New Zealand Management

Articles from September

As I See It : Brendan Hoare; Founding Director, Organic Systems
How would you describe the New Zealand identity? New Zealand is the keyhole to the new dominant trade continent, the Pacific Ocean. The world also wants and needs a slice of what we have: Pure, Clean, Green, Smart with a relatively relaxed attitude....
Economics: Are the Poor Getting Poorer?
Byline: Bob Edlin Two recent reports obviously were in Labour leader Phil Goff's mind when he questioned Prime Minister John Key in Parliament about poverty and the rising cost of living. First, the NBR Rich List showed the assets of the country's...
Editorial: Reputation: It's out of Your Hands
Byline: Toni Myers The reputation game is changing. Reputation is more important than ever but cannot be controlled by slick marketing and advertising campaigns. 'Citizen journalism' and online forums are examples of the democratisation of dissemination...
Executive Health: Rubbing Salt into the Wound
Byline: Peter Tynan In these days of upsized and king-size portions, it seems ironic that just a gram or two of a certain ingredient should be cause for such concern. But reducing sodium intake has become one of the key targets for improving New...
Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies
Byline: Reg Birchfield *By: Charlene Li & Josh Bernoff *Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press *RRP: $35.00 Getting baby boomers' heads around both the applications and implications of social media and its facilitating technologies...
Inbox: An Accomplished Performer
Hamish McBeath, general manager of Pacific Coilcoaters, was announced as NZIM Northern region's Young Executive of the Year at a recent function in Auckland. Held in conjunction with NZIM's mid-year graduation ceremony, the evening also featured Nikki...
Inbox: Back Yourself
Courage, conviction, hard work, perseverance and integrity are the keys to achieving your goals "even in the face of what can seem like insurmountable obstacles", Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye told a gathering of young managers. Speaking at a function...
Inbox: How to Deal with Bad Bosses
The recent release of the black comedy film Horrible Bosses provides an extreme version of a scenario many workers can relate to. It's also something that New Zealand organisations should be concerned about since research by finance and accounting...
Inbox: Lease Incentives' Tax Twists
Although the commercial property market is in recovery mode, tenants still hold the balance of power when it comes to office accommodation and most are using it to secure incentives from landlords when leases are being entered into or renegotiated....
Inbox: Social Media Myths
When it comes to social media, even the experts learn something new every day. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths that can derail almost any social media marketing plan, says Deb McAlister-Holland, director of marketing for Distribion, a provider...
Inbox: The Chameleon CIO
The role of the chief information officer (CIO) is now more strategically aligned with an organisation than ever before and CIOs must equip themselves with a diverse range of skills that blend the traditional requirements of the role with an equal...
Leadership: Men Leading Badly
Byline: Reg Birchfield There is a leadership issue out there which, while some may consider me less than qualified to address, is nevertheless dear to my heart. Women! There simply aren't enough of them. Well, not on the boards of our major companies...
Managers Abroad: Ex-Pats for NZ Inc; Patriotism Speaks Volumes -- and Volumes We Have, with around One Million New Zealanders Abroad Who Can Help Drive Our Economy Ahead, Says Anna Gestro, Kea's North America Regional Manager
When you leave your country of origin you either embark on a journey of freedom/escapism from any identity or you enter into a new depth of patriotism. The individual levels of patriotism should never be underestimated for a country. New Zealand art...
Managing Sustainably: Taking a 40-Year View
Byline: Jamie Sinclair This positive imagination of New Zealand's cultural diversity in 2050 is one example of the outputs from a two-day Future Leaders session held recently in Auckland as part of the NZBCSD Vision 2050 project. The process was...
Most Reputable Government Department: NZ Police
Byline: Reg Birchfield That New Zealand Police is still considered the country's Most Reputable Government Department doesn't really surprise its new Commissioner Peter Marshall. "I see great work done every day at all levels of the police force,"...
Most Reputable State Owned Enterprise: Solid Energy
Byline: Reg Birchfield Solid Energy chief executive Don Elder can be believed when he expresses surprise at his company's sprint to top slot as NZ Management's Most Reputable State Owned Enterprise. Not because his company doesn't deserve the recognition,...
NZ's Most Reputable Not-for-Profit: The New Zealand Salvation Army
Byline: Reg Birchfield The Salvation Army is NZ Management's Most Reputable Not-For-Profit Organisation again this year. And like the reaction of NZ Police, the Army's Commissioner Don Bell is "delighted but not surprised". "The Salvation Army...
