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New Zealand Leaders – are you up for the challenge?

New Zealand Leaders – are you up for the challenge?

9 April 2014

By now you won't have missed the headlines generated by most major research papers here and abroad. New Zealanders work harder and earn less than most other people in the developed world. We also have one of the lowest rates of productivity growth in the developed world. It’s no surprise that ineffective leadership has a significant part to play in this story. That’s the ‘what’ part of the story.

The good news is conditions are, for the most part, incredibly right for developing new ways of thinking and making sense of the world, perhaps in a way they never have been before!

The paper released by Inspire Group today suggests 8 guiding questions to ask of any leadership development initiative that seeks to develop our leaders and stimulate collective leadership across New Zealand. That’s the ‘how’ part of the story and that’s what they are keen to share.

Christine Neilson, Inspire Leaders General Manager says “Whilst all other research has its place, we decided it was timely to draw upon the collective wisdom of those here in New Zealand who are as passionate about this work as we are and find out what was needed for leading effectively in our own unique and complex environment.”

The paper’s findings were based on interviews gathered by the Inspire Group team over the course of six months. Interviewees included academics, HR and OD specialists and those in business who daily live the challenge of leading in a complex system.

At the launch event today Inspire Group will be releasing the research paper; it is readily available to interested parties on request.

The paper has been written by one of Inspire Group’s Leaders Associates, Ann Braithwaite; a specialist in leadership development, organisation problem solving, and complex change. She holds a Masters by Research in Business Strategy (First Class) from the University of Greenwich, UK where she was also a visiting lecturer on the MBA (International Finance) programme. She has also co-designed and delivered various projects with global thought-leaders on complexity, knowledge sharing and decision-making. As a Fellow of the Omega Centre, University College of London, Ann advised on the use of narrative research for the Volvo Research Institute.


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