Stuff That Matters Now


Ian ‘Harv’ Harvey, founder of Collective Intelligence, talks to a bunch of really cool New Zealanders about the hard stuff, the fun stuff, and the epic stuff-ups that have shaped how they go about making the world a better place.

 

All are members of Collective Intelligence, a unique membership-based leadership development community that helps curious people evolve and become more courageous.

 

Podcast production supported by the great team at Te Awanga Estate.

19 Rod McDonald: Winemaker, Te Awanga Estate

May 2020

What does it take, as a young fella, to drive into a valley with a car boot-load of your possessions, and then just a few short years later scoop the prize for producing the best red wine in the world? This is the story I wanted to dig into with Rod McDonald of Te Awanga Estate, our podcast sponsor. He’s a modest bugger and keeps things very close to his chest, so I thought I’d have a battle on my hands to get him to open up. I was wrong. It was a delight and I hope you enjoy this epic conversation.

A huge thank you to Rod and his team for bringing this first series of “Stuff that Matters Now” to your ears.

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18 Anna Dean: Double Denim co-founder

May 2020

The top benefit of being a podcaster? You get the chance to learn a whole bunch of stuff whilst talking to cool people! Double Denim’s ‘ace ladyAnna Dean fits right into this league. Gender intelligence is not one of my strong points, and Anna was generous and patient in bringing me (a little bit) up to speed on this important subject.

Even though this interview was conducted pre-lockdown, it’s more relevant now than ever.

Podcast brought to your ears with the support of Te Awanga Estate.

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Pod Resource 1: Ian McDougall on his Gen Z ‘8 key effectiveness skills’ research

April 2020

In this podcast resource you’ll hear Ian McDougall, founder of Business Genetics and our Episode 16 guest, share with Harv of Collective Intelligence the results of some astounding research he’s done with Gen Z’ers. Using a select group of early-stage leaders/execs, Ian identified 8 factors seen as essential ‘effectiveness’ skills (agility, ambiguity, emotional intelligence, failing, flexibility, integrity, forming trusted & enduring relationships, and judgement) needed to navigate the new world that lies ahead. We can all, regardless of age, learn from this one (and make use of it in our workplace recruitment strategies).

Visit the master podcast page to view a transcript and timestamps of when each skill is discussed in detail. Or download a 2-page reference summary of the work that Ian kindly put together for us.

Just think what a team of people with these attributes could achieve together – they would be ‘unbeatable’! The two Ian’s agree here that the notion of leadership is now obsolete and should be replaced with the idea of ‘effectiveness’ – and as Ian McDougall points out, ‘Collective Intelligence is very good at producing effective people’.

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17 Rod Oram: it’s Business NOT as usual

April 2020

My opening line to Rod Oram was “well, it’s been interesting times since we last talked at the end of January!”. Since Episode 12 Rod has biked himself around Aotearoa and we’ve had a virus. I promised you I’d do an annual interview with him on the state of the nation, but as Rod’s spent the past month investigating the impact of Covid-19 on our economic and business spheres, the time for another chat is now. Thanks Rod for generously sharing your insights on our response to this event in a global context – after a listen here you can read more about it in his recent series of Newsroom columns.

This episode is a little over 52 minutes long, so here’s a few cheat times so you can skip to certain bits if you’re interested in his thoughts on a particular question I asked him:

2:03
Q | How do you see things unfolding around the globe with this outbreak health-wise?

13:12
Q | How do you see the economic impact rolling out globally as we stand today?

22:51
Q | Where does the Reserve Bank get its cash from?

25:18
Q | How would you rate the job our Governor of the Reserve Bank is doing right now?

29:01
Q | What are your concerns around our inbound/outbound supply chains going forward?

39:13
Q | What are the things we need to be working on as a nation as we move forward?

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16 Ian McDougall: Founder, Business Genetics

April 2020

It’s not often I get the chance to sit down with a professional of such immense experience and wisdom as Ian McDougall. He’s spent years working in the agency world, on the international stage of Saatchi & Saatchi and others, and his stories are rich and real. Ian generously shares insights from a new research project that his company undertook on the leadership skills Gen Z need to tackle the future (super-relevant to us all, regardless of our ‘gen’!). Ian’s had a huge influence on the direction of Collective Intelligence and I’m forever grateful for his counsel. His Te Awanga Estate wine choice is on standby for him to enjoy when we’re able to connect up in person once again.

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15 Robyn Shearer: Deputy Director-General, Mental Health & Addiction

March 2020

Until this interview, I’d never spoken to a CEO with an annual budget of $1.9 billion dollars before! The very humble Robyn Shearer heads up Aotearoa’s new Wellbeing Budget – a world first that puts people above everything else. Robyn started her career as a nurse and has worked on the frontline of mental health for many years. I was intrigued to learn how she was coping with this huge role and felt very privileged that she took the time to share her story with me. Robyn chose our sponsor’s (Te Awanga Estate) 2016 ‘Red Planet’ Pinot Noir.

