Magazine article New Zealand Management

What's Next?

Magazine article New Zealand Management

What's Next?

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It's easy to get so bogged down in the day-to-day deluge of 'do now' activities, that the future is something glimpsed only in a fleeting and unfocused way somewhere beyond today's in-tray.

Which is possibly why succession planning is an issue that, as our cover story notes, doesn't always get the attention it deserves. That's particularly true for this country's many SME businesses some of which are so closely aligned with the destinies of their founder/leaders that it leaves little room to grow an alternative management structure.

But, as our feature makes clear, failure to plan for a future that might not include your leadership is a good way to sabotage your company's sustainability- while failure to encourage and develop aspiring leaders risks losing them to companies that do.

That need to 'put down the ladder' for others to follow particularly applies to women managers who, as our feature on page 38 reveals, are still thin on the ground in New Zealand. The reason? Business environments still don't make it possible and easy for women to be both full-time managers and full-on mothers. Pity to lose the major contribution such women can make to our workforce and economy because of an inability to embrace flexible work practices. …

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