New Zealand Management

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 2, March

6 of the Best World Class Leaders
Whether they're in biotech or business, distilling alcohol or ideas, creating new software or pioneering new science, New Zealand leaders have proved they can foot it with the best in the world. Six have just been nominated for the 2007 World Class...
A Focus on Service: Priorities for 2007 the New Zealand Institute of Management Has Been Taking Stock of Just How Well It Delivers What Its Members Need to Succeed in a Rapidly Changing World-And Is Aiming to Add More Value, as National Chief Executive David Chapman Reports
In 2007 NZIM will focus on improving the value proposition we offer our members. This might seem surprising given that the Institute has always been a membership organisation offering a wide range of member services. For us to survive financially and...
Ashley Dando: UK Support Manager, Telstra, London
What prompted you to seek work out of New Zealand? When I left New Zealand in 1997, aged 23, it was all about doing the typical Kiwi OE. I took a six-month leave of absence from my job at Tait Electronics without any definite plans. I did contracts...
Climate Change Certainty Critical
Climate change is gaining enormous momentum in the media--it is no longer exclusive to the domain of scientists, tree huggers, and weather forecasters but has become a genuine conversation topic for dinner parties, business meetings and beyond. Even...
Cutting through Management Clutter
"A great framework for dealing with management overwhelm." That's one participant's reaction to a series of recent CEO workshops run by UK-based business coach, Darren Shirlaw. The founder of his eponymous company which is now represented in Australia,...
Decisions ... Decisions!
Hmmmm ... healthy water or stimulating coffee? Would that all decisions in life or in business were that clear cut. The reality is messier, often more brutal and seldom consensual. In fact, as Paul Gordon points out, striving for consensus can be a...
Holistic HR at AUT
AUT's new business degree major will provide graduates with the skills to foster cooperative workplace relations and avoid the pitfalls of mismanaged and negligent employment relations, says the university's professor of employment relations, Ray Markey....
Is Networking Worth More Than Experience?
Q A less experienced colleague is being promoted above me. I'm sure it's because of their networking skills rather than their ability to put in the hard work and be productive. How can I continue to provide value for my company without being overlooked...
Keith Turner: Energy for Life: A Lifetime of Working in the Power Industry Must Have Rubbed off on Keith Turner-He Seems to Have Energy to Burn. and for All His Emphasis on Being an 'Ordinary' Kiwi Bloke, He's Been Quietly Generating Some Major Corporate Achievements
You get the impression that the more personal power and influence that accrues to his role as CEO of Meridian Energy and to him personally, the more Keith Turner wants to stress his 'ordinary' Kiwi blokeishness. And he is kind of ordinary--in the rather...
Making Work Meaningful
Why are we here? Who would miss us if we weren't? What if people do not mind change--but mind being changed? Goran Carstedt is given to asking some fairly crunchy questions. It is, he says, what organisational leadership is all about--not so much...
"NZ Made" Missing the Point
Some decades ago the then New Zealand Manufacturers Federation launched the Buy New Zealand Made campaign. It was based on a similar campaign in Australia and was aimed at producing greater sales for the manufacturers selling in the local market by...
Our Workforce Is Aging: Should Companies Care? the Older We Get, the More Health-Related Problems We Suffer-Right? So It Follows That Workplaces Need to Beef Up Their Health Management. Are Kiwi Employers Prepared? and Do Older Workers Really Represent a Health Problem?
The greying of the workforce is a rapidly advancing fact of life and, while many organisations acknowledge this and its potential challenges, not all have strategies to deal with it. The changing workforce demographic results not only from the babyboomer...
People Process & Performance: How to Get the Recipe Right? as a Profession It's Still in Junior League. at a Performance Level-Project Management Still Depends Too Heavily on Its Natural "Heroes". How Best to Build Consistent Project Management Success?
Is it people or process? Leadership or learning? Attempts to analyse consistent success factors in the project management (PM) cycle--those that ensure it meets its "on time, in budget" mantra of completion perhaps reveal a profession heading into...
Priming the Talent Pump: Is Immigration Up to It? They're Global, Mobile and in Demand. How Can New Zealand Attract Its Share of Skilled Workers? Are Our Immigration Policies a Help or Hindrance?
The migrant taxi-driver with multiple degrees has become something of an Auckland cliche but with unemployment at all-time lows and global competition for skills strengthening, New Zealand's ability both to attract and make best use of migrant talent...
So Much to Say
One of the privileges of this job is that you get to talk to some pretty amazing people--and this particular edition of the mag seems to be chock full of them. Our cover story features six New Zealanders who can truly be classed as world leaders...
Taking Inflation Personally
Finance columnist Humberto Cruz, writing for Tribune Media Services in the US, is among many commentators raising questions about inflation and how it is measured. Health insurance premiums for himself and his wife increased almost 30 percent last...
The MBA Difference
New research from the Massey University School of Business has helped uncover the benefits to students of MBAs--and it seems money is not a primary driver. The rationale could perhaps be summarised as 'much better all-rounders' rather than 'more...
The New Philanthropists: The New Generosity
THE NEW PHILANTHROPISTS: THE NEW GENEROSITY * BY CHARLES HANDY / PHOTOGRAPHY BY ELIZABETH HANDY * WILLIAM HEINEMANN * $59.99 Don't bother Must have I should probably start by declaring myself a Charles Handy enthusiast. I have read,...
Walkouts and Wikis
This is the sort of email conversation that's usually followed by a cold empty feeling in the pit of your stomach. One minute everything's running smoothly, the team's fired up and productive, and the next you're facing the loss of a key staff member....
What Happened to Trust? the 'Agency Problem', Ie the Opportunistic or Self-Serving Manager/employee, Has Shaped Our Understanding of Governance. but Have the Resulting Prescriptive Constraints Enhanced Performance, or Merely Added an Additional Burden?
The theory and practice of governance have been grossly influenced by the supposed agency problem. Much of this influence has unwittingly, and perhaps even naively, shaped what we herald as 'good governance'. Governance research conducted over the...
When Acquisition Works: The Nuplex Story: It's Bought into Aussie without Getting Burned-Now It's Going Global. What Is the Secret of Nuplex's Acquisition Strategy?
There are plenty of examples in the New Zealand market of growth-by-acquisition strategies going spectacularly pear-shaped and usually they involve Australian acquisitions. Think Telecom buying AAPT, The Warehouse buying Clint's Crazy Bargains and...
Why Professionals Are Import
Seat-of-the-pants entrepreneurs and by-the-rules professionals run very different businesses. Entrepreneurs can get it spectacularly right. And horribly wrong. It's the same in government. In small business the entrepreneur gets rich or goes bust....
Work: Family-The Challenge of Integration
One of the biggest challenges facing managers of today and into the future is designing workplaces that meet people's dual responsibilities to work and to family. That's according to Tom Kochan, professor of management at Massachusetts Institute of...
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