Magazine article New Zealand Management

As I See It: Max Harris; 2012 Rhodes Scholar Elect Max Harris Was a Keynote Speaker at the Latest Deloitte/Management Magazine Top 200 Awards

Magazine article New Zealand Management

As I See It: Max Harris; 2012 Rhodes Scholar Elect Max Harris Was a Keynote Speaker at the Latest Deloitte/Management Magazine Top 200 Awards

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What are New Zealand's major challenges for 2012?

I'm no economist and as a 23-year-old I still have much to learn. But my tentative view is that in 2012 we mustn't allow scepticism about economic trends in Europe and America, or other distractions, to take our eyes off the imperative to address some deep economic weaknesses: our neglect of entrepreneurship, our failure to focus on strengthening management skills, our low rates of internationalisation amongst businesses and our need to improve our export profile. We need to front up to these weaknesses, in an inclusive and socially minded way -- with four million pairs of hands.

How well prepared are Kiwi business leaders to face these challenges?

Speaking cautiously (since I know only a few business leaders), my perception is that our leaders in the business sphere are alert to challenges of productivity, international growth, and leadership -- but perhaps could sometimes do more to engage with Government on these challenges, and to speak out publicly about this country's overall direction. …

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