New Zealand Management

Articles from Vol. 52, No. 11, December

AFFCO: Turnaround
There's something very heart-warming about a 100-yearold company winning this year's Marsh Most Improved Performance Award. It could so nearly not have happened. Look back only a few years and AFFCO, New Zealand's bellwether meat company, was struggling...
Agenda Benders: The Dangers of Hybrid Reports: In Their Scramble to Deliver Multiple Messages to Diverse Stakeholders Are Annual Reports Losing the Plot? We Invited Investment Analyst Brian Gaynor, Communications Manager Lyn Mayes, and Head of Insight Creative Mike Tisdall in to Management's Office for an Exchange of Views
Management magazine: What is the main job of an annual report? Brian Gaynor: It's the key document, the flagship of any organisation. An annual report is meant to communicate to shareholders how the organisation has performed over the past year,...
A Leap of Faith: GDC Communications' Move from Antiquated Offices in Mt Wellington to a Greenlane Business Park May Only Be Four Kilometres by Road but It Is Light Years Away in Terms of Changes the Company Has Made to Its Operation and Culture
Publicly listed GDC Communications set up business in 1988 in former army barracks that, for a time, had been a Fisher & Paykel factory on the busy Mt Wellington Highway. The building initially suited the voice, data and communications networks...
Cadmus Technology: Solid Base
With its proven track record and smart positioning for the future, payments solutions company Cadmus Technology has snapped up this year's Deloitte Emerging Enterprise Award. As managing director Ian Bailey said when announcing the company's 2005 results,...
Caught on the Hop
One of the first agenda items to be considered by the new Justice and Electoral Select Committee will be something called the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill which, while it purports to be a Government Bill, is in fact on the order paper at the...
Criteria
Management magazine's listing of New Zealand's largest organisations includes New Zealand subsidiaries and local branches of overseas companies, producer boards, cooperatives, local authority trading enterprises (LATEs) and state-owned enterprises...
Delivering the Old and New: The Scarcity of Office Space in Existing Quality Buildings Has Given Refurbished Buildings and New Developments a Boost
Many tenants are gravitating towards superior refurbished CBD buildings or new low-rise office developments on the city fringe. Developers and landlords are signing up tenants at a much earlier stage of their building refurbishment or development...
Grant Watson: Professionalism, Skills & Knowledge
His career is the stuff of corporate legend. Join McDonald's as a crewmember and become part of the senior management team. Except that in Grant Watson's case it's happened and he's now added the NZIM/Eagle Technology Young Executive of the Year to...
Herd It on the Grapevine
The latest New Zealand organisation to join the select ranks of those who've gained a "silver" achievement level in Business Excellence is Hamilton-based cooperative Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC). Alongside its focus on improving the country's...
Honda New Zealand: Products That Make the Market Work for Everyone
Honda is driving change through influencing customers and the wider community to act in an environmentally responsible way. Research shows that 'concern for the environment' ranks 20th out of 20 for most new car customers. However at Honda a successful...
How to Walk and Chew Gum
Some leaders instinctively know that treating their people well is a source of competitive advantage. Others need to be persuaded of the link--and there's now a heap of empirical evidence to convince them. That's according to Roger Collins, the...
Ian McPherson: A Passion for Healthcare: From GP to CEO, Afghanistan to Auckland and Red Cross to Southern Cross-Ian McPherson's Career Track Is Hardly Typical. the Common Strand Is a Passion for Healthcare and the Need for Challenge. He Talks to Vicki Jayne
He may head an organisation that offers a healthcare safety net but Southern Cross CEO Ian McPherson's own path from clinician to manager involved a deliberate decision to abandon both social and professional safety nets. That was in the early 1980s;...
Identifying Smart Leadership
What is it that sets smart organisations--those that are able to grow and retain market dominance--apart from former stars that have either stumbled or fallen? A couple of American management specialists who've studied both reckon it's because the...
Kim Ellis: Consistent Track Record
An email may not be the standard measure of a man. But with Kim Ellis it says a lot. The master of the 10 bullet-point email can quickly cut to the core of complex issues: those simple emails later growing into large and significant projects. And...
Lacklustre Local Leadership: Our Strengths and Weaknesses Revealed: Kiwi Managers Don't Seem to Be Lifting Their Capability Very Rapidly. and on Most Counts, They Do Not Stack Up Too Well against Their Peers in India
Three years ago the New Zealand Institute of Management developed and introduced its management capability index (MCI). It has just released the results of its third annual survey, the 2005 MCI. The index-based survey of management capability has also...
Looming Leadership Crisis: Planning for Trouble: A New Report by Development Dimensions International Reveals Serious Weaknesses in the Leadership of Australasian Organisations. Unless We Take Action Soon, We Could Be Heading for a Crisis, Says Sheffield's Managing Partner, Christien Winter
If top executives don't have enough to keep them awake at night, a recently published report by Pennsylvania-based leadership assessment and development specialists DDI (Development Dimensions International) could add to their pile of worrying reading....
Management Guru Dies
Revered as the father of modern management. Peter Drucker was, until he died last month at the age of 95, still working, still writing, still giving interviews. He shared some excerpts from his "lifetime of wisdom" with Management readers in our thought...
