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Strategic People Programme:
Preparing Business Leaders for the C-Suite

In this time of significant change and disruption this intensive, practically-focused programme allows business leaders and human resource professionals to develop, refocus and align their organisation’s people strategy with their organisational strategy.

C-Suite Programmes Information Session CFO, CIO, Supply Chain & Strategic People

The University of Auckland Business School
Thursday 17 December
Online 1:00- 2:00pm

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Opportunities and challenges for 2021 and beyond from a New Zealand perspective

In this webinar C-Suite Advisory Group senior leaders from Finance, Information Technology, Supply Chain and Human Resources speak on what they see as the critical challenges and opportunities for New Zealand organizations. The second part of the session will allow the leaders an opportunity for cross industry and functional discussion and questions from attendees.

About the programme

The Strategic People Programme: Preparing Business Leaders for the C-Suite programme is designed to allow New Zealand based executives, who may come from human resources or business unit leadership, to develop and update their people strategy in the context of their organisation’s corporate strategy.

In this time of great disruption, alternative work arrangements, downsizing and rapidly changing business priorities it is more important that then ever that organisations are proactive and strategic in developing a people strategy that aligns with the realities of the and business and promotes a positive corporate culture

The programme will be taught by University of Auckland academics and business leaders who will bring cutting edge research and best practices to the classroom.  All students will be matched with a senior executive “mentor” from the programme advisory group who will help guide the participant in the development of their organisation’s people strategy.

Programme take aways:

  • A well thought through People Strategy for your organisation for the next 3 -5 years;
  • Knowledge and understanding of how the world is changing, what trends we are seeing in workforces and how work will change in the future;
  • Knowledge of which companies and people are working on different aspects of the people challenges you are facing, and what they are learning from their work;
  • A network of peers, practitioners, mentors and other senior leaders who can support your growth and development as a people change leader;
  • Confidence that you know where to look and whom to contact when you need assistance to think and develop solutions;
  • Understanding of how to continue to learn and grow to respond positively to the changing nature of work


Time commitment

This programme is designed for busy working professionals. It is a eight day programme set across four modules, held over four months. The majority of the programme will be held on-site at the University of Auckland Business School campus.

The expected time commitment outside of the module components involves work on a strategic project, mentoring sessions, peer coaching, reflection on learning and pre and post module readings.


Am I eligible?

We recommend this programme if you are:

  • A mid to senior leader from any background who is responsible for driving the people strategy or culture change in your organisation
  • Someone who is responsible for a large operational workforce or will be working in an area which is likely to be, or is being, impacted by technology, generational changes, transformation or the like​


2021 schedule and programme content

Module 1
26-27 May

What business are we in? What challenges do we face?

What is the context for NZ organisations?
What are the disruptive influences in our industry? How does my organisation create value?

Organisational strategy – Where and how do we compete?
World-class People Strategy – What does it look like? What do we have in terms of human talent and processes to get there? What do we need in our organisation?

Module 2
7-8 July

How do we facilitate successful work so we attract great talent?

The changing nature of work – how are organisations changing and responding? What’s happening in our industry? What can we apply in our organisation?
Talent – How are our views of talent changing? Who are we looking for? What do we need to do in our organization?

Module 3
17-18 August

How can our systems support our strategy?

What are the challenges to traditional systems of organisation?
What new approaches are emerging? How can we adapt our systems and processes?

Capability building – what options do we have?
How do we manage the present and build for the future?
What do we need in our organisation?

Module 4
15-16 September

What is the plan for our people?

What’s our plan for meeting the challenges of the next decade? What do I need to do to help us meet those challenges

Between modules:

  1. Participants engage in peer coaching in between modules.
  2. Learnings from each module feed into each participant’s own people strategy document.
  3. Mentoring sessions with senior business leaders.
  4. Personal reflection and application on the job


Strategic Project

Participants will also be expected to develop their organisation’s People Strategy or review an existing strategy through the programme and present their results in some form to an Executive Panel at the end of the programme. This will be an opportunity for experts to provide advice and help to participants as they prepare to present to internal leaders and executives.


Advisory group

This programme is co-designed and supported by senior University faculty in conjunction with an Advisory Group of experienced business leaders who also feature as mentors and guest speakers.

  • Mark Daldorf (Head of People & Capability, Airways, New Zealand)
  • Kate Daly (Director People & Communications, BNZ)
  • Barbara Harrison (Chief People Officer, GUD Holdings)
  • Peter Kiely (Partner Kiely/Thompson/Caisley)
  • Susan Lowe (Director People & Culture, Coca-Cola Amatil)
  • Fiona Michel (Chief People Officer, Vector)
  • Mike Sweet (Chief People Officer, EROAD)
  • Laurent Sylvestre (former Chief People & Culture Officer, BECA)
  • Richard Waggot (Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Corrections)​


Our facilitators

Professor Elizabeth George

Graduate School of Management

Associate Professor Brigid Jan Carroll

Associate Professor, Management and International Business


Professor Elizabeth George

Graduate School of Management

Associate Professor Brigid Jan Carroll

Associate Professor, Management and International Business


Participant Fee

The fee for participation in the programme is $8,500 + GST.

This includes attendance at all of the modules, peer coaching, mentoring support for projects, materials and required reading. It also includes coffee, tea breaks and lunches on all class days,  programme dinners and receptions for each participant and their organisational sponsor.

Discounts are available for self-sponsored participants, organizations sponsoring multiple students and University of Auckland staff.


More information

If you would like to discuss whether this programme is suited to your needs please contact

Felicity Lawrence

Ph: +64 21492388
E: f.lawrence@auckland.ac.nz


Dave EversDave Evers
Ph: (09) 923 1859
E: dave.evers@auckland.ac.nz



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