Tools & Tactics

.

Where Tech is Taking Us – Three Tech Trends Emerging in 2018

Posted by on 8:07 pm in Tools & Tactics | 0 comments

Digital learning skills, smarter homes and medical drone deliveries will be major tech developments that will significantly impact lives of Kiwis, a leading New Zealand tech expert says. NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says while the tech talk is often about issues such as robots stealing jobs or virtual reality worlds, New Zealanders may sometimes overlook some of the advances that are happening already that will be important for Kiwis in coming days. Digital learning skills “Possibly the biggest tech trend is the growth in demand for...

read more

The Six Rules of Leadership

Posted by on 8:00 pm in Tools & Tactics | 0 comments

Leadership is a word we hear often, but we don’t really stop to think about what it is and why it is so important. The fact is that leadership is the single most sought after trait in the business world today. Leadership and learning are interlinked – you can’t have one without the other. Successful leadership is making the difference between extreme success and unnecessary failure. It underlies everything that we strive to accomplish, from motivating employees to excel beyond their self-imposed limits, to inspiring shareholders who seek...

read more

10 Traits All Good Leaders Have

Posted by on 7:57 pm in Tools & Tactics | 0 comments

There’s no easy answer for how to be a good leader. Different approaches work for different individuals, but if we look at some of the notable leaders of the past and present there is, unsurprisingly, distinct characteristics they all share. 1. Courage Aristotle spoke of courage as the first virtue. Many speak of it as the backbone of leadership. Leaders need to be decisive yet inclusive, innovative yet reasoned, selfless yet confident – all of which takes courage. 2. Curiosity Curiosity is not only a prelude to foresight, but also identifies...

read more

Employee Engagement Strategies

Posted by on 7:48 pm in Tools & Tactics | 0 comments

Employee Engagement Strategies

    Three quick tips to combat the winter slumber Paul Kelly of Paul Kelly Motor Company made national headlines when he announced he was taking staff on an all-expensses paid trip to Las Vegas. Get Creative in giving your employees a reason to enjoy themselves this winter and remember why, outside the paradigms of their role, they like working for you and your company, whilst simultaneously boosting morale and activity: 1. Get moving with a step challenge A body at rest stays at rest, or so they say. If they are right, lack of...

read more

Why Exporting Matters

Posted by on 7:33 pm in Tools & Tactics | 0 comments

Why Exporting Matters

    The global measure of a nation’s prosperity is gross domestic product per head of population, or GDP per capita – the total value of the goods and services a country produces, divided by the total population. It gives a good idea of how wealthy a country’s people are, on average. Successful exporting countries generally have high GDP per capita and a standard of living to match. Wages are high and people enjoy good health and education and can afford the luxuries of life – modern cars, nice houses, overseas holidays, leisure...

read more

Smart Money – Seven Crucial Money Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by on 7:14 pm in Tools & Tactics | 0 comments

Smart Money – Seven Crucial Money Mistakes to Avoid

    Every year, hundreds of start-up SMEs in New Zealand fail. There are a countless number of factors that contribute to a business venture’s demise, such as failure to understand the market, business plan problems, bad location, poor internet presence and marketing, and even expanding too fast. But perhaps the most lethal contributor to startup failure is an inability to manage business finances correctly. By avoiding these common financial management mistakes you can ensure your organisation doesn’t become another statistic. 1....

read more

7 Ways to Maximise Your Pc’s Performance

Posted by on 11:30 pm in Tools & Tactics | 0 comments

7 Ways to Maximise Your Pc’s Performance

    When you’re hard at work the last thing you need is for your PC to start playing up. Being hindered by your computer is something most people can relate to. A recent study by Crucial found that the average person’s patience with slow technology lasts 60 seconds before we start to get irritated. Among the top things that cause people most grief, are frozen (47 percent) and slow computers (40 percent). Senior product line manager for computer memory and storage company Crucial, Jonathan Weech says, “Anybody that works with a PC...

read more

Your Guide to Cyber Security

Posted by on 11:16 pm in Tools & Tactics | 0 comments

More than 856,000 (or one in five) Kiwis are affected by cybercrime each year, at an estimated cost to New Zealand of $257 million in 2016, according to Microsoft. Breaches in cyberspace are commonplace today and cyber security is becoming increasingly more prioritised by businesses as a result. New Zealand’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) exits to assist nationally significant organisations including government departments, key economic generators, niche exporters, research institutes and operators of critical infrastructure, with...

read more

The Power of Pr and Its Benefits to Your Business

Posted by on 11:09 pm in Tools & Tactics | 0 comments

The Power of Pr and Its Benefits to Your Business

    In business, as in your personal life, reputation is everything. To be a credible player in any industry your reputation plays the biggest part in your success. It ensures your business continues, is the glue between you and your existing clients and creates trust with potential customers. By definition PR is “building a mutually beneficial relationship with a company’s various publics,” with the power to reach large audiences. Telling your positive success stories and building a reputation affects what your audience perceives...

read more

Selling Yourself

Posted by on 10:16 pm in Tools & Tactics | 0 comments

Selling Yourself

    Marketing holds a lot of unknowns; in a family full of small business owners, I know the stress of uncertainty and the fear of wasted dollars. When it comes to marketing, and by marketing I’m talking everything from branding to advertising, it’s difficult to know what to spend – and it’s easy to go overboard. If tech companies are anything to go by, according to the Market Measures Survey, conducted by tech marketers Concentrate, it would suggest spending an average of 39 percent of your turnover on marketing, as is the...

read more