NAME: Angela Nash
What impact will tech have for all New Zealanders?
We are well into the start of a new era and we can’t truly fathom the potential impact of tech in the next 10, 20 or 30 years. What we do know, is that change is coming and just as we have seen the arrival of mobile devices (with more computing power in them than what it took to land on the moon) we will see astonishing leaps in the technology that impacts our daily lives. The pace of change is incredible and I want to see New Zealand leading the global charge and embracing technology to benefit everyone. We are uniquely positioned to adopt technology quickly and as a nation, we are inherently open to trying new things.
What set you on the path to becoming a leader?
Recognising a lack of visible role models who consider human factors above technology set me on a path to try and deliver it for others. I want to positively impact my community and I do this by being visible and seeking out opportunities to support and mentor where I am able to add value.
What do you enjoy most about your career?
Since I was 12 years old, I have been messing about with computers and the constant change keeps me engaged. I also enjoy working with such a diverse range of people, creating a positive place for people to enjoy their jobs. It used to be the sole domain of nerds, but tech is pervasive and is now touching everyone and everything. I also enjoy creating a productive work environment where everyone has a voice and feels valued.
How do you motivate your team?
No matter how many motivational words you share, actions make a far greater impact. It is important for leaders to be available, clear, honest and visible. There is nothing as motivating as being alongside your team, giving them respect and a voice. If a team feels heard, valued and knows their direction, they will deliver. An early leadership lesson is to never underestimate the impact your decisions have on others.
What is your approach to problem solving?
I am surrounded by an intelligent team, so sometimes the best thing I can do is articulate the problem then get out of the way. I hire smart people and I like to let them be smart, being over prescriptive can kill creative thinking. Sometimes, my own skills and experience can help support others to find a solution, so the key is knowing when to speak up and when not to!
What inspires you?
Perseverance leading to success. We all have things we find more challenging than others and I am constantly inspired by people who ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’.
Favourite productivity tip?
Don’t put things off that you can easily do now. If a task is easily dealt with a ‘yes’, ‘no’ or ‘thank you’, do it as soon as it comes across your desk.