New Zealand Management

Articles from Vol. 52, No. 9, October

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...
Commercial Realities: Dollars, Sense, Bricks and Glass
Capital returns on New Zealand's commercial property industry are booming. But are all organisations making the most of the options available to them? What is currently driving market rates? What should executives expect in the future? And what practical...
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...
Designer Workstyles: Can Women Have It All? You're Seriously Hitting Your Career Stride but Want to Spend Time with Your Growing Family-To Share Their Interests and Explore a Few of Your Own. Can You Fit It All in? We Talk to Three Women Who've Created a Working Life That Works for Them
What do I really want from life? It's one of those questions many people are just too busy to ask, let alone find a solution for. But the mental and physical tug-of-time war between career, family and personal passions can take a fair toll on energy...
Far Horizons
Nowhere is the need for a long-term view more vital than in our schools. For today's children are tomorrow's leaders. So it is perhaps not surprising that debate should rage fiercely over how our nation establishes, measures, rewards and upholds educational...
Focus on the Future
The Future of Technology Edited by: Tom Standage Publisher: Profile Books Price: $69.99 You don't need an extensive knowledge of technology to read The Future of Technology, but you do need a passion--Technology for Dummies this is not. Comprised...
For Whom the Bell Tolls
The politicians were still campaigning as this column was being written. They were threatening the health of the economy, too, by promising to put more money in our pockets if we do the decent thing by electing them. Naturally, they were adamant...
Giving Back
The only good thing about either natural disasters or personal tragedies is that they offer some focus for a sense of common humanity--a sore spot around which communal caring can wrap. When it happens, it is heart warming. But it's also what...
High Tech Love Affairs: When You've Spent Hours Decoding the Subtleties of New Software or Dread Having to Marry the New DVD Player to Your Semi-Obsolete TV, Technology Can Be a Real Turn-Off. Then There Are Those Magic Little Gizmos That Really Do Make Life Easier
She could be at home with her baby or relaxing on a beach in Phuket --Caroline Cornish's clients are none the wiser. Which is why she's a big fan of her Blackberry. "This is the gizmo I can't do without because it allows me to be very mobile." ...
Intel-Ligent
Have you noticed the ridiculous prices on notebook computers recently? I'm sure I saw new laptops being advertised for less than $1000 in a flyer that came to my letterbox. Such a price was unheard of even 12 months ago. It's hardly surprising then...
I Quit! Do You Dread Hearing This from Your Valuable Employees? the Great News Is That You Can Avoid Employees Leaving through an Effective Staff Retention Strategy
Attracting and retaining skilled staff is the No 1 item on this year's agenda for executives according to a global study released by Accenture. The annual study, based on 425 senior executives in North America, Europe and Asia, showed that workforce...
June McCabe: Between Two Worlds
June McCabe's name crops up in so many different contexts, you'd think there was more than one of her. But no, Westpac's head of corporate affairs really does sit on a whole bunch of advisory boards and trusts as well as holding several directorships....
Managing Risk: Income Protection Policies Are Not All Born Equal-It's Worth Exploring the Small Print. Alison Renfrew Explains Why and Outlines What Questions You Should Ask to Get the Protection You Need
The financial planning process involves identifying the financial goals that are important and setting up the processes to achieve them. Part of this process involves protecting your assets from predators and creditors by correct ownership via companies...
MMP = More Mongrel Parties
The election was marked by a binge auction, heavily negative campaigning and racial divisiveness. That is an uncomfortable legacy. The primary governmental need now after the nastiest election in decades is to find a basis for reunification. There...
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...
Opportunity Knocks: Hot Business Opportunities for the Fleet of Mind: Business Is All about Change. So Where Do the Opportunities Lie for Organizations in an Era of Unprecedented Transformation? Here Are 11 Sectors Where Change Is Opening Up Plenty of Options
Tightening environmental constraints, sweeping demographic changes, resource shortages, infrastructural demands, technological advances and a changing world order as China and India join the first world: major global shifts are opening up possibilities...
Peter Drucker: A Lifetime of Wisdom
At 95 Peter Drucker is a living legend, one of the world's most respected thinkers on management and society. His thinking has inspired many business leaders from around the world, as welt as in the non-profit sector, while influencing companies both...
Pleasure Centre: Combining Business with Leisure: Centrally Located and Beautiful to Boot, the Taupo and Tongariro Areas Provide Magnificent Locations for Corporate Conferences and Incentives. What Are Some of the Options for Businesses? How Can Organisations Make the Most of What the Venues and the Region Have to Offer?
If fresh thinking is a "key outcome" sought from conferences and incentives programmes, then Lake Taupo is delivering the stuff in buckets full. Quite aside from the regional branding: "Lake Taupo: Think Fresh!" the region handles a major share...
