Spreading the word
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.