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Making Headway

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Making Headway

By John Treace I have taken part in many business turnarounds in my career, and time and again noticed the same problems, regardless of whether the reason for the turnaround was a relatively minor situation or a reorganisation after bankruptcy. Here are the five steps that need to happen during any major business adjustment and some of the pitfalls to avoid along the way. While this article will focus on sales teams, these steps are of a universal nature and will apply to most departments within a company. Five essential steps for a...

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Contain Yourself

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Contain Yourself

By Kayte John I think many of you will agree with me when I say — it has been quite a year in Christchurch. As 2011 draws to a close it’s clear that life does go on and although the city might have taken a pretty serious beating, it has prevailed. It may not look the same as it did before, but nine months on it is evolving — offering us new opportunities. You only have to look at the bars and shops opening up in shipping containers to be reminded that there is opportunity behind every setback. Many of us are discovering our new favourite...

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Staying In To Go Out

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Staying In To Go Out

By Kayte John Before the February earthquake we were spoilt for choice. Christchurch was alive with colour and atmosphere. It offered us a vibrant and varied entertainment scene with something to suit all ages, tastes and budgets. And then, in the blink of an eye, all the flavours that delivered spice to our lives simply vanished. The last nine months has left us questioning what to do on a weekend. If you visit the suburbs on a weekend you will see bars and restaurants jam packed full of people. A suburban bar that was once your quiet local...

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Tales Of A Cup Day Novice…

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Tales Of A Cup Day Novice…

By Bridget Gourlay I always thought of Cup Day and shuddered. I assumed it was about smelly horses running around a ring, and Merivale ladies one up-ing each over on the expensiveness and outrageousness of their hats. “No way”, the Canterbury Today photographer assured me. It was about drinking champagne, sitting in the sun and meeting well dressed men. “You don’t even have to look at the horses”, she said. Well, that sounds more like me, I thought, so off I went. Cup Day apparently always starts with a champagne brunch. When croissants are...

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A Free Operational Hub For Christchurch Business And Community Groups

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A Free Operational Hub For Christchurch Business And Community Groups

The recovery of hard-hit Christchurch businesses and community groups has been boosted by free access to the essentials of day-to-day business operations with the Westpac Business & Community Hub. This facility provides various services including phone, broadband, video conferencing, work spaces, formal and casual meeting places and a corporate lounge. Located next to CBS Arena, the Westpac Business & Community Hub covers 2500sqm and can be extended. It is open to any Christchurch business and community group impacted by the...

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The Seven Deadly Workplace Sins

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The Seven Deadly Workplace Sins

Whether it’s the temptation to surf the net instead of finishing your report, do some “creative” accounting, or a desire of a more tangible nature — the melting brown eyes of the new receptionist, for example — workplaces can be awash with sin. The biblical seven deadly sins — Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride — rear their heads in the office. Here’s the Canterbury Today guide to the Seven Deadly Sins of the Workplace, and how to avoid sampling forbidden fruit. Wrath The sin: Losing your temper and lashing out in anger at a...

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Fat Tax

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Fat Tax

By Bridget Gourlay In the 1960s we started to crack down on cigarettes. Despite the best efforts of multi-million dollar tobacco lobbyists, it was becoming obvious there was a direct link between smoking and lung cancer, as well as a whole host of other nasty diseases. Successive governments sprung into action. In 1963, smoking ads were banned. Ten years later, it was the law to have health warnings on all cigarette packs. Smoking was gradually outlawed in movie theatres, schools and aeroplanes. Special sections for smokers were put in place...

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City Round-Up

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City Round-Up

Shoring up the essentials More than 2500 businesses were impacted by the Maui gas pipeline failure in October, prompting the Auckland Chamber of Commerce to call for a review. Michael Barnett says the thousands of businesses, along with hospitals, were affected by the leak in the pipeline carrying gas to the upper North Island. Some essential industries and services able to access limited gas flows available were still unable to operate because they depended on supplies from other businesses that had to shut down because they weren’t...

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Compulsory ETS Reporting Begins

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Compulsory ETS Reporting Begins

Talk has turned into action for the agricultural sector’s love/hate relationship with the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). While agriculture will enter fully into the scheme from 2015, compulsory reporting of emissions begins this year, hot on the heels of voluntary reporting beginning last year. With some exemptions, participants for agriculture are meat processors, milk or colostrum processors, exporters of live animals, fertiliser importers and manufacturers and egg producers. Agricultural participants now have to report emissions though to...

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Simplifying Legal Services

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Simplifying Legal Services

A Taranaki business is helping to make low cost legal services a reality for locals by taking its services online. Law firm Dennis King is calling the online service Legal Beagle and Claudia King, a practising lawyer at Dennis King, says her team created it to help Kiwis get the legal protection they need. Thought to be the first of its kind in New Zealand, Legal Beagle was designed with busy Kiwis in mind and those who have previously shied away from seeking legal advice due to the perceived complication and expense of hiring lawyers. King...

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