Pouring Unction on Dysfunction: When Boards Don't Jell: Dysfunctional Boards Are Not Uncommon. nor Are the Causes Hard to Identify. What Should the Chairman Be Doing about It?
When directors and chairmen express concerns about the effective functioning of their boards, the most common problem raised is the inability of directors to engage with matters before the board as an effective team. In other words: dysfunctional boards....
Put Yourself in Their Shoes: Why Can Some People Effortlessly Attract New Customers While Others Struggle? Carmel Byrne Explores Customer Relations
* Daniel is an affable, bright professional man. He's on track for a partnership in his firm but for one major impediment--his poor track record in attracting new business. He has a good business plan, team support, is well presented and articulate....
Rob Fenwick: Weaving Green Threads: Rob Fenwick Recently Added the Role of Chancellor of the Order of St John to His Already Impressive List of Responsibilities. Tying Them Together Is a Desire to Mesh Environmental, Socially Sustainable and Business Goals. So How Does a "Keeper of the Long View" Work in a Commercial World of Short-Term Fixes?
Perhaps it was all the past photos of him wearing shades of green. Plus his impeccable eco-friendly track record. Strange as it sounds, I couldn't imagine Rob Fenwick living in anything other than a treehouse. So when the founder of Living Earth and...
Selecting the Select
Sometime this month the select committees of the 48th Parliament will be appointed. These committees will--in as far as it is humanly possible--be proportional to the party membership in the House. So, who decides who goes where? Well it is not,...
Simplicity Rules
Q Why do people make the simplest piece of information overly complicated and inaccessible? I was recently involved in building a development plan for a senior executive in our organization. I researched a number of management models on the web and...
Sisters under the Skin: Mix Together a Bunch of Busy Women, Direct Them at Some Global Challenges-And You Get a Powerful Recipe for Positive Change. MW Talks to Zonta's International President Mary Ellen Bittner about Giving Back
You get the impression that Mary Ellen Bittner thrives on diversity. Certainly her name crops up in some interesting contexts--and in several different languages. First off, there's the day job. As chief administrative judge for the US Department...
The Educational Jigsaw
An article Batch Hales in Management by ("Teaching and learning--they are not the same thing" July 2005) prompted some thoughts around the issues raised. Hales' contention was that we need to develop a sound body of research and practice around good...
The NZQA Revolution
It started out as a bold, reforming strategy designed to leapfrog New Zealand back to the top of the world in education excellence and enlightened learning. But now, 20 years on, the prognosis is not so good. Education is back at the top of the reformists'...
The Worth of Carrots: Kim Harvey Asks If Local Organisations Should Give Employees Incentives to Improve Their Health-And Looks at the Potential Payback
In the United States, many companies are making a huge financial commitment to workforce health, first by giving incentives to employees to sign-up for workplace wellness programmes, then rewarding them again for improvements in health status. What's...
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...
Touting for Talent: Skills Squeeze Hits Middle Management: When It Comes to Executive Recruitment, the Small Touches Can Make a Big Difference. as New Zealand's Labour Market Remains Tight, We Investigate the Ways in Which Executive Recruitment Companies Are Looking to Meet Continuing Strong Demand for the Best Talent in Town
When we invited the local recruitment market to tell us about executive recruitment in New Zealand, we were deluged with comments from the 11 agencies canvassed. Clearly, there's a lot to say. However, in a marked change to recent years, this year's...
Tribal Managers: Why People Leave Organisations: Hot-Wired from Ages Past to Work Collectively, Many of Today's Employees Have a Growing Sense of Separation and Fragmentation. It's Time to Change
It hurts when good people leave an organisation. It's not just a question of the replacement and retraining costs but also of all the experience that leaves with the individual. So a recent read of Leigh Branham's book The 7 Hidden Reasons Employees...
Try a Little Trust
If there's one message that Sir John Whitmore would like business leaders to take on board, it is "trust people more and control them less". The man rated as number-one business coach in the United Kingdom says managers have to wake up to changes...
"Working with Action Has Seen Our Sales Revenue Increase by 100% ..."
Discover the keys to business success and personal freedom with Action International. Estimates show that one in three new businesses in New Zealand fail in their first year of operation, two out of four by the end of the second year, and three...
Workplace Gossip: It's Not All Bad: Pssst ... Have You Heard the Latest? People Gossip at Work. Susan Hafen Argues That Gossiping Workmates Are Not Always Bad News for Companies
While networks, grapevines and rumours are acknowledged forms of organisational communication, little has been done to understand the role of gossip in the workplace. Perhaps that's because gossip is associated more with women and therefore scholars...
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