New Zealand Management

Articles from March

As I See It: Max Harris; 2012 Rhodes Scholar Elect Max Harris Was a Keynote Speaker at the Latest Deloitte/Management Magazine Top 200 Awards
What are New Zealand's major challenges for 2012? I'm no economist and as a 23-year-old I still have much to learn. But my tentative view is that in 2012 we mustn't allow scepticism about economic trends in Europe and America, or other distractions,...
Contents; MARCH 2012 * Vol 59 No 2
COVER STORY Parched planet Leading in a world with less water Access to clean water will become one of the defining concerns of our lifetime. Business leaders must plan for a world in which water and other natural resources will become increasingly...
Corporate Corruption; Are We as Clean as We Seem?
Byline: Reg Birchfield New Zealand has an almost 'corruption free' global business and political reputation. Transparency International (TI), the world's leading watchdog of corrupt practices, ranks us second only to Denmark as the least corrupt...
Cover Story: Parched Planet -- Leading in a World with Less Water; Access to Clean Water Will Become One of the Defining Concerns of Our Lifetime. Business Leaders Must Plan for a World in Which Water and Other Natural Resources Will Become Increasingly Scarce
Byline: Ruth Le Pla Let's be clear. This is not an alarmist piece about pending water wars. No nations have gone to war specifically over water for hundreds, some researchers say thousands, of years. Even at the height of fighting in the Kashmir,...
Economics: Parties Square off over Growth
Byline: Bob Edlin Good news, if you were disquieted by the gloomy outlook painted in this column last month or are thinking about emigrating. National's Paul Goldsmith was among the first MPs to put questions to Ministers when Parliament got down...
Ed's Letter: Scarcity & Abundance
Byline: Ruth Le Pla, Managing Editor On the face of it, we're focusing on scarcity in this issue. We're homing in on a future world in which water will be in short supply and teasing out what that could mean for New Zealand and its leaders in business...
Exec Health: When a Colleague Has Cancer
Byline: Peter Tynan A recent Southern Cross Health Society survey of nearly 1500 adults showed that cancer is the most feared health condition of working age New Zealanders. Unfortunately having a colleague or staff member with a serious or terminal...
Execs on the Move
Tim Bennett NZX has appointed Singapore-based New Zealander Tim Bennett to take over from Mark Weldon as its chief executive, effective early May. Bennett has almost 20 years' financial services consulting experience, the majority of which has been...
Face to Face: John Botica -- Damage Controller; the Reputation of the Financial Services Industry Didn't Smell Too Good for a While. Reg Birchfield Talks with Guardian Trust's Managing Director John Botica about How He's Trying to Freshen Up His Company's Image
Byline: Reg Birchfield The financial services industry put product before people and paid a heavy price, says Guardian Trust's managing director John Botica. The price the industry paid was, of course, nothing compared with the injury it inflicted...
How to Avoid the Director's 'Use By' Date
Byline: Jens Mueller My brother-in-law is fanatical about 'use by' dates on grocery store items. He would rather die of thirst than drink milk two days beyond its so-called expiry limit. A little extreme perhaps, especially when he then points out...
Inbox: Awards Seeking Winners
Entries are now open for the EEO Trust Work & Life Awards 2012. Now in their 15th year, the awards showcase employers who help employees make the most of their time and talents, leading to greater productivity and a better bottom line. Over...
Inbox: Pay Pressure Piles Up
Salary expectations are a growing source of tension between businesses and employees, according to Hudson's "Salary and Employment Insights 2012" series of reports. "Employers are under pressure to simultaneously improve the quality of their hires...
Inbox: The Curse of the Baby Boomers
The troublesome issue of our aging population and its impact on the labour market got a sound airing at a National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA) workshop in Hamilton recently. Presenters suggested there is no silver bullet...
Inbox: Wanted: Top Business Scholars
One of New Zealand's most valuable academic prizes is up for grabs again as applications open for the 2012 Cranfield New Zealand Alumni Scholarship. The successful applicant will complete an MBA at Cranfield School of Management, one of Europe's top...
Leadership: Memorable Leadership?