Navman: Successful Transition to Global Enterprise
A lot of business folk would love to have one of Navman's biggest problems: how to handle sustained and rampant growth. For since its iconic small beginnings in the garage of founder and current group chairman Peter Maire, the company just keeps on...
New Zealand Companies
New Zealand Companies Previous Rank Year Company Name (Head office) 1 1 Fonterra Co-operative Group Co-op Auckland 2 2 Telecom Corporation of New Zealand (1) NZX * ...
Office Market Outlook
Auckland CBD Against initial expectations, the CBD is growing in popularity with both office tenants and residents. Public transport improvements, continuing numbers of people moving into the inner-city, an increase in the number of 24 hour...
Over-Engineered & Gold-Plated: How Corporate Compliance Is Killing Enterprise: Corporate Governance Is at a Pivotal Junction, Argues Visiting Professor and Author Bob Garratt. Poised between the Demands of Conformance and Performance, Directors Are Headed for Turbulent Times. So What Should We Expect?
In the straight-talking, no-nonsense world of professor Bob Garratt, corporate governance may be dead fashionable" nowadays, but it is fundamentally flawed. Thoughtless and slavish adherence to legislative constraints imposed since big-name boardroom...
Pinpoint Policies
What does a government do when Parliament is slow or difficult? It thinks up other ways to do what it wants. This term the Government does not have a near-automatic "left" majority with the Greens, nor a willing backer of "urgency" to fast-track government...
Posh Dosh: Objects of Desire: For Those with the Cash to Flash, Year End Can Mean It's Time for Some Big Treats. Go on. Indulge a Little
Long hours, endless meetings, junior employees with huge egos and demanding partners: oh, the joys of senior management. Fortunately it's the season to indulge those around us and ourselves, give ourselves a pat on the back and remind us why we strive...
Rude Awakening
The decisions made by Reserve Bank governor Alan Bollard don't greatly affect Americans, if at all. The decisions made by his counterpart in Washington, on the other hand, have a profound influence on the economic well-being of New Zealanders. That's...
Sam Lewis: Hands-On Leadership
AFFCO's Sam Lewis knows better than most how the heritage of a 100-year-old company can play on a chairman's mind. An AFFCO director since 1990, almost four years ago Lewis stepped into the role of executive chairman. He took over the leadership of...
Shining Light on IT's Black Box
Are your information technology department's projects aligned to your organisation's strategic goals? Are their projects well prioritised and coordinated? Is your IT department delivering value to your organisation? These are the questions David...
Software Enters Live Era
Whenever Bill Gates takes to the age to announce a major new product (or in this case service) it's hard not to sit up and take notice. The man has a habit of accurately predicting in which direction technology will take the world--after all, it's...
Stephen Tindall: Thought Leadership & Vision
Stephen Tindall has lived all his life where he was born--on Auckland's North Shore. But his vision for New Zealand has never been restricted by his residential view of the world. In the words of this year's panel of judges: "Stephen Tindall is the...
Sydney Finkelstein: Lifting the Darkness around Leadership Failures
Sydney Finkelstein is the Steven Roth Professor of Management at Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business. He is the author of the widely acclaimed book Why Smart Executives Fail. The book identifies the fundamental reasons why major mistakes happen,...
Techno Fantasies: Doshing out the Dollars on the Competitive Edge: What's Been Hot in 2005. What to Plot for 2006. Our Panel of Experts Talks Techno Trends
The nature of information technology and the speed at which it evolves is a prescription for confusion for many executive managers. Which technologies deliver a competitive edge? What's hype and what's reality? How and when should businesses invest...
The Generation Game
New generation "X" and "Y" bosses are expected to be better people managers than their predecessors, according to Avril Henry, a human resources specialist and author of Leadership Revelations: An Australian Experience. Speaking at a recent business...
Top 10 Office Leasing Pitfalls: Moving Office Premises Can Be a Stressful and Costly Exercise for Any Business. We Reveal the Most Common Mistakes Made by Tenants
Successful companies have found that a properly considered property strategy, aligning business objectives and culture with bricks and mortar can add substantially to the bottom line. Many businesses have discovered the cheapest rent is not necessarily...
Top 200: Taking on the World
Clouds may be gathering on the economic front but New Zealand's top companies have spent the past financial year making proverbial hay while the sun still shone on one of the best periods of growth this country has enjoyed since the late 1960s. ...
Uplifting Strategy
Q We have a great strategic plan but nobody seems to get it. A lot of time and energy has been put in to developing it and we have spent quite a lot of money on preparing communication plans and documentation. But when I talk to people in the organisation...
Waste Management: Consistent Performance
When Waste Management won the Deloitte/Management Company of the Year award back in 1996, Management's then editor Carroll du Chateau sang its praises for its "dazzling" attitude to planning, environmental imperatives, profit and the development of...
World Tacklers
What a year it's been. Basking in the benefits of one of the best periods of growth since the 1960s, our nation's top businesses have collectively turned in spectacular results. So much so that it has become ever harder to join the ranks of the country's...
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