Business Psychologist to Lead New Massey Institute
(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) PALMERSTON NORTH, New Zealand, Feb. 7 -- Massey University issued the following news release:
Massey University has recruited Scottish leadership expert Mike Fiszer to head its new Institute of Executive Education and Enterprise.
The renowned business psychologist has moved to New Zealand from Plymouth University, where he was the director of executive education at its Graduate School of Management.
The new College of Business institute brings together Massey's MBA programme, executive short courses and contract research, and
Mr Fiszer says this approach is what attracted him to the role.
"Massey has had the insight to put together executive education, enterprise, entrepreneurship and innovation - not many universities have done that," he says. "I'm excited by the opportunity to bring these things together in a cohesive way that makes a difference to the lives of people in business."
Mr Fiszer has been tasked with expanding Massey's MBA programme and offering businesses a one-stop-shop for education and research. He says he will bring a "strengths-based and solutions-focused" approach to leadership and executive development.
"Success comes by looking to the strengths and capabilities of individuals and fitting them into a space where they can be brilliant. What would get you running into work on the wettest July morning? That's playing to your strengths," he says.
"That's not to say you can ignore people's limitations. For example, at school I was forced into the usual sports like rugby and grew up thinking I was physically limited because I was short. That's completely the wrong way of approaching the talent you have in a country, organisation or individual. In my case, I found out much later that I was actually quite good at gymnastics and high diving."
Mr Fiszer's priorities will be to "grow a great team" and engage with the business community at all levels.
"I really want to meet the innovators and new thinkers here, and immerse myself in Maori culture so I can understand how we can collaborate in an enterprising way that creates opportunities," he says.
"My aim is to bring the best of management and leadership practice to New Zealand organisations. I would love to see New Zealand stepping up into a place where its unique strengths, rather than its limitations - like its geographic isolation and small population - are to the fore; for it to stand up, stand out and make a difference."
Professor Ted Zorn, head of Massey's College of Business, says the new Institute of Executive Education and Enterprise will "be a partner for businesses, with a comprehensive offer to develop their capability and performance".
"We want to partner with businesses to develop their capability," he says. "We recruited Mike because he has the creative flair and energy to find new ways of achieving that, along with a solid record of developing and delivering innovative business programmes."
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