Tools & Tactics

.

Market Shaping

Posted by on 10:49 pm in Tools & Tactics | 0 comments

Market Shaping

    Companies need to shape, not predict, the market. Instead of just gradually improving or creating new products and services, businesses now need to look at everything that impacts on what they make and how it is used – and shape that wider ecosystem.  Nearly always, this will involve collaborating with other firms and players – sometimes even with competitors. It’s called “market-shaping” or “market innovation”. New Zealand firms seem to have the fundamentals of what it takes to shape markets, but very few are doing it –...

read more

Seven Simple Rules for Finding Success in Australia

Posted by on 10:42 pm in Tools & Tactics | 0 comments

Seven Simple Rules for Finding Success in Australia

    What do you get when you blend the insights of a digital entrepreneur with the discipline of traditional marketing? You get a company called Aamplify, a darling of marketing across Australasia. By any measure, the meteoric rise of Aamplify over four years in New Zealand and Australian markets has been a success. Now employing 25 people in Auckland, Sydney, and Melbourne, Aamplify could be truly said to understand the psyche of the new economy more than most marketing companies. So how did Aamplify manage to capture the...

read more

Seven Keys to Start-Up Success

Posted by on 10:03 pm in Tools & Tactics | 0 comments

Seven Keys to Start-Up Success

    Owning your business is so exciting, you have the opportunity to make your own path, embrace your creative freedom and build something uniquely yours. Statistics say that up to 90 percent of businesses fail, but you can dramatically improve those odds by following the right steps and paying attention to the details that others overlook. Peace Mitchell, co-founder of The Women’s Business School, gives her top tips to get a business off to the best possible start. 1. Plan for success Businesses that have a business plan, that they...

read more

12 Daily Habits of Exceptional Leaders

Posted by on 9:58 pm in Tools & Tactics | 0 comments

12 Daily Habits of Exceptional Leaders

    Great leadership is indeed a difficult thing to pin down and understand. You know a great leader when you’re working for one, but even they can have a hard time explaining the specifics of what they do that makes their leadership so effective. Great leadership is dynamic; it melds a variety of unique skills into an integrated whole. Great leadership is also founded in good habits. What follows are the essential habits that exceptional leaders rely on every day. Give them a try and see where they take your leadership skills. 1....

read more

Five Ways to Improve Employee Morale

Posted by on 9:53 pm in Tools & Tactics | 0 comments

Five Ways to Improve Employee Morale

    Motivation cannot be imposed from outside, like a rule! It comes from inside and, as such, to raise motivation levels among employees, the workplace needs to offer something that connects to the personal needs of individuals. This simple reality is surprisingly poorly understood by many organisations, which often tackle the problem of poor engagement and motivation levels by looking in the wrong places. Low motivation levels have become more acute, with the latest studies on employee engagement indicating that millennial...

read more

7 Great Examples of Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

Posted by on 9:38 pm in Tools & Tactics | 0 comments

7 Great Examples of Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

    I talk a lot about the need to make workplaces more ‘emotionally intelligent’. Of course, by that I mean having more emotionally intelligent people on your books.  But how do you assess where you stand right now? Should you be doing more? It helps to understand how emotional intelligence manifests itself in the workplace. How do you recognise EQ? Here are a few examples that you can start keeping an eye out for immediately in your office. 1. An upset employee finds a compassionate ear  Almost all employees will get upset, have...

read more

New Zealand Is Becoming More Competitive

Posted by on 8:59 pm in Tools & Tactics | 0 comments

A global survey shows New Zealand moving up the competitiveness rankings – from 24th to 13th – during the last decade. The Global Competitiveness Index is a ranking of economic competitiveness, based on economic data and surveys of large businesses in 137 countries. This year the Index shows New Zealand ranking highly for financial market development, lack of corruption, labour market efficiency, health and primary education, higher education and training, and goods market efficiency. But New Zealand’s competitiveness is reduced...

read more

Too Many Companies Flouting Consumer Laws

Posted by on 8:58 pm in Tools & Tactics | 0 comments

A marked rise in Fair Trading Act complaints shows consumer rights are being ignored by too many retailers, Consumer NZ says. The Commerce Commission’s annual Consumer Issues report shows a 24 percent rise in Fair Trading Act complaints since 2015. Complaints about potential breaches of the act jumped from 5,489 in 2014/15 to 6,798 this year. Pricing practices, and claims about goods and services were the most common issues raised in complaints. Online sales comprised 42 percent of all complaints. Consumer NZ chief executive, Sue Chetwin says...

read more

How to Get the Best out of Your Business Travel

Posted by on 8:57 pm in Tools & Tactics | 0 comments

How to Get the Best out of Your Business Travel

    We’ve all heard travel horror stories – missed flights, endless queues and frustrating helpdesk calls, all of which cost businesses time and money. Grant Avis, general manager of Gilpin Travel talks about the business benefits of engaging a corporate travel agency. Although booking online has become the norm, it’s not necessarily the best option for all types of business travel. “For example, booking long-haul direct on airline websites is not only risky, it’s false economy – any traveller knows all about helplines when...

read more

Fighting the Fear of Change

Posted by on 8:51 pm in Tools & Tactics | 0 comments

Fighting the Fear of Change

    Knowing how to make the best use of technology is key to business growth, according to three local experts who spoke at a recent New Zealand Business Intelligence (NZBI) seminar in Christchurch.  NZBI, which is dedicated to the growth and development of business in New Zealand, presented the seminar ‘Business @ Speed – how to leverage technology to grow your business’ at Mona Vale in September. Presenting on the big issues involving technology and business were Chris Tacon (Global Office), John Shingleton (Onlinelawyers) and...

read more