New Zealand Management

Articles from October

ADVICE : Consultation: Think Carefully before Restructuring
Byline: Kevin Gaunt We are looking at how to create an environment in our company that will give us a quantum leap in the way we develop new products and ideas. We are thinking about setting each unit of the organisation up as its own notional business...
ADVICE : Ten Top Tips: How to Conduct a Successful Interview
Byline: Megan Alexander There are plenty of tips for job seekers on how to behave in an interview, but what's the secret to successfully conducting one? Using the right interview techniques can help employers identify a candidate who is not only...
BRANDING : Brand Power - Why It Matters; Many Businesses Don't Understand Just How Powerful a Business Brand Can Be - or Exactly What It Is. How Does Branding Work and What Are the Secrets to Long-Term Brand Success?
Byline: Vikki Bland At the end of the day, Hell Pizza makes pizza just like Coca-Cola makes fizzy brown drinks. What defines these companies is their brand and the term 'brand' might as well be redefined as 'organisational reputation'. So when Hell...
CASE STUDY: Remote Control - MANAGING ACROSS MILES; There Are Particular Management Challenges When You Are Based in Auckland and a Good Proportion of Your Staff and Business Is in the US. Zeacom's Chief Executive Miles Valentine Tells Ellen Read How He Makes This Model Work
Byline: Ellen Read Not many chief executives running a multinational business have the luxury of making their first phone calls of the day from their home office while still in their pyjamas. There are probably not that many who start work before...
COVER STORY : Lifting NZ Performance - Why the Focus Falls on Management
Byline: Vicki Jayne A quick poll around a mixed dinner party highlights the problem. There's Jo - she was fifth in what had been an effective 11-person team to leave after a new manager was appointed. Nine had quit before the powers that be started...
EDITOR'S LETTER : The Under-Practised Art of Self Portraiture
Byline: Ellen Read Scrutinising your own performance is never a comfortable exercise and I defy anyone to say otherwise. Whether the results are good, bad or (as is most likely) a mix, it's a nerve-wracking, cringe-inducing, navel-gazing nightmare....
ENVIRONMENT : Carbon Zero - a Case Study; as Architects with a Strong Focus on Environmental Sustainability, Warren and Mahoney Are Embracing Green Principles in Their Own Practice - by Going Carbon Neutral. Why Did It Prove Easier Than Expected? Vicki Jayne Reports
Byline: Vicki Jayne It seems Kermit the frog got it wrong - it is easy being green. That's the message Warren and Mahoney partner Graeme Finlay would most like to pass on to other companies contemplating the journey his firm has taken toward carboNZero...
Events
October 18-19 Influencing skills. Auckland. RogenSi. www.rogensi.com October 25-26 Persuasive presentation skills. Wellington. RogenSi. www.rogensi.com October 29-30 Persuasive presentation skills. Auckland. RogenSi. www.rogensi.com...
FACE TO FACE: David Teece - Watching from Afar; Ex-Pat Kiwi David Teece Lives and Works in the United States and Has a Global Reputation. but He Still Has Strong Links with New Zealand and Very Strong Ideas on Our Management Practices and Standards. He Believes We Need to Lift Our Sights and Our Game. He Spoke to Tim Watkin
Byline: Tim Watkin David Teece can't remember if he was 15 or 16 when his elder brother started at Nelson Polytechnic, but he remembers clearly the economics textbook his brother left lying on the table and the life-changing impression it left on...
INTOUCH : A Diaspora to Die For?
New Zealanders may lament the brain drain of skilled Kiwis offshore, but how this country goes about staying in touch with them is being seen as a success story by others. The mix of worldwide skill shortages and a more globally mobile workforce...
INTOUCH : As I See It
Matt Ensor, section manager of the Beca Transportation Group. Part of Beca Infrastructure, Beca Transportation Group, won the Private Sector Diversity Award at this year's EEO awards. Beca Transportation employs 44 people in its Auckland office. ...
INTOUCH : Diversity Drives Innovation
If managers keep hiring people who look and think like themselves, they're severely limiting their organisation's potential to come up with new products, services or ideas. That's because diversity drives innovation, says visiting US consultant...
INTOUCH : Export Led? Productivity Driven?
