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4 Ways to build a winning team

Building a winning team isn’t necessarily about recruiting the smartest people and then assembling them. Research shows there are some key factors that are common to teams who function effectively, get things done and work together for the success of a business. Here are four of them:

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EOY (End of Financial Year)

In New Zealand  for small businesses (and not so small) it’s all about EOY – or end of financial year – at the moment and advice is pouring in from experts on how to deal with your particular EOY issues. Gaylene Hughes at JDI Business Coaching offers her tips for EOY accounting processes. Other accountants […]

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The Ugly Side of Overtime

It is a well-known fact that any business operating in any industry, in any country, has had employees working overtime, to the point where overtime is already considered a workplace norm. The question is, why is overtime seen as the norm and has overtime become a ‘necessary evil’?

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Tips for Lending Money

When money is tight, family and friends are often called upon for a loan.
It’s nice to help people but lending money on an informal basis can be a recipe for disaster.
Here are some of the problems that could arise:

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The Changing Role of Financial Advisers

Financial advisers have been working under their new regulatory framework for nearly three years and many have changed the way in which they operate over that time. In 2011 the Code of Professional Conduct for Authorised Financial Advisers, which sets clear standards for the provision of financial advice, came into force.

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How to find your ideal professional advisor

It’s not uncommon for clients to come to us feeling frustrated and less than satisfied with their professional advisors. Although each case has a particular issue to deal with one thing is sure – they’re all irritated at being unable to get the outcome they want. This is a common problem. It causes a great deal of angst and ongoing frustration that, as a business owner, you just don’t need. So what can you do to rectify this situation?

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The Impact of Rising Interest Rates

The Reserve Bank’s recent increase of the Official Cash Rate (OCR), albeit a small one, heralds the start of a new cycle in interest rates. The outlook for New Zealand economic growth is good, thanks to construction in Christchurch and a buoyant export sector.

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How We Can Grow Your Business Email List

Mobilize Mail’s clients are growing their email lists with our CSN (including BusinessBlogs, PropertyBlogs) and your business can too. An email marketing message or business blog article can be published and shared with our CSN network.

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Retirement Planning for Second Time Couples

Retirement planning is complicated enough for any couple, but when there is a second time relationship involved, there are even more issues to consider. In many cases, for couples coming together later in life after a previous relationship there is disparity of both assets and income.

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What Content Works in eDMs

Drop the ball on your eDM content at your own peril.  It’s easy to do too – other business tasks have taken precedence this month and you may be behind in your work but you need to get your monthly[...]

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Managing risk in your business

If you business is to operate effectively, you and your staff need to be able to create, store, access and reuse information received or produced during the course of a regular working day. Establishing core principles for keeping a good record of your business activities will reduce risks and lessen exposure to issues that may […]

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The Ironies of Money

Some people have an obsession with wealth – how to get more of it and what to buy with it – and they dream of the feelings of security and freedom that come with it. Yet the irony is that such people are not the most likely to become super wealthy. Successful wealth creators are driven not by the motivation to create vast wealth or by what they will do with the money.

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How to get the best from your professional advisor

Do you leave your professional advisor’s office feeling confused? Do you come away shaking your head and without all the answers you were looking for? More often than not you are paying for every minute you sit in front of your professional advisor. You might also pay for a phone discussion or perhaps even an email. It makes sense to set yourself up to get the best of out these discussions.

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Your first step to improve your office efficiency

You can improve the way your office operates by creating efficient access to all the information that you use in your business. Information, both electronic and hard copy, is the cornerstone of your business.  No matter what your business is you need information about stock, designs and other intellectual property, cash flow, staff, client and […]

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Your first step to improve your office efficiency

You can improve the way your office operates by creating efficient access to all the information that you use in your business. Information, both electronic and hard copy, is the cornerstone of your business.  No matter what your business is you need information about stock, designs and other intellectual property, cash flow, staff, client and […]

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Get Ready for User Pays Retirement Care

If you have ever flown Economy Class on a long haul flight and looked with envy at the First Class passengers enjoying their extra leg room, fancy meals with real plates and cutlery and personalised service, you will know what it will probably be like in rest homes and retirement villages of the not too distant future.

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How to manage your electronic documents across devices

In my last blog I discussed the complexity of managing electronic information on all the different devices we can use to run our businesses today; the laptops, ipads, tablets smart phones  etc. I gave you some rules to consider to help you keep your business information manageable when you’re out and about. I noted that […]

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