“We basically do not know what the world of tomorrow will really be like except that it will be different. That means that organizations and their leaders will have to become perpetual learners.”
We’re now on the countdown towards the opening of Ko Awatea – just two weeks away. There’s been a huge amount of preparation and of course on 13 June, everyone can come in for our own staff opening before the formal event.
More than that, you are invited to the formal opening on 21 June, and the following conference. Such is the nature of our business, we work around the clock. With that in mind we’re arranging to bring the proceedings to you if you can’t make the opening or conference, so that you can watch the opening highlights and conference sessions on video at a convenient time for you. More details on that will be coming soon.
This week you’ll also see some students from De La Salle College doing graffiti on our windows. But don’t panic – it’s creative graffiti and it’s for a good reason.Besides the fact that the students can put this experience towards their NZQA art units, they’re helping us heighten awareness around the opening. Edgar Schien’s quote above says exactly what Ko Awatea’s about, and this artistic experience is going to help us focus on the essence of Ko Awatea – learning and growing, knowledge and improvement.
It’s also about building community relationships, and helping reinforce the value we put on education. The students will be painting what might seem random words on windows, but each word represents what we want to achieve together. They will help us focus on the Ko Awatea centres of people, knowledge, system improvement, leadership and culture and innovation and research.
You’ll notice these five centres align with the CMDHB centres of workforce, capability and leadership, knowledge and information, clinical quality improvement, research and innovation and health system improvement – for good reason.
Ko Awatea’s here to support CMDHB, to help in achieving the Triple Aims. Like the Pantene shampoo ad featuring Rachel Hunter, it’s not going to happen overnight, but it will happen. It will happen through many conversations, debate, pooling knowledge and resources, identifying gaps, finding and implementing solutions. It will take creativity, inspiration, innovation, thinking, doing, teamwork, and much more.
As you see the De La Salle students on their mission to inject colour and provoke thought, please do spare a moment to give them encouragement.
And in the meantime, we’re looking forward to the Ko Awatea opening on 21 June. And please, don’t forget to look at the conference programme, pick out what sessions you’re interested in and register. We really hope that you can take part.
The countdown has truly begun.
PS: Ko Awatea’s on Facebook as well and we’re aiming for 1000+ ‘likes’ so we’d really appreciate it if you’d ‘like’ Ko Awatea in the lead-up to opening.