Magazine article New Zealand Management

As I See It; Paul Johnson Is a Designworks Senior Designer

Magazine article New Zealand Management

As I See It; Paul Johnson Is a Designworks Senior Designer

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What are New Zealand's major challenges for 2012?

First, there are challenges to what we know: what we're used to, how we work, what we think we're entitled to, what a career path is, what we'll be doing at X or Y stage in life, how a city, or a house, or a business or a widget should be designed.

"Massive change" has been talked about as a notion for years -- we're clearly seeing some of it now -- and surely it won't go away. "Nothing endures but change" -- Heraclitus.

Our second challenge is to remain optimistic and proactive in the face of the above.

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

Across the board I think we've got a lot of people who are happy to move fast and try new things. We have a recognition that systemised corporate ways of doing things just aren't fit for today. We're seeing large organisations rethink the way they attack problems or opportunities, and establish small, agile teams who don't stare at Powerpoint slides all day and are challenged to make tangible progress at a very rapid rate. …

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