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UC’s Organisational Culture Transformation – update #2

The College of Science 2-day Culture Leader workshop was held last week. Twenty-seven Culture Leaders (Heads, other senior staff and Team Leaders) engaged with each other, theories of Organisational Culture, other content and their results. Pro-Vice-Chancellor Wendy Lawson observed

“It was an intense couple of days for our group of ‘culture leaders’. But the next steps are even more important: sharing the results with our colleagues in a way that supports understanding, and planning next steps.”

The now well-tried and tested workshop agenda includes:
– The “How Culture Works” model (Circumplexes, Outcomes and Causal Factors),
– A case-study exercise using the overall UC results, and
– The release and debrief of the ‘local’ results – at the unit and sub-unit levels.

This brings the number of Culture Leaders who’ve been through the 2-day workshop to 180.

Sharing News and Good Stories
Can you relate any positive experience within your team, your wider work area, or across UC to the organisational culture programme activities you have been undertaking? Please take a couple of minutes to tell that story. There’s two questions plus a few demographics and you can repeat this at any time. I’d love to hear your experiences.

Culture Leaders – there is a slightly longer survey you can utilise asking a little detail about experiences and reflections as well as positive stories.

Feature Article: The Interactive Circumplex
The interactive circumplex on the Human Synergistics website is a great tool for getting your head around the lens ‘shift’ of the 12 styles from an Individual style perspective to the Organisational Culture view i.e. the Behavioural Norms which are encouraged, discouraged or tolerated. All the elements of the Circumplex are defined and explained as you click on them.

A good example is:
– Click on Individual level: Personal Managerial or Leadership Styles view (left-hand side) and then click on the Perfectionist segment and you will reveal…

“Perfectionistic: Based on the need to attain flawless results, avoid failure and the tendency to equate self-worth with the attainment of unreasonably high standards. People high in this style are preoccupied with details, place excessive demands on themselves and others and tend to show impatience, frustration and indifference toward others’ needs and feelings.”

– Then click on Organisational level (Behavioural Norms) on the left and then on the Perfectionistic segment and you’ll see…

“A Perfectionistic culture characterises organisations in which perfectionism, persistence, and hard work are valued. Members feel they must avoid all mistakes, keep track of everything, and work long hours to attain narrowly defined objectives.”

This lens shift shows the difference between an individual who has a Perfectionist workstyle (measured by the LifeStyles Inventory) and an organisational culture that encourages Perfectionistic work habits (measured through the Organisational Culture Inventory).

Planning timeline
The indicative timeline for planning the organisational culture programme in each area is as shown below (click to enlarge)….

Finding Out More
– See UC’s Culture Journey website for more information on the UC programme, tools, articles and whitepapers, FAQs and more.
– Previous blog: #1: https://blogs.canterbury.ac.nz/intercom/2018/01/24/ucs-organisational-culture-transformation/

Ngā mihi nui
Karen Mather
Organisational Development Manager

2018 New Zealander of the Year Awards

Nominations for the New Zealander of the Year awards are already coming in.

  • 41 people have been nominated for the 2018 New Zealander of the Year title.
  • There has been a surge in nominations for former Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei since her resignation.
  • Other nominated New Zealanders for 2018 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year include:
    • Peter Burling – Team New Zealand helmsman
    • Mark Dunajtschik – Wellington Children’s Hospital benefactor
    • Nicky Hager – author
    • Heather Henare – Skylight CEO and former CEO of Women’s Refuge New Zealand
    • Mike King – mental health advocate
    • Nigel Latta – psychologist and author
    • Jono Pryor – television and radio personality

After nominations close on 18 September 2017, a judging panel – comprising representatives of awards patrons, presenters, sponsors, community leaders and independent experts – will evaluate the nominations. The shortlist of 10 candidates to be considered for the New Zealander of the Year Award will be announced in December.

Other Categories
Nominations are also being sought for exceptional New Zealanders in the following categories:

  • University of Auckland Young New Zealander of the Year (15-30 years)
  • Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year (60 years and over)
  • Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year
  • Sanitarium New Zealand Innovator of the Year
  • Mitre10 New Zealand Community of the Year

More information on the 2018 New Zealander of the Year Awards is at www.nzawards.org.nz

UC hosts national meeting of Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors

UC is hosting a regular meeting of Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors from universities around the country today and tomorrow.

They are visiting our campus and seeing some of our newest facilities, such as the Engineering Core and Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities at the Arts Centre. The meeting agenda also includes private lectures from expert speakers on lessons learned from the earthquakes, a tour of the Ōtautahi Christchurch red zone, and visits to Lincoln University and the Otago School of Medicine.

Vice-Chancellors will also hold their regular meeting tomorrow (Friday).

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Unfiltered – inspiring leadership stories

UC Business School has secured access for all UC students and staff to Unfiltered. This is an online site filled with interviews and inspiring stories from entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Unfiltered contains interviews of internationally recognised high flyers like ex Air New Zealand and Commonwealth Bank of Australia head Sir Ralph Norris, global advertising superstar Kevin Roberts, CEO of Icebreaker Rob Fyfe, fashion icon Karen Walker, among many others.

Unfiltered is the brainchild of a young digital entrepreneur Jake Millar – who developed the concept and secured the funding, and who researches and hosts most of the interviews himself.

  1. How do I sign up?
    Go to: https://unfiltered.co.nz/signup/organisation
  2. Enter your UC email address, a password, first name and last name
  3. Enter uc1 in the Coupon Code field,
  4. University of Canterbury  in the Company Name field and your Job Title
  5. Check the “I am not a Robot box
  6. Click “Join Unfiltered” at the bottom of the page.

Indigenous women and leadership

In the lead up to  International Women’s Day, Aotahi School of Maori & Indigenous Studies hosted a panel discussion on ‘Indigenous Women in Leadership’.

The panelists were:

  • Sacha McMeeking, Aotahi School of Māori & Indigenous Studies, UC
  • Hana Skerrett-White, Tumuaki, Te Aka Toki, University of Canterbury Māori Students Association
  • Arihia Bennett, Chief Executive Officer, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

The forum was part of a series of events hosted by the Human Rights Commission, leading up to the 10th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

We share here some of the points from Hana’s talk.

Hana began her discussion with a quote from late Tuaiwa Rickard who was a very strong Māori women leader and activist in her time: “Somewhere in my past is my destiny”.

Hana then unmasked some of the leadership qualities that her tīpuna embodied and  how these qualities have been intergenerationally transmitted.

She also explained Rangatiratanga (which translates as leadership), ranga= to weave, tira=a group and tangata means people.
ie: To weave together a group of people. This gives us insight to a Māori view on leadership.

Other points covered included:

  • Leadership is about serving our people, being engaged in community, at the whānau level.
  • Iti te kupu nui te kōrero. Humility (whakaiti) is an intergral aspect of indigenous leadership.
  • Te Rangatiratanga o te reo: Māori language is central to the freedom thinking needed to dismantle colonial architecture, disrupt colonial rule and disturb colonial expansion.
  • Te reo karanga o te wahine. As the first voice to be heard on the marae, the voice of Māori women is one which can transcend the spiritual and physical realms.

UC is also hosting a Women in Leadership breakfast in Auckland on 8 March. To find out out about other events to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March, check these listings.