Kiwi Co has a fair way to go on both counts, according to a just released survey that goes "behind the walls and inside the minds of Kiwi companies". The third PricewaterhouseCoopers Clever Companies/EMA Survey 2007 didn't have a lot of good news...
INTOUCH : Letter to the Editor - Transitioning Athletes to Business
Congratulations on your article 'Home Team Advantage' in the September issue. Over the past 12 months the New Zealand Cricket Players Association has been designing a professional development programme for our cricketers and many of the messages in...
INTOUCH : On the Move
Ian Farrelly Former general manager of ASB Rural Banking, Farrelly has been appointed by the management board of First Mortgage Trust as an additional independent director on its seven-member board. Keith McLaughlin Publicly listed specialist...
INTOUCH : Playing to Learn
"It's up to you to save and rebuild the island of Sheylan - just click here to undertake your first mission." When those running the United Nations' World Food Programme wanted to attract more young volunteers to its programme, they could have taken...
INTOUCH : Stig Ehnbom on A Different Way of Doing Business
Byline: Stig Ehnbom When the first oil crisis struck in the early 1970s, New Zealand introduced car-less days and, with most other Western economies, returned to "normal" relatively quickly. By contrast Sweden, with 80 percent of its oil imports...
INTOUCH : Young Executive Honoured
Mason Pratt, managing director of Wellington's Provoke Solutions, has won the Central Region section of this year's NZIM/Eagle Technology Young Executive of the Year. He is a founding partner of the successful software development company that was...
NZIM : Leadership - Lifting Performance - Management Focus; the Private and Public Sectors This Month Launch a Joint Initiative Called Management Focus to Promote Business and Management Capability. NZIM's National Chief Executive David Chapman Explains Why His Organisation Is Behind It
Byline: David Chapman National goals for business development in New Zealand have, in the past few years, focused on building management capability - the improvement of management practice in order to develop business capability and thereby increase...
OPINION : Economics - Local Economy Well Cushioned
Byline: Bob Edlin Economic forecasters' crystal balls were muddied more than usual early in September by turmoil in global financial markets. The turmoil had been triggered by losses in the American sub-prime mortgage market resulting from rising...
OPINION : Politics - the End of John Howard?
Byline: Colin James One of Australia's latte set's favourite parlour games this year has been to speculate on John Howard losing his seat in the upcoming election: his electorate seat, that is, not just his Prime Minister's seat in Parliament. ...
OPINION : Thought Leaders - A Hard Wrap for Packaging
Byline: Mark Brosnan Last month the Packaging Council hosted its 5th Environmental Packaging Awards evening. You might say it was the packaging industry's Big Day Out. Looking at the amazing entries, I wondered why it is that packaging gets such...
PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Project Management by Any Other Name; Project Management Is No Longer the Bastion of IT Professionals. All Managers Find Themselves in a Project Role at Some Stage. Robert Sarkies, Director and Co-Writer of New Zealand Films Scarfies and out of the Blue, Sees Clear Parallels between the Role of Film Director and Project Manager
Byline: Ellen Read How do you bring a disparate group of technicians, creatives, financiers, producers - not to mention highly strung actors - together to create something that will resonate with an audience and, most importantly, reap a return...
SAVVY : Bookcase - Fl!p
Byline: Vicki Jayne * Peter Sheahan * Random House * $39.99 I have to admit my heart sank when the first chapter detailed how the young Aussie author whose previous book put both Gen Y and himself on the global map, had 'flipped' a Phoenix...
SAVVY : Bookcase - Innovation & Independence - the Reserve Bank of New Zealand 1973 - 2002
Byline: Reg Birchfield * John Singleton with Arthur Grimes, Garry Hawke and Frank Holmes * Auckland University Press * $49.99 There is a daunting physicality to this book that will frighten off most business leaders who should indeed tackle...
SUSTAINABILITY: Fulfilling Green Premises - Built to Last; Corporate New Zealand Is Increasingly Demanding Sustainability in Its Building Projects and the Government Now Requires All New Public Sector Property to Meet Green Standards. What Are the Benefits? and What Does the Future Hold in Terms of Regulation?
Byline: Ellen Read The 'green building' party has been taking place quietly in the New Zealand kitchen for some time but began to spill out to the deck last year with the formation of the internationally-recognised New Zealand Green Business Council...
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