New Zealand Management

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 2, March

A Digital (Tom) Cruise. (Tech Nous)
At recent press conference for the film The Last Samurai I suddenly realised just how digital photography has come of age. Few, if any, of the assembled paparazzi were not equipped with one of the new mega-pixel marvels. This technology makes taking...
All You Need Is ... (Backup)
That New Zealand should identify and nurture its leaders goes without saying. Up for debate are the questions of who and how. Take last month for example. Two very different leadership initiatives hit the market. One was high volume, with all...
Balanced Scorecard: Why It Isn't Working. (Strategy)
"After spending more than a year at it, the balanced scorecard was dropped like a hot potato," wrote one critic on the Amazon book website. "It is virtually incomprehensible to staff, encourages the worst kind of navel gazing ... Even the paid consultants...
Bill's a Right Builder. (Politics)
Within a week of each other Bill English and Don Brash recently made speeches moving National sharply right on Maori, economic and social policies. Is this the way to rebuild the right? The logic was compelling: first, reconnect with the core vote;...
Business Is Kids' Stuff. (Education Viewpoint)
It's 2020, and 33-year-old John is head of International Plumbing Corporation a billion-dollar New Zealand-based multinational. Not bad for a young guy, whose father ran a one-man plumbing business in Onehunga all his working life. This scenario...
Call Me Loyal. (Upfront: News, Trends, People)
The loyal employee might be a rarer beast in today's work world, but it seems New Zealand is home to more than its fair share. That's according to a recent global survey of employee commitment which found New Zealand ranks well above the global...
Corporate Crime E-Xposed. (on the Web)
In the past couple of years the subject of corporate excess and fraud has been in the headlines almost more than the war on terrorism. The sensational collapse of first Enron and then WorldCom seemed to encapsulate the height of corporate greed and...
Enhancing the Bottom Line: With Smart SCM. (Supply Chain Management)
It's a common enough term in modern management speak, "supply chain management" (SCM), but what does it really mean? It seems to mean different things to different people. But if it is as important to the bottom line as some commentators would have...
Five Ways to Get Your People to Perform Better: Through My Speaking Engagements around the Country I Am Exposed to Many Different Businesses. and I Find That Much of the Service or Work Performance of Our Enterprises Is Very Average. Excellent Service Is a Rarity and the Bigger the Company the Worse the Service Seems to Be. (Mind Management)
Have you had the same experiences as I have when you drive into a so-called "service" station to refuel, only to end up filling the tank yourself. Then, when you finally get to the counter you are greeted by that awful accusatory question: "which tank?"....
Fraud and Greed and the Dark Side of Management. (Cover Story)
Fraud and personal greed milk millions from corporate profits every year. Theft in all its many and various forms is the world's fastest growing industry. Much of it goes unreported--and it is expanding both in scope and sophistication. Why? And is...
Getting It Right: The Secrets of Presentation Success: Poorly Planned and Executed Presentations Invariably Waste Time and Money. Here's How to Brush Up on Your Presentation Approach, and Apply Just the Right Amount of Technology. (Corporate Presentations)
How many times have you sat through a business presentation and thought "let me out of here"? It's not so much that the message is bad; it's the messenger that needs shooting, and the technology used is inappropriate. There are, thankfully, many...
Good Puff at Investment Regatta. (Upfront: News, Trends, People)
How to put some solid investment puff into New Zealand's economic sails? That was the subject of last month's two-day "Investment Regatta" conference in Auckland. And if the level of hot air being generated was any indication, then the dosh needed...
High Flying Kiwis: Why Our Managers Succeed Overseas: Globally, Kiwi Managers Fly Higher Because They're Not Weighed Down by Negative Cultural Baggage. That and a Down-to-Earth Attitude Allows Them to Get on with a Wide Range of People, Says Richard Mathews, a Kiwi Who Runs a Very International Team. (Success)
The image of New Zealand as a clean, green, conflict-free zone does more than help attract tourists--it has spin-offs for Kiwi corporate high-fliers working internationally. Geographic isolation means that history hasn't lumbered us with a heritage...
Measuring the Maori Economy. (Economics)
Question: who was the first Maori chairman of the Business Roundtable? Your columnist has anticipated the answer from most readers, if not all. It was Rob McLeod, the incumbent chairman. But McLeod raised doubts about his claim to the title when...
Michael Wintringham: The Thoughtful Bureaucrat. (the Management Interview)
Political writer Colin James described State Services Commissioner Michael Wintringham as the "the archetypal discreet bureaucrat". When things go wrong in the public service he is the focus of the media spotlight. Remember the $1.2 million grievance...
Milking the X-Factor: Fonterra's School for Directors and Leaders: A Fast-Track Leadership Training Programme Initiated by Fonterra's Shareholders' Council Is Taking a Revolutionary Approach to Representation and Governance. How Are They Doing It and What's the End Game? (Corporate Governance)
Criticism of the quality of Fonterra's board membership has dogged the dairy giant since the day its composition was announced. Some drastic, or inspired, action was necessary to silence the critics. It was always going to be tricky. The company...
More Than a Handshake. (Success Secrets)
The multi-millionaire developer had a long track record with investments in a number of large resort properties. He thought that when he hired a Fortune 500 hotel chain to manage his latest development he would free himself up to do what he did best--build...
Saving Time and Money? Then Manage the Project: Author Marion Haynes Wrote. "A Managed Project Is an Undertaking with a Beginning and an End That's Carried out to Meet Established Goals within Cost, Schedule, and Quality Objective." So What Is It about Project Management That Is Critical in Today's Time- and Cost-Conscious World? (Project Management)
Once regarded as the accidental profession that people fell into, project management has become a standalone career in its own right. Emerging from the engineering world, the practice had its 15 minutes of fame when the IT industry latched onto it...
Sign of the Times? (Editor's Letter)
The day this column went to press a couple of news headlines, not large ones, announced that a hacker had accessed 5000 American credit card holders' accounts presumably with the intention of rifling them and, 10 of Australia's chief executives had...
The Great Leadership Debate. (Opinion Leaders)
After reading about my "proselytising" on the subject of leadership in Reg Birchfield's Backup column last month, I rushed to the dictionary. To proselytise, it said, is "to convert from one opinion, creed or party to another". This implied that the...
Waking David Forman: The Reincarnation of a Kiwi Icon. (Reconstruction Management)
The brand, David Forman, was synonymous with the best in sales and negotiation training in New Zealand. Then things turned sour and the business ended up in the hands of a liquidator. In stepped former adman David Glover and his partner Steve Scott...
What a Performance Pay Back. (Upfront: News, Trends, People)
Tying top executives' pay to organisational performance isn't a bad thing, linking it to the share price is. Why? Because the share price of a company is not an indicator of "real management performance". The financial market and the real market...
When IT Projects Fail: Blame Management: Major Information Technology Projects Frequently Fail to Fly. but Why? Some New Research Says Management, Not the Technology, Is the Root Cause of the Problem. (Nzim)
Given the potential of information technology to improve the way the public sector delivers its services, it is hardly surprising that government departments invest heavily. Unfortunately, many of these investments produce computer systems that either...
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