NZ's Most Reputable Organisation: Beca Group; for a Raft of Reasons, Most of Them Rooted in Global Engineering Consultancy Beca's Professional Accomplishments, the Company's Outstanding Track Record of Commitment to Excellence Is Being Recognised. Reg Birchfield Talks to Richard Aitken, Chairman
Byline: Reg Birchfield Perceptions of what makes Beca a world-class consultancy have, its chairman Richard Aitken thinks, "been built up over time". No question the company has been around a while. Its roots reach back to the 1920s. "We are a...
NZ's Most Reputable Organisation: Beca Group; Taking out Both 2011's Most Reputable Company Gong and the Supreme Award, Most Reputable Organisation, on Top of Company of the Year in the 2010 Top 200 Awards, Beca's Star Is on the Rise and Rise. What Is It about Beca That Is Earning These Accolades?
New Zealand's globally successful engineering consultancy, Beca Group, is NZ Management's 2011 Most Reputable Organisation (MRO). It climbed two places on its 2010 ranking to edge Air New Zealand out of the top slot. Beca's ascendancy is, it seems,...
Politics: A Radical Departs the Public Service Still Sparking
Byline: Colin James Peter Hughes moves on after 10 years at the top of the Ministry of Social Development at the end of September. He takes with him -- to the academic School of Government and some other appointments -- his pre-eminent reputation...
The Director: Gain from the Green Game; Boards Wanting to Lift Their Environmental Performance Should Think about Appointing Independent, More Experienced and Perhaps Legally Competent Directors. NZ Management Reports on Some Compelling Research Findings
Boards of directors, it seems, sometimes stymie their company's environmental agenda. According to some new research by University of Canterbury academic professor Chris van Staden working with University of Auckland's Dr Charl de Villiers and associate...
The Director: Off with Their Heads! Everything about the Furore Created by the Remarks of Former Employers and Manufacturers Association Chief Executive Alasdair Thompson and His Subsequent Departure Demonstrates Substandard Corporate Governance. by Jens Mueller
Byline: Jens Mueller Was Alasdair Thompson alone suddenly overcome by his misguided 'wisdom' during the television interviews? Did no one else in the organisation or at board level know about these Neanderthal-like views beforehand? Was the board...
The Director: The Sorry Story of Our Women on Boards; Corporate New Zealand's Persistent and Self-Defeating Failure to Appoint Women to the Boards of Our Major Companies Continues Unabated. Board Chairmen, the NZX and the Institute of Directors Could Sort This Sorry State of Affairs If They Cared To
Byline: Reg Birchfield New Zealand's brief fling with women at the top of its primary governing institutions is over. And throughout the flirtation, corporate enterprise kept its ruling male face firmly set against anything other than token concessions....
The Director: The Sorry Story of Our Women on Boards; Corporate New Zealand's Persistent and Self-Defeating Failure to Appoint Women to the Boards of Our Major Companies Continues Unabated. Board Chairmen, the NZX and the Institute of Directors Could Sort This Sorry State of Affairs If They Cared to, Reports Reg Birchfield
Byline: Reg Birchfield New Zealand's brief fling with women at the top of its primary governing institutions is over. And throughout the flirtation, corporate enterprise kept its ruling male face firmly set against anything other than token concessions....
The Leading-Edge Manager's Guide to Success
Byline: Reg Birchfield *By David Parmenter *Publisher: Wiley *RRP: $78.99 New Zealand is not over-endowed with management thinkers and writers. For that reason alone, it's good to watch a home-grown author in this genre making it on the...
Thought Leader: Innovation Needs Bold Execution
Byline: Duncan Mackintosh We live in an era where discovery is the new currency and the success with which nations can foster the climate for innovation will determine their future prosperity. This is an exciting dynamic for a small but competitive...
Top 200 Thinking: Jeremy Moon; CEO and Founder of Icebreaker; Chair of Better by Design
Many New Zealand businesses still have an old-fashioned way of approaching the world. They make stuff and then go out to sell it, instead of intentionally trying to build international businesses from New Zealand. Export is old school. International...
Top Tips: How Leaders Change Hearts and Minds
Byline: Joseph Grenny Joseph Grenny and colleagues have spent 20 years studying what makes leaders influential. They wanted to understand what enabled leaders to change hearts and minds independent of their formal authority to demand compliance....
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