Magazine article New Zealand Management

As I See It: Building on Strengths; Tait Grindley, GM, Business Development at NZIM Inc, Northern, Is Passionate about Building Leadership and Management Capability in NZ

Magazine article New Zealand Management

As I See It: Building on Strengths; Tait Grindley, GM, Business Development at NZIM Inc, Northern, Is Passionate about Building Leadership and Management Capability in NZ

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Byline: Tait Grindley

What are New Zealand's major challenges for 2012?

I see a number of current challenges that face the New Zealand business environment as many businesses are still working through recovery strategies from the recent global recession and Canterbury earthquakes. Although there are positive signs across industry of an increase in spending and the rebuild of the general workforce, organisations are still battling to keep their best and brightest from leaving New Zealand. This issue is not just about losing skilled workers to Australia, the UK and Europe, we are also saying goodbye to our emerging leadership talent and young managers who are being trained here but applying their skills and experience abroad. This is creating a widening gap in the middle management landscape that will become more apparent once our senior managers and business owners start retiring over the next five to 10 years.

How well prepared are Kiwi business leaders to face these challenges?

The strength in Kiwis is that we can adapt, personally and professionally. Business leaders are recognising that a major challenge is to retain staff at all levels and award and recognise achievement. My observation working with a wide range of Kiwi businesses is the drive to protect their biggest people assets through providing an achievable and dedicated professional development pathway for emerging managers and aligning these 'up and comers' with experienced mentors. …

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