Disaster uninsured pose policy dilemma

Published in the National Business Review of 10 December 2004
The issue of universal insurance coverage of all households to cover losses from natural disasters such as the recent Manawatu floods and the Te Anau earthquake is back on the political agenda.

One proposed solution, a levy on rates to ensure all properties are covered is being strongly opposed by the local authorities lobbying arm, the Local Government Association.

Moderate politician eschewed ideology

Published in the National Business Review of 3 December 2004

New Zealanders don't think that blogs have much impact and they don't read them or use them, but internationally blogpower is a proven force in politics and media.

Better Business Ways

Published in the Chartered Accountants Journal November 2004

John Bishop spoke with visiting international management expert Jeremy Hope about hidden costs in business.

International management expert Jeremy Hope is well known for advocating that organisations should abandon the annual budget.

Hope sees more organisations adopting alternatives to traditional budgeting and looking for more flexible performance management techniques. His current passion is hidden costs

Abandon the Budget

Published in Wellington Today November issue

Throw away your budget! Is that your professional advice? You must be mad, sir.

But that's just the advice an internationally renowned business expert is giving businesses, large and small, and he is being taken seriously.

Why? The number one reason is that the budget process in most organisations doesn't work, says Jeremy Hope of the Beyond Budgeting Roundtable, a grouping of international businesses dissatisfied with the results of the budget process.

Public sector tendering practices come under fire

Published in the National Business Review of 19 November 2004)
Suppliers of advertising, marketing and communications services to public sector organisations have criticised the tendering system and questioned whether it gives the best results.

The need for change in both the tendering process and in the management of suppliers was widely accepted during an "in confidence" session between public sector communications and marketing managers and external agencies in Wellington recently.

Picking partners for the Communications Waltz

Published in the New Zealand Herald 28 October 2004

How should those organisations that use communications agencies pick their partners?

The agencies' biggest single complaint, particularly about the public sector, is that agencies pitching for business are expected to put in a lot of unpaid work for often very uncertain outcomes and are expected not to complain when they lose.

Performance appraisals are not worth doing

Jeremy Hope, Director, Beyond Budgeting Roundtable

Why do we need to pay people for doing their job and then pay them again for doing it well?

Incentives are a poor and ineffective substitute for good management practices. This is backed up by dozens of studies over the past 75 years.

A Strange Encounter with Lynne Truss

Published in the National Business Review of 10 September 2004
Are you a pedant, a stickler, indifferent, aggressively indifferent or just unengaged about the use and misuse of the apostrophe in modern English?

The gathering of writers, editors, grammarians and the merely curious that filled St Andrews Church in Wellington last Friday to hear Lynne Truss, the self proclaimed and much hyped saviour of the English language found her amusing and serious in that slightly droll way that the English manage to affect so well.

Voters punish arrogant and rude local government rulers

Voters in several major cities have punished big spending and arrogant councils and councilors who behave badly in their relationships with colleagues.

These factors emerge as critical to a real understanding of the outcomes of the elections in New Zealand's major cities.

Voters in several cities have punished councilors who were seen as misbehaving, and in Hamilton, Dunedin and Auckland have installed new mayors whose style was perceived as more conciliatory.

Wooing minds not our money

Published in The Pitch, New Zealand Herald 26 August 2004
We all get stuff in our letterboxes, right? Not just letters and bills, but other stuff that we may or may not want.

It's promotional material: offering anything from the house next door, or a kitten to a good home, to advertising the local stores, or soliciting work for a handyman.

Farmers, The Warehouse, Briscoes, Placemakers, Harvey Norman, New World, Woolworths, Foodtown, Countdown and Pak'n Save and others regularly fill my mailbox (and then my rubbish bin.)