Government Department and CEO of the Year

June 8th, 2011 at 10:54 am by David Farrar

announces:

Departing Ministry of Social Development boss Peter Hughes has been named top Government Department CEO of the year by a panel of 22 high profile opinion shapers.* The accolade comes in Trans Tasman’s  2011 New Zealand Government Department’s Briefing Report released this week.

 Hughes, who has just been named as the new head of Victoria University’s School of Government, also picked up the top honour in the inaugural report last year. The panelists were again impressed with the work Hughes has done as head of the ministry and comment he will be sorely missed. …

One of his characteristics is like his political masters he hates bad news and surprises, and does everything possible in planning and management to avoid them. It’s this sort of attention to detail while keeping an eye on the big picture which has led Hughes to win the top CEO accolade.

 Alistair Morrison of the Department Of Conservation gets the second highest score, a result which surprised even the panelists, who worked independently of each other and who didn’t know the result until this week. Morrison came nowhere in last year’s rankings, but it is a measure of his abilities that he was able to make such an impression this year.

 This is perhaps a reflection Morrison’s attempts to find a meaningful role for the department, whittling out costs and better engagement with those outside the department has not always been matched with equal relish from within.

 In the scoring Hughes was well ahead of Morrison, with Maarten Wevers of the Department Of Prime Minister And Cabinet in third place, followed by John Whitehead of Treasury and Wayne McNee of The Ministry Of Agriculture And Forestry.

 There were 37 agencies rated, so just being in the top five is pretty good for a CEO.

The panelists voted The Ministry Of Social Development as the Government Department of The Year. The Treasury, which last year took the top accolade, came in second, with the Department Of Prime Minister And Cabinet third. The Inland Revenue Department was voted fourth best. …

All four top ranking departments will be getting new leadership over the next 12 months. The new CEOs will start with good platforms to work from, but are likely to face more pressure on budgets and policy work than their predecessors ever did.

That’s interesting that all four top agencies will have new CEOs over the next year. Will make next year’s results interesting to compare.

NB – I was one of the 22 panelists.

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30 Responses to “Government Department and CEO of the Year”

  1. ben (2,399 comments) says:

    Bleh. It is one thing to head an organisation in a way that meets objectives of looking effective, limiting surprises, and pleasing one’s political masters.

    It is quite another to lead a large organisation with competitors to convince more people to voluntarily buy your product and less of your competition’s. That is a true test of value which these CEOs mostly do not face. Without the accountability of sales, the value of these CEOs is impossible to measure.

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  2. fruitshop (45 comments) says:

    As Fran Sullivan mentioned, how many of these top CEOs have groomed a successor?

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  3. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,798 comments) says:

    ben

    During the early seventies I seem to recall there was in Western Australia a programme of swapping executives from big companies with those from government departments for a time – say twelve months – and then returning them to their ‘home’ organisations.

    From what I can remember, the consensus amongst those so swapped was that it was difficult to tell the difference between the two. As one fellow suggested “The bigger the animal, the bigger the balls.”

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  4. Black with a Vengeance (1,552 comments) says:

    interesting that all four top agencies will have new CEOs over the next year.

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    Yeah I’d be hedging my bets and getting out while the gettings good and still have some career prospects because I don’t think I could stomach working for any of the fuckwits in charge of them agencies going by their track records so far.

    And should the current government get re-elected, I wouldn’t fancy my job prospects after the impending slash and burn and firesale National have deemed to seek a mandate on from the electorate.

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  5. dog_eat_dog (743 comments) says:

    What is a School of Government?

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  6. nasska (10,689 comments) says:

    Off White with an Attitude @ 11.12am

    In this matter I could go further & state that the thought of thousands of these useless parasites being laid off from their make believe jobs & having to compete in the real world makes me look forward to voting National this year.

    At least there should be plenty of labour available to pick apples next season.

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  7. E. Campbell (89 comments) says:

    Out of interest, where did the heads of the Ministry of Education, New Zealand Qualifications Authority and the Education Review Office come in the rankings? Anyone know?

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  8. Falafulu Fisi (2,176 comments) says:

    Dog Eat Dog said…
    What is a School of Government?

    I agree here DED, WTF?

    Victoria Science & Engineering faculties/departments are probably screaming out for research funding, but here Victoria is establishing a fuck’n useless department.

    Shut this useless department down and divert that cash into useful/productive researches in Science & Engineering faculties.

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  9. Black with a Vengeance (1,552 comments) says:

    having to compete in the real world makes me look forward to voting National this year.

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    And this is the National that believes the private sector is going to pull 170 000 jobs out of it’s arse over the next 4 years ?

    stick to telling racist jokes ya gullible ballheaded fuckwit.

    [DPF: 20 demerits]

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  10. Moist von Lipwig (12 comments) says:

    Could someone please explain how this award has any revelance in the real world, apart from letting the “panel of 22 high profile opinion shapers” preen a little more about their importance.
    It has about as much credence as the real estate ads you see for “Salesperson of the Month. (Houses with green roofs facing north category)”

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  11. Mike Readman (358 comments) says:

    Yay! Thank god their won’t be a Canadian Commissioner of Inland Revenue! As a half Canadian, it was really embarrasing.

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  12. Black with a Vengeance (1,552 comments) says:

    Quite selective with the demerit points aren’t we ?

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  13. Falafulu Fisi (2,176 comments) says:

    Black with Vengeance, if you use the word fuckwit, DPF will dish out demerit points. Lookup on the demerit list, in which I’ve been given 10 demerit points for using fuckwit and that was from last year.

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  14. Black with a Vengeance (1,552 comments) says:

    Oh the sheer fuckwittery of it all. Awards for top government CEO and not the DPF demerit system :)

    As if the cash isn’t enough or seeing the rewarding faces of the minions as they lovingly go about their daily tasks.

    Now theres an idea worthy of greater merit. Awarded an accolade by the minons beneath you as opposed to high profile opinion shapers.

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  15. Pete George (22,863 comments) says:

    Quite selective with the demerit points aren’t we ?

    Not really, when swearing personal abuse stuff like that is