Starting a Two-Way Conversation

I’m delighted to have had lots of feedback about this blog since I revived it a month ago, with people across the organisation commenting on its content and style, and, most pleasing of all, taking me up on my offer to shadow staff for two half days each month (Come Fly With Me, July 1 2011). Soon I’ll be shadowing staff in our Ophthalmology Department and taking a closer look at what their roles involve. Thanks to those who invited me along – I look forward to spending time with you soon. The invitation – to have me shadow you or to shadow me as CEO – will remain open to everyone in the organisation. Just send me an email – – I’m always open to hearing from you. Continue reading “Starting a Two-Way Conversation”


Come Fly With Me

This week I have three challenges for you…

I’m writing this from the depths of a beanbag in Ko Awatea’s Innovation Hub, reflecting on a meeting I had a few days ago with Rob Fyfe, Chief Executive Officer of Air New Zealand and a Kiwi who I’ve admired for many years. A lot of people describe him as charismatic – in fact, when I met him, I found he came across as a down-to-earth Kiwi guy who lives and breathes the work that he does, just like so many of you. Who are the Rob Fyfes among us at CMDHB? Continue reading “Come Fly With Me”

What are your top 10?

It’s almost the end of the financial year and I’m pleased to report that, despite the difficult environment in which we’ve been operating, CMDHB has performed extraordinarily well over the last 12 months. This is largely thanks to Thriving in Difficult Times – a hugely successful project which this year has saved us somewhere in the region of $10 million. Continue reading “What are your top 10?”

The Challenge of 2013

What a week – both for New Zealand, with the volcanic ash and earthquakes in Christchurch, and also for CMDHB as we count down to the opening of Ko Awatea. My heart goes out to Cantabrians who are living through these earthquakes and the associated uncertainty and disruption. I’m sure you join with me in sending them our support. Continue reading “The Challenge of 2013”

Inventing Our Future

More than a year has passed since I last updated my CEO blog. I launched it in 2009 with great hope for its potential and determination to keep it updated regularly. Despite good intentions, this soon didn’t happen.  

But CMDHB is no longer in the place it was then and, I hope, neither am I. Continue reading “Inventing Our Future”