Take Inspiration
Aug04

Take Inspiration

  Business conferences offer many benefits, but if you find yourself slight on advice and battling a tight budget, these 10 TED Talks are a free and easy way to gain insight into some of the best minds in the business world. 1. Profit’s not always the point – Harish Manwani As the COO of Unilever, you stop and listen when Harish Manwani takes the stage. In this perceptual talk, Manwani elucidates that 21st century businesses are...

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Bright Sparks
Aug04

Bright Sparks

  Ever heard of an invention that’s taking off and thought ‘what a brilliantly simple idea… why didn’t I think of that?” I think we all probably have. Well here are six more you can add to the list of great ideas you wish you’d had. These are the six winning concepts from some of our hottest young entrepreneurs who entered 2016 IDEA Starter youth entrepreneurship contest – a competition for 15-24 year olds which backs young...

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Protecting Your Patch
Aug04

Protecting Your Patch

  New Zealand businesses have suffered reputational damage during the last few years because of the changing needs of the news media, according to the author of a new book. The need for business leaders to understand these new requirements are the focus of Media Training for Modern Leaders. Author and media trainer, Pete Burdon says the need to respond to news media requests within minutes is often not understood. “In the old...

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Do Morals Matter in the Digital Age?
Aug04

Do Morals Matter in the Digital Age?

  Both greed and morality have been poured into the foundations of capitalism’s highways, but it is greed that has eaten away at the roadside. The same voracity that once paved the birthplace of empires can later leave them coughing and choking in their own dust; empires rise and empires fall from the insatiable human appetite for more. Look no further than 2001’s Enron scandal – a stunning example of ethical transgression and...

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Good Ideas Alone Aren’t Enough
Aug04

Good Ideas Alone Aren’t Enough

  Winged cupcake emojis and Donald Trump tweets are not the only ‘creative’ contributions to social media these days. Platforms such as Facebook and Instagram have acted as global chalkboards on which the English language has been tweaked, tinkered with and at times overhauled. A friend is now a verb and numbers serve as 1daful substitutes for words altogether. But just before you think the corporate environment is above the...

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Ten Roles a CEO Must Play
Aug04

Ten Roles a CEO Must Play

  Today CEOs are expected to serve as experts in a wide range of areas – by their investors, their boards, their employees and the public. Stephen Miles, CEO of The Miles Group, which advises global organisations, their boards, and leadership teams, looks at the many hats CEOs must wear in today’s environment. “The CEO position is more complex than it ever has been, and CEOs must have a much broader and deeper skill set to tackle...

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