Magazine article New Zealand Management

Tackling the Issue

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Tackling the Issue

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Tackling a potential problem can be an unnerving experience. Be it balancing your chequebook (showing my age here), finally going to the dentist, tackling the unread inbox messages or, as is happening this month, looking at how to raise management performance in this country and ensure we have a steady stream of future candidates.

Management Focus is the brainchild of the Business Capability Partnership set up under Ministry of Economic Development 2006 Budget allocation. The private/public sector partnership launched quietly last year with input from the New Zealand Institute of Management and major sector groups including Business New Zealand, the Employers and Manufacturers Association, economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, educators such as institutes of technology and universities, and government departments such as NZ Trade & Enterprise and the Department of Labour.

Things are stepping up a level this year. See www.managementfocus.org.nz for more information.

We're doing our part by running a cover story on how we are educating our future leaders. New Zealand's ageing population is no secret and is already being planned for in some sectors (KiwiSaver for example). Tim Watkin takes a look at what skills are being taught in our schools to prepare students as future managers. …

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