New Zealand Management

Articles from Vol. 53, No. 3, April

Act Now on Climate Change
How much can change in 18 months. The tone of last month's second Australia New Zealand Conference on Climate Change and Business in Adelaide was in stark contrast to that of its predecessor in Auckland 18 months earlier. In Auckland, there had been...
Alison Drewry: Naval Gazing: How Does Work Impact on Health-Or Vice Versa? Surgeon Commander Alison Drewry Has Some Answers, and a Unique Environment in Which to Explore Her Passion for Occupational Health-The Royal NZ Navy
"Resilience" is an interesting concept. It's what makes the difference between those who are dashed by adversity and those who gain strength from it--or those who bounce back from sickness to which others succumb. It also relates to why Alison Drewry,...
A Model of Excellence: NZIM Shows How: New Zealand Institute of Management a Practical Management Model Defines Critical Development Targets for Managers and Leaders
The New Zealand Institute of Management was established 60 years ago to help managers develop their skills and to provide easy access to the latest and most relevant international management research and experience. Today NZIM has more than 6000...
A Question of Succession: How Boards Can Select the Best CEO: Organisational Change Expert Bob Rogers Talks with James Gray about the Dangers of Assuming Current Performance Will Translate into Prowess at the Top
Who gets to be the next chief executive is often a vexed question for boards. One of the more common problems is that they don't have enough objective data to make their promotion or selection systems work. Add to that, the notion that the candidate...
Conference Talk: What Does the Future Hold for Our Conference Industry? Will New Zealand's Traditional Multi-Purpose Venues Continue to Attract the International Conference Market? or Will Competition from the Increasing Number of Purpose-Built Centres in Other Countries Prove Our Downfall?
While local opinion differs as to the benefits or otherwise of multi-purpose venues, those involved in the conference industry here agree on the benefits it brings to the New Zealand economy, particularly during the low tourist season, and on the need...
Cullen Faces Tough Calls
After the binge comes the hangover. Next month s Budget is a case in point. The 2005 election was a throwback to 1970s-style spend-it-all campaigning. National spent up to the eyeballs in tax cuts, Labour in tax relief via Working for Families, interest...
Easy as One Two Three
Organisations trying to wrap their minds round changes surrounding financial reporting can tap in to a new resource from the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA). New standards--"NZ IFRS" or New Zealand Equivalents to the International...
Future-Proof Your Career
Q Can you advise what main trends a manager should focus on for their own development and effectiveness over the next couple of years? A There are so many books, reports, articles and theories available on the future of management that it can be...
Go On-Take a Risk: Alison Renfrew Urges Would-Be Investors to Let Loose Their Fear Shackles
If you are afraid of losing, you will take no risks--and you'll never go anywhere or do anything. Okay--it takes courage, particularly if you've been burned in the past. Take someone who's just suffered a stroke or heart attack. They won't recover...
Harold Resnick: How to Tap into Top Potential
During his 30 years in organisational development and training, Harold Resnick has earned international recognition as a leading authority and innovator in organisational transformation and leadership development. He talks here with James Nelson about...
High Flying Performance: How to Arrive, Survive and Thrive in a Jet-Setting Job-The Low-Down on Healthy High Flying
The world may be shrinking in terms of where New Zealanders do business--but the sad reality is that we're still a long flight from most of our major markets. And presenting to a bright-eyed early morning bunch of business suits in Britain after some...
History without Colour
City of Enterprise: Perspectives on Auckland business history Edited by: Ian Hunter & Diana Morrow Publisher: Auckland University Press Price: $49.99 City of Enterprise is part of the University of Auckland Business History Project which has...
How to Head a Virtual Company: The Business of Science: Elizabeth Hopkins Is One of a New Breed of Business Savvy Scientists-A Role She Reckons Women Are Well Equipped to Perform. She Talks to Vicki Jayne about Microbe Management and Virtual Companies
When you lack a science background, there's a degree of challenge in having to chat about biopolymers or the properties of microbes. But Elizabeth Hopkins, CEO of Encoate Technology, makes it easy. A couple of quick jargon-free sentences and you...
Is This All There Is? Lost Your Sense of Work Direction? Carmel Byrne Provides Hints for Refocusing the Mental Compass
Have you ever experienced a sense of unease about your work or how you are living your life--a feeling that there must be more if only you knew how to find it? Many of us start our careers with a passion for learning in our chosen field. We gain...
Jet-Set Exec
Brian Weatherly, CEO of Software of Excellence, may be no stranger to international travel but he's just won a chance to up the style. Weatherly took out the big prize in Lufthansa's recent competition in which support staff were asked why their boss...
Kea out to Hunt Lost Kiwis
They're everywhere--from Tajikistan to Tanzania, Canberra to the Caribbean--and an organisation set up to create links with the great global talent pool of migrating Kiwis is putting them on the map via a web-based census. As at March 23, Kea's...
