Viewpoints

.

 

 

 

An Outcome Worth Investing In

Posted by on 4:15 pm in Viewpoints | 0 comments

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...

read more

How to Not Sweat the Small Stuff

Posted by on 5:20 pm in Viewpoints | 0 comments

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...

read more

Channelling Your Inner Teenager

Posted by on 5:18 pm in Viewpoints | 0 comments

Channelling Your Inner Teenager

Michele Hider Director of Priority Communications www.prioritycomms.co.nz By the time they are 20, any social media-aware teenager will have practiced one of the most important aspects of public relations thousands of times. Every time they post on Snapchat, Instagram, or Facebook, they are thinking about their audience. Who’s going to like this post; will they like, love it, share it; and sometimes, is it appropriate for Mum and Dad to see? Perhaps I should unfriend Granny? If they take a wrong steer and think Granny is going to enjoy a...

read more

Is Your Workplace Wellness Up to Par?

Posted by on 5:15 pm in Viewpoints | 0 comments

Is Your Workplace Wellness Up to Par?

Jane Cowan-Harris Head of WorkSpace IQ www.workspaceiq.co.nz Reflecting back on the past 12 months, it’s been great to see workplace wellness continuing to gain a higher profile in our business communities. As well as this growth in awareness, I’ve also noticed a bit of a buzz starting to build around the term ‘ergonomics programmes’. Naturally this is a welcome topic of conversation for me, but it’s encouraging to hear that more organisations (maybe spurred on by the recent changes in Health & Safety legislation) are not only talking...

read more

Stress Management

Posted by on 5:12 pm in Viewpoints | 0 comments

Stress Management

Dr Mary Casey Founder and CEO of the Casey Centre www.caseycentre.com.au Stress is our brain and body’s way of responding to any kind of pressure such as challenging or even dangerous situations. Depending on the person’s perception, these situations are perceived as either good or bad, and therefore, even though the stress response is similar, it can be seen as either good stress or bad stress. When people feel stressed by something going on around them, their bodies react by releasing chemicals into the blood (“fight-or-flight” hormones...

read more

Time Up or Time Out?

Posted by on 5:09 pm in Viewpoints | 0 comments

Time Up or Time Out?

Debra Buckley CEO of the New Zealand Institute of Management and Leadership. www.nzimleadership.co.nz I have been reflecting upon a comment by John Key, at his departure, that “every good leader knows when their time is up”. He left on his own terms, was still our most popular PM and his party was polling well, yet he perceived his time was up. Towards the end of the year, I too, often feel like my time is up. There is very little left in the tank, all the good ideas and strategic decisions feel like they missed a beat in the execution and...

read more

The Risk of Bad Management

Posted by on 5:03 pm in Viewpoints | 0 comments

The Risk of Bad Management

John Shingleton Director of Onlinelawyers www.onlinelawyer.nz No doubt some of you spent part of your Christmas holiday, that is if you took one, reflecting on how you can manage your business differently, if not better in 2017. One decision you ought to consider is keeping a focus on employee health and wellbeing. Not only does the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 create a legal obligation to monitor and manage employee health but a happy workforce means less sickness, higher productivity and better retention. A key component of a...

read more

Proactive or Reactive Tax

Posted by on 5:02 pm in Viewpoints | 0 comments

Proactive or Reactive Tax

Martz Witty Head of the Martz Group. www.martz.co.nz For many March 31 spells a new tax year and so many talk about paying more tax than they think they should, as they prepare their records anywhere from April through December. Then they toddle off to their accountant and find it’s far too late to make changes to the tax year past. It doesn’t have to be that way. February and March are perfect months to sit down with your advisor and talk through (proactively) planning issues that can be retrospectively applied to the tax year about to...

read more

Making Time

Posted by on 4:59 pm in Viewpoints | 0 comments

Making Time

Kevin Vincent Managing director of  Vincent Consulting   www.vincentconsulting.co.nz Time management for your business can be described metaphorically as the good oil of your business. Oil is the essential life blood that runs through the arteries of cars and mechanical operations and without which, these machines would undoubtedly soon come to a grinding halt and fail. Applied time management is the “good oil” that prevents the squeaking, creaking and tweaking that frequently arises during our often chaotic day to day existence. By applying...

read more

When Facebook Turns Feral

Posted by on 6:07 pm in Viewpoints | 0 comments

When Facebook Turns Feral

Michele Hider Director of Priority Communications www.prioritycomms.co.nz Social media is a great tool for encouraging two-way communication between businesses and the people they care about. But what do you do if it turns feral? Your company’s Facebook page has been running smoothly for years – you’ve been posting great content and have plenty of followers – until a sudden stream of unpleasant posts are made by an anonymous troll. This cowardly individual’s intention is to sour the conversation on your page and damage the reputation of your...

read more