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Advertising for board members – 5 common failings

Appoint has helped 140 organisations promote their governance roles over the last year. Some received many high quality applications. Others didn’t. While we acknowledge that an organisation’s brand and the level of remuneration on offer can influence applicants, mitigating the … Continue reading

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My new venture…

It had been gnawing away at me for a couple of years.  There had to be a better way of connecting boards with individuals wanting to share their governance experience. New Zealand needs stronger privately owned businesses and not for … Continue reading

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Four more years

New All Black’s coach, Steve Hansen, has one overarching goal: to retain the RWC.  And he knows that winning will come down to preparation and planning. If you’re looking to map out similar success for your business in 2015 and … Continue reading

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Demotivate your employees (or how not to)

Leading  people is one of the toughest parts of running a business.  Especially when change is afoot. How do you keep employees motivated? Or, more importantly, how do you keep your best employees motivated? Check out this 3 minute video … Continue reading

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(N)ice Ideas: video hi-lights

Six hundred attendees. Thirty speakers. Six minute slots. Their task: to share one big idea, challenge or lesson to significantly grow 3000 NZ companies. Here’s my Top 5 videos from the  Ice Ideas Conference held recently in Auckland: 1. Class … Continue reading

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Sell products, not services

If you want a scalable or sellable business then consider standardising your services in to products. I love services: creating them, pricing them, selling and delivering them.  But they have their challenges: the perils of time based billing, continual client … Continue reading

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Inspiration: straight from the Kiwi’s mouth

Seven world class NZers shared their passions and insights with me earlier today.  Here’s a snapshot of what inspired me and what could help you & your business… Michael Boustridge – President of BT Global Services, USA Businesses need to … Continue reading

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