Organisational Consultant, OD Consultant and Author
I started my career as an economist in the NZ Treasury. I received Bachelors and Masters degrees in Economics in NZ. In my third year at The Treasury, I left NZ (presumably forever) to go to London. I joined the UK Treasury but felt stifled in their bureaucracy so I left to take up a management job in a City Insurance company.
I decided to leave Economics. To make a transition to another career I went to Cranfield School of Management to do an MBA. There, I ‘found’ Organisational Behaviour, leapt to it and stayed there, as my career, ever since.
I decided to formalise my new inspiration with a PhD in the USA and went to the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston. This was one of the peak experiences of my life. Mentors there included Professor Ed Schein, known for his culture work, and Professor Dick Beckhard, often known as the father of OD. My PhD consisted of research on the dynamics of burnout: what creates it and what it looks like.
After my PhD I went to London Business School. I had a contract to do research for Coopers and Lybrand which focused on what makes knowledge workers tick; taught on executive programmes and ran MBA elective programme. I left LBS to run my own consultancy business which I have done for 25 years (see Consultancy).
I left the UK to return to NZ in 2000. There I write books and run my own consultancy.
Some of the companies I have worked with:
- ICL- Fujitsu