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Sponsored by The University of Auckland Business School www.exec.auckland.ac.nz 0800 800 875 November 8-9 Chairing the Board. Auckland. Institute of Directors. iod.org.nz 8-9 Marketing Fundamentals. Wellington. University of Auckland Executive

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Face to face: The why of work

Business leaders who tap in to employees’ reasons for fronting up to work each morning can unleash deeper levels of engagement and help create more energised workplaces.

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HR Metrics: Measuring Up

Strategic Pay’s latest HR metrics survey benchmarks everything from recruitment and training, to sick days, absenteeism and staff turnover. Jarrod Moyle unravels some of its findings.

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Inbox: Cherchez la femme

Strategic Pay has released research providing snapshot of female representation in NZ board rooms. When looking at organisation size, those with between $5.1 million and $10 million annual turnover have

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Inbox: Contracted not engaged

Organisations that actively engage with their contract staff can reap considerable benefits. Yet recent global report by HCI (Human Capital Institute) shows 54 percent of businesses surveyed do not offer

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Inbox: Custom packed

Dunedin employers looking to hire migrant staff are getting help in the form of an Employing Migrants Successfully information pack that can be customised to their needs. The new pack

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Inbox: Letter to the editor

Dear editor I always enjoy Reg Birchfield’s very thoughtful articles in NZ Management magazine. I am an unashamed disciple of Deming and the school of total quality management (TQM) which

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Inbox: New learning for a new economy

The talent development focus in the corporate sector is mostly on graduate skills and performance, and executive and professional development. But what about the ‘feedstock’ for driving the economic engine

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Leadership: Building legacy leadership

Turkey’s increasingly egocentric Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, recently announced his intention to build stunning new mosque on prime Istanbul city site overlooking the Bosphorus. This grand edifice will rival

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No executive directors!

The reputation of directors, boards and their governance performance has taken beating in the eyes of shareholders, investors, media, regulatory agencies and the public at large. Yes – the environment

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NZIM: Grow your own leaders

NZ has more trouble filling key management and leadership roles than most developed economies. That, in part, is why the NZIM/Eagle Technology Young Executive of the Year Award is so important.

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On Board

Lion’s outgoing CEO Rob Murray will join the Lion board from April 2013 as non-executive director. Murray originally joined the former Lion Nathan board in 2002 as non-executive director, before

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On Board

Lion’s outgoing CEO Rob Murray will join the Lion board from April 2013 as non-executive director. Murray originally joined the former Lion Nathan board in 2002 as non-executive director, before

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The Director: Lesley Whyte – Championing Women on Boards

New Zealand’s first Women on Board’s Gender Diversity Summit, held in Auckland this month, effectively also marked the end of the first year’s reign of the pressure group’s co-founder and chief executive Lesley Whyte. She talked to Reg Birchfield about WOBNZ, why she felt compelled to establish it and where it goes from here.

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What I hate about boards

Being director must be the most exciting thing you can do with your clothes on! You get to examine the entrails of some fascinating organisations, watch the tectonic economic forces

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Inbox: Who will keep their job?

Business decision makers are more confident than the general population about retaining their jobs in the next 12 months, according to recent Horizon Research poll. Just under 60 percent think

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Bullying policies lack bite

There’s something wrong with managers’ handling of bullying in our workplaces, if new research from Leadership Management Australasia (LMA) is to be believed.

A new L.E.A.D. (Leadership, Employment and Direction) survey by LMA shows more Australian and NZ organisations now have policies to deal with bullying. Yet incidences of bullying remain as high as they were six years ago.

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Gap managers needed

Employers and employees are poles apart when it comes to understanding what each other want, according to new research in The Great New Zealand Employment Survey.

Conducted by Clarian HR and in association with Massey University, the survey shows half of all Kiwi employees see having ‘fun and working with great people’ as the most important factor in their employment. Then, it’s great pay, benefits and career development.

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Kiwis’ confidence climbs

New Zealand businesses are feeling more confident than they were six months ago and their positive sentiment outshines that of their counterparts in many other corners of the globe, according to the latest Regus Business Confidence Index (BCI).

The NZ index has climbed 17 points (from 103 to 120) since April 2012, with 66 percent of Kiwis saying they’re happy with current government strategies supporting local business.

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Pulse Utilities tops Deloitte Fast 50

A 2637 percent growth in its revenue has hoisted Pulse Utilities NZ to the number one ranking on this year’s Deloitte Fast 50.

