January 24, 2013

2013 predictions

Leading academics from the London Business School give their predictions for the year ahead. And despite the ongoing fiscal restraints it’s interesting to see the anticipated growth in focus on CSR, sustainability and environmental issues.

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Global risks report

The World Economic Forum reports a world more at risk from markets and Mother Nature in its Global Risks 2013 report. Persistent economic weakness saps our ability to tackle environmental challenges. The report highlights wealth gaps (severe income disparity) followed by unsustainable government debt (chromic fiscal imbalances) as the two top most prevalent risks.

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Global workforce survey

The Herman Group issued its annual forecast
at the beginning of the year:

1. Recruiting will intensify among many sectors. With recovery in the United
States and Europe, companies large and small will feel the pressure to add
staff—particularly those in the technical fields. Some companies will
continue their reluctance to add staff, even losing burned-out, over-worked
long-tenured employees, because of their fear of economic eventualities.

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Nominate a leader

The Sir Peter Blake Trust is calling for nominations for the 2013 Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards. Nominations open 1 February and close 28 March 2013.

The awards, presented as part of New Zealand’s annual Leadership Week. 5-12 July this year, identify six leaders between the ages of 25 and 40 who have inspired and achieved across many walks of life.

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NZ business optimism up, global outlook down

New Zealand sits 10th on the world business optimism table, according to the Grant Thornton IBR survey, behind a group including Chile, Brazil, India and Norway. First on the table is United Arab Emirates.

Business confidence has lifted 22 percent on this time last year to 58 percent, well ahead of neighbours, Australia, where confidence was up only seven percent to 31 percent.

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NZ in 2013 – the three-speed economy

Business and thought leaders are optimistic about the year ahead, while being realistic about the challenges to be met, in NZ Management magazine’s new special issue, NZ in 2013, available in bookshops from next week.

Many highlighted the impact of the Canterbury recovery effort on the national economy and CERA (Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority) chief executive, Roger Sutton cited 2013 as the “Year of the Rebuild”. Several insurance sector leaders shared t

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NZ managers – not good enough?

Governance expert and author Doug Matheson identified management capability as the single biggest determinant of corporate success. The outcome of his thinking was the NZ Institute of Management’s Management Capability Index. The 2013 issue has just been completed and the full 26-page report is published in the 2013 special issue of NZ Management that will be in store next week.

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Professionals most want new skills

LinkedIn, which now has more than 200 million members, released its findings this week on the top professional goals people want to achieve in 2013.

Most professionals don’t want to get promoted; they want to learn new skills in the New Year.

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