Issue 387 March 1, 2018
Today (March 1), we launch our Business Awards, calling for entries.
The Eleventh Annual Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards (INLIBA) has 15 categories, with the addition of ‘Business Excellence in Health and Safety,’ reflecting the growing importance of economic, social and moral responsibility of private sector undertakings.
Unique in its extent and format, the Awards Scheme has encouraged small, medium and large companies owned, managed, and franchised by people of Indian origin to compete in various categories.
Companies of Indian origin are coming of age in New Zealand. It is time they put in place robust business plans, smart strategies and corporate governance that conform to international standards. It is also time they competed globally and reaped the rewards of success. Their success should be acknowledged, rewarded and promoted.
Putting together a Business Awards project and yet staying away from its mainstream to allow an independent panel of judges to conduct its proceedings without any bias or obligation is itself a laudable exercise.
Pursuit of Excellence
Governor General, Prime Ministers, Leaders of the Opposition, Ministers and Guests of Honour attending our Awards Ceremony have paid tributes to all participants, praising their hard work, clear aim and Divine Grace.
They have also commended to the award winners’ attention the award that is higher than all awards; and which comes from standing tall with pride not arrogance; with gladness not hysteria where you want to stand; not in selfish salivation over their own moment of glory but with gratitude for the colleagueship of one or more persons without which they could have stood there; and then, acknowledging the rapture of shared achievement, mutual exhilaration, and in ecstatic recognition of that mutuality.
Winners of our Awards have continuously demonstrated that they are team workers, ever aware of the importance and contributions of their employees. They are also aware that they cannot achieve much without their people.
That alone gives them the humility that they need to maintain their rate of progress in their lives and careers and those of others who depend on them.
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