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Minding Your Manners – How to Be a Better Colleague

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Every office has one: the colleague you expediently time your lunch and coffee breaks to avoid.  Yep, who we work with can make all the difference between looking forward to stepping into the office and counting down the minutes until we leave. But what exactly is it about colleagues that make them more enjoyable, or less tolerable? And how can we make sure we ourselves are being the best colleague we can be? Aside from the obvious etiquette – be ethical, be polite, be punctual, be honest, be respectful, avoid gossip – there are some...

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Glass Ceilings Tackling Gender Bias at Your Place

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As a nation we proudly boast that we were the first country to give woman the vote in national elections. We are also one of the few countries in the world to have had two female heads of government, and one of only two countries to have had a female head of government directly succeed another, the other country being Sri Lanka.  The government enacted the Equal Pay Act 1972 to address direct and indirect discrimination in wage rates. It required equal pay for women and men in the same job. On the surface New Zealand does a good job at...

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Equal Opportunities – The Benefits of Hiring Staff with Disabilities

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Workplace diversity is having a higher importance placed on it as awareness about the importance and benefits of it grow. This shift is extremely encouraging, in particular for people in New Zealand who have a disability. Adults with disabilities have struggled against employment inequality, but it is high time for employers to realise the benefits and embrace these valuable members of our society. According to Statistics New Zealand, almost two-thirds of disabled adults under 65 are employed, and most of the remainder would like to have a...

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Mouth Guard Design Wins the NZ James Dyson Award

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Mouth Guard Design Wins the NZ James Dyson Award

  A concussion-detecting mouth guard that makes it easier to identify and manage concussions in rugby games has won the New Zealand section of the 16th James Dyson Award. Massey University industrial design graduate, Spencer Buchanan designed the prototype mouth guard, called Nerve, with motion sensors worn by rugby players to identify concussion risks after the player has taken a rough knock. The mouth guard design utilises inertial motion sensors that identify forces transmitted to the head, but are missed by the human eye. If an...

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Local Lawyer Moves Online – Digital Reluctance Inspires New, Cloud-based Firm

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Local Lawyer Moves Online – Digital Reluctance Inspires New, Cloud-based Firm

  New Zealand’s first web-based law firm is challenging the way lawyers have traditionally worked.  After 20 years of commercial law, Christchurch-based lawyer, John Shingleton sensed that the market wanted lawyers to fully embrace digital technology and his solution was to create a cloud-based law firm. “Having been the managing partner of a mid-sized law firm for several years, I could see that there were ways of offering a high quality, cloud-based service that would provide better value for money for clients,” John says. “We believe...

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Creating Great Ideas

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Have you ever heard of a new business model or invention and kicked yourself for not thinking of it first? Some ideas seem so incredibly simple you wonder how you didn’t think of it first, while others are so ingenious you wonder how anybody could’ve thought of it at all. But those great ideas don’t come on command. And that leaves a lot of would-be entrepreneurs asking the same question: How did others get inspiration to strike—and how can I work the same magic? Engage your mind Generating a winning idea doesn’t come to you on demand while...

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Take Inspiration

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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 “doing well by doing good”. There’s no place in the modern market for just economic value; this has to be...

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Bright Sparks

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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 people to turn their business ideas into action. The winning ideas all centered around technology – including...

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Protecting Your Patch

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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 days, people either got their news from tonight’s TV news or tomorrow’s newspaper, so there was no urgency for...

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Do Morals Matter in the Digital Age?

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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 financial immorality of unprecedented levels against their employees and clients alike. Their downfall also...

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