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Keeping An Eye On The Competition

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Keeping An Eye On The Competition

Kevin Vincent is a director of business improvement consultants Vincent and Nugent Limited – www.vincentnugent.co.nz Increased competition is a reality and driven by many factors, including the emergence of a global marketplace, the increased number of companies and new technology that makes it easier for them to enter new markets.  Competition is great. It drives you to continually improve. It drives the quest for and the development of establishing a sustainable competitive advantage which is achieved through differentiation and...

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The Changing Face Of Our City

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The Changing Face Of Our City

Bob Stewart is a Business Recovery team leader at Recover Canterbury; part of a team of experienced and skilled Business Recovery coordinators who are helping earthquake-impacted businesses get back on their feet. To find out more visit www.recovercanterbury.co.nz Walk down the streets of Auckland, Wellington or Dunedin (in fact anywhere other than Christchurch), and mention business recovery in Christchurch and you’ll hear the same response,  “Shouldn’t we have gotten over it by now?” Now that’s unfortunate. But what’s even more unfortunate...

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Protecting Your Identity

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Protecting Your Identity

Angela Searle is a trademark attorney for Trade Mark Intelligence who works with both SMEs and global corporations. She can be reached at angela@tmintelligence.co.nz Your trademark is potentially one of your most valuable business assets. Your ability to use it, unimpeded, is something many of us take for granted. Come December, the Madrid Protocol is anticipated to come into effect in New Zealand and while this provides a simple, economic and flexible means to register your trademark overseas, it also means your mark is under more potential...

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Don’t sell – Communicate

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Don’t sell – Communicate

Suzanne Carter is the business development manager for website design and development company Limelight Online Ltd. To find out more visitwww.limelightonline.co.nz As every business owner knows, an effective marketing strategy is key to promoting your services/products in order to grow your customer base and your revenue. Traditionally, marketing has taken the form of print and radio advertising, seminars, emails to mailing lists and tele-marketing. This is called outbound marketing as you are pushing your products and services out to your...

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How To Read More, More Quickly

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How To Read More, More Quickly

Robyn Pearce is a time management expert, helping people turn time challenges into high productivity and the life balance you desire. Visitwww.gettingagrip.com In any large major metropolitan weekend paper we receive more material in one issue than the majority of people living in the 1700’s would have had access to in their entire lifetime (apart from the rich and well-educated). So don’t be surprised that you constantly feel overwhelmed. The rate of new information available is doubling faster and faster. In the 1970s it doubled every 10...

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Sony’s Super Smart Xperia P

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Sony’s Super Smart Xperia P

Ian Knott has been commentating on various forms of technology for the past 16 years. He’s had columns on gadgets, gaming, computing and digital entertainment in many newspapers, magazines and websites in New Zealand and overseas. Since paying out Ericsson in a divorce settlement, Sony is travelling alone in the smartphone stakes. Its first solo effort is the Xperia NXT series – a range of three phones from the high-end Xperia S, which sits proudly side by side with the iPhone 4S and the Samsung Galaxy SIII, the mid-range Xperia P and the...

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Dealing With Difficult Task Masters

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Dealing With Difficult Task Masters

Dr Mary Casey is a conflict resolution specialist and founder and CEO of the Casey Centre, a leading integrated health and education service Maintaining a professional working relationship with your boss is important, so how do you address their behaviour without it souring? Every boss is different and so you need specific strategies to most effectively deal with them. Instead of trying to change someone, the best course of action is to enact strategies that focus on dealing with their behaviour, rather than trying to change their...

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Developing Products To Deliver Value

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Developing Products To Deliver Value

Jonathan Prince is the managing director of Motovated Design and Analysis. For further information visit www.motovated.co.nz The design process is a tough thing to get right. Many companies would like to develop a new product but few really understand what it takes to develop a successful product, the right way to go about it or the real costs in behind it. The result is often a project that, if you’re lucky, gets to market simply well over budget. If you’re not lucky, gets to market very late. Or if you’re particularly unlucky – gets...

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We Need To Be Hiring, Not Firing

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We Need To Be Hiring, Not Firing

David Shearer is the MP for Mt Albert and leader of the Labour Party In 1881, a group of South Island farmers and businessmen established Summit Wool Spinners in Oamaru. For more than a century it forged a proud heritage of local skills and expertise in blending, spinning, yarn-making and exporting. It grew into a high-tech international business; one of North Otago’s biggest employers. But in June this year, 50 jobs were lost at Summit Wool Spinners’ Oamaru plant. That’s 50 households down an income. This is happening too often. Seventy jobs...

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Essential Management Skills

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Essential Management Skills

Kevin Vincent is a director of business improvement consultants Vincent and Nugent Limited – www.vincentnugent.co.nz Managing is specific work and as such requires specific skills. Peter Drucker in his work ‘Management: tasks, responsibilities, practices’ stated these as: Making effective decisions Communications within and without the organisation The proper use of controls and measurements The proper use of analytical tools, that is, of the management sciences. Drucker said “No manager is likely to master all these skills. But every...

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