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14 Alex Hannant: Professor & Co-Director, Yunus Centre

March 2020

I first met Alex when he gave a TED talk about social enterprise. I was like, ‘WTF is he on about?’, but there was no doubt he knew his topic and was so passionate about it. Back then he was transforming the struggling Hikurangi Trust into the Akina Foundation. Akina went on to host the Social Enterprise World Forum in Christchurch in 2017, where 1600 people came together from across the globe. Alex is now in Brisbane at the Yunus Centre, where he holds a professorship for being such a smart bugger.

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13 Ruth Kibble: CEO, Oamaru Hospital

February 2020

Roll your sleeves up and build an awesome team to turn a provincial hospital around. How hard can it be? Yeah right! I was keen to interview Ruth Kibble in the middle of Oamaru Hospital’s transformation, to learn how she’s wrangled this complex beast so quickly.

I got to meet her management team on the day of the interview and could sense the amount of goodwill towards their CEO, even though their world has been turned upside down. That is not achieved through simple luck!

Ruth chose our sponsor’s (Te Awanga Estate) 2015 Pinot Noir.

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12 Rod Oram: International Business Journalist

February 2020

The first in a series of annual interviews with acclaimed business journalist and deep thinker, Rod Oram, aimed at sharing his insights into what’s going on in the world right now. We started our interview with a great plan, deviated from the plan but then ended up with a really profound and succinct outcome. Rod is such a fascinating man and I came away with a real sense of what humanity needs to do to prosper.

Rod is still trying to figure out which of our sponsor’s (Te Awanga Estate) wines is to his liking. Tough choice!

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11 Kendall Flutey: Banqer Co-Founder

January 2020

You head off to University, pass all the exams, get a flash wardrobe and get a job as an accountant in Wellington. Boom. But if you’re Kendall Flutey, you then question if this is you, opt out, and then drastically rewrite your life script. The result? Banqer. A tech-based business that teaches kids financial literacy. Kendall’s vision and very talented team of ‘doers’ who deliver this epic program to schools lead to her becoming Young New Zealander of the Year in 2019. Not bad for a ‘failed’ accountant!

Kendall opted for our sponsor’s (Te Awanga Estate) 2016 ‘Red Planet’ Pinot Noir. Great choice!

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10 Tim Jones: The Grow Good Guy & B Corp Ambassador

January 2020

A young Tim Jones discovered he wasn’t suited to joining the British Army and killing people, so what else could he do? Quite a lot it seems, including being a bloody good surgical prosthetics salesman. His problem was that he had values. Questions nagged at him, ‘maybe I’m not in the right job?’ and ‘there must be more to life than making money?’. So Tim recast himself as ‘The Grow Good Guy’ and he’s one of the reasons that Aotearoa-New Zealand is one of the fastest growing B Corp communities in the world.

Tim chose our sponsor’s (Te Awanga Estate) 2015 Pinot Noir. Nice.

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9 Rumi Shivaz: Managing Director, Midas Infomedia

January 2020

What is it like to come to a new country and a new culture with English as your third language? What drove a young Rumi Shivaz to leave war-torn Sri Lanka as a highly-trained IT professional and head to Aotearoa? What kept him motivated to slog his way back up the career ladder in his adopted country? In this episode I’m stoked to be able to explore Rumi’s life-journey with him and find out what he’s working on in his company Midas Infomedia

Rumi is a lovely man with a huge heart who has confronted head-on many barriers, both external and internal, during his career. I feel very fortunate to have met this unique character.

Rumi chose our sponsor’s (Te Awanga Estate) 2016 ‘The Banger’ Cabernet Sav/Syrah. Excellent choice! 

*Please note: in this interview, mental health and suicide topics are discussed. The NZ Mental Health Foundation website has a list of resources/helplines if you are worried about someone or need help yourself.

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8 Emily Blythe: CEO, Limpidity

December 2019

This episode is the ‘pre-Emily-being-famous’ podcast. Why? It’s not every day you get to hear a rising star before they are widely recognised. I think we’ll be recording a post-fame follow-up with her very soon!

Emily’s start-up, Limpidity, is tackling the problem of fog dispersal at airports to reduce fog-related disruptions. I first heard Emily speak to a group of young entrepreneurs at a start-up gig in Auckland. I was impressed with her clarity and how she projected her ideas and offered her a Collective Intelligence three-year scholarship. She’s very humble and epitomises what is so cool with this new generation of young entrepreneurs.

Emily opted for a wicked chocolate thank-you from our series sponsors, Te Awanga Estate.

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7 Che Wilson: President, NZ Māori Party

November 2019

Che Wilson is not only an experienced Treaty of Waitangi negotiator, former pou ārahi (CEO) of his Iwi, Ngāti Rangi, and now president of the New Zealand Māori Party, he is also a very knowledgeable and informed historian.

If you want to understand more about where Aotearoa is at from a Māori perspective, then this episode is a must-listen. Che is a former Collective Intelligence member and I have learnt so much from him over the years – this chat being yet another enjoyable learning occasion for me.

