Chinese executives to learn about Māori business style aboard traditional sailing waka

Published: 21 February 2017
Filed under: Māori Tourism, Tourism industry

Inspired by the book ‘Wayfinding Leadership: Ground-breaking Wisdom for Developing Leaders’, Chinese executives will journey out on a waka hourua as part of a new course about Māori approaches to leadership and business.

The ‘Māori/Chinese Culture Management Course’ promises to equip Chinese executives with the skills to engage with Māori businesspeople. It will cover Māori business styles and values, entrepreneurship and interconnections between Māori and Chinese values. Participants will learn about the “wayfinding” approach to leadership, based on principles of traditional waka ocean navigation. Read the full article here.

Wayfinding Leadership

The book ‘Wayfinding Leadership: Groundbreaking Wisdom for Developing Leaders’ shows how the art of wayfinding can transform leaders and organisations. It draws upon the experiences and adventures of Auckland-based tourism operator, Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, and the waka Haunui.

Evocative photos from John Panoho of Waka Quest Tours feature throughout the book, as do John’s insights into values-based leadership.

Dr Chellie Spiller also weaves wayfinding together with the wider body of leadership knowledge, drawing on her extensive research and leadership development expertise, and her travels across the globe to remote places.

Running through the book is a case study of Johnnie Freeland, and his experience as Paiarahi at Auckland Council’s Māori strategy unit. Another feature of the book is a set of practices at the end of each chapter to help readers hone their wayfinding leadership skills. Stunning poems by Haare Williams open each chapter.

Hoturoa and John operate Waka Quest Tours.

For more information please visit Books are currently available to purchase from Huia Publishers.