The annual Deloitte Fast 50 index, announced at simultaneous events in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, ranks businesses according to their revenue growth over the past three years. It sets the benchmark for high growth businesses in New Zealand.

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Risky business

Many NZ companies are paying lip service to risk management strategies rather than making them a core management function.

So says Murray Chandler, partner for accounting and advisory firm Grant Thornton, who bases his findings on the latest Grant Thornton

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Technology transforms CIO role

Cloud computing, mobility and the consumerisation of IT are profoundly changing the role of CIOs, according to the latest Hudson ICT Leaders Series report – Cloud, BYOD & Teleworking: Mastering the skills mix for today’s IT function.

Roman Rogers, executive GM for Hudson NZ, says user-driven technologies such as flexible working, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and social media, combined with technology developments and increasing business demands are driving transformational change. 

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Watch your tongue

Inappropriate language tops the list of unwanted ‘workplace issues’ in new Leadership Management Australasia (LMA) research.

When asked, leaders, managers and employees all picked problems with how people spoke with, and to, each other as their number one gripe. 

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Brands still under attack

Fonterra research has revealed more than 100 different labels in China illegally sporting the NZ dairy company’s colours, brand or logo, Fonterra CEO Theo Spierings told delegates at the recent China Business Summit in Auckland.

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China reaches tipping point

NZ business leaders can expect to see significant changes in China in the next few months that will rework the landscape for how they can do business and the opportunities open to them.

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Good at responsible governance

Air New Zealand, ASB Bank and Vodafone are proving their prowess in good governance, once again being selected as finalists for this year’s Responsible Governance Award. 

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Longer hours, more stress

Almost a third of employees surveyed for a recent Hudson NZ report say they are working more than 51 hours per week. More than a quarter (26.2 percent) of them say they are working longer hours than they were a year ago.

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As I see it: Stepping up

Guy Spence was a regional finalist for this year’s NZIM/Eagle Technology Wellington Central Young Executive of the Year. He’s the manager at Opus International Consultants’ Gisborne office.

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Check the cheque

Eighty-three per cent of small and medium sized enterprise (SME) decision makers in Australia experienced cash flow issues in the past year, according to a recent Bibby Barometer Small Business Survey. The most common reason was customers making excuses for slow payments.

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Contents

COVER STORY The Sharing CEO How to lift your firm’s productivity Why is it so hard to improve the productivity of our nation’s workplaces? Ruth Le Pla untangles the practicalities

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Cover story: The sharing CEO

How to lift your firm’s productivity – Why is it so hard to improve the productivity of our nation’s workplaces? Ruth Le Pla untangles the practicalities of getting more from less.

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Economics: Stuck on job stats

Disputes about labour market statistics were triggered when the Government – defending its policies after swathe of cut-backs in the mining, aluminium and other sectors last month – preferred to

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Editorial: Plain talk & simple actions

Last month we launched the first of our Editor’s Breakfasts. Run hand-in-hand with the New Zealand Institute of Management, they’re designed to create small-group series of conversations with business leaders.

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Execs on the move

Kea New Zealand has announced its new board. Incoming chairman Phil Veal (pictured) is also co-chair of Kea North America, and partner at middle-market advisory firm Growfire, based in New

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Inbox: Bank on it

ANZ has been ranked the most sustainable bank globally in the 2012 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fifth time in six years. The report cited the bank’s “sustainable

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Inbox: Matching values

The call has gone out for employers to be smarter and provide senior staff with innovative ways to develop their careers. “Employers need to ensure their managers are better equipped

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Inbox: Note to self

Leadership coach Jasbindar Singh challenges managers to identify the one thing that would make real difference to them. In recent blog she says talented executives often know the answer to

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Inbox: Smart Moves

Melbourne Business School (MBS) is one of just three of the world’s top 50 business schools to have achieved 40 percent female participation in its new full-time MBA programme, which

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Inbox: Tough cartel penalties ahead

Businesses would be well advised to review their arrangements with third parties in the same industry following the recent introduction of new legislation criminalising price fixing between competitors. The Commerce

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Inbox: West Coast & world class

For Rod Quin, recognising and celebrating the talent in his organisation is one of the most rewarding parts of his role as CEO. Senior management at Westland Co-operative Dairy Company

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Kelly finds confident Kiwis

A new report by Kelly Services shows Kiwis are still confident about demand for their own skills. This is despite low employment confidence levels and the sluggish pace of the economy.

