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Making Time

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Making Time

Kevin Vincent Managing director of  Vincent Consulting   www.vincentconsulting.co.nz Time management for your business can be described metaphorically as the good oil of your business. Oil is the essential life blood that runs through the arteries of cars and mechanical operations and without which, these machines would undoubtedly soon come to a grinding halt and fail. Applied time management is the “good oil” that prevents the squeaking, creaking and tweaking that frequently arises during our often chaotic day to day existence. By applying...

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When Facebook Turns Feral

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When Facebook Turns Feral

Michele Hider Director of Priority Communications www.prioritycomms.co.nz Social media is a great tool for encouraging two-way communication between businesses and the people they care about. But what do you do if it turns feral? Your company’s Facebook page has been running smoothly for years – you’ve been posting great content and have plenty of followers – until a sudden stream of unpleasant posts are made by an anonymous troll. This cowardly individual’s intention is to sour the conversation on your page and damage the reputation of your...

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Understanding Your Strengths and Weaknesses

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Understanding Your Strengths and Weaknesses

Liz Wotherspoon Growth Director at The Icehouse www.theicehouse.co.nz There are 33,500 owner-managed businesses in New Zealand turning over more than $1m and employing more than five people. While many of these businesses are doing okay, most of them could be doing a lot better. When The Icehouse turned 10 in 2011 we committed, and then began our crusade, to deliver 1,000 Businesses of International Quality (BIQs) by 2020. Why? Because we recognised that this would have a material impact on New Zealand. SMEs form a very large part of our...

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A Little Generosity Goes a Long Way

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A Little Generosity Goes a Long Way

Daniel Nixon Managing Director of Foundation One www.foundationone.co.nz Of all that I’ve learned over the years in providing services to property and facilities owners, one thing stands out. And that is to work from a generosity of spirit. That means offering your knowledge, time, credit, power, information and faith. An efficiency expert might say time spent doing this could be spent more productively. But mean-spirited efficiency sends the message, “I’m not that interested in you”. Ekaterina Walter, an occasional contributor for Forbes, is...

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Easy Access Makes for Better Business

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Easy Access Makes for Better Business

Jane Cowan-Harris Head of WorkSpace IQ www.workspaceiq.co.nz Every successful business person knows the value of attracting great staff and providing excellent customer service. All of us who take our business seriously invest time and money to do the best we can in both of these fundamental areas. However, regardless of how much effort we put in, there is probably more we can do to provide every one of the people who do business with us, a better overall experience. Wherever you happen to be as you read this piece, please stop right now;...

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Is ‘Disruption’ Just Another Buzzword?

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Is ‘Disruption’ Just Another Buzzword?

Debra Buckley CEO of the New Zealand Institute of Management and Leadership. www.nzimleadership.co.nz First there was ‘resilience’ and now ‘disruption’ is the new corporate buzzword: but what does it actually mean? Who is causing the disruption and what are they disrupting? The term disruption denotes a shift from the norm. We can all relate to disruption in a digital context and many of us have been driven to evolve our organisations to accommodate significant changes in response. Often people will use terms such as ‘over-turning’ or...

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An Affordable Second Line of Defence

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An Affordable Second Line of Defence

John Shingleton Director of Onlinelawyers www.onlinelawyer.nz Since the passing of the new health and safety legislation, many clients have sought advice on how to minimise the potential implications of a health and safety prosecution. In particular, directors of companies who are personally exposed under the “due diligence” provisions of the legislation are seeking how to protect their family assets. When asked, my first piece of advice is always to strive to be compliant with the legislation, and in particular the regulations. But,...

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When Things Don’t Go to Plan

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When Things Don’t Go to Plan

Martz Witty Head of the Martz Group. www.martz.co.nz So you’re in business and something isn’t quite going to plan, or has happened that you hadn’t budgeted for, or has struck from left field and caught you unaware. These all happen. But how are you dealing with them? The first typical reaction is knee jerk and panic, but this is seldom the correct course of action. Instead I suggest grabbing a pen and paper and answering these questions that I learned years ago at a Dale Carnegie Course. It changed my life forever and is cited in Dale’s book...

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The Art of Negotiating

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The Art of Negotiating

Kevin Vincent Managing director of  Vincent Consulting   www.vincentconsulting.co.nz Sales negotiating affects all of us; whether we are a buyer or a seller. It happens when we buy our houses, cars or most things where the price is high or significant. Sales negotiating is an important part of a sales process and often comes up at the end of the selling process. Negotiating is important and there are some first principles of sales negotiating that are true in theory and in practice. Sales negotiating is an integral part of the sales process...

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Shedding Some Light on Tired Eyes

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Shedding Some Light on Tired Eyes

Jane Cowan-Harris Head of WorkSpace IQ www.workspaceiq.co.nz Having enough light to be able to do day to activities is something we take for granted. It’s remarkable to think that less than 200 years ago, prior to electric lighting, our days were predominantly controlled by the hours of daylight available. Today, with electric lighting available at our fingertips, you might think we’d be in a better position. However, as we spend more time using computers, our eyes are under huge demands. Having enough light is vital for maintaining good eye...

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