Magazine article New Zealand Management

EDITOR'S LETTER : Number 8 Wired

Magazine article New Zealand Management

EDITOR'S LETTER : Number 8 Wired

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Byline: Brenda Ward

So -- did an accident of geography make Kiwis inventive, innovative problem-solvers, able to take a piece of number eight wire and turn it into a high-tech electric fence?

Or are we dreamers to think that we can come up with world-beating ideas from these remote and sparsely populated islands at the bottom of the world? Are we special? Or have we just been lucky so far?

I like Bob van de Kuilen's suggestion in this magazine in June 2008 ("Kiwi Competitiveness in the Global Economy") that Bert Munro might have had the world's fastest Indian, but he certainly didn't have the world's best team preparing him for his speed record -- he failed to get a permit to race his motorbike on the salt flats and very nearly had to come home without racing at all.

Perhaps we are a nation of Bert Munros, appearing without warning in foreign countries with a great idea, a bright smile and our famous Kiwi optimism. She'll be right. Katherine Corich, founder of international consultancy Sysdoc, who appears in our cover story certainly thinks so. She told me earlier this year: "It's not enough to go in and say we're new, we're innovative, we're keen, you should love us, because that doesn't have context in the problems of the host nation. …

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