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Leadership: When trust is a must

Of all leadership enablers, none is more important than trust. Unfortunately, trust is seemingly diminishing global and local commodity. Global surveys now consistently suggest that trust in our institutions and

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Money and jobs stress Kiwis

Work-related stress is on the rise. More than one third (39 percent) of Kiwi respondents to a recent Regus workplace survey say their stress levels have risen in the past year.

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Project management award winners

The Project Management Institute of New Zealand has announced the winners of the 2012 PMINZ Project Management Awards. Now in their fourth year, the awards aim to raise the profile of the project management profession through recognising outstanding projects.

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Thought Leader: Voting for change

The world financial crisis is challenging conventional thinking. So what could, and should, organisations change to reflect today’s realities? Take executive pay, for example. In many countries, significant proportion of

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Counting the cost of cybercrime

Norton by Symantec’s latest annual Norton Cybercrime Report puts the direct costs associated with global consumer cybercrime at US$110 billion over the past 12 months. 

Here in New Zealand, more than 900,000 people fell victim to cybercrime in the past year, suffering NZ$462.9 million in direct financial losses.

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Deloitte issues bribery and corruption warning

Barry JordanNZ business leaders need to place the possibility of exposure to bribery and corruption higher on their risk agenda, according to Deloitte forensic partner Barry Jordan. 

Deloitte has just launched its inaugural survey of bribery and corruption in Australia and New Zealand. The survey shows that exposure to bribery and corruption is on the rise and that many organisations either do not recognise the risks or are not addressing them. 

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Digital media to drive growth

Global media and entertainment CEOs see digital media as a significant driver of future growth, according to a new report by Ernst & Young.

The study report, Opportunity and optimism: How CEOs are embracing digital growth, shows this bunch of CEOs is optimistic about the digital future.

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Kiwis switch jobs

A recent SEEK New Zealand survey shows Kiwis like to change their jobs regularly with 51 percent of people starting their most recent role less than two years ago. Almost half of those surveyed (43 percent) are planning to jump ship to a new job within the next 12 months.

Seek NZ general manager Janet Faulding says that with only 16 percent of people intending to stay in their current role for the next five years, it appears length of service at a company could be a thing of the past.

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Recipes for building business value

Business publisher Mediaweb has launched just Good Business – a quarterly publication designed to make it easier for local organisations to shift their focus beyond short-term survival to long-term sustainable success. How to start? What are the benefits? Who is leading the way?

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Board Books: Four Pillars rebuilt

The Institute of Directors’ relaunch, restoration, facelift – call it what you will – of its Four Pillars of Governance Best Practice text is welcome. It is, in its significantly

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Inbox: A Voyce for youth

When Lauren Voyce joined the senior leadership team at McDonald’s NZ she was just 26 years old. Her role as youthful head of HR and talent chimes well with predominantly

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Management in 10 words

• By Terry Leahy • Random House • RRP $37.99 It’s difficult not to feel cynical about business books that offer magic numbers. I admit, therefore, to feeling ambivalent about

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Matters Arising: Recruiting at the top

There are many misconceptions about senior executive interviews and what the post global financial crisis world means for top-level recruitment. Stylistically, interviews range from the informal chat to structured behavioural

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NZIM: Ones to watch

A six-strong field of talented young executives has emerged as the finalists in this year’s Northern region New Zealand Institute of Management (NZIM) / Eagle Technology Young Executive of the Year.

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The Director: On Board

Fonterra director John Wilson will replace Sir Henry van der Heyden as the company’s chairman when Sir Henry steps down in December. Wilson has been on the board since 2003

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There Is An I In Team

• By Mark de Rond • Harvard Business Review Press • RRP $49.99 For those people who, like me, feel numbed by the hackneyed and simplistic catch-cry that we must

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EEO Work & Life Awards

Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) has scooped the Supreme Award at this year’s ANZ New Zealand & EEO Trust Work & Life Awards.

It won both the top prize and the Tomorrow’s Workforce Award for its Health Science Academies which offer bright Pacific Island and Maori secondary school students a head start for a career in the health sector.

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What workers want

Seventy percent of workers still expect more money out of a promotion despite pay and hiring freezes, according to new research from talent assessment solutions firm, SHL.

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What’s in a name?

Air New Zealand has returned to top the Hay Group/NZ Management magazine list of Most Reputable Organisations (MRO). The findings are based on research among C-suite executives and board directors.

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Board Books: Four Pillars rebuilt

The Institute of Directors’ relaunch, restoration, facelift – call it what you will – of its Four Pillars of Governance Best Practice text is welcome. It is, in its significantly

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