Magazine article New Zealand Management

Far Horizons

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Far Horizons

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Nowhere is the need for a long-term view more vital than in our schools. For today's children are tomorrow's leaders. So it is perhaps not surprising that debate should rage fiercely over how our nation establishes, measures, rewards and upholds educational standards. In recent years that ferocity has flared up a notch as the New Zealand Qualifications Authority has come under increasing fire for what many critics see as flawed thinking and a rigid and inflexible approach.

Last month, the New Zealand Institute of Management weighed in to the debate with a comprehensive briefing paper outlining its concerns and which it presented to "the incoming government". This is the subject of our cover story this month in which, right at the end, the Authority's founding chief executive David Hood very sensibly points out that the process of reform will never change. For each solution is a response to problems of the past.

Tell that to Peter Drucker, who no-one could accuse of not having a long-term view. Now 95 years old and still one of the world's most respected thinkers on management and society, he shares his thoughts and a lifetime of wisdom in a candid interview starting on page 42 of this issue. …

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