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Unlocking the power of Chinese investment for your Council

Councils and businesses across the country understand that New Zealand’s relationship with the Asia Pacific region, particularly China, is becoming increasingly important at a local level. Continue reading “Unlocking the power of Chinese investment for your Council”

Change v Transformation – Be Careful What You Wish For

Transformation – a trendy new catch-phrase. Why settle for plain old change when you can have the far more glamorous transformation, right? A word of warning: transformation is not simply change dressed up, and should not be entered into lightly. Continue reading “Change v Transformation – Be Careful What You Wish For”

Focus, Focus, Focus – Developing and Executing Strategy that Works

There are some pretty depressing statistics out there about how well organisations are developing and executing strategies.

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The Secret to Scaling Complex Methods for Smaller Organisations and Projects

As you will have noticed from my other posts, I am a vocal advocate for bringing best practice to local government in New Zealand.

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But Why? So What? Problem Definition using the Annoying Question Method.

Problem definition is the first and most vital step in any change process, investment proposal, business case or initiative planning. Despite this, it is often rushed or missed out entirely. Organisations who are considering a new project tend to think they understand their issues – in fact, they usually think they have the answer too! Continue reading “But Why? So What? Problem Definition using the Annoying Question Method.”

Why Councils need Business Cases

As a sector, local government in New Zealand owns over $120 billion in assets. Every year, Councils spend $4 billion on new and renewed capital, and over $8 billion delivering services. This is forecast to hit $12 billion in the next 10 years. Continue reading “Why Councils need Business Cases”

What is a Structured Conversation?

Put simply, a structured conversation is a powerful communication tool that fosters understanding and provides direction. It can take many forms, from an interactive facilitated workshop, to a lengthy and complex report.

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