Che’s been traversing the globe in recent weeks and not yet had the chance to choose which of our sponsor’s (Te Awanga Estate), product is to his liking!

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6 Melissa Jenner: Founder, START NOW

November 2019

How often do you get to have a chat with someone who survived the collapse of the Twin Towers? It was a first for me, and a great privilege to share this aspect of Melissa Jenner‘s story with you.

Experiencing such a life-changing event helped Melissa refocus her career and her own life. Through her company, START NOW, she now helps professionals and organisations gain greater purpose and unlock the value and enjoyment in their work.

Melissa chose our sponsor’s Te Awanga Estate Syrah 2017. Superb!

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5 Ballard Pritchett: Sage Developer of Teams

October 2019

It’s not often you get a chance to chat with someone with so much international experience in academia and business.

Of all the places Ballard Pritchett and his wife could have chosen to live when emigrating from the United States, they chose Timaru. Lucky Timaru has been the recipient of Ballard’s brilliant influence ever since, thanks to his work with the local DHB building leadership teams.

I was fascinated to hear what he was up to and how his work is having an impact. His Collective Intelligence team has helped him evolve his new life in Aotearoa, and he gives us some real insight into what this sort of support has entailed.

Ballard is still trying to figure out which of our sponsor’s (Te Awanga Estate), wines is to his liking. It’s a tough choice!

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4 Anna Guenther: Chief Bubble-Blower, PledgeMe

October 2019

I first heard Anna Guenther speak at a TED talk in Wellington back in 2012. She introduced the idea that crowdfunding was going to change the world and, as I’d never heard of crowdfunding, I was intrigued as to how it was going to do this.

Anna was then, and still is, a powerhouse of energy and passion to do what she thinks is right. We often don’t agree and that’s cool (well for me anyway!), but I have immense respect for her.

She was one of Collective Intelligence’s first scholarship recipients and used this opportunity to great effect, her team helping her mould PledgeMe into the success it is today.

Anna’s Te Awanga Estate wine choice is on standby for her to enjoy with us when she’s next back across the ditch from her base in Brisbane.

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3 Anake Goodall: Global thinker and change-maker

September 2019

From Southland-born kid with the world stacked up against him, to freezing worker, to Harvard graduate and CEO of Ngāi Tahu and beyond, Anake Goodall’s career has been as varied as his interests.

Attracted to good people grappling with wicked problems, Anake has overcome multiple challenges in his own life. “I’m a medical experiment” he quips, “and I’ve got the great fortune of being a successful one”.

This is a rare glimpse into Anake’s life and work. Incredibly wise and articulate, he’s not one for telling his story in public, so I’m extremely privileged and stoked to have been granted time in front of the mic with him. A strong advocate for the power of individual, for, in his words, “we’re all it – we’re the people we’re waiting for”, this is an inspiring listen.

Anake opted for a chocolate thank-you from our series sponsors, Te Awanga Estate.

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2 Gemma Major: Seed Waikato Co-Founder

September 2019

Gemma Major is the very worthy 2018 recipient of our Eva Gluyas Scholarship, The award criteria were simple. The winner had to be a brave woman who was into designing and implementing some cool stuff aimed at creating a better world. Gemma rose above some very stiff competition and fitted these criteria beautifully. Eva would have approved.

I got to interview Gemma just two days before she went on maternity leave with her first baby. What has Gemma created that is so cool? Seed Waikato, a registered charity with a dream to see young people thrive in the Waikato. Led by millennial’s, for millennial’s, Seed creates epic experiences and opportunities for young people to connect and grow. And Gemma’s bravery? Well have a listen and you will understand.

Gemma chose the Te Awanga Estate Pinot Noir – for a time when she can celebrate!

*Please note: in this interview, mental health and suicide topics are discussed. The NZ Mental Health Foundation website has a list of resources/helplines if you are worried about someone or need help yourself.

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1 Rich Alderton: High-Performance Change Specialist

September 2019

In this first episode, I chat with UK-based high-performance change specialist, Rich Alderton. Rich has a wealth of experience in the global corporate sector, and has crafted a business that delivers a high-performance change programme for companies in a very unique and effective way.

He has lashings of that lovely English humour that we are fond of in Aotearoa and a big heart to go with the smarts. I snaffled him for an interview just as he stepped off a long-haul international flight. He was on his way to his Collective Intelligence team meeting that he returns to NZ for every few months (now that’s dedication to our Collective Intelligence community for you).

Rich chose our sponsor’s Te Awanga Estate Syrah 2017. Can’t go wrong with that choice!

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0 Ian Harvey: Collective Intelligence Founder

September 2019

In this, Episode 0, I (Ian Harvey) share a little of my motivation for setting up ‘Stuff that Matters Now’, and give you a taster of what to expect when you plug in the headphones.

The issues the world is facing now are not going to be solved by just a few famous people, but by everyday people doing something different, e.v.e.r.y day. Those are the people I wanted to interview, the people that make up our Collective Intelligence community, the people who are out there doing stuff that matters RIGHT now…

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