Harvard Business School has Dan buzzing

Dan Druzianic has recently returned from an intensive executive leadership programme at the prestigious Harvard University Business School in Boston, USA, and is keen to share what he has learned with his colleagues, clients, business contacts, in fact anyone who is interested.


“It was a really awesome experience,” says Dan. “We analysed and debated a series of business case studies using the Socratic learning method. It was a very rich learning environment with a high level of collaboration with the others participating and the professors leading it.”

Some of the latter were “the superstars of academia” who previously held high profile corporate and military leadership roles. They had great personal insights to share and the ears of the world’s corporates and political leaders, says Dan. “There was certainly no dozing off in the back row!”

In fact, Dan estimates he did between 30 and 40 hours case study preparation before he left New Zealand, and the week-long programme was jam-packed. Dan was one of 40 managing partners or leading principals from firms world-wide within the Moore Stephens International network, who were selected to attend the customised programme. This was the second year MSIL has engaged Harvard to run the course.

Joining Dan was Paul Rickerby from the NZ group’s Christchurch firm. “We were sharing insights with other Moore Stephens leaders, some of whom had over 900 staff and multi-million dollar turnovers. It really was an exceptional learning opportunity.”

Dan can enthuse for hours about the whole experience and looks forward to sharing his observations but in particular, says he a much greater understanding of what it takes to lead an organisation and sees this will be very useful in his governance work on the various boards of which he is a director.

He also thinks the knowledge he gained about aligning a business’s strategy, developing talent and creating a business knowledge base, will be helpful for his business’s clients.

“One of the key take outs for me is that the pace of change is so fast nowadays it is critical that a business remains relevant to its customers and that staying relevant doesn’t happen by chance, it has to be proactively worked on.”

Published winter 2016

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