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Insight, news and updates from Alliott NZ Chartered Accountants, Auckland New Zealand. The views expressed here are the views of the author and should be discussed in further detail should an article be relevant to your individual circumstances.

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The Evolving Role of Leadership

Written by Vanessa Williams on August 30th, 2021.      0 comments

race-341How are the leaders in your business doing? Perhaps they are thriving in these business conditions or maybe a different approach is required. In this article, we look at some leadership skills which are proving to be really valuable as businesses find a path forward this year and beyond.
 

Directors: Know your role

Written by Vanessa Williams on August 3rd, 2021.      0 comments

check tick-407-962If you’re a director, make sure you’re up to speed on both company law and the accepted code of behaviour required for the job.
 

Business plans help businesses prosper

Written by Greg Millar on July 12th, 2021.      0 comments

success-182Business Plans are like maps for tourists. You need a plan for where you’re going to go, what you want to look at, where you’re going to stay and, if you deviate off track, you need to be able to identify where you are and then navigate to get back onto your original path. Planning a business activity is very similar.

 

Are you observing Cash Management Best Practices?

Written by Vanessa Williams on December 14th, 2020.      0 comments

NZD calculator-857How do your cash management processes stack up against best practices? This topic came to prominence in 2020 and the most resilient companies will continue these best practices as "business as usual". For ideas and examples of making the most of your cash resources, read on. 
 

2021 Business Planning

Written by Greg Millar on December 7th, 2020.      0 comments

2021 goals 100x100Business leaders are looking ahead to next year and considering what to prioritise. Data can play an important part in these decisions… provided it is used wisely. Our article contains ideas on how data can explain the drivers of your business and where you should focus your efforts.
 

Put your own oxygen mask on first

Written by Greg Millar on October 19th, 2020.      0 comments

resilience copyBy adopting buffering strategies, business leaders are not only helping themselves but they’re also helping their teams gain focus and clarity.
 

Managing (and Getting Help) Through a Business Crisis

Written by Greg Millar on April 27th, 2020.      0 comments

Graphic for a website page- CoronavirusRecent global events are testing the mettle of even the most experienced leaders. What skills are necessary in this time of uncertainty? What leadership traits will help steer a business through the multitude of challenges and threats? Read on for leadership ideas which can be applied in your business.  
 

Understanding the factors that drive your business

Written by Vanessa Williams on November 25th, 2019.      0 comments

success-182There are many ways to improve business performance but which initiatives will bring the biggest impact? This article identifies some metrics or ‘drivers’ which grow revenue, profit and business value. Establish how you are performing now and measure the impact of any improvement. Focus on the things that matter! 
 

What's Important to Your Team

Written by Vanessa Williams on May 13th, 2019.      0 comments

success-182Managing people is one of the toughest parts of running a business. Team development issues can have a real impact on your business reputation, client retention and profit. Here's how you put a system in place to listen to your team and use their feedback to make real changes to your business.
 

PARTNER Q&A: Interview with María Zabala

Written by Vanessa Williams on February 4th, 2019.      0 comments

Alliott-Group 2018-825Alliott Group Worldwide Board Member and Deputy EMEA Chair Maria Zabala explains what motivates her, the best career advice she ever received, and just as importantly, what she does when not working.

 

A Strategic Approach to Setting Business Goals

Written by Vanessa Williams on January 16th, 2019.      0 comments

set goals-24If you want to build a great business, you need to set challenging goals and engage in calculated risks. To be more effective, you should set specific, measurable, audacious yet realistic, and time-bound goals. Learn a better approach to planning and setting business goals.
 

Business performance

Written by Mike Barnes on November 26th, 2018.      0 comments

Mike Barnes-15Jack and Dianne earn a comfortable income from the business but are concerned that things have struggled to grow in the last 18 months. Read guest blogger Mike Barnes' take on their situation.
 

Making sales

Written by Vanessa Williams on November 19th, 2018.      0 comments

sales up-477Here are 7 tips to ensure that you get the most out of each and every sales opportunity.
 

3 drivers of strategy

Written by Vanessa Williams on October 1st, 2018.      0 comments

chess strategy-550Our article explains the 3 core elements that drive strategy and how you can get them into your business.
 

Business performance excellence

Written by Greg Millar on September 24th, 2018.      0 comments

Screenshot 2018-09-12 13What can we business owners learn from America's military fighter pilots? Read on to find out about this extraordinary training session at the Alliott Group Worldwide Conference in Vancouver.

 

Alliott Conference prepares members for battles of global business

Written by Vanessa Williams on September 19th, 2018.      0 comments

Alliott-Group 2018Read our short report from the Alliott Group alliance's 2018 Worldwide Conference in Vancouver.
 

Alliott Group Q&A with Jamie Towers

Written by Vanessa Williams on September 5th, 2018.      0 comments

Alliott-Group 2018-825Read the one thing Deputy Worldwide Chairman, Jamie Towers, can't live without and what shapes and motivates this Alliott Group mover and shaker across the Tasman.
 

Managing Customer Expectations

Written by Greg Millar on September 3rd, 2018.      0 comments

retail shop store-792Many business owners find the notion of creating a customer management plan daunting. We suggest working with someone who has helped other business owners through the process. Find out how.
 

The Power of Employee Feedback

Written by Vanessa Williams on July 23rd, 2018.      1 comments

7K0A0597-174There is nothing more powerful than emphasising the role your team plays in building a great business. If you want to build a successful business, invest your time, energy and resources in building a strong team.
 

Lifestyle by Design

Written by Greg Millar on June 27th, 2018.      0 comments

green light-658More business owners should be living life by their own design! In fact, many business owners struggle to do much more than keep the operation going. This happens for many reasons, but there are three excuses that stand out as both common and surmountable.