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Welcome to the new NZBEF e-news, designed to bring you the latest updates, information and blog posts from NZBEF and Business Excellence in New Zealand. We thank you for your continued support of the Foundation.

Latest News

Welcome to the new NZBEF e-news, designed to bring you the latest updates, information and blog posts from NZBEF and Business Excellence in New Zealand. We thank you for your continued support of the Foundation.
 
Continual improvement focusses on increasing the effectiveness and/or efficiency of an organisation to fulfil its mission, vision and objectives. It is not limited to quality initiatives. Improvements in leadership, strategy, customer focus, measurement, operations, work force and results are subject to continual improvement. Put simply, it means 'getting better all the time’ and continually implementing the principles of Plan, Do, Check and Act. 
 
Last newsletter we asked you for feedback on what you would like to see in a Tool Kit we are keen to develop over the coming months to assist Members on their excellence journey.  As an organisation we are constantly looking to improve our offering and to continually improve our products and services for the betterment of our members.

If you haven’t already given us your thoughts, please do so by clicking below.  


 


Many thanks
Fiona Gavriel
Chief Executive 

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Knowledge Hour - Using Business Excellence to improve performance  

In 2011 a number of gaps were identified between Inland Revenue’s Facilities Management (FM) business unit and what one would expect in an exemplar Corporate Real Estate (CRE) business unit within the NZ State Sector.
 
In 2012 a Performance Excellence team was created; this set the foundation for the journey to excellence, using the Baldrige framework.

To register on line click here. If you wish to book more than one attendee please contact us now .

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Apply today to be on the 2015 NZBEF National Evaluator Panel!

We would still like to hear from those who wish to become an evaluator or for those who would like to learn what it takes to become one for their own personal development. 

Whether you have previously evaluated or are new to the process, we would love to hear from you.


If successful, the benefits are numerous:
  • Boost your CV with the title of "2015 National Evaluator".
  • Gain the unique experience of putting your knowledge to the test by evaluating a live organisation against the Criteria for Performance Excellence, with a great team of like-minded individuals.
  • Take the experience back to your own organisation with a fresh perspective and insights to share with your colleagues.
Ready to apply?

Simply hit 'reply' to this email and request a word document of the application form. Applications close Monday 16 March.

And remember...the mix of experience in the teams is especially important.
We would welcome hearing from our past evaluators and having you bring the value of your expertise to our evaluation teams.
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Certificate in Business Excellence - Christchurch........could be!


We have had interest from a few Christchurch based members with regard to potentially running a certificate course in the South Island - we are just working through the logistics now and will update you as we work through the finer details.

If you are South Island based or you do have South Island based branches and you would like to know more, contact us now about registering your interest in a Christchurch event. 

 

Certificate in Business Excellence is Now Open in Wellington 22 April 2015


The NZBEF Certificate in Business Excellence was developed by leading business excellence consultants and is designed to give you a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of how to implement a business improvement programme in your organisation.  The programme is based on the 7 Categories of the Criteria for Performance Excellence. Register now online or contact us for more information at info@nzbef.org.nz. 
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Blog Updates


A CEO’s Impact? It’s Not Just about the Money
Thursday 5 March 2015
How do you measure a CEO’s impact? In November 2014, Harvard Business Review (HBR) ranked CEOs according to “increases their companies have seen in total shareholder return and market capitalization.” Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com earned the top ranking. But as … Continue reading →


Sustaining Educational Excellence Despite Challenges
Tuesday 3 March 2015
Posted by Christine Schaefer Last spring in this space we highlighted the continued progress in recent years of the Baldrige Award-winning Iredell-Statesville Schools (I-SS) of southwestern North Carolina. Among economic challenges that the 21,000-plus student district had faced over the … Continue reading →

It’s Not That Simple
Thursday 26 February 2015 
Posted by Harry Hertz, the Baldrige Cheermudgeon I have recently read numerous copies of the same short blog post on different web sites. The blog post says there is one simple question to ask that will give your organization a … Continue reading →



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Growing strategic financial management capability
Thursday 19 March 2015
 
IMC invites you to join us for a presentation in Wellington from Paul Helm, Chief Government Accountant and Head of the Finance Profession for the state sector.
 
Professional development hours: 1.5
 
Venue:            Victoria University Pipitea Campus Room RW315 Railway Building West Wing – through foyer beside ticket counters at Wellington Railway Station
 
Time:               5:30 - 7:00 pm Thursday 19 March 2015
 
Format:           The evening will commence at 5:30PM with drinks and nibbles and the formal part of the evening will be underway by 6:00PM so please be seated by then.
The evening should wrap up about 7:00PM.
 
Cost:                No charge. You will be a guest of IMC New Zealand and Victoria University.
 
RSVP:              Please email info@imcnz.org  your attendance (or non-attendance) so that we can cater accordingly. 
 
Topic:              Paul Helm will explain his role as Head of the Finance Profession for the state sector, explain his plans to grow strategic financial management capability with a strong future orientation based on building demand and supply for such skills. He will discuss how a business focused finance team can support business case development and assist to achieve the intended outcome.
 
The close working relationship of a CIO, CFO managers and project managers are key to successful outcomes through trusted business partnerships, Paul will talk though how that was achieved when implementing SAP at the New Zealand Transport agency.
 
Paul Helm joined Treasury in 2014 as the inaugural Head of the Finance Profession for the state sector.  He was previously CFO at the New Zealand Transport Agency and has worked across a range of government departments, while coaching other senior finance executives.  Paul has significant experience in public sector financial management at strategic and budget levels with experience of managing cash flows, borrowing facilities, and statutory compliance.  He has also worked in commercial decision-making, including on public-private-partnerships. One of the projects that he led at NZTA was the successful implementation of SAP  finance, real estate and project/ program management  tools.
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