Is that for free?

Is that for free?

We often forget to look outside our business for support, or are concerned about the cost or value of engaging external specialists. You might be pleasantly surprised at the number of freely available, or partially funded resources and grants available to Northland business owners, or those looking to set up a business. Here’s a few worth checking out.

Don’t Limit Your Business

Don’t Limit Your Business

At a recent community meeting, those attending (of which there were over 300) were asked to imagine what the community would look and feel like if they had a magic wand and could change anything. Of course there was much excitement and a small dose of cynicism, but the results were astounding.

A Change From Plastic Bags

A Change From Plastic Bags

In 2018 Foodstuffs North Island chief executive Chris Quin said “New Zealanders are not ready to go cold turkey on plastic bags yet.” He cited challenges around finding a suitable replacement stating the science behind providing alternatives was ‘fairly complex’. In fairness to Chris, making significant changes to a large business is hard work – in fact research tells us the probability of successfully implementing change in any environment can be as low as 30%. So how do you change the odds in your favour?

Embracing Tall Poppies

Embracing Tall Poppies

While most of us are familiar with the term ‘Tall Poppy’ (a successful person who attracts envious hostility), you may not be aware that we can thank Tarquinius Superbus for coining it. This Roman king demonstrated how to deal with potential enemies by cutting off the heads of the tallest poppies in his garden. Doesn’t that make you feel grateful to live in modern times!

Keep It Simple Stupid

Keep It Simple Stupid

The KISS acronym has it’s origins in engineering, with Kelly Johnson, a lead engineer of aircraft handing his team some basic tools and challenging them to design a jet aircraft. The purpose of the challenge was to ensure that the resulting aircraft could be repaired by an average mechanic, using ordinary tools, in the field and under combat conditions. A great tool that we use to simplify the process of running a business is The Business Cycle

Success – luck vs hard work?

Success – luck vs hard work?

Every day we are talking with business owners and operators who are striving to optimise their business success. They each operate within a unique set of attributes including their skills, personality, resources, market share, number of employees, industry and location, to name a few. Consequently, there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. Indeed, the concept of a formula for success implies we have absolute control over all the variables. Any farmer, banker, real estate agent or tourism operator will tell you this is simply not true. Luck has a huge role to play. Or does it?

Millennials in the workplace

Millennials in the workplace

If you're anything like me, you might be a bit over hearing about Millennials. They're people born approximately between 1982 and 2004 (depending on what you read, this range can vary, starting as early as 1977). Also known as the Net Generation, researchers have them pegged as selfie-absorbed, device junkies with little affiliation to political or religious groups. But are they really? Read more

Find Your Inspiration

Find Your Inspiration

Entrepreneurs are interesting types. They crave independence are incredibly driven and seemingly consume risk like a 5 year old eating smarties! However, one significant quality stands out when we consider the shared traits of successful entrepreneurs. They all see the world differently and find innovative, creative ways to solve problems. Struggling to find your creativity? Read on...

Personalities in the Workplace

Personalities in the Workplace

Have you ever worked with someone who seems to question everything and everyone? Or what about that team member who seems to avoid tasks or procrastinates.

Understanding our personality tendencies provides important context in the work place (and at home). It helps us get on with our colleagues, form more effective teams and improve the organisational culture.