Harvard Business Review Notes by Frank Olsson- March/April 2020

4 April 2020

Harvard Business Review Notes by Frank Olsson- March/April 2020

The theme for this issue is “Creating a Culture of Experimentation” where one article points out that although an organization says it is tolerant of failure, the individual in charge of failure fears risk of being down-rated, often causing risk-averse behaviour. There is an interesting article called “What’s Holding Women Back?” and one “One Last Chance to Save Capitalism.”  Holding women back is is to a large extent caused by an engrained (erroneous) bias that women are less committed and for saving capitalism the article points out endemic abuse of rules, ethics and decency in the relentless pursuit of profits wealth and power. When we move from the odd rotten apple in the barrel to a rotten barrel there is a serious problem. Business have the power to shape responsibilities for the greater good. They should exercise it. Please find below a few notes from this issue.

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New Individual Members

9 March 2020

Marcel Roos - linkedin

Bryn (Brynhild) Maddox - linkedin

Paulo Naititi - linkedin

Ulla Pantsar - linkedin

Taino Bendz - linkedin

Maria Dettmer - linkedin

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Meeting the EU Ambassador to New Zealand, Nina Obermaier, 17 Feb. 2020

20 February 2020

 Meeting the EU Ambassador to New Zealand, Nina Obermaier, 17 Feb. 2020
NZSBA members were delighted to meet Nina Obermaier, the EU’s Ambassador to New Zealand, based in Wellington. Nina spoke passionately, to an engaged business audience, about the EU’s priorities in New Zealand in 2020, focussing on the cooperation between the New Zealand Europe Business Council, relevant EU Business Associations, including NZSBA  (and their members) and the EU Delegation.

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Harvard Business Review Notes by Frank Olsson- Jan/Feb 2020

30 January 2020

Harvard Business Review Notes by Frank Olsson- Jan/Feb 2020

As always, a few interesting articles in this new issue. I found the one on political interference in international trade and business for no other reason than demonstrating raw power interesting and scary. The authors research suggests that American consumers are paying higher prices because of money influence on lobbying and regulation, favouring donors rather than the public and market efficiency. When rules and ethics and fair play go out the door it is time to reflect and be concerned. Another article points out that CFO run reporting and companies often lack the customer focus which is key for long term success. When anyone is buying a company, the customer base is a critical part of what they’re buying. Please find below a few lines from this issue.

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New Company Member- GN Hearing

20 January 2020

New Company Member- GN Hearing

GN Hearing is a leading international developer and manufacturer of innovative hearing healthcare solutions committed to let people hear more, do more and be more than they ever thought possible. The company has reinvented the hearing system with its revolutionary ReSound Smart™ Hearing aids that give impressive sound and personal freedom to hearing aid users through wireless smartphone and tablet connectivity. 

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Hera Hjartardóttir- New Music Update

18 January 2020

Hera Hjartardóttir- New Music Update

It’s June and I’m in Iceland. We have 24 hours of sunlight at the moment and it’s absolutely beautiful. It feels like forever since I sent a proper update, and I have some real news now.

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NZSBA Scholarship recipient, Tom Collins Experience in Sweden

15 January 2020

NZSBA Scholarship recipient, Tom Collins Experience in Sweden

I feel very fortunate to be able to think about ideas and have discussions with classmates on the big issues of our time, like climate change, the rise of far right populism and what crazy statement Donald Trump will make next. I know this wouldn’t be possible without the support of everyone at the NZSBA and the Hans and Pat Björklund Scholarship, so thank you again. I hope you all have a happy and healthy 2020 and I look forward to updating you when the weather’s a bit better.

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New Company Member- FCG ANZDEC

10 January 2020

New Company Member- FCG ANZDEC

FCG ANZDEC was established in New Zealand in 1970 and since 2002 has been part of FCG Finnish Consulting Group, a global consulting group with headquarters in Finland. FCG ANZDEC provides consulting and project management services for international development, promoting environmentally-sound and socially equitable economic growth in developing countries in Asia and the Pacific.

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