New Zealand Management

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 1, February

A Passing Weakness
Finance minister Michael Cullen had cause to be smug when he addressed The Property Group at a Christmas drinks session in Wellington. A year earlier the doomsayers had been portending something much less than a prosperous 2006--forecasting recession...
Chinese Connections: Can Kiwis Bridge the Cultural Gaps? What's the Toughest Task for Companies Operating in China-And Why Do Kiwi Employers Have an Advantage? Ruth le Pla Checks out the 'Great Wall' of China-Effectively Harnessing Its People Power-And Looks at Some Local Recipes for Success
Local executives who fret over managing staff in New Zealand should try running a business in China where a complex bundle of cultural and linguistic differences make challenges here look like a stroll in the park. Add to that some fundamentally divergent...
Comfort Blankets and Scapegoats
Are they necessity or addiction? Comfort blanket or scapegoat? When do public sector managers really need to 'bring in the consultants' and how do they know when they're getting good value? The amount of public spending that ends up in consultants'...
Defining Key Differences
The next few months will define John Key as opposition leader. Is he a pretty face, a marketing toy? Or does he point to a different way to think about the economy and the country? Or is he offering different management? The politics of the 1980s...
Diary
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Export 2007: Can Kiwis Really Fly? the Feathered Variety at Least Has an Excuse for Huddling Close to Home-But Why Are So Many Kiwi Business Folk Following Suit? Is One of the Biggest Barriers to Boosting Our Export Trade a Lack of Ambition? an Excess of Complacency? or Is It Just Too Hard?
Methven has done it with taps, Metra with weather, Glidepath with baggage handling systems. Export success Kiwi-style has a host of variations, a clutch of creative new business models, a wealth of individual stories played out in countries as challenging...
How to Create Constructive Cultures
If you want to shift the cultural behaviour of organisations into a more constructive mode, get a few more women into senior ranks, advises an Australian expert on organisational change management. "The growing proportion of women in higher positions...
How to Get a Head Start? Know Thyself! Effective Management and Leadership Require Effective Personalities; People Who Know Who They Are and Where Their Strengths and Weaknesses Lie. So Which Courses and Directions Can Help Make a Difference in 2007?
It's all a bit personal really--but in 2007 developing self-awareness, testing individual comfort zones, building leadership skills and staying balanced is as important for emerging executives as it has ever been. There's a growing interest in the...
How to Put "General" into Management: By Degrees! But-Is the MBA Brand Losing Its Business Clout? How Can It Be Made More Useful and Relevant to Company Needs? Vikki Bland Asks Researchers, Providers and Graduates for Their Insights
Following her resignation from Television New Zealand for health reasons, presenter and journalist Susan Wood told the New Zealand Herald she hopes to use her long-held MBA degree for future career opportunities. If this works out for Wood, it will...
Imagine NZ-A 2020 Vision NZ Management Decided to Kick off 2007 by Asking Some of Our Top Business Leaders and Commentators What's in Store for New Zealand Further Down the Track in 2020. What Will Characterise Its Business Environment and Its Place in Global Markets? and What Challenges Must We Overcome to Get There?
If imagining the future is a large part of creating it, then the next couple of decades will see this country characterised by a skilled and innovative people able to make the most of our distinctive heritage in a global marketplace from a base that...
It's a Blinking Mystery
That we don't know what we don't know is something of a truism-but quite often we don't know, or can't explain what we do know, and the mystery around the role intuition plays in decision-making deserves respect. That's according to Malcolm Gladwell,...
It's about Execution!
As we speed into yet another year with resolutions for better things streaming behind us like the impressive tail of the comet currently gracing our twilight skies, the subject of execution--our sad inability to 'just do it'--seems worth a good ponder....
Joanna Doolan on a Taxing Issue for Exporters
Calls to increase exports and become a value-added nation have, to date, had a hollow ring to them. The reality is our draconian international tax rules, when compared to our closest neighbour Australia, act as an impediment to being internationally...
Kieran Brown
* Ko Ngati Raukawa me Muaupoko nga Iwi. * Recent graduate of the New Zealand Leadership Institute's Future Leaders Programme. * Studying law and commerce at Victoria University. * Involved in youth and social R&D. * 19 years old. How would you...
Managers Abroad
CARLY ARNOLD: GENERAL MANAGER, EASYJET, LONDON What prompted you to seek work out of New Zealand? My husband and I decided to go to the United Kingdom, primarily for travel but also for work experience. We had worked for two and a half years...
Meeting People's Needs
Q My boss sets one course of action in meetings but appears to do whatever he likes afterwards. As a result, staff are becoming more and more demotivated. People are reluctant to attend meetings as they are becoming a waste of time, and productivity...
New Zealand in the World
On the latest Index of Economic Freedom we're in fifth place--and fourth out of 30 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The Index, compiled by The Heritage Foundation (a Washington-based right wing think tank) with the Wall Street Journal and in...
Nigel Bamford: Firing Southern Success at Just 30 Years of Age, Nigel Bamford Is Busy Clocking Up an Impressive Business Record as a Dunedin-Based Manufacturer and Exporter of Gas Fires. and You Get the Impression That- like His Product-He's Just Warming to the Task
There's an impressive clarity about Nigel Bamford s thinking. The 30-year-old Dunedin gas fire manufacturer has definite thoughts on how to approach life, how to approach business, the importance of family, and New Zealand's economic direction....
NZ Management's Management Change
Management magazine's publisher of the past 23 years, Profile Publishing, is now part of the newly created business-to-business publishing enterprise, 3media Group. 3media came into being at the beginning of the month with the merging of Profile...
Poll Gives Green Light: Business Backs Sustainability Should Our Government Throw Its Purchasing Power Behind Companies That Embrace Sustainable Practice? Yes, Says a Recent NZ Management/ShapeNZ Business Poll
It seems there is a bunch of business decisionmakers who agree with Prime Minister Helen Clark that sustainability is essential across the whole economy to help manage climate change and protect New Zealand's trading position. What's more they believe...
Re-Take Control of the Kiwi Economy
Successful managers act when it becomes evident that change is needed--and that is just as true of managers of the economy as it is of those who manage individual businesses. The evidence is now mounting that the creation of a single global economy...
Shareholder Activism: How It Works in NZ's "Village" Economy What Is Shareholder Activism, Does It Produce Anything of Economic Value, and How Is It Done in New Zealand? Are the Outcomes Measurably Different to What Is Being Achieved in Other Countries?
I've been asked to comment on the above questions which is perhaps a little unfair as I can only talk as a shareholder activist (as chair of the New Zealand Shareholders' Association)--so I'd like to think it's a useful activity. I'd also like to think...
The Index Is Slipping: What's Going Wrong? Management Capability Is a Critical Indicator of Management Performance. and in 2006 the New Zealand Institute of Management's Management Capability Index Slipped. Doug Matheson Wonders Why
Management capability is more than management competencies. Competencies are general descriptions of the ability to perform successfully in a particular job or position. Capability, on the other hand, is the degree to which managers use their skills,...
Top 200
1 Fletcher Building's CEO Jonathan Ling receives the Deloitte/Management magazine Company of the Year award from Prime Minister Helen Clark. 2 Snowy Peak's Peri Drysdale, winner of Kensington Swan's Ethical Governance award. 3 Pumpkin Patch's Matthew...
Where the Heck Are My Customers?
Does this conversation happen every time you need to communicate with customers and prospects? You're not alone. I've lost track of the number of companies I've worked with that have customer and prospect lists spread across the company--in the customer...
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