Category Archives: Privately Owned Businesses

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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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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Changing Gears – Must read

This book is so important for NZ owner managers, I’m giving away multiple copies! (See end of article for details). One of the benefits of spending a week in Taupo Bay was having the time to devote to my “must … Continue reading

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Bringing wisdom to your business

As business owners return from a deserved break many will have reflected on a tough 24 months. Challenged and tired they’ve found themselves sucked back in to day-to-day operations.  Well-intentioned plans to transition out of the business remain unfulfilled. “Where’s … Continue reading

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Finance on Full Beam

“It’s like you’re speeding down a country road at midnight with only your park lights on”, I recently commented to a new client.  Scary thought. The problem was their internal accounting team, who were ill equipped for the requirements of … Continue reading

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Business owners tell me what they really really want

Attention all business owners! Remove your executive and director hats. Don your shareholder hat. Close your eyes and fast forward to 2015. Think. Ponder. As a business owner, what have you achieved? You may be surprised how similar responses tend … Continue reading

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