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Working with the Board

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Working with the Board

Kevin Vincent Managing director of  Vincent Consulting   www.vincentconsulting.co.nz In earlier years I have both enjoyed, and endured, working with Boards of Directors. Boards including the CEO or executive manager should have very defined roles within the organisation. If these roles are not clarified and understood, complications and inevitably conflict will arise. I see responsibilities of Boards as being: Recruitment, management, mentoring and working collaboratively with the CEO. Providing direction through establishing the vision,...

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Is Bitcoin a Good Investment?

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Is Bitcoin a Good Investment?

Jeremy Sullivan Authorised Financial Adviser at Hamilton Hindin Greene www.hhg.co.nz A colleague of mine was recently on their way to the airport when he struck up a conversation with the driver regarding Bitcoin. Very pleased with his returns to date, the driver proclaimed the end of traditional currencies and the endless upside potential of Bitcoin, and cryptocurrencies in general. Bitcoin is a decentralised digital currency which was created to solve the problem of needing a central depository, such as a bank or credit company, to...

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Working on Your Business, Not Just in It

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Working on Your Business, Not Just in It

John Scott Bartercard CEO for Australia and New Zealand www.bartercard.co.nz It’s the age-old dilemma — when do you find time to work on your business and not just in it? Sometimes it’s easier said than done, and despite knowing that you should do it, many small business owners don’t truly understand what it means and what the benefits are. Starting up a business isn’t easy. While there are many inherent advantages to it, i.e. being your own boss and having the flexibility that goes with that, there are many factors that need to be taken into...

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How Technology Can Add Value to Your Business

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How Technology Can Add Value to Your Business

Craig Hudson Country manager at Xero New Zealand www.xero.com/nz With the first few weeks of 2018 behind us, it’s a great time to take stock of what worked and what didn’t in your business in 2017 and plan out your business financial goals for the year ahead. It’s important to think about goals not just for 2018 but for the next five years. Think about where you want to be then, and how you are going to get there. Getting your finances sorted could mean you identify an opportunity, such as growth or whether you want your business to be more...

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Making Open Plan-Offices Work for You

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Making Open Plan-Offices Work for You

Jane Cowan-Harris Head of WorkSpace IQ www.workspaceiq.co.nz Do you work in an open-plan office? Are you planning to? If so, you need to think carefully about how you design and use your space. A recent report written by Professor Ann Richardson from the University of Canterbury and published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, shows that open-plan offices are not working as well as they should. While they’re sold to us as a way to increase teamwork and communication, the research shows that actually, open-plan offices cause both physical and...

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Post-Holiday Blues

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Post-Holiday Blues

Debra Buckley CEO of the New Zealand Institute of Management and Leadership. www.nzimleadership.co.nz The post-holiday blues – is there such a thing? You may recognise that ‘jump into January’ phase, when we are excited to be back and share our holiday stories with our work family. Also ‘forge into February’ momentum, when we are furiously ticking things off our to-do list. Some of us will also experience ‘marching in March’ — as in marching out the door and leaving a current role for pastures greener. It would seem that time off work...

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The Day of Reckoning

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The Day of Reckoning

Martz Witty Head of the Martz Group. www.martz.co.nz For many businesses, the end of the financial year is looming. This year may be a little different as Easter falls right at the same time, which could be difficult for year-end stock take, especially if you are in a retail business. It is the time when the books are reconciled, the results are compared with previous years, the annual tax liability is calculated and the accountant tells you if you have had a good year or not. Depending on when you get your accounts completed, you may not get...

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Staying Happy Under Pressure

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Staying Happy Under Pressure

Michele Hider Director of Priority Communications www.prioritycomms.co.nz This last year I was the only person in our building of 20 offices that was working over Christmas and New Year. I had a mammoth project to finish and January 8 was D-day. Being a sun-loving, social creature, I found the prospect of two weeks alone in an empty building in the summer absolutely depressing. To make myself feel better, I took the Christmas lollies to work, treating myself to a jumbo licorice allsort whenever I was getting bored or stuck. That lasted two...

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How to Sell Quantified Value

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How to Sell Quantified Value

Kevin Vincent Managing director of  Vincent Consulting   www.vincentconsulting.co.nz Top salespeople use four unique steps to create value-selling opportunities and quantify benefits and solutions. While customers love quality, benefits, service, they need bottom-line dollars to justify recommendations, compare offerings, benefits, and to find reduced costs or increased productivity. Salespeople who refer to “quantified value” use the same language that customers understand and therefore succeed more often. Quantified benefits enhance...

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Small Businesses Set for Payroll Changes

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Small Businesses Set for Payroll Changes

Craig Hudson Country manager at Xero New Zealand www.xero.com/nz In just a few months, New Zealand businesses are going to experience some major changes to the way they look after paying their staff. Inland Revenue’s systems and processes are being modernised so that businesses can manage payroll in the digital age. Tax reporting and compliance will soon become much easier for businesses, but that doesn’t mean it’ll happen without payroll administrators subscribing to a new way of doing things. Whether you’re the one in charge of a business,...

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