing. Findings...
New Charter: The New Zealand Institute of Management Has Developed an Educational Charter That Defines the Institute's Direction, Goals and Special Character. Batch Hales, Author of the Document, Summarises the Key Points
Critical need for management + leadership There are strong indications that we in New Zealand are failing to develop and apply management skills as effectively as we might. The application of better management and leadership skills is critical...
Points of Principle
It took seven months, the consideration of 160 written submissions and the arguments of 71 people in discussion groups but, the Securities Commission last month produced nine guiding principles for good corporate governance. The Commission steered...
Presentations with Impact: Technologies and Techniques to Supercharge Your Business Messages
How can you present organisational information more effectively? Step out and embrace leading-edge technology by all means, but remember, the basic techniques of delivery are just as important. I always get a little nervous before a business presentation--even...
Project Management: How It Delivered at Auckland City Hospital
From a corner room on the ninth floor of the new Auckland City Hospital, the view down over office towers, across the green hump of Rangitoto to the island-dotted, boat-trailed expanse of Hauraki Gulf has to be one of the best in town. This is what...
Wham ... Spam! but What Else?
The internet is still spying on my computer. First the Cookie Monster dumped its load of cookies on my unsuspecting hard-drive to pry on my web-surfing habits (see last month's column). Then just a few weeks ago, I was back at the repair shop to extract...
Where to for the MBA?
The traditional means of delivery may be declining in popularity but management education itself has a great future because people doing the courses get so much personal benefit from them, according to professor Stephen Watson, principal of Britain's...
Why 'Credible' Is Crucial: To Management Consultants
We included an article in the Upfront section of the December issue of Management magazine asking: "What do you think of your consultant?" We invited readers to complete an online survey carried out with the Institute of Management Consultants of New...
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