Spread­ing the word

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Ti­tahi Bay au­thor David Par­menter may travel to Asia, the Mid­dle East and Europe to give speeches and work­shops on per­for­mance man­age­ment, but he says the pull of home will al­ways be strong.

His sixth ti­tle, Win­ning CFOS, was gifted to Porirua Li­brary last week, join­ing a strong col­lec­tion of busi­ness man­age­ment publi­ca­tions.

‘‘Some of my great­est finds have come from this li­brary, the staff have the knack of stock­ing some very in­ter­est­ing books, or lo­cat­ing them on loan for me.’’

A for­mer ac­coun­tant, who is dyslexic, Mr Par­menter spends up to 150 days off­shore ev­ery year. Re­cently he has been to Oman, Iran, the Czech Repub­lic, Australia, Sin­ga­pore, Canada and the UK to de­liver his work­shops.

De­spite New Zealand be­ing at the bot­tom of the world, he sees no bar­rier for some­one who wants to make an im­pact in the busi­ness world – even if work­ing from Ti­tahi Bay can feel like a para­dox.

‘‘It is strange look­ing out to sea from my of­fice, de­liv­er­ing a web broad­cast to over 800 at­ten­dees, many of whom live in cramped cities, work­ing long hours into the night.

‘‘But I’m only 40 min­utes from an in­ter­na­tional air­port and I do a lot of my work on flights. I love liv­ing and work­ing in the Bay, it’s re­fresh­ing and in­vig­o­rat­ing.’’

He says he has a ‘‘mis­sion’’ to change the way lead­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions mea­sure and man­age per­for­mance by 2030, but he wants to help lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions as well. Re­cently he aided Ti­tahi Golf Club to find their ‘‘crit­i­cal suc­cess fac­tors’’ as the club look to fur­ther their work with young golfers.

Mr Par­menter says bet­ter in­ter­net con­nec­tion and more aware­ness of mod­ern man­age­ment think­ing will help New Zealan­ders be­come bet­ter world lead­ers and trend­set­ters.

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