Fel­low­ship to take Feild­ing man to US

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - News - SAM KILMIS­TER

Peter Cole­man, for­merly of Feild­ing, has been awarded the New Zealand Hark­ness Fel­low for 2016 and will travel to the United States to re­search cul­ture and at­ti­tude change.

A for­mer Feild­ing High School stu­dent, Cole­man is the strate­gic ad­viser to the chief of the New Zealand De­fence Force.

For more than 60 years Hark­ness Fel­low­ships have en­abled mid-ca­reer pro­fes­sion­als who as­pire to sig­nif­i­cant lead­er­ship roles within New Zealand. It is de­signed for, but not lim­ited to, those in the public sec­tor.

The fel­low­ship seeks to re­in­force links with the US by en­abling po­ten­tial lead­ers and opin­ion for­m­ers in New Zealand to ben­e­fit from new ideas, prac­tices and con­tacts in the US.

Cole­man will work with the US mil­i­tary to mea­sure and un­der­stand the cul­tural traits of dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions.

His project, ’Cul­ture counts, so let’s count cul­ture’, fo­cuses pri­mar­ily on mil­i­tary in­te­gra­tion. He wishes for the three el­e­ments of the de­fence force to co-or­di­nate with each other more closely.

Cole­man said his re­search would en­able de­fence force lead­ers, and oth­ers in the public sec­tor, to de­lib­er­ately use cul­ture as a suc­cess tool.

‘‘As we’ve seen from the de­fence force’s re­sponse to Kaik­oura in re­cent times, our de­fence force is far more joined up than the his­tor­i­cally au­ton­o­mous navy, army and air force,’’ Cole­man said.

‘‘There is scope for the co­he­sion we’ve achieved at our ‘sharp end’ to be repli­cated in many other ar­eas of the de­fence force, for ex­am­ple, in our train­ing schools or how we pro­vide health ser­vices. But we know from ex­pe­ri­ence [things like] re­forms can fail be­cause they are too big a chal­lenge to our peo­ple’s sense of iden­tity.

‘‘Un­der­stand­ing how projects might im­pact our cul­tural set­tings would be re­ally use­ful.

‘‘A more joined-up de­fence force of­fers New Zealand an even more dy­namic, value adding public sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tion.’’

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Peter Cole­man has been awarded the New Zealand Hark­ness Fel­low for 2016 to travel the United States to re­search cul­ture change in com­plex or­gan­i­sa­tions.

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