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The Advice Conundrum

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The Advice Conundrum

Craig Hudson Country manager at Xero New Zealand www.xero.com/nz When paying for a barista to make our coffee or a hairdresser to look after our locks, most of us don’t think twice, and though it’s highly unlikely we’d try fixing our own teeth when we get a cavity, Kiwis have got a DIY attitude when it comes to running small businesses. Research by Xero found that three out of four SME owners won’t pay an expert to manage their payroll, and one out of four won’t use an accountant or bookkeeper. This might save money in the short term, but...

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Is Generational Conflict Real?

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Is Generational Conflict Real?

Debra Buckley CEO of the New Zealand Institute of Management and Leadership. www.nzimleadership.co.nz We are all given a label, and whether you like it or not, you have one too: Baby Boomer, GenY, Millennial… and the chances are, that there are multiple generations all finding their way in your own family and work environments. But are we really that different? My own father was happy to have one career and one job — with just one organisation — and yet, his work ethic and values were just the same as many of us share today. He wanted to make...

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Got Your Blinkers On?

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Got Your Blinkers On?

Martz Witty Head of the Martz Group. www.martz.co.nz There’s an old adage that says assumption is the mother of all stuff ups (yes there are alternatives to this phrase), but the fundamental truth is sure. If you carry on blindly assuming everything is okay, one day you will get caught unawares. Having blinkers on in business (or in life in general) is totally unhelpful. Blindly forging ahead with disregard to circumstance is a recipe for disaster. I’m not suggesting for a moment that it’s not a good thing to have determination and grit – but...

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What Does Workplace Wellness Really Mean?

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What Does Workplace Wellness Really Mean?

Jane Cowan-Harris Head of WorkSpace IQ www.workspaceiq.co.nz As a seasoned occupational therapist and enthusiastic workplace wellness advocate, I was pleased to see an article recently in the business section of our local paper about office wellness plans. Always keen to read about wellness programmes in practice, I quickly did a double take as I scanned through the piece though, and realised it ran counter to my own viewpoint and professional experiences. Based on US research, it stated that for people who are not interested in physical...

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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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