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As of 1 April 2018, the adult minimum wage has increased 5% from $15.75 to $16.50 per hour. This minimum rate applies to all employees whether they work full-time, part-time or casually. It’s important that they are paid a wage for time worked, partly or wholly on a commis...
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Planning for Surplus

February 22, 2018
So, 2018 has begun. It’s that difficult time of year when we have to shake off the holiday malaise, crank the wheels and get back into the business of making a living. Our first steps will say a lot about how we approach not only our work, but also life, rest and rela...
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Finding your sweet spot

December 14, 2017

As you reflect on your ‘best of’ lists from 2017, take time to think about the ‘purpose’ of your business for 2018.

As we approach the end of another year you can expect to see a proliferation of ‘best of’ lists—the best movies of 2017, the best music, or the best TV series. I have a confession to make—the musician who has impacted me the most this year will appear on...
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Gaining More Surplus

August 9, 2017
Article by Clinton Sanford. Image sourced from Unsplash....
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Thriving Teams - this was the topic of our recent quarterly workshop. A very timely topic given the incredible success of Team NZ in theAmerica's Cup. I take my hat off to the leadership of that team. A teamcomprising the full alphabet of generations - Baby Boomers, Gen X an...
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March 8, 2017
Processes either add value, or add waste to the production of an item or service. Waste elimination is one of the most effective ways to increase profitability in a business. To eliminate waste it is important to fully understand exactly what waste is and where it can be ...
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There are 168 hours in each week. How do we find time for what matters most? Time management expert Laura Vanderkam studies how busy people spend their lives, and she's discovered that many of us drastically overestimate our commitments each week, while underestimating the t...
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Why are we so busy?

October 18, 2016
Extract from the Economist Why do people feel so rushed? Part of this is a perception problem....
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A bottle of wine or food given to a client or supplier as a goodwill gesture to be enjoyed in their own time, is no longer 100% tax deductible but 50% deductible. Check out what else is 50% and 100% in the PDF attached here:...
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Holiday season is quickly coming upon us. Halloween, Guy Fawkes, Thanksgiving (if you're from the Northern Hemisphere), Christmas and then News Years are just a mere 12 weeks away. Even though your customers may not be thinking that far ahead, it's time we do. Here are s...
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