Leaning toward Greater Productivity
New Zealand faces a significant challenge--how do we boost a productivity rate that is currently just 79 percent of the OECD average? Past economic growth has relied on sopping up spare employment capacity and, as NZ Institute director David Skilling...
Multi-Taskin' Mamas
Time--never enough of it. The commute takes too long. Carting work home again. Kids pestering for stories ... There's a sign-of-the-times story about a women whose reason for undertaking an IVF programme was that she and her partner were just too...
Nine Reasons Why Business Must Care about Climate Change
In a joined-up world the plight of the polar bear is everybody s problem. If melting ice caps seem like a million miles away from the daily challenges of manufacturing in Otara or milking in the Manawatu, think again. The case for New Zealand businesses...
Note to Self: Get Notebook
Ever since the emergence of the first industry standard notebook (laptop) computer in 1985, portable PCs have had a slow but steady impact on the sales of desktop computers. Barely noticeable to begin with, in more recent times notebook PCs have been...
Rob McLeod: Why He's Not What You Expect: Why Do Expectations Play Such a Big Part in Rob McLeod's Life? Vicki Jayne Talks to the Man Who Heads the NZ Business Roundtable and Can Count Some of New Zealand's Wealthiest Individuals Amongst His Clientele
It says something about Rob McLeod that some time after an hour-long interview tape has run out, we're still talking. He's not the easiest chap to get hold of--a swag of directorships, consultancy roles and clients around the country keep him well...
Schools 2025: Who Will Lead?
Imagine a future in which teenage students are based not in one location but spread throughout the community--in businesses, factories, marae, shopping malls, sporting academies or museums. Instead of expecting a single school to be expert in everything,...
Sit Up Straight! Kim Harvey Explains Why We Need to Hunt for Ways to Ease Ergonomic Risk
Sore necks, tight shoulders, headaches, lower back pain--all too many of us regularly suffer these symptoms of spending prolonged periods sitting or standing in the same position. Our bodies are made to move and the reduction in circulation caused...
The CEO's Checklist: What You Should Know before Signing Up for the Job: Becoming an Effective and Enduring CEO Is All about Ensuring the Right Match between CEO Skills, Abilities, Experience and Latent Talents, and a Myriad of Organisational Details
The following questions will help applicants for CEO roles make a balanced decision about whether they will be a good fit for a particular role and, if so, increase their chances for success at the top. Where does the organisation sit in its business...
Therese Walsh: On Career Crossbars: At 34. Therese Walsh Is Described as a "Dynamic Manager" and Picked as a High Flier-But the General Manager Corporate Services for NZ Rugby Union Is Cautious about Setting the Crossbar Too High for Career Mums
It's perhaps not surprising that the blokes at NZ Rugby's head office used to rise to their feet when Therese Walsh came into the room. That was when she first started working there in 2003. These days she's less of a novelty there are now more women...
The Unplugged Executive: Why Mobility Sparks Brain Cells: New Technologies Are Helping Managers to Literally Get out of the Box and into a New Mode of Thinking
Research proves it: cubicles cause brain damage. Or at least they top the brain working. Research from Princeton University professor of psychology Elizabeth Gould shows that the brain stops producing new neurons in unstimulating environments. Gould's...
Think Global Think Fast
If we are to stand true to this magazine's stated intention of exploring and explaining New Zealand's place in a fast changing world, we can do no better than look at global climate change. No story could be bigger than the threat of the extinction...
Voting for Extinc
Most New Zealanders would be surprised to learn that some bills that come before Parliament arrive there more or less on the roll of the dice. Bills can be described as "proposed legislation". Normally they are proposed by the government of the...
Waging War over Wages
Business people sounded predictable warnings when the Government announced the latest increase in the minimum wage. The increase in the face of an economic downturn "is not the way to economic growth", growled Business New Zealand chief executive Phil...
Why Don't We Pay for Performance?
Australian execs get nearly twice as much while American CEOs earn nearly four times that of their Kiwi colleagues--it seems local CEOs are seriously lagging global trends when it comes to performance pay. In releasing its 2006 CEO Survey last month,...
Why Kiwi Leaders Stifle Innovation
New Zealanders may pride themselves on innovation but in reality the rest of the world is well ahead of us in strong visionary thinking. That's according to Shaun McCarthy, chair of Human Synergistics Australasia (HSA), whose company has compared...
Women, Money and Emotions
Okay--own up. Have you ever lied about the cost of your purchases? Spent beyond your means? Failed to negotiate a higher salary for fear of being thought greedy? Do women, in fact, have a different attitude to money than their male counterparts...
Women with Edge: Just What Makes Women Succeed?
If Women in Technology's recent panel discussion to mark International Women's Day is anything to go by, the blueprint for success includes a type of steely determination, coupled with a "no regrets" philosophy and plenty of self-belief. Six "Behind...
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