Getting Your Business up and Running
Apr08

Getting Your Business up and Running

Jane Cowan-Harris Head of WorkSpace IQ www.workspaceiq.co.nz Good health equals good business and my focus in recent articles has been on the key aspects that form the baseline for creating a healthy workplace. These aspects are the built premises themselves, which form the environment people work in, the type of furniture which best works for them in relation to the work they do, along with the way they (and you) are sitting at your...

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What’s Your Company’s Story?
Apr08

What’s Your Company’s Story?

Michele Hider Director of Priority Communications www.prioritycomms.co.nz Picture this. You’re at a networking function, when someone introduces you to your dream client. The client flashes you a big smile, pats the enormous wallet in their back pocket, and says “so tell me about your company?” Do you: a) shake their hand and say I’ve got someone who’d love to talk to you and hurry to find your more articulate sales manager, b)...

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The Age of Leadership
Apr08

The Age of Leadership

Debra Buckley CEO of the New Zealand Institute of Management and Leadership. www.nzimleadership.co.nz The recent debate about the retirement age in New Zealand is certainly something to think about, including within a leadership context. For instance, does it follow that if ‘50 was the new 40’… it will now be replaced with ‘50 being the new 60′? Initially I thought that extending tenure in a leadership role by a further...

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Being Better Than Good
Apr08

Being Better Than Good

Daniel Nixon Managing Director of Foundation One www.foundationone.co.nz Here’s a deceptively simple question: How does your company provide value? If you answered with some version of “by doing x and doing it well,” let me suggest you’re missing a key point. Doing your core business well is vital – but clients are unlikely to see that as adding value. For them, that’s simply what’s expected of you. For example, our company maintains...

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Handling P-Contaminated Property
Apr08

Handling P-Contaminated Property

John Shingleton Director of Onlinelawyers www.onlinelawyer.nz As a lawyer, I am amazed at the number of contracts for purchase of rental or ex rental properties that are not subject to a meth test contractual condition. Yet, we are seeing more and more incidents of house purchases going bad due to historical P contamination. Just recently, the NZ Herald further reported that an analysis of waste water in Auckland confirmed P was the...

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Safe as Houses
Apr08

Safe as Houses

Martz Witty Head of the Martz Group. www.martz.co.nz A number of our clients have rental properties and many use these as a way of saving for retirement. Traditionally bricks and mortar types of investments have been seen as a low risk investment, but are they safe? Earthquakes aside, we have recently been made aware that there are even more insurance issues to be aware of that may affect investment property owners. Some insurance...

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