The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Leadership

Over the last few weeks we have witnessed some wonderful examples of strong and considered leadership and conversely some very poor ones as well. The Black Caps’ captain Brendon McCallum exemplified all the qualities of great leadership. By leading from the front, taking bold...
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Gen Z, Gen What?- Negotiating Generational Differences in the Workplace

If you have something important to tell someone -do you call them on the phone or are you happy to flick them a text? Do you firmly believe that there should be a direct link between time spent in a role and seniority or the level of responsibility? Are you so reliant on your...
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Perception versus Reality

You are either sick of hearing about it or you have had enough arguing about what colour is the dress? Not since Monica Lewinsky’s infamous blue dress has a dress had this much publicity! At least we could see it was indeed blue!! It is quite a strange state of affairs to have a...
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Fifty Shades of Grey – In the Office

This blog is for those who think that Christian Grey and Anatasia Steele are the only ones who get hot and heavy in the office – don’t be fooled – it can happen in real life too. It’s amazing how many couples have been caught in the “act” in the workplace. To name a few I...
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Get a Life!!

It was interesting to see that Worklife Balance has just tipped Salary as the number 1 factor that New Zealand professionals look for in a job. I saw this in a Stuff article about the findings of a 2014 Hudson survey. For those of us in the ‘keeping people motivated area’ this is...
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LOSING THE ART OF CONVERSATION IN THE WORKPLACE.

I read with horror an article from Thomson Brookers that quoted the Chief Technology Officer of MYOB predicting that in 25 years the work colleague you chat to at the water cooler (if those things exist and human beings haven’t been fitted with automatic hydration devices) might...
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Leadership Charisma…RIP?

You will note that we were relatively quiet on the Sutton saga last year. We were asked to make comment on this by the NZ Herald at the time but politely declined. We have learned from vast experience in the murky world of employment relations that there are always two sides to...
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Yea…Nah…It is not what we are drinking its how we are drinking!!?

The Nelson Mail reported on Tuesday this week that New Zealanders are in the second highest tier of pure alcohol consumers in the world consuming 10.9 litres per capita. It is therefore no surprise that employers are increasingly facing alcohol abuse issues in the workplace. At...
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ARE WE COLLABORATING OR JUST COOPERATING IN OUR WORKPLACES?

What is it that makes Teamwork effective? There are many words that start with ‘c’ that are often used to define teamwork; ‘collaboration’, ‘communication’, ‘coordination’ and ‘cooperation’; but are they able to be used interchangeably? I don’t think so. They have different...
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EMPLOYERS BEWARE- CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS AND NEW LAWS.

The new Land Transport Amendment Act (2) 2014 reduces drink driving limits by almost half for adult drivers aged over 20, from current levels of 400 micrograms (mcg) of alcohol per litre of breath to 250mcg. This means there are new levels of responsibility to employers when...
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