Category Archives: Managing for business success

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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Family business

I’ve just spent 5 days travelling to and from a family wedding – last cab off the rank. (Last niece to get married, born the month I left South Africa, many moons ago.) Being with family reminded me about what … Continue reading

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You know you’re in the right camp when……..

….you’d rather be with this team on this boat – Emirates Team New Zealand – even if it is trailing the competition. It sounds clichéd, but New Zealand really is the winner in this 34th America’s Cup regatta. Two (now) … Continue reading

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