New Zealand Management

Articles from Vol. 53, No. 10, November

A Matter of Faith: Passion in the Boardroom
Not-for-profits must combine the commercial nous of a Fisher & Paykel with the good intentions of Mother Teresa. The local chairs of World Vision and Habitat for Humanity explain how good governance can protect good works. By Ruth Le Pla. If...
Bank on It: Kiwibank's Jim Bolger & Sam Knowles
A healthy respect for each other's perspective underpins the successful working relationship of Kiwibank's chair and CEO, writes Simon Hendery. Kiwibank's CEO Sam Knowles and chairman Jim Bolger first met over coffee in late 2001 when both men were...
Board-Management Relationships: How to Unravel the Paradox of Monitoring and Mentoring
Boards around the world are struggling to redesign themselves and their relationships both within and outside corporations. They are also struggling with the changing expectations of management, shareholders and other stakeholders concerning directors'...
Corporate Governance Lessons from Transition Economy Reforms
Corporate Governance Lessons from Transition Economy Reforms Edited by: Merritt B Fox & Michael A Heller Publisher: Princeton University Press Reviewer: Jens Mueller This book will appeal to those readers with an interest in deep academic analyses...
Daring to Care
Someone in your office is upsetting others with thoughtless put-downs. Should you confront them with the results of their behaviour? It's not an easy question and comes with a whole bunch of variables--your relative positions of power or longevity...
Dinosaurs or Democracy?
Describing managers as dinosaurs is perhaps not very kind--but for visiting organisational experts Joan Goldsmith and Ken Cloke, it's by way of being a wake-up call. "It's not that managers don't perform valuable functions, but that these ought...
Diving Not Skiving: When CEO Appointments Take Time: Top CEO Skills Are Going Begging in New Zealand. Why Is the Employment Market for Our Top Executives Narrowing-And How Does This Impact Local Leadership and Economic Growth?
James Munro, former CEO of supermarket bank Superbank and ex general strategy manager for TVNZ, is diving with stingrays, finishing his DiveMaster certification and spending quality time with his young family whilst keeping a watchful eye on the New...
Five Pillars of Wisdom
In a world where science fiction is barely able to keep up with real-life science breakthroughs, thinking outside the box is no longer good enough. We have to "tear down the walls of the box and build a wall-less culture", says performance improvement...
Food for Thoughts: What Makes Management Messages Stick: Scientific Study into How the Brain Works Has Revealed How Best to Provide People with Information and Help Them Retain It
With the aid of technology such as positron emission tomography (PET) scans, neuroscientists have been able to watch human brains as they take in information, and parcel it up for storage or dumping. The result is that we now have absolute scientific...
Gatekeepers: The Professions and Corporate Governance
Gatekeepers: The Professions and Corporate Governance By: John C Coffee Jr Publisher: Oxford University Press Price: $72.99 If the linkage between corporate failures and the quality of boards seems clear and simple, hold on to your hats. John Coffee,...
Help or Hindrance? What Is the True Role of Board Committees?
A board's committees can be either constructive or debilitating. Which of these outcomes is achieved appears to be related to the competencies that are brought to bear at committee level, the committee's terms of reference and the process of referral...
Hey Baby-Who's Rocking the Corporate Cradle? Westpac Is Firming Its Family-Friendly Image with News It Is Setting Up Childcare Facilities for Staff in Major Centres. Why, Given the Tight Labour Market, Are Such Moves So Rare?
An invasion of pint-sized witches, ghouls and ghosts is something staff at the head office of children's clothing company Pumpkin Patch take in their stride. Sharing in the trick-and-treat fun of Halloween is one of the perks of having an on-site childcare...
How to Get Engaged
Lack of workplace engagement is both endemic and costly with one survey estimating annual financial loss due to disengagement of managers and employees in America at around US$300 billion. So--how to ramp up the engagement quotient? The answer,...
How to Tell It Straight
Q Help. I manage a group of eight people and hate giving negative feedback to them. I know I need to do this sometimes but I still find it very hard. A Giving feedback is an important part of a manager's job so get used to it. The problem is, many...
