New Zealand Management

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 1, February

Amory Lovins: Why He Thinks the World Needs "Natural Capital": Business Will Increasingly Take the Lead in Resolving Environmental Problems. Why? Because It Can Solve Them and Because It's Profitable to Do So, Says Amory Lovins. (the Management Interview)
Sitting in a cafe in the heart of America's Cup land on Auckland's Princes Wharf, Amory Lovins contemplates our high-tech marine industry and sees the basis for a whole new economic development--advanced composite-bodied "hypercars". It's not an...
A Night of Time Travel at the Deloitte/Management Magazine 2002 Top 200 Awards. (News, Trends, People)
[1] Paul Weatherly, executive director of Software of Excellence International, Emerging Enterprise of the Year, is congratulated by Deloitte's Alasdair McLeod (right). [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [2] Auckland International Airport MD John Goulter...
Caching for Results: Advice from the World's Top Executive Coach. (Executive Development)
Marshall Goldsmith is one of the world's best known--and best paid--executive coaches. Ranked among the top 10 executive educators by the Wall Street Journal, recent profiles in the New Yorker and the Harvard Business Review confirm his place at the...
Coaches, Mentors and You: Behind the Boom in Executive Development: What Do You Really Want from Your Life? A Fast Track to Success, Better Work-Life Balance, Less Stress, More Challenge? (Executive Development)
Maybe it's millennium angst, today's daunting surfeit of choice, more demanding work environments, or perhaps a post-September 11 values check--but there's a whole new hunt for direction and meaning going on. Mix this self-development fervour with...
Coaches & Mentors Online. (on the Web)
Executive coaching is becoming big business, particularly in the United States, and it s catching on here. One site I came across suggests there are now as many as 10,000 full-time coaches in the US, up from just 2000 in 1996. It predicts that the...
Corporate Culpability: How to Tackle Legal Risk: Increasingly Severe Penalties for Breaches of Commercial Legislation Is Just One of the Many Drivers for the Management of Legal Risk. How Can Directors and Executives Feel Confident That Their Organisations Are Adequately Protected? (Corporate Governance)
Many companies are dragging the chain in the management of legal risks, exposing the organisation, its directors and executives to potential liability for breaches of legislation. Many have already introduced a sophisticated approach to managing other...
Crown Jewels or Paste. (Success Secrets)
When Shakespeare wrote, "Un-easy lies the head that wears a crown" he was talking about royalty, but I'm sure the travails of today's business elite would have attracted his attention. The recent demise of the House of Seagram, for instance, might...
Efficiency Is Westpac's New Growth Tool: Can Growth Sit on the Same Corporate Agenda as Energy Efficiency and Sustainability? Absolutely, Says Westpac's New CEO Ann Sherry
"I'm on record about my commitment to growing this business," she says. "That requires engaging with people differently and giving them compelling reasons to buy financial products from us. Working towards efficiency is a tangible way of engaging more...
Firming Up on People. (Opinion Leaders)
Back in 1982 CF Russ wrote: "human resources is probably the last great cost that is relatively unmanaged". It seems we have not moved that much in 20 years. How to get the best results from people remains the great challenge, and if the November...
Fuel Efficiency Is Carmakers' New Battlefield: As Oil Prices Trend Up, with Events Overseas Providing Added Impetus, a Huge Struggle Is Underway That Will Change the International Motor Industry and the Cars You Choose for Yourself and Your Business. the New Battlefield, According to Motor Industry Association (MIA) President Graeme Seymour, Is Fuel Economy and Emission Control
Graeme points out that over the last five years or so, the big developments in vehicles have been in `crashability'. These advances have changed both the way cars look and the useable space inside. "Engineers can now get drivers closer to the front...
Helen's Two Great Labours. (Politics)
This month poses two challenges Helen Clark s Labour Government must meet to make a memorable second term. The Treaty of Waitangi is commemorated on February 6 and on February 19 the Prime Minister will open a conference sequel to the mid-2001 Knowledge...
Hooked on Wireless. (Tech Nous)
I have written about wireless technology many times in the past 12 months, but it was only recently that I was able to experience it first hand on my desktop. Microsoft sent me one of its new wireless optical desktops to test-drive (a desktop is...
How to Debrief and Cut the High Cost of Staff Churn: Most Organisational Knowledge Resides with People. and Staff Churn in Many New Zealand Companies Is above Danger Levels. That's a Heap of Valuable Knowledge Walking out the Door. in This, the Second of Three Articles on Using Experiential Learning, Arnold Kransdorff Explains How to Offset the Problem. (Knowledge Management)
The news that New Zealand's employee turnover is fast approaching high European levels might trigger an enthusiastic response by some industrialists. They might, for instance, believe that such flexibility delivers a correspondingly greater ability...
Insulated Enterprise? (News, Trends, People)
Managers and HR directors reckon Kiwi enterprises had an easier time of it last year than the rest of the world. An end of year survey by recruitment specialist Robert Half Finance and Accounting asked what caused the biggest impact on their businesses...
Leaders as Servants: The 10 Key Characteristics: Dynamic Effective Leadership Can Bring about Vast Positive Change. the Knowledge Wave and All Other Valuable Initiatives Will Be, or Are Already, Lost without It. (Nzim)
Leadership makes the difference between one organisation and another. Effective leadership is demonstrated minute by minute in the things we do and say, every day. People see, note and feel every action, and word that we utter. Any incongruity in...