Byline: Reg Birchfield We might, or maybe not, soon witness some inspired, intelligent and thoughtful leadership. The time is right and the need for it is unquestionably great. The question, however, is whether the leader is up to the job. The...
Managers Abroad: Sharon Fraser; General Manager of the Intercontinental Chongqing, Sharon Fraser Had Already Worked in Malaysia and Vietnam before Moving to China. after Five Years in Shanghai She Moved to Chongqing Which, Home to 32 Million People, Is the Largest Metropolis in the World
What prompted you to seek work out of New Zealand? I was attracted by the larger opportunities that exist offshore and that we don't have in New Zealand: especially in growth and development in the hospitality industry. IHG is the largest international...
Mobile Managers: Technology on the Hoof; Five NZ Business Leaders Share How They Stay Connected and on Top of Their Game While on the Move
Byline: Hayley Barnett Executives are travelling more than ever, so it's not surprising that technology improves daily to keep them connected and up-to-date wherever and whenever they need it. When you're away from the office, what types of technology...
NZIM: Simply Productive ... but Needs Managing; the New Zealand Institute of Management Is Dedicated to Lifting Management Competency. the Nation Needs Good Managers to Boost Productivity. and Productivity Determines the State of Our Economic and Individual Wellbeing. Reg Birchfield Asks If It Can Be That Simple
Byline: Reg Birchfield Managers determine just how productive or otherwise an enterprise is. And, by and large, the cumulative performance of every individual business determines the state of every nation's economy and, thereby, the standard of...
Politics: Interest Rates: From Low to Woe
Byline: Colin James Alan Bollard delivers his third-to-last monetary policy statement this month. The good news is that last year inflation dropped into the bottom half of his 1-3 percent target range. So, is he going out on a high? Central banks...
Productivity Series #2: How to Boost Productivity; Organisations Must Have Singular, Sustained and People-Focused Management and Leadership If They Want to Hike Their Productivity. Reg Birchfield Says That Means Treating People with Respect
Byline: Reg Birchfield >Exclusive series This is the second of an exclusive three-part series on productivity by Reg Birchfield. In next month's final article, he examines productivity measures and asks how relevant and meaningful they are....
Sustainability: Drawing on Nature; as World Leaders Prepare for Rio+20, Desso's Andrew Sibley Sketches out the New Environmental Agenda. Cradle to Cradle Thinking, He Says, Provides a Blueprint for Manufacturing
Byline: Andrew Sibley Twenty years ago, leaders from 167 countries came together in Rio de Janeiro for an environmental summit that has shaped thinking on climate change and sustainable development ever since. The 1992 summit coined the phrase "eco-efficiency"...
The Director: Corporate Corruption -- Are We as Clean as We Seem?
Byline: Reg Birchfield New Zealand has an almost 'corruption free' global business and political reputation. Transparency International (TI), the world's leading watchdog of corrupt practices, ranks us second only to Denmark as the least corrupt...
The Director: How to Avoid the Director's "Use By" Date
Byline: Jens Mueller My brother-in-law is fanatical about 'use by' dates on grocery store items. He would rather die of thirst than drink milk two days beyond its so-called expiry limit. A little extreme perhaps, especially when he then points out...
The Director: Making Directors More Productive
Byline: Iain McCormick Board behaviour analysis is a simple technique that can be use to improve governance and make meetings more effective. It's based on classifying what directors say in board meetings and also classifying their contributions...
The Director: Stand and Deliver - Board and Director Accountability
Byline: Doug Matheson Underperforming boards and directors are delivering poor company performances and too many company failures. Companies that should be doing well are doing little more than surviving. Directors' and boards' reputations are,...
Thought Leader: Collaborate + Compete
Byline: Rick Boven Competition has been an important contributor to the rapid economic growth achieved during the past 200 years. The most effective businesses are rewarded with profitable growth while the least effective fail and their resources...
Top Tips: Get Smart with Info Management
Byline: Chris Gray In a wired and wireless workplace, technology is meant to help manage the tidal wave of information that pours in each day. But it can end up complicating matters. Here are five ways to optimise your company's performance and...
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