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The Seven Dwarfs Better Business Guide

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The Seven Dwarfs Better Business Guide

By Melinda Collins Once upon a time, in a land far away, resided an enchanting little business called Snow White and Co. which based its operations from an industrial site in the heart of the woods. Constantly taunted by the wicked economy, company director Snow White was assisted by seven trusty managers who looked after their own divisions within the business to help them surpass the economy’s nasty spells. Doc Doc was in charge of the business health and maintains being able to ask for help when times get tough is invaluable for SMEs, a...

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Cutting Your Losses

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By Kate Pierson We have all heard and offered others the advice ‘just cut your losses.’ But like most social idioms of this nature, it’s always easier said than done. Although persistence is an admirable trait, our quintessential Kiwi determination to never give up can also blind our better judgement. In many cases, our commitment to holding, when folding is the logical answer, can be detrimental not only to our dignity but the livelihood of our businesses The notion of ‘fast failure’ is a conceptual sibling to the ‘cut your losses’ analogy....

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Surviving Redundancies

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Those who dodged the bullet and retained their jobs when others were made redundant are considered the lucky ones. But the reality is, those left behind are most likely feeling angry, fearful, defensive, resentful and lacking in morale. How does the team survive after redundancy? These survivors are a much-maligned group — at the end of the day they are still employed while others aren’t. But instead of just expecting “survivors” to get on with things as normal, companies need to realise that many of these people feel they came harrowingly...

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The Horizon Of Opportunity

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By Melinda Collins Just as day follows night, recovery follows recession and businesses are eyeing up bold steps to position themselves for the upturn. And while it’s one thing to pull out of a recession, driving long term productivity is reliant on exporting according to Export New Zealand chief executive Phil O’Reilly. “Exporting is the most important thing for New Zealand firms to aspire to. “It comes down to the difference between an almost unlimited global market of billions and a small domestic market of four...

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Angel Investors

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Angel Investors

The business of giving By Kate Pierson The exchange of knowledge is an age old practise. As the vehicle for personal, social and economic growth, knowledge is not material or tangible in form; it cannot be touched by hand or seen by eye, but evidence of its valuable existence can be identified through societal and global evolution. Growth in capability and intellectual capacity attached to the acquisition of knowledge is everywhere we look. It can be monitored in the social and intellectual maturation of a child at school, the professional...

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The Art Of Delegation.

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The Art Of Delegation.

Running a business isn’t a job, it’s 12 jobs By Melinda Collins It is a critical factor for anyone wanting to be an effective leader. But for those of us who heard that well known phrase ‘if you want something done properly, do it yourself,’  and took it to heart, a lack of delegation skills can be a real show stopper. This is because running a business isn’t a job, it’s 12 jobs, so effective delegation is worth mastering. The typical small business owner who doesn’t delegate is their own manager,...

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The Bottom Line.

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A minimum wage increase is multi-million dollar equation   By Kate Pierson Although we may not openly articulate the fact, many of us believe we are of more value to our employers than they give us credit for – financially speaking. Perhaps we’re right, or perhaps our professional egos are slightly inflated. Nevertheless, wage bargaining, salary reviews, pay rises and unfortunately pay cuts are all part and parcel of being employed. But beyond the usual challenges involved with work and pay, adding fuel to the employment fire at...

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A World Of Choice

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A World Of Choice

Offshore markets where you can make money. By Sandy Galland It would be true, that for the majority of companies, to grow they need to sell more. The New Zealand market place is small and to achieve bottom line acceleration, the obvious place to look is offshore. There are tremendous growth opportunities in many regions of the world and as our government and the various trade arms and agencies work to open up easier access with  increasing numbers of international neighbours, both near and far, the export opportunities for our home grown...

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Upskilling Staff

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Upskilling Staff

A fundamental strategy for personal and professional growth By Kate Pierson Throughout life, we each have access to our own specialist skills, from which we retrieve certain tactical tools when they are required. Every individual has a unique skill-set at their disposal and this toolbox is a fusion of intellectual and strategic instruments we have acquired from genetic, familial and social sources. As the challenges that come with our very existence are accompanied by new and more difficult tasks during the course of our personal evolution,...

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Finding The Right Formula

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Finding The Right Formula

By Kate Pierson Aside from the physical foundations which are required to build a school, an educational institution is also made up of fundamental values and principles. A holistic education is the product of these principles and values if they are honoured by teachers who support these philosophies. Academic Colleges Group (ACG) Strathallan preschool, school and college in South Auckland is no exception to this constitutional structure. But while the school integrates the key ingredients for a systematically sound and nurturing environment,...

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