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7 Great Examples of Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

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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...

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New Zealand Is Becoming More Competitive

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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...

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Too Many Companies Flouting Consumer Laws

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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...

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How to Get the Best out of Your Business Travel

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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...

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Fighting the Fear of Change

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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...

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Paying It Forward

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Paying It Forward

    No doubt you’ve heard the words ‘social enterprise’ thrown around quite a lot lately. Perhaps it’s due to the recent Social Enterprise World Forum in Christchurch which has stirred up the conversation, or perhaps it’s due to our Kiwi ingenuity creating social enterprises all over the place, or maybe it’s a mixture of the two. Whichever way you have stumbled upon the term, it’s clear to see that social enterprises are on the rise, in order to understand the appeal behind starting a social enterprise it’s important we clear up...

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Balancing Acts – How to Run a Business and Manage a Family

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Balancing Acts – How to Run a Business and Manage a Family

    Juggling running a business and a family can put parents under a lot of pressure, especially during the school holidays, but there are ways to make life easier. While the kids enjoy a well-deserved break, many parents find it difficult to timetable children into busy work schedules – and this is particularly true for parents who operate their own small to medium sized businesses. MYOB general manager and mother of two, Carolyn Luey, says being a parent who works full time motivates you to be better organised at the office and at...

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Mastering Motivation – How to Motivate Yourself and Those Around You

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Mastering Motivation – How to Motivate Yourself and Those Around You

    The year starts with a hiss and a bang; you are chock full of motivation, goals and plans. By the time winter arrives, your motivation is beginning to ebb and by spring you’re wondering how you found the energy and time to even make such plans.  Luckily we’re here with some tips to get bother and your team motivated, and some top talk from the top. How to get motivated  Firstly, and arguably most importantly, choose to be happy. Nobody but yourself has control over how you feel and, as a bonus, happy people are easily motivated....

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Up in Smoke – Clearing the Air About Marijuana’s Medical Benefits

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Up in Smoke – Clearing the Air About Marijuana’s Medical Benefits

    For years studies have purported to show that marijuana use has a wide range of ill health effects, but recent research has shown positive results in the field of medicinal use. How can that be? Marijuana, also known as cannabis, comes from the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plant. The plant contains the mind-altering chemical THC that acts on specific brain cell receptors that ordinarily react to natural THC-like chemicals. These natural chemicals play a large role in brain development and function. Marijuana is a...

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Strangle Your Stress

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Strangle Your Stress

    Leave your work at the door says executive business and lifestyle coach Lesley Colcord. As hard as that may seem when your head is overcome with the tsunami that is your workload, the best way to hit the wave front on and ride it out is with a clear and relaxed mind. Business people and entrepreneurs alike can get so caught up in their work life that it begins to dominate them. What people tend to forget is we work to support our chosen lifestyles. Personal life and happiness should always be top priority, Lesley says. It’s the...

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