Meet the TechLeader – David Godfrey

Georgia Taylor
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NAME: David Godfrey

What drives you to make a difference?
We have reached a tipping point in history where technology is widespread across all areas of life. It is important we demystify technology, encourage participation and increase awareness. We need knowledgeable debate and I am driven to encourage a deeper understanding and to enable the future, rather than be held back.

What set you on the path to becoming a leader?
I have always been amazed at what can be achieved when you create a team that truly collaborates. The best outcomes are achieved by teams that consider all the options and debate ideas. Often as a leader you may know what needs to be achieved but don’t necessarily know how. This is where a high performing team can complement each other with their areas of expertise.

What’s the most important leadership lesson you’ve learned?
Don’t be ‘the’ expert, rely on the experts around you for their knowledge. Leaders should set the direction, then support teams and their management to work through the options and find a way forward. Leaders are decision makers too, but the key role is empowering those around you to make decisions.

How do you motivate your team?
How you engage your team and build a high performing team is the most important part of my role.
It is important to share the direction of the company and the teams part in enabling that. I advocate continuous improvement and transparent communication. It is vital to acknowledge great work and celebrate success on a regular basis. Get it right, and the commitment to deliver is second nature.

What is your approach to problem solving?
First, listen and then ask questions. Bring together the relevant people to work through an issue and consider options. Methodically work through the implications of each option and then ensure everyone understands the reason for choosing the final outcome. I’m also aware that as a leader I set the tone for the team, and this is even more important in a pressurised situation.

What inspires you?
I’m inspired by people’s stories of persistence, dedication, commitment, doubt and self-belief. Also, when someone is driven to do something and is focused on the outcome, not whether they will fail.
If they do fail, they learn from the experience and keep moving forward. It’s a great approach to life.

Favourite productivity tip?
Stop procrastinating and just do it! If I find myself procrastinating, I knuckle down and do it. I remind myself that it’s either something I need to do, or it shouldn’t be on my list.

Digital principles set up to help NZ businesses evolve

Georgia Taylor
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TechLeaders

The digital revolution that has begun will change, redefine and disrupt almost every sector across the country, New Zealand Techleaders chair David Kennedy says.

Techleaders today released a set of digital principles to support New Zealand’s transformation into a more digitally competitive nation by helping Kiwi businesses and government agencies commit to digital transformation.

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Meet the TechLeader – Craig Columbus

Georgia Taylor
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NAME: Craig Columbus

What drives you to make a difference?
I love a challenge and enjoy helping others reach their full potential. Ultimately, I want know I’ve played a part in helping make the world a better place. Technology now touches all of our lives on a daily basis, but we must leverage it to strengthen our communities. Our efforts to build a technically capable society will pay dividends for generations and ensure a bright future for New Zealand.

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Meet the TechLeader – Matthew Wright

Georgia Taylor
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NAME: Matthew Wright

What impact will tech have for all New Zealanders?
We can make New Zealanders’ lives better through technology. We need to challenge the world using technology as a vehicle, particularly to support quality of life, sustainability and trade. If we don’t embrace technology, these opportunities will pass us by.

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Meet the TechLeader – David Kennedy

Georgia Taylor
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NAME: David Kennedy

What aspirations do you have for New Zealand?
To be a lighthouse for other countries to visit and see how we are adapting to the changing world.
It is the responsibility of leaders to create a platform for domestic success and international partnerships for today and the future. Tech will enable us to act as a much larger country trialling emerging technologies and create value that can be shared across the globe. This will gives us a strong foothold in the global market.

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Meet the TechLeader – Angela Nash

Jackie Clark
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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.

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Digital change expected to lose and create many jobs

Georgia Taylor
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AI Forum, TechLeaders

Digital transformation, including automation and artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to impact many current jobs and the income of many New Zealanders, a high-powered national tech leaders group says.

It is predicted that artificial intelligence and automation alone, will quickly change both the number of jobs and types of available employment.

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Urgent attention needed to look at automation impact

Chantal Thomas
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Media Release, NZTech News, TechLeaders

Automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and digital transformation issues facing the country could become threats, leading to increased social and economic difficulties and a strain on government resources unless they are immediately addressed, New Zealand’s tech leader say.

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TechLeaders Executive Auckland Launch Photos

Jackie Clark
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In September 2017, the founding members of TechLeaders Executive gathered in Auckland for lunch and robust discussion on how they can work together to drive positive economic and social change and ensure we have an adaptive workforce for the future.

First ever NZ Tech Leaders group launched

Jackie Clark
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A new national group of New Zealand’s leading tech experts was formed in Auckland today, because the country is facing unprecedented growth and change in tech – which is now the nation’s fastest growing sector.

Tech Leaders has been set up with the support of NZTech and is a group of passionate New Zealand tech, digital and ICT focused-executives from leading organisations that will work together, with the support of NZTech, to use their experience to help address tech related issues of national importance.

NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says New Zealanders are seeing dramatic tech changes the likes of which have never been seen before.

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