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12 tips to recruiting talent

In every workshop, I ask one question, “Who has made a recruiting decision they have lived to regret?” Every manager puts his or her hand up. The carnage caused is relived in their facial expressions. Why does this happen so often?

Recruitment should be the most important activity a manager ever does. It should be the […]

By |September 9th, 2017|Comments Off on 12 tips to recruiting talent

Embracing abandonment / subtraction

Embracing abandonment

Management guru Peter Drucker frequently used the word ‘abandonment’. I think it is one of the top ten gifts Drucker gave all of us. He said

“The first step in a growth policy is not to decide where and how to grow. It is to decide what to abandon. To grow, a business must have […]

By |September 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Embracing abandonment / subtraction

12 lessons from Jack Welch’s leadership

In writing The Leading-Edge Managers Guide to Success, I analysed some famous leaders, Including Jack Welch.

JACK WELCH, THE CEO who led GE (General Electric) from being worth $10 billion to $500 billion, had a long and distinguished career.  He passed away in 2019, aged   .We can learn a lot from his management and leadership practises.
Care […]

By |February 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Effective Recruiting

Understand That Time Spent Recruiting Is the Most Valuable Time

Far too often managers, when looking at their calendar, throw up their hands when they realize that they have another recruitment interview to do. It is the last thing they need at this point in time. Yet, recruitment should be seen as the most important thing […]

By |February 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Minimizing own personal baggage

(Extract from Winning leadership)
From the time we enter this world, we develop traits and habits that will be limiting factors in our management and leadership of people. We will always be running with a few cylinders misfiring unless we fully understand our behavior patterns and those around us. We inherit baggage from our ancestry, along […]

By |February 11th, 2016|0 Comments

David's Specialities

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
Key performance indicators (KPIs), while used commonly around the world, have never until now been clearly defined. Management personnel have identified measures as KPIs though these measures have never been KPIs. The lack of understanding of performance measures has led most monitoring and reporting of measures to fail. The casualty has often […]

By |June 24th, 2013|Comments Off on David's Specialities

Leadership Lessons from Down under (George Hickton)

Extract from “The Leading-edge Manager’s guide to Success”.
New Zealand is famous for its pristine environment, it’s prime minister (Jacinda Ardern), its rugby prowess, its yachting expertise and its warm welcome to visitors.
There is however more to the small nation that “bats above its weight” on many things on the world stage. New Zealand has produced […]

By |May 10th, 2012|0 Comments

Hostmanship a key leadership skill

I will never forget an interview I had with a CEO of Pilkington’s Auto motive Glass in New Zealand.  The interview was arranged as I had heard that their management practices were quite unique.  I arrived at the reception and then was greeted by the CEO. After a very interesting session, where he did not […]

By |October 10th, 2011|Comments Off on Hostmanship a key leadership skill

When TOMs (takeovers or mergers) go bad

The Economist ran a very interesting series on six major TOMs and this article looks at some of the lessons learnt, which are very relevant to the NZ environment, and provides a scorecard for your next TOM.

It is often quoted, and even great leaders seem to forget, that history has a habit of repeating itself. […]

By |February 9th, 2011|0 Comments

Four reasons why you and your team should have compulsory breaks together

I remember my first impressions of the New Zealand business world when I arrived from England in 1982, just after the Springbok Tour. As an Auditor I visited many New Zealand companies and experienced firsthand the daily procession to morning tea. Looking back, I do recall some interesting characteristics of this ritual, such as: older […]

By |February 9th, 2011|0 Comments