I was deeply saddened to hear of Sir Paul Callaghan’s passing today. While he made many contributions to New Zealand over the years, for me personally his lasting legacy will be the presentation he gave at StrategyNZ last year.
The vision of New Zealand as a place where ‘talent wants to live’ is bang on the money – I constantly meet (and usually try to recruit) very talented people who can live anywhere in the world and choose New Zealand because of the quality of life. Sure, you can usually make more money living somewhere else but you have to sacrifice much that is of more value. That’s what got me over here from Australia (shh, don’t tell anyone) in 2004, and that’s why I’m still here to this day. Because it’s simply better in New Zealand.
The challenge to create 100 world class companies is such a clear call to action and if one of our Enspiral companies could one day be part of that 100 then I’d consider it a job well done.
For me Paul Callaghan embodies what is great about this country, the straight up no bullshit approach to getting things done, humility balanced with great accomplishments, a commitment to leaving things better than when we arrived. Thank you for the vision and challenge Paul, we never met but your words will stay with me for a long time.