Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Derek Handley shoulder taps New Zealand for a new right-hand

Derek Handley shoulder taps New Zealand for a new right-hand

Campaign designed to ignite a conversation linking careers to social impact

Last night Derek Handley launched a campaign on Twitter inviting the best and brightest New Zealanders to apply for a new role working with him as a ‘Chief Operator,’ leading a number of initiatives aimed at uniting profit, people and purpose.

Based in New Zealand, the Chief Operator will run a programme of activity which will include everything from assessing entrepreneurial and investment opportunities to helping build a charitable foundation accelerating ideas to make New Zealand a better place. The role will straddle the the worlds of social impact and sustainability with new ventures, investment and innovation.

Because this will be no ordinary job, he is taking a different approach to finding the ideal candidate. Applicants are asked to visit www.theshouldertap.com to apply or nominate somebody for the role. Candidates will be asked a number of questions designed to challenge their traditional definitions of success, and watch a video featuring familiar local faces sharing their ideas on the future of careers and New Zealand.

He is inviting anyone who is a financial and operational genius, with the heart of a crusader, the courage of an entrepreneur, and their eye on the bigger picture of the challenges facing our future to apply. He is also encouraging people to shoulder tap others for the role via the website.

“I would really like to hear from anyone who knows anyone who is exceptionally bright and passionate about making a bigger difference than they already are,” says Derek Handley. “I believe there are very few jobs like this out there today - especially in New Zealand - and that the jobs of the future will be the ones designed to challenge people to grow their careers while having a bigger social impact.”

He says these beliefs were crystallised during his time as Founding CEO of The B Team, the global leadership collective he helped set up with Sir Richard Branson two years ago, where he witnessed a moral awareness spreading around the globe concerning the role business needs to play in solving the world’s biggest problems.

“I am embedding the B Team ethos into everything I do,” says Mr Handley. “And that’s why I’ve launched this campaign, which goes beyond the search for one individual to ignite a wider conversation in New Zealand that prompts people to stop and think about their own career paths - to really question how they can use all of their talents to not only be the best in New Zealand but the best for New Zealand.”

Tim Bentley, who heads AUT’s ‘Future of Work’ program and the business school’s Work Research Institute, says the jobs of the future are changing: “Young people are thinking twice about the companies they work for. They are searching for more meaningful work and questioning careers that involve the relentlessly narrow-minded pursuit of short term profit at the expense of everything else.”

The successful applicant will be rewarded with the ability to design their own package and choose from unique development experiences to gain exposure to global issues and trends during their first year. This could including a Zero Gravity NASA flight, swimming with sharks and attending a Third Metric live event in New York with Arianna Huffington, a leading voice on redefining wellbeing and success.

The 2014 Deloitte Millennial Survey shows the future generation of leaders believe business can do much more to address society's challenges in the areas of most concern like resource scarcity, climate change and income inequality. The report states millennials believe the success of a business should be measured in terms of more than just its financial performance, with a focus on improving society among the most important things it should seek to achieve.

“One purposeful career can inspire and impact a thousand,” says Mr Handley. “If the ‘#theshouldertap’ can help catalyse a thousand purposeful careers, then one day we can mobilise a million Kiwis to get behind ideas that will make New Zealand as great as we know it can be.”

If you’d like to learn more about the role, or to nominate someone you know, please visit www.theshouldtertap.com.

Applications close 16 May.

About Derek Handley
twitter.com/dgh
LinkedIn
derekhandley.org

Derek is an entrepreneur, author and investor who is embedding The B Team vision of people, planet and profit into everything he does: the businesses he works with, the networks he’s involved with, and in New Zealand, the country he calls home. The B Team is a global leadership collective he helped set up with Sir Richard Branson two years ago. As its Entrepreneur in Residence, he is designing a new venture that aims to solve social issues and set new benchmarks in how we treat our people and our planet, at the same time as making money in an innovative and exciting way. He is also an Adjunct Executive Professor at AUT University, Chair and Co-Founder of NZX-listed Snakk Media, a Director at Sky Television, a New Zealand Arts Foundation Trustee, and an Astronaut-in-Waiting at Virgin Galactic.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Finance: Major Campaign To End "Gross Overtaxation Of Savings"

The campaign – which includes a special web site through which New Zealanders can e-mail their own and other MPs and party leaders – is backed by Age Concern, Consumer NZ, the Financial Services Council and the Taxpayers’ Union. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Leighton-Led WGP To Build, Manage Transmission Gully

The Wellington Gateway Partnership, led by a unit of ASX-listed Leighton Holdings, has won the $1 billion contract to build the Transmission Gully road north of Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Gareth Morgan: The Government’s Fresh Water Policy – Revisited

Fresh water quality is the latest area to be in the sights of Gareth Morgan and his research organisation The Morgan Foundation... They found that the fresh water policy was a bit murkier than the Environment Minister let on. More>>

ALSO:

Interest Rates: RBNZ Hikes OCR To 3.5%, ‘Period Of Assessment’ Now Needed

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler raised the official cash rate as expected, while signalling a pause in rate hikes to assess the impact of moves so far this year. The kiwi dollar sank after Wheeler said its strength was “unjustified” and that the currency could have “a significant fall.” More>>

ALSO:

Fonterra: Canpac Site 'Resize' To Focus More On Paediatrics

Fonterra is looking at realigning its packing operations at Canpac, in the Waikato, to focus more on paediatric nutritionals... The proposed changes could mean around 110 roles may not be required at the site which currently employs 330. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Postie Plus Brand Gets 2nd Chance With Well-Funded Pepkor

The Postie Plus brand is getting a new lease of life after South Africa’s Pepkor bought the failed retailer’s assets out of administration and said it will use its purchasing power to reduce costs of stock and fatten margins. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus

Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news