Category Archives: Managing for business success

Mismanagement?

An article entitled: “The two magic words that motivate staff the most” (link below) implores organisations to solve the staff disengagement  issue by saying ‘Thank You’ (and using recognition schemes). This is, in my experience, addressing the wrong issue and … Continue reading

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100% in 2016

During 2015, ‘not a hundy’ was the phrase used for the below-par condition of an All Black (i.e. a Steve Hansen-ism along with the phrase: ‘inconvenient fact’.) ‘Not a hundy’ invariably referred to a physical injury. (It is unlikely an … Continue reading

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Never mind leadership

Did you see the New Zealand Weekend Herald article: Never mind leadership, get on with your job? “Bosses should stop encouraging employees to become leaders – and teach them how to be followers instead” says Professor Birgit Schyns. I couldn’t … Continue reading

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Over-managed;under-led

Is New Zealand over-managed yet under-led? When debating the difference between leading and managing, most say: Leading has to do with people, big picture, purpose, strategy, vision, change, inspiration and Tomorrow Managing is reductionist in nature – controls and systems … Continue reading

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Block the noise (through “neuro-management”)

A recent workshop with managers in a time-critical work environment reminded me how distracting, even damaging, some employees can be. How are busy managers to deal with workplace “neurotics”? While I don’t mean this term literally, from what I hear, … Continue reading

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Time for KITA?

Remember this term? Now regarded as bad form for a manager, when you give yourself a Kick In The A#%$, it could well be a positive step on the road to success. Time management is all about good habit formation … Continue reading

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Olympic success – no accident

It will be no accident for those winning gold medals in Sochi. Specific attributes and actions are common to this elite group. E.g.: Desire Dedication Focus Smarts Guts Talent Competitive performance Experience Training Consistent application Innovation – pushing the boundaries … Continue reading

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