Magazine article New Zealand Management

Leadership Lessons from China

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Leadership Lessons from China

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Shanghai-based Andrew Grant reckons the Kiwi pioneering spirit is an asset in an offshore business environment he describes as "a microcosm on steroids".

The head of global management consultancy McKinsey & Co's Greater China practice says that country's unprecedented levels of business growth and rapid urbanisation offer opportunities that New Zealand is well placed to benefit from. It's not just because of our Free Trade Agreement which, he says, is viewed very positively in China--but aspects of the Kiwi character also help us thrive in complex and dynamic business environments.

"I think we're at our best as pioneers in those sort of environments--figuring things out, making it work- and I would love to see us using such opportunities to unlock that pioneering spirit."

In terms of broader business leadership, Grant says Kiwis are also well equipped to cope with what he describes as the leadership challenge of our age--managing talent which is more heterogeneous and in increasingly short supply at a time when business needs are increasingly complex. One Kiwi advantage is their ability (paraphrasing Rudyard Kipling) 'to dine with kings without losing the common touch'. …

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