June 17, 2014

Young managers’ opportunity

NZIM is offering two young managers the chance to travel to Macau and South China later this year. The Institute is seeking applicants for its Asian Association of Management Organisations (AAMO) Young Managers Programme.

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Humility helps

The most effective leaders are humble according to a study of 1500 workers in Australia, China, German, India, Mexico and the US.

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10 change principles

Despite the millions, sometimes billions, of dollars spent on change management programmes, most fail.
The success rate of major change initiatives is just 54 percent according to a 2013 Strategy&/Katzenbach Centre survey of global senior executives on culture and change management.

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Hot jobs

New Zealand’s skills shortages notwithstanding, some interesting job market trends are emerging around the world.

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Agenda update

The Government’s Business Growth Agenda seems to be delivering a stronger economy, according to lobby group, BusinessNZ. But there were some holes in the Agenda that needed addressing, said chief executive Phil O’Reilly.

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Ethical banker?

And for a tad more on this topic take a look at what the Governor of the Bank of England, yes that’s right a banker, said recently on the threat posed to capitalism if ethics vanish.

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NZ more competitive

New Zealand's global competitiveness is climbing again. It has improved five places in the past year to rank 20th in the world, according to the just-released Swiss-based IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, a publication assessing 60 global economies based on 338 criteria.

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High flying prices

The Productivity Commission has released a new report comparing consumer prices in New Zealand with those overseas. The report, by Victoria University’s professor Norman Gemmell, confirms what most Kiwis already know – that we’re a high prices nation.

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Fit to work?

Kiwi workers believe there’s a strong link between workplace performance and staying in shape, according to HR services company Randstad. The firm’s latest Workmonitor survey suggests 70 percent of employees believe the quality of their work benefits when they exercise regularly.

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Seven digital habits

The age of digital experimentation is over, according to global consultancy McKinsey & Co. To stay competitive, companies should now be making a full commitment to going digital. To make the transition, the consultancy suggests seven “highly effective” habits to transform enterprises.

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Talented please apply

NZIM and Eagle Technology are still searching for the nation’s best young executives. Nominations for their jointly sponsored Young Executive of the Year Award close on July 3.

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Confidently clothed wolf

NZIM’s capability development consultant Kieran Bird here discusses the importance of self-confidence and how to build it. But he also warns that the kind of confidence shown by Wolf of Wall Streetauthor and convicted fraudster Jordan Belfort is not what you should be looking for.

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Four year politics

A four-year political term might benefit New Zealand’s small and medium size enterprises, according to new pre-election research by Massey University finance lecturer Dr Chris Malone.

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