Ngā mihi nui kia koutou katoa (warm greetings to you all)
Gift of te reo Māori name: Whiria te Taura Tangata – Weave the Rope of People
At the two Blue CLUES sessions held in June, the name that has been gifted to UC’s Organisational Culture Programme was bestowed.
Liz Brown, Kaiārahi Matua, and Darryn Russell, Amokapua Māori revealed the name and explained the concept behind it. Whiria te Taura Tangata – Weave the Rope of People refers to the way the strength of an individual flax strand is greatly enhanced when it is woven together with others to produce a strong cord. In a similar fashion, we achieve more, and are more successful in our endeavours when we have strong, collaborative relationships.
You can find out all about it on the Whiria te Taura Tangata page including a video of Liz, videos showing the muka extraction and twisting, sound bites for correct pronunciation, and a little history. You will also find access to the graphics for use in your own presentations. Please share with colleagues.
Blue CLUES #2 – June
The resources (videos, handouts, photos of the flipcharts produced) are now all available on the Blue CLUES website.
Thanks to all who participated and to those staff who presented at the beginning of each session – Associate Professor Catherine Reid (Geological Sciences), Professor Angus McIntosh (Biological Sciences) and Jayne Austin (Events) at the first session, with John Todd (ITS), Denise Hall (SSAC), Associate Professor Annelies Kamp (Educational Studies and Leadership) and Tim Stedman (Library) at the second. Your reflections and positive stories started the sessions on a high note.
A series of weekly Human Synergistics Podcasts provide a great opportunity for learning more about culture focussing on individual, team and organisational levels. Titles include “Myth Busters: If I am not Aggressive then I have to be Passive”; “My Manager is resisting culture change”; “How to spot a Constructive applicant” and many more. They may be helpful for a team session or to build your own understanding. The podcasts are usually 20 mins long and there is also a written summary. You can find them on the Human Synergistics Culture Insights Blog.
Finding Out More
- See UC’s Culture Development Programme website for more information on the UC programme, the underpinning research, tools, articles and white papers, FAQs and more.
- Share your good news stories about culture change.
- Previous blogs.
Mā te wā
Noho ora mai
Organisational Development Manager