Leadership in the Real World - The Power of Presence

by Diana Jones

17th October 2018, 6pm

The Cella, 610 Victoria St., Hamilton Central

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Diana will explain:
- What you thought you knew about leadership doesn’t count any more
- Why people don’t respect leaders and what you can do about that
- How people experience you matters more than skills, tools and techniques

Diana Jones is the Director of the Organisation Development Company. She is in an entrepreneur, trusted advisor, executive coach, disrupter, speaker author and educator.

She brings 30 years of wide-ranging experience in both the public and private sectors as specialising in culture and behaviour change with senior leaders in their real work relationships, the flow on behaviours and implications for strategy, action and business results. Her first book Leadership Material: how personal experience shapes leadership presence is published by Nicholas Brealey business books in the US and UK, and Hachette in New Zealand. Her Executive Presence programme has over 450 graduates and attracts comments like compelling, unique, inspiring, freeing and impactful.

Her clients include international leaders in New York, Paris, Ottawa, and Buenos Aires. She has been interviewed by Andrew Duncan and Kathryn Ryan and is quoted in Forbes, Huffington Post, and CEO Magazines. Diana says we have been heading in the wrong direction in developing leaders. Rather than developing skills, tools and techniques, Diana says it is leaders’ behaviour and their relationships that has the greatest impact on their success.

Diana's qualifications:
MA (Applied); Dip PE; Dip Ed; Sociometrist, and Trainer, Educator, Practitioner (TEP) with the Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association, (AANZPA)

Three beliefs guide Diana’s work:
- That people themselves know what is needed to change or navigate complex situations
- That behavioural change and relationships are fundamental to organisation development and results
- That mutual relationships enable new solutions be found for persistent problems.

Previous Professorial Address:

Recognising the Value of Global Citizenship

by Professor Vickie Stevens
BS, MA, (Southern Illinois University), PhD(University of South Florida)

15th May 2018, 6pm



Mark Twain

Today, travel and studying in other countries as a student is common in most first world and developing countries. In this address, Vickie will review, research experiences and her reflections on a lifetime of introducing USA and other university students to new experiences and understandings of diverse languages and cultures. In her work, Vickie has gained deep and first hand insights into the personal learning, understandings and profound insights many students gain from guided Study Abroad experiences.


About Professor Vickie

Dr. Vickie Hall Stevens' teaching career spans middle school, high school, community college, adult education and university levels. She was a first-generation college student, she received her B.S. and M.A. degrees from Southern Illinois University, then received her Ph.D. in Higher Education Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Administration at University of South Florida. Her dissertation was entitled Student Perceptions on Issues Related to Globalization at a Four-Year Community College in Florida. Professor Stevens has presented at state, national and international conferences and her publications include Globally-minded Learners with Globally Competent Language, Back to the Future: the Beginning of the End of Classrooms without Walls, From la Malinche and Menchú to Modern-Day “Mayas”: Women Forging Paths through the Maze of Higher Education in Forum on Public Policy and De una Vida de servicio y principios humildes a la mujer del siglo; La devocion extraordinaria de Virginia Norman/From a Life of Service and Humility to the Woman of the Century; The Extraordinary Devotion of Virginia Norman. Vickie is currently an International Advisory Council Member of International Higher Education Curriculum Designer Society New Zealand and an editorial board member of International Education Studies Journal, Canadian Centre of Science and Education, Toronto, Canada. A world traveller, Professor Stevens has travelled extensively in all continents with Study Abroad independently and with students from her current faculty, St Petersburg University, Florida, USA.