Quality Competition

By Melinda Collins The corporate colossus; it brings to bear vast financial means and diversified holdings portfolios, can win any price war, establish new consumer territory at will and saturate a market with cheap, accessible products. In comparison, you’re small and don’t stand a chance — right? Well, if you’re competing on price you won’t be able to. As a small business, trying to play the low price game is a losing strategy, yet...

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Double Acts

By Bridget Gourlay ‘Two heads are better than one,’ or so the old saying goes. It’s a maxim based on the tried and true formula that many hands make light work and, in businesess, makes plenty of sense, as the power of two lots of resources, minds and manpower can create opportunities, lower costs or provide better customer service. Bridget Gourlay talks to businesses about why they teamed up and what it achieved. Stewarts Electrical...

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Time To Harden Up

By Kate Pierson Tough love can be a hard pill to swallow, particularly when you’re on the receiving end of it. Because whether it’s a bumped knee or bruised ego you’re nursing, most of us still have an inner child that is a big fan of being coddled. Admittedly, cosseting has an addictive quality, particularly if you’re the one being indulged, but has the mollycoddling gone too far in New Zealand? Has all this societal spoiling led us...

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Should HR Have A Strategic Role In Your Organisation?

By Kate Pierson Somewhere in between taming rogue organisations that function as unpredictably as a two year old and helping overly-bureaucratic organisations take a professional chill pill so they are less tied up in policy and more focused on productivity, human resources got somewhat of a bad rep. The lack of love for HR might come down to the oft used accountability avoider familiarly known as ‘the blame game’, or it could be the...

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Hit The Ground Running

By Paul Robinson As we put the global financial crisis behind us, New Zealand is now moving swiftly into a global talent crisis. The ongoing skills shortage has been cited as the main reason for many organisations’ inability to grow as quickly as they’d like. This is even more prevalent in a strong economic environment as many Kiwis leave to do their OE. In short, employers across most sectors simply can’t find suitable talent. From a...

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7 Principles For Inspiring Employees

By Terry Barber If someone asked you for a good synonym for inspiration, what would you say? Some might answer that ‘stimulation’ is a good substitute. Others might choose ‘influence’ or ‘encouragement’. But by and large, when people think of inspiration, the word that immediately comes to mind is ‘motivation’. But are motivation and inspiration really the same? And from a leadership standpoint, which is better? As leaders, we all...

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