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Resilience and Grit

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Resilience and Grit

Jane Cowan-Harris Head of WorkSpace IQ www.workspaceiq.co.nz It’s fair to say that if you hear the word ‘resilience’ used in Christchurch these days, it’s quite likely to be shortly followed by a collective groan. Resilience helps cope with stress Resilience does actually help us cope with the challenges that living and working in a rebuilt city presents. Navigating the multitude of road works with increased driving times can lead to frustration, and there are also still people waiting for insurance claims on their properties to be settled...

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Five Tips to Make LinkedIn Work for You

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Five Tips to Make LinkedIn Work for You

Michele Hider Director of Priority Communications www.prioritycomms.co.nz Businesspeople are often great at making connections on LinkedIn. A quick click on connect or accept and you’ve added another name and face to your list. But what happens next? If you’re one of those people with 300+ connections but no idea how to make some mileage from LinkedIn, you’re certainly not alone. These five simple tips should help you move to another level and really get LinkedIn working for you and your business. 1. Have a detailed profile Make sure your...

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The Changing World of Work

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The Changing World of Work

Debra Buckley CEO of the New Zealand Institute of Management and Leadership. www.nzimleadership.co.nz There used to be one question I would consistently be asked, more than any other: How does a young leader gain leadership skills without an opportunity to lead? In the past few months this question has been superseded by another: What will work look like in the future and what direction should I take to ensure I have a job? The focus has shifted from ‘being the leader, boss or owner’ to more of a raw desire to retain any hold in the workplace...

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Sorting Shareholder Agreements

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Sorting Shareholder Agreements

John Shingleton Director of Onlinelawyers www.onlinelawyer.nz During the last six months I have had several longstanding clients ask for advice regarding their company shareholdings. They all seemed concerned with succession planning and what would happen if one of them died or was permanently disabled. After their insurance advisor and I reviewed their arrangements, we varied their existing shareholder agreements to include some buy-sell provisions and a process for new shareholders. A company is by far the best legal vehicle for joint...

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Competition

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Competition

Martz Witty Head of the Martz Group. www.martz.co.nz In business we all talk about dealing with the competition. Interestingly, by definition, competition implies competing at a similar level with a goal to attain supremacy. I immediately see a fundamental flaw in this train of thought in businesses today. You see, ultimately, we strive to be the only ones who do what we do the way we do it. By definition, if you are unique, then there is no competition. No one doing what you do, the way you do it. So with this dilemma in mind, clearly we...

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Prospecting for Sales

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Prospecting for Sales

Kevin Vincent Managing director of  Vincent Consulting   www.vincentconsulting.co.nz There are many ways to prospect for sales and the professional salesperson uses as many as possible. You never know where your next good prospect will come from, or which approach will appeal to a specific prospect, so the more methods you can use, the better results will be generated. Keep in mind that prospecting is a numbers game. The more you do, the easier it will be to reach the better, more qualified, high-potential prospects. Techniques I use include:...

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Creating a Safer Place

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Creating a Safer Place

Rt Hon Bill English Prime Minister New Zealand has been ranked the fourth safest country in the world. In my view, that’s not safe enough – we want to make it the safest country. That’s why earlier this year we announced a $503 million package which unashamedly targets offenders to get them off our streets by providing additional resources to resolve more crime and targeting criminal gangs and organised crime. The Safer Communities package will provide an extra 1,125 police staff across New Zealand, including 880 sworn police officers. This...

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Virtual Reality Doesn’t Compete with Reality

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Virtual Reality Doesn’t Compete with Reality

Stephen Knightly Managing director of InGame www.ingame.co.nz Virtual reality is here today. You can buy a headset from the electronics shop at your mall, plug it into a PC or games console and be transported to an impressive 3D world. You can move around freely, manipulate things and equipment, and lose yourself in beautiful environments with your friends – everything that sci-fi promised us. Even low-fi versions where you simply slip your smartphone into a casing or even cardboard box are surprisingly effective. Goldman Sachs estimates that...

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An Investment in Our Future

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An Investment in Our Future

Rt Hon Bill English Prime Minister Auckland is our biggest city and home to more than a third of the country’s population – including many students of all ages. The Government is committed to ensuring the city offers these students the best possible opportunity to learn, and that it has the capacity to accommodate more as the city grows. I recently visited Long Bay Primary School to announce a new two-storey classroom block, which will provide six new learning spaces to cater for projected roll growth. As a result of initiatives like...

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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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