Staying Relevant Conference Videos

Published on 02 Oct 2018


How do we stay relevant as people and as Organisations? That's the question we asked this year's speakers and they had a fantastic range of stories, insights, and ideas to answer it. Thank you to everyone who attended this year's conferences in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland for our 14th Annual New Zealand Conference on Culture and Leadership - together we can 'change the world one organisation at a time®'

Rob Waddell
Chef de Mission, New Zealand Olympic and Commonwealth Games Teams

In 1995 Rob Waddell burst onto the New Zealand rowing scene as the youngest person ever to win the single sculls title at the New Zealand Championships – he did this as a novice sculler. His rowing career was topped off by Olympic Gold at Sydney 2000, New Zealand’s only gold of those games. Rob has also been a key part of three America’s Cup sailing teams, culminating in the nail biting performance that Emirates Team New Zealand produced in the 2013 final. He is now Chef de Mission for the New Zealand Summer Olympic and Commonwealth Games Teams.

Rob tells his personal story of sporting success in rowing and a career switch to sailing.  He shares how to stay relevant in sports and leadership as well as what lessons and values from his sporting career he found can also be applied to business success.

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Janine Smith, MNZM
Experienced Board Chairman & Director

Janine Smith has been a company director for over 20 years as well as holding director or chairman positions across diverse sectors ranging from the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra to Airways Corporation to universities. Janine holds an M Phil in Governance and is founding Principal of The Boardroom Practice Limited (TBPL) which specialise in boardroom practice, organisational development and change issues for boards and management. In TBPL she leads the customised training and board review team. Janine has a deep understanding of business, people and process and the key drivers for business success.

Janine shares her insight into what and who is needed around the boardroom table to stay relevant in business.  She also looks at the new expectations being placed on boards to involve themselves in aspects of management, diversity, ethics and overseeing a high performance culture whilst retaining their financial governance role.

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Alex Hanlon
Executive Director, Learning Resources
University of Canterbury 

At the University of Canterbury Alex Hanlon is responsible for the management and development of UC Libraries, Information Technology Services and the UC Estate. She specialises in digital disruption, coaching new technology adoption, and agile leadership methods for tertiary education. Alex coaches change, challenges status quo thinking and empowers teams to reach their potential.

Alex shares her insight on artificial intelligence and how it will impact future careers. She also looks at the impacts of disruptive innovation on how people learn and adapt.

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Kevin Angland
General Manager Digital Services

Kevin Angland is General Manager, Digital Services at Mercury. He is an insightful business leader who understands the potential for technology solutions to deliver business results and is passionate about using technology to enable business strategy and improve the customer experience. Kevin holds an MBA and a Graduate Diploma in Business (Information Systems Management) from The University of Auckland. In 2014 he was awarded CIO of the Year while in his role at IAG.

Kevin shares his own personal leadership journey, the challenges he has faced and the path he has taken to stay relevant in his career.

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