How To Read More, More Quickly
Jan08

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...

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Sony’s Super Smart Xperia P
Jan08

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,...

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Dealing With Difficult Task Masters
Jan08

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...

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Developing Products To Deliver Value
Jan08

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...

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We Need To Be Hiring, Not Firing
Jan08

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...

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Essential Management Skills
Jan08

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,...

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