Fellowship to take Feilding man to US
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.’’
Peter Coleman has been awarded the New Zealand Harkness Fellow for 2016 to travel the United States to research culture change in complex organisations.