Make the Most of Your Mind by Thinking Further: The Mind Is a Thinking Machine, a Human Computer, or as Maxwell Maltz Puts It: "A Goal-Seeking Mechanism". Therefore, Thinking Is a Scientific Process and Not Just a Philosophical One. (Mind Management)
`Thinking further' goes well beyond the old adage of think outside the square and requires you to understand and perceive things differently. Unlike trying to understand something difficult, which requires an effort, thinking further requires very...
Managing the America's Cup: Using a Characteristic Kiwi Approach: Small, Non-Hierarchical and Non-Specialised: Realising the Promise of the America's Cup as an Event, as an Investment, and as a Showcase for New Zealand Excellence Is a Big Ask-And It Rests on Very Few Shoulders. Vicki Jayne Gets Behind the Public Glitz to Examine the Management Support Structure for a Sporting Icon. (Cover Story)
The small door set into a featureless warehouse wall is securely locked. I announce my presence hopefully into a microphone and am buzzed up into a tiny reception area. "Tony s in a meeting, if you wouldn't mind waiting. Umm ... you'll have to stand,...
On Bacon, Eggs and Leadership. (Backup)
What's in a word? A word as simple as `backup' for instance, can have many connotations, nuances and meanings. Reverse, pause and rethink, support, be behind, assent, endorse--take your pick really. That's pretty much what we had in mind for this new...
Our Most Admired CEOs: As Chosen by 10 of Their Peers: Accounting, Compliance and Leadership Scandals Rocked the Foundations of Corporate Credibility in 2002. So, at the End of Last Year We Asked 10 Kiwi High Flyers Who, among Our Current Crop of Organisational Leaders, They Admire Most and Why? (Survey)
Given the governance and leadership failures of last year it's hardly surprising that, when we surveyed 10 organisational leaders last year, the qualities they most admired in their selection of chief executives were integrity, entrepreneurship, bravery,...
Pain in the Profits. (News, Trends, People)
If illness-related absenteeism was a line item on a company's profit and loss statement, the cost would probably exceed 15 percent of the profit, according to a study by Southern Cross Health Works over the past 12 months. The study, carried out...
Pixels with Pedigree: More Pixels per Dollar, More Lens Options, and More Brands Than You Can Shake a `Memory Stick' At-A New Generation of Cameras Is Speeding Up the Adoption of Digital Photography
Despite the fact that you can pick up extremely inexpensive film cameras nowadays (not counting single-use cameras), there's a very strong chance that the next camera you buy will be digital. The sales figures speak for themselves--digital camera sales...
Resolutionary Ideas. (News, Trends, People)
For business folk still making New Year's style resolutions about what they're going to do bigger or better in 2003--longer-term planning, a stronger focus on innovation, and a more holistic approach to business practices could be good starting points....
Seven Steps to Reform. (News, Trends, People)
New Zealand needs more skilled, competent and innovative managers to improve the nation's economic performance and its social well-being. And at the end of last year the New Zealand Institute of Management delivered a briefing paper to the Government...
Tax Cuts and Growth. (Economics)
Act leader and former Labour Finance Minister Richard Prebble predictably promoted tax cuts when he commented on the pre-Christmas Economic and Fiscal Update and its fiscal projections. "New Zealand can afford a tax cut for every worker and a cut in...
The Big Job Turnoff. (News, Trends, People)
According to researcher Gallup Organisation, a quarter of a million Kiwis report to work but don't switch on to their jobs. And these "actively disengaged" employees cost the New Zealand economy around $6.2 billion a year. The survey, released at...
The Snowy Peak Design for Growth: Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Aren't Afterthoughts at Snowy Peak. They're Founding Values That Have Contributed to Exceptional Innovation and Impressive Growth in the Company's Lifestyle Product and Knitwear Business
Snowy Peak leads the way in using merino fibres and possum fur in apparel. Its brands, including MERINOMINK, have won a succession of awards, and the group supplied garments for both the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and APEC Summit...
Top 10 Workforce Predictions. (News, Trends, People)
Right on cue on January 1, North Carolina-based futurist Roger Herman sent us his top 10 workforce and workplace forecasts for 2003. Though more relevant to the US market you'll recognise many of the trends that underlie his predictions. He concedes...
Understanding Stress and a Prescription for Workplace Health: New Zealand Companies Have Work to Do to Become `Healthy' Employers. Too Many Managers Suffer the Ill-Effects of Workplace Stress and Other Unhealthy Work/lifestyle Habits. What Can Be Done to Curb the Epidemic of Work-Induced Ill-Health? (Executive Health)
Goodhealth, someone to love and enjoying what you do are the three prerequisites for career success and fulfilment a Harvard Business School professor told last year's Deloitte/Management magazine Top 200 Executive of the Year John Goulter after he...
Whale Rider: Niki Caro's Magnificent Movie about Leadership: The Powerful Re-Telling of a Maori Creation Myth Explores the Concept of the Leader-as-Servant. This Could Be a Box Office Hit with Leaders. (Leadership)
How do you identify and develop leadersship? The question has spawned shelfload of new management literature and exercised the lungs of countless speakers in recently years as the business value of good leadership has become increasingly evident. ...
World-Class Performance. (Editor's Letter)
As projects go, managing the America's Cup is big business. We have done it successfully before and there's no reason at this advanced stage of the game, to think it will be a less successfully orchestrated international event this time--even if the...

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