Staff engagement is more than giving away ‘free stuff’
When a PR colleague asked me the secret to driving staff engagement through internal communications at AA Insurance, I half-jokingly shot back: free stuff. Yet in reality engagement is about good communication, which takes time, effort and skill.Read more
Women in leadership: making it happen
The percentage of women in senior teams has almost halved over the last 14 years. When we consider that 125 years ago New Zealand became the first nation in the world to give women the right to vote, it seems we’ve taken a step back. How can we turn this around?Read more
Domestic violence - it affects us all
According to a 2017 report by New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse,, one in three women have reported experiencing physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence (IPV) in their lifetime. When psychological/emotional abuse is included, the percentage jumps to 55%. Given these figures, most Kiwis will know someone who has been subjected to this.Read more
Checklist for leading change
The number and rate of changes coming at us is like nothing we’ve seen before in human existence. It's one of the few constants to be found in all companies, big and small. So, leading change is going to be crucial.Read more
Who’s sexy enough for social media?
I’m not sure if you’ve looked at your social media accounts this morning, but if you’re awake and are within arm’s length of your device, then you probably have.Read more
Will our kids need to learn to drive?
Change is changing faster they say, and has a profound effect on our lives. How do people keep up? How do businesses and teams keep pace? Are we going to be driving cars in five years’ time? Perhaps we’ll all get hoverboards?Read more
It's just not cricket: how cheating reflects team culture
It seems clear that cheating in the Australian cricket team reflects their culture, with these behaviours not only being acceptable, but appear to have become the norm.Read more
International Day of Happiness: It’s the little things that count
It takes a bit of getting used to, but the trick is to notice and be grateful for all the little things that make your life a better.Read more
Why do we need an International Women's Day?
New Zealand is the first to welcome each new day, which means today we’re also first to welcome in International Women’s Day. There will be those muttering why do we need an International Women’s Day at all? and you would have thought by 2018 it should be a moot point and unnecessary.Read more
AA Insurance announces new Head of Finance
We have a history of developing and promoting our own people at AA Insurance. So it won't be surprising to learn Martin Chisholm is no stranger to our finance team. He takes up his new role as Head of Finance from March 5.Read more
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