Magazine article New Zealand Management

A New Southern Man

Magazine article New Zealand Management

A New Southern Man

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Resourcing members to help them navigate the current difficult times is the goal for newly appointed NZIM Southern chief executive Kevin Vincent.

"How do we [NZIM] respond in order to ensure business continuity, sustained growth and continued success? I believe we should be undertaking a comprehensive analysis so that we're fully conversant with the current and future market conditions and market needs and from there, develop NZIM capability to deliver on those needs," he says.

New Zealand is not enduring the crisis alone, though, says Vincent, that is cold comfort to many businesses. "The fact that our economy is mirroring that of other OECD countries, with growing inflation, rising unemployment levels and declining business and investor confidence, is of little solace. People perceive that the level of wealth is reducing. New Zealand business needs strong leadership now more than ever," he says.

A firm believer in the power of teams, Vincent says the success generated during his two most-recent roles as general manager of both Hamer and Ardex New Zealand--was derived from effective and functional teams with good levels of team spirit, collaboration, unified commitment and good buy-in by staff of the company's strategic direction and intent.

"If you focus on helping employees to reach their potential through mentoring and support, listening and compassion, by encouraging them to set their own goals and celebrating together when they achieve them, then you're well on your way to business success. …

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