Labour's Prospects Murky
Why do state and federal governments in Australia keep getting re-elected? Because it is hard to beat a government when the economy is going well. The economy isn't everything. Labour nearly lost in 2005 here amidst a rip-roaring boom at household...
Leadership: The Seven Deadly Sins: Big Mistakes. the Wages of Sin. and the Road to Righteousness. Zirk Van Den Berg Spells It All Out
If you want to walk with the big dogs, you have to learn to aim high. So the saying goes. It is often expressed more crudely but that doesn't alter the fact that it encapsulates a basic truth: If you want to be at the top, you have to display behaviour...
Murray Bain: Championing Tomorrow's Science Heroes: Science, Systems and Stories Form Part of the Daily Lexicon of FRST Chief Executive Murray Bain
Murray Bain has long been intrigued by how things work. In another life back in the '70s and '80s this former number cruncher rode the wave of this country's embryonic computer discoveries and the early days of automatic tellers, EFTPOS and telephone...
Nigerian Gold & Viagra
Sick of spam and phishing emails? There s no perfect anti-spam solution but here are some simple ways to limit the amount of spare you get. First up, prevent spammers getting your email address in the first place. Never list your email address on your...
Pacifica Future: The Billion Dollar Question
Scattered across the broad blue sweep of the Pacific Ocean is a diverse, culturally rich but geographically isolated series of island nations whose future is inextricably entwined with that of New Zealand. There has long been a flow of people and...
Professional Development Guide: Education and Training Programmes
TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS AUT UNIVERSITY AUT University Business School is one of the largest business schools in New Zealand. Our programmes are designed for people who know the value and need for further learning and are seeking expertise at the...
Protection, Palliative or Placebo: Can Good Governance Save Bad Companies or Is It Just a Feel-Good Fad That New Zealand Has Borrowed from Overseas?
Ask competitors why Provincial Finance, a second-tier finance company with a solid ABA ranking, failed this year and they put it down to a collapse in the car market. Two other finance companies, National Finance 2000 and Western Bay Finance, failed...
Same but Different: Serving on Australian and New Zealand Boards
Governance standards are now substantially set by international conventions. The roles and responsibilities of directors are reinforced by regulators such as the Securities Commission in New Zealand and ASIC in Australia. Sarbanes-Oxley, the requirements...
Self-Taught Governance: As I See It: Many of the Nation's Best Practitioners of Corporate Governance Are Graduates of the School of Real Experience, Having Picked Up Their Lessons along the Way. What Are Common Misconceptions about Governance? and What Are the Particular Characteristics of Governance in a New Zealand Context? Tony Falkenstein Shares His Thoughts
In the archives of Just Water's head office lie over 300 monthly board or management reports. They spell out the inner workings of Red Eagle Corporation, Just Water International, Just Water New Zealand, Aqua-Cool, Clearwater Filter Systems, Bartercard...
Steering towards Value
Life for many directors is an endless balancing act. Not only must they assess the many and varied strategic decisions of their enterprise, guiding the ship into the best possible waters for its build, weight, draught and purpose. They must also keep...
Successful Companies: What They Have in Common: Successful Companies Come in All Shapes and Sizes. but There Are, According to Former NZIM Auckland Board Member Des Hunt, Some Common Characteristics That Successful Companies Seem to Share
There is no single prescription for becoming a "successful" company. But certain characteristics do, particularly when they are present together in an enterprise, increase the probability that a company will be seen as "successful". Conversely, and...
Suits for Hire
When writer Vikki Bland started asking around about the phenomenon of job shortages for top CEOs she drew a number of blanks. Quite a few people agreed that our findings were indeed true and were impacting them directly. They declined to appear in...
When Food Miles Fail
New Zealand's economy is shaped by the rest of the world, we are reminded in the food and beverage sector's "engagement strategy 2006-07". Improving our economic performance "is integrally linked to the quality of our global connectedness" More...
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