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Avoiding the Snowball Effect

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Avoiding the Snowball Effect

    Ideally, you have a business where the team is doing well – people are motivated, they work cohesively, punctuality and reliability is not a problem, and you have confidence they enjoy their jobs. All your staff respect the business and the management team, and are aligned with the company’s values. There are no performance improvement plans in place and you haven’t had to pull someone aside to discuss misconduct. However, reality is, at least one of these factors doesn’t apply to your business and you don’t really know where...

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The Daily Habits of Millionaires

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What if I told you that success wasn’t a stroke of luck, it was a habit? ‘Rich habits’ is a term coined by author Thomas Corley, who spent five years researching the daily habits of 177 self-made millionaires and penned his findings in his books Change Your Habits, Change Your Life and Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals. “There is a cause and effect associated with habits,” he writes. “Habits are the cause of wealth, poverty, happiness, sadness, stress, good relationships, bad relationships, good health, or bad...

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8 Ways to Boost Your Productivity

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8 Ways to Boost Your Productivity

    Here are some tips to help you make the most out of your time in the office or wherever you call ‘work’. 1. Allocated time Breaking up your day into time slots helps you define a purpose for each portion and therefore pushes you to complete the task at hand. 2. Take short breaks Break down work into blocks, usually by 25 minutes at a time, with each being separated by small breaks. The idea is to avoid a burnout from working for too long. 3. Comfort is key Some jobs have strict dress codes, but if you can find a way to adapt...

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Calling All Angels

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Calling All Angels

    New Zealand is brimming with fresh-faced entrepreneurs and interesting start ups, more people need to back them says WNT Ventures’ investment manager, Jon Sandbrook. The entrepreneurial society in New Zealand is thriving, and many entrepreneurs and start ups just need a little bit extra to see them succeed and that’s where you can help. There are a number of ways individuals can get involved in funding start-ups – from technology incubators, like WNT Ventures, to angel investing, as well as venture capital and private equity...

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Are You Prepared for a Market Crash?

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It’s been 10 years since the 2007/8 global financial crisis, something many consider the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Many people, businesses and countries are still trying to recover, or have barely just recovered. Then in March this year, Bill Gates said it was “a certainty” that we will face another GFC in the future. How protected is your livelihood, your personal and business assets, this time around? Before you start panicking and/or muttering under your breath ‘here we go again’, keep in mind that Gates believes...

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Lamborghini Terzo Millennio

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Lamborghini Terzo Millennio

    Lamborghini has unveiled a visionary hypercar concept, arguably unlike any other. The Terzo Millennio uses innovative selfhealing materials for its body, supercapacitors that power electric motors integrated into each wheel, and the ability to store energy in its carbon fiber body.     No easy task, which is why Lamborghini is partnering up with two laboratories of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The partnership, realised in the Terzo Millennio, is taking automobile technology away from conventional...

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Brain Food

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Brain Food

    Are your staff eating well? This thought has probably never crossed your mind and it might not worry you in the slightest what their daily intake is. But what if their daily intake was affecting their abilities at work? Affecting their productivity, their concentration, their motivation, their stress and anxiety levels, and the amount of sick days they take. Would that make you curious as to what their diet consists of? It should. Nutrition plays a vital role in health and well being and in particular brain function. UC clinical...

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Four Simple Steps Before Selling Up

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Four Simple Steps Before Selling Up

    Owners of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in New Zealand are being encouraged to act now to avoid an uncertain retirement, marred by poor planning. Three out of four business owners are pinning their hopes on selling up to pay for their retirement, but 30 percent acknowledge that their businesses wouldn’t survive without them and even more – 47 percent – don’t have a plan in place to exit their business. These findings were uncovered in new research released by Xero. It suggests the ‘she’ll be right’ attitude of Kiwis...

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Ten Tips for Perfect Punctuality

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Ten Tips for Perfect Punctuality

    Lose the snooze button ‘Begin as you mean to go on, and go on as you began’. Think of your alarm as the first appointment of the day – if you hit snooze for five minutes, you’re then five minutes late, which could set the tone of your entire day and make you five minutes late for the succession of following appointments. It’s hard to make that time up. Fill your tank the night before Ever found yourself annoyed at having to stop for gas without having remembered to factor it in? Evade the frustration by making a quick trip the...

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Breaking into Asia

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Breaking into Asia

    When it comes to exporting, the US need not necessarily be the first place on a company’s mind. “Everyone always thinks about getting into America, but when I looked at other regions, I realised that our closest neighbours in the Asia pacific would be perfect place to launch my brand,” Laura Furiosi says. “China has such a large population I only really needed to capture a small percentage to make a big impact to my yearly turnover. “Also, because I was already manufacturing my swimwear in China, it made logical sense to try and...

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