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HRINZ Conference 2004 Shifting the Thinking
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Dave McMillan

F3 The Power of the Strategically Balanced Organisation: turning laggards into leaders

Dave McMillan, Director, Simply Strategic Limited

Traditionally HR professionals have been the champions of resourcing organisations to succeed through their people. While important, it appears this goal is no longer sufficient to prime an organisation for success. The adoption of a hybrid approach, where HR professionals take a broader perspective of the company with a view to developing a strategically balanced organisation, is a logical but challenging extension of the function of HR.

Despite increasing pressure to compete successfully overseas and the continued world trend towards globalisation, many New Zealand organisations struggle to compete in their own domestic market, let alone contest successfully overseas.

Some industry commentators consider that difficulties in cementing successful outcomes has more to do with a lack of ambition than a deficiency of knowledge or skills. However, international benchmarking surveys such as Baldridge, provide empirical evidence that the average New Zealand company falls well short of the mark required to compete to a world class standard. Indeed many of New Zealand’s successful export industries are successful to a large extent through the comparative advantage they gain through our unique climatic and geographic aspects rather than any internally developed competitive advantage. Industries such as agriculture, wine and forestry provide testament to this position.

Does this mean that New Zealand organisations are destined to become local offices for global companies? Or can we improve our level of competitiveness to such an extent that we become competitive internationally? The answer is that surely we can succeed in our quest to become internationally competitive. But in order to improve our competitiveness we first must understand what we need to improve.

Session Indicator




All levels

Grunt Factor: 

Hard business/hybrid




Presentation 35%; Q&A 10%; group work 30%; reporting 25%




The workshop aims to:

  1. Equip participants with a contemporary knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of strategically balanced organisations using New Zealand based empirical data.
  2. Stimulate lively discussion using representative New Zealand medium to large organisations across multiple industries to identify common barriers to developing a strategically balanced organisation.
  3. Collaboratively develop strategies to effectively diagnose their own organisation’s strategic balance and tailor an influence programme to enhance this balance.

The workshop will involve four phases.

The first phase comprises a brief presentation regarding organisational strategic balance across five important dimensions. This will be followed by a presentation of the results of research conducted by the presenter on 300 medium to large New Zealand organisations to assess strategic balance within each organisation and across industries. The third vital phase involves dividing the participants into groups that will consider a variety of issues spanning from the barriers to creating a strategically balanced organisation through to practical strategies for engaging the executive team with the necessary aim of creating strategic balance. The final phase is comprised of group presentations on their respective topics. The group presentations will then be combined with the results of the New Zealand research findings and circulated to the participants within one month of the conference. Thus the workshop will collaboratively create a profile for implementing strategies to create a strategically balanced organisation.

Participants who attend this workshop will be able to:

  • ACCESS the latest information on the state of strategic balance in New Zealand organisations
  • UNDERSTAND common patterns of imbalanced organisations and industries
  • LEARN some simple strategies for socializing the concept of strategic balance amongst their executive team
  • IDENTIFY the broad strategic balance of their organisation
  • APPRECIATE the importance of the interplay of the five strategic dimensions
  • GENERATE strategies for championing strategic balance through the adoption of a hybrid approach
  • ENJOY a fun, empirically based, practical leading edge workshop that focuses on the practical implications of improving strategic balance within organisations.

Dave McMillan holds an MBA (distinction) from Waikato University and is currently completing a PhD exploring the theme of loyalty in business-to-business relationships. Dave has 12 years experience as a business consultant and has held senior roles including General Manager of Strategy and Research at Sovereign Assurance. Sovereign transformed from a start up company in 1988 through to market leader in the space of 14 years.

As a founding Director of Simply Strategic, Dave currently works with senior executives with a number of New Zealand’s largest companies to improve the strategic capability of their organisations. Dave has a wide breadth of experience in the New Zealand with consulting assignments including:

  • Re-engineering
  • Remuneration
  • Franchise development and testing
  • Public speaking
  • Strategic planning

Dave’s public speaking skills have been utilised by a number of national organisations and industry bodies including Money Managers, IIAA (Insurance & Investment Advisers Association), Sovereign, Allfinanz, Prudential, Colonial and NZI.

Dave is currently undertaking research for a new book that explores the contemporary role of mentoring in flat organisations.

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