People who are resilient work smarter, and can negotiate the inevitable changes that are the one certainty of life. People who know what teamwork really means can turn good teams into great ones.

The Challenge of Change has been implemented in a wide range of public and private sector companies both in the UK and NZ. Here in NZ adoption is gathering momentum amongst leading organisations including Meridian Energy, The Warehouse, Mitre 10, Hort Research, AgResearch and the Department of Internal Affairs.

Auckland Regional Council (ARC)

“We are interested in empirical evidence and so The Challenge of Change was hitting the right chord.”

The Auckland Regional Council (ARC) manages the region’s air and water quality, its growth and development, regional parks, public transport, the coastal and marine environment, and natural and cultural heritage sites. After a pilot programme mid 2009 ARC rolled out The Challenge of Change programme to employees to assist and support them to develop resilience, readying the organisation for its amalgamation into the Auckland ’super city’.

“The fact that The Challenge of Change is backed by scientific research made it a good fit with our organisation. We are interested in empirical evidence and so the programme was hitting the right chord. This combined with Derek Roger’s presenting style helped cross the board and appeal to many different groups.

We found his approach to be focused on the individual internal approach to change which has eventuated in some definite change to the personal resilience of many of the attendees. Considering the period of change our organisation is going through people felt empowered and able to gain that ‘feeling’ of being in control. Feedback from individuals has been very good – some citing it as the best training they had ever attended.

Over half of our staff members chose to attend the course on a voluntary basis and it’s definitely helped the organisation as a whole. On a personal level Derek Roger has been great to work with, very professional and proactive.”

Julia Wiegandt-Goude, General Manager, Human Resources, Auckland Regional Council & Advisor Auckland Transition Agency

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