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Getting Your Business up and Running

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Getting Your Business up and Running

Jane Cowan-Harris Head of WorkSpace IQ www.workspaceiq.co.nz Good health equals good business and my focus in recent articles has been on the key aspects that form the baseline for creating a healthy workplace. These aspects are the built premises themselves, which form the environment people work in, the type of furniture which best works for them in relation to the work they do, along with the way they (and you) are sitting at your desk. Another crucial aspect of workplace wellness of course, is personal wellness. On the surface, you may...

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What’s Your Company’s Story?

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What’s Your Company’s Story?

Michele Hider Director of Priority Communications www.prioritycomms.co.nz Picture this. You’re at a networking function, when someone introduces you to your dream client. The client flashes you a big smile, pats the enormous wallet in their back pocket, and says “so tell me about your company?” Do you: a) shake their hand and say I’ve got someone who’d love to talk to you and hurry to find your more articulate sales manager, b) stammer, fidget and blurt out a bunch of buzzwords that would fit your competitors better or, c) reach to the...

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The Age of Leadership

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The Age of Leadership

Debra Buckley CEO of the New Zealand Institute of Management and Leadership. www.nzimleadership.co.nz The recent debate about the retirement age in New Zealand is certainly something to think about, including within a leadership context. For instance, does it follow that if ‘50 was the new 40’… it will now be replaced with ‘50 being the new 60′? Initially I thought that extending tenure in a leadership role by a further two years could feel like a long haul, especially if you acquired this responsibility at age 25, as is often the...

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Being Better Than Good

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Being Better Than Good

Daniel Nixon Managing Director of Foundation One www.foundationone.co.nz Here’s a deceptively simple question: How does your company provide value? If you answered with some version of “by doing x and doing it well,” let me suggest you’re missing a key point. Doing your core business well is vital – but clients are unlikely to see that as adding value. For them, that’s simply what’s expected of you. For example, our company maintains commercial buildings. If you watched our team, you’d see them checking, maintaining and fixing the things that...

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Handling P-Contaminated Property

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Handling P-Contaminated Property

John Shingleton Director of Onlinelawyers www.onlinelawyer.nz As a lawyer, I am amazed at the number of contracts for purchase of rental or ex rental properties that are not subject to a meth test contractual condition. Yet, we are seeing more and more incidents of house purchases going bad due to historical P contamination. Just recently, the NZ Herald further reported that an analysis of waste water in Auckland confirmed P was the number one choice of drug in Auckland. Let’s not kid ourselves in thinking Christchurch is not the same. For a...

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Safe as Houses

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Safe as Houses

Martz Witty Head of the Martz Group. www.martz.co.nz A number of our clients have rental properties and many use these as a way of saving for retirement. Traditionally bricks and mortar types of investments have been seen as a low risk investment, but are they safe? Earthquakes aside, we have recently been made aware that there are even more insurance issues to be aware of that may affect investment property owners. Some insurance companies are now reviewing whether the landlord has taken sufficient steps to protect their investment when...

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Differentiating Your Business

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Differentiating Your Business

Kevin Vincent Managing director of  Vincent Consulting   www.vincentconsulting.co.nz Competing on price is problematic for most businesses. In many cases the end result is not sustainable. All businesses must find or create a way to differentiate their business in order to demonstrate that their product and service capabilities are unique or better than competitors. This is a critical part of the business strategy and the best way to be able to obtain a premium price. We all want to be seen as special by clients and this in itself is not a...

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Investing in The Community

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Investing in The Community

Rt Hon Bill English Prime Minister I have spent a bit of time in Christchurch since the beginning of the year – most recently to open the new Haeata Community Campus, alongside Education Minister Hekia Parata. This was a major milestone for Christchurch, and for Christchurch’s eastern suburbs which were some of the worst affected by the earthquakes. Change hasn’t been easy. I remember the outcry when the Government decided to merge four schools into one on the old Aranui High School site. It was not a popular decision. So it was a pleasure to...

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An Outcome Worth Investing In

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An Outcome Worth Investing In

Rt Hon Bill English Prime Minister Last year, New Zealand was ranked the fourth-safest country in the world. We want to make it number one. That’s why I recently announced a new $503 million Safer Communities package to reduce crime and prevent reoffending. Over the next four years the package will fund an additional 1125 police staff, including 880 sworn police officers. This means there will be almost 10 percent more officers by 2021. The extra investment will make police more visible and more responsive. Equally importantly, it will enable...

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How to Not Sweat the Small Stuff

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How to Not Sweat the Small Stuff

Robyn Pearce Time management expert www.gettingagrip.com Some people know it naturally, some never get it, and the rest of us have the best teachers in the world – small children! I spent the first week of our recent school holidays around a lot of small children and their parents, with a brilliant opportunity to observe in a real world ‘laboratory’. Although I raised six children myself, once they’re off your hands you do tend to forget the day-to-day mini-melodramas: the life-shattering distress when a favourite toy can’t be found, the...

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