New Zealand Management

Articles from February

AS I SEE IT : Mark Davy
Senior housing product manager, Westpac How would you describe the New Zealand identity? New Zealand's cultural heritage is much younger than a lot of other nations, which means that the values that drove settlers to these shores are probably...
CASE STUDY : 42 below - Staying True to the Spirit; Keeping a Board of 18 - Yes, 18, and Most of Them Related to One Another - Happy Is a Big Challenge but One Which 42 Below's New Boss Paul Dibbayawan Is Happy to Embrace
Byline: Ellen Read The board of Bacardi - the liquor giant which bought 42 Below in late 2006 - consists of 14 members of the Bacardi family and four independent directors. Too polite to agree when the suggestion is offered that this could be...
CONSULTATION : Job Descriptions Are a Management Essential
Byline: Kevin Gaunt Why do I need a job description? My company insists on laboriously documenting the details of my job in one and then when it is finished it just sits there and I never look at it again. What is the point? Your view is understandable...
COVER STORY : 2008 the Year's Challenges - Productivity Top of Mind; with a Tightening Labour Market, Changes to Employment Law Due and No Let-Up in the Pace of Change, What Do Business Leaders Need to Do to Build Ongoing Success? We Talk to Those in the Know
Byline: Ellen Read Productivity. That's the word on everyone's lips when it comes to summing up the main challenge for the year ahead. From all sectors and across all disciplines, the primary focus for 2008 is increasing productivity. It's essential...
ECONOMICS : Did Export Year 2007 Measure Up?
Byline: Bob Edlin Export Year 2007 formally ended not at midnight on 31 December, but at the New Zealand Export Awards on 15 November. While the official programme might be over, government agencies have hastened to assure us the initiative was...
IN TOUCH : A 'Newb' in Cyberspace
I don't usually have a martini glass in my hand at 9am on a work day - particularly not when attending a public forum. But then standing on the bar is also just a tad out of character. I blame Vicki Jaxxon. She was the avatar attendee, alter ego,...
IN TOUCH : Building Successful Leadership Teams
The days of the heroic CEO are over. In the increasingly complex world organisations operate in, it now takes more than one person to ensure the delivery of the strategic agenda. So building and supporting successful leadership teams is vital to...
IN TOUCH : Celebrating World-Class Kiwis
Busy, energetic people who want to give something back. That's how judge Mai Chen describes the winners of this year's Kea World Class New Zealand Awards. The 2008 Awards - at which winners in seven different categories will be recognised and...
IN TOUCH : Managers Abroad
Bruce McNabb, general manager Pertronic Trading (Shanghai) What prompted you to seek work out of New Zealand? I was asked by my company, Pertronic Industries, to establish a sales and support office for the company's electronic fire alarm control...
IN TOUCH : MBA Students Tested for Mental Toughness
Massey University MBA students have become the first in the country to have their mental toughness evaluated as part of their programme. Jamie Ford, the holder of the Australasian rights to Seligman research which shows greater success rates for...
IN TOUCH : NZIM Management Focus Funding Available
NZIM is looking for projects that could be funded through the Management Focus fund. The fund is designed to support projects that are aligned with the themes and objectives of Management Focus. Management Focus 2008 wants to: 1. Get managers...
IN TOUCH : Stephen Covey to Visit New Zealand
Stephen Covey, a best-selling international author and one of the world's leading business and management gurus, is coming to speak to New Zealand's top business leaders. He will be presenting seminars in Auckland on 27 March and in Wellington on...
IN TOUCH : What Do You Think?
Or what do you buy? And why? These are the perennial questions of market research - often delivered via phone right on dinner time and often an unwelcome intrusion. Consumer resistance to the exploration of their buying habits or behaviour is one...
IN TOUCH : Young Exec's Firm Makes Good on Global Stage
"As far as government intranets go, it's a pretty sexy one" is not a phrase you hear every day. But the achievement of local Microsoft development company Provoke Solutions in getting its client's site named one of the best 10 in the world is hardly...
POLITICS : Turning Controversy into Status Quo
Byline: Colin James The Electoral Finance Act passed amid controversy late last year will not be the law for the 2011 election if National leads the next government. It is likely to need amendment whoever is the government. So will all that damage...
TABLED : Does the Board Carry the Can for ICT?
Byline: Michael Wigley Information and communications technology (ICT) is an ever-increasing feature of corporate value and risk. Failure can be catastrophic, such as in the case of a serious security breach or an internal network failure. Recent...
TABLED : Emerging Issues in 2008
Byline: Ian Taylor The heightened competitive business landscape and ongoing regulatory pressures will continue to put the spotlight on governance practices and performance in the year ahead. Boardroom discussions will surely be dominated by...
TEN TOP TIPS : How to Create New Year Motivation
Byline: Peter Clark No doubt this year, like every year, you have drawn up a New Year's resolution list. But be honest with yourself - how often have you really followed through on it? Most likely each list is an 'old year's' confession list...
THOUGHT LEADERS : Aiming for the Highest Peak
Byline: Murray Jack New Zealand has a long history of being far too modest about its successes - whether scientific, academic, philanthropic, or in business. Although as a nation we yearn for the opportunity to celebrate and recognise our achievements,...
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