You know how it is. A report to write, an essay to begin, an assignment due, a month of blogs to prepare in advance before you go on holiday. The looming deadlines make the brain cells go AWOL and no ideas spring to mind. One way to get started is to think of title headings and jot them down. Then, think of items that could fit under the headings and put them down in short bullet points.

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According to the Ministry of Economic Development's recent research, New Zealand has some of the worst managers in the world. This is reported in the October 2011 edition of NZ Business (NZB). By all accounts, poor managers are the main reason people go to work in Australia; poor leadership and management skills are cited as the reason for high employee disengagement and low productivity; and poor management skills have been shown to have a direct impact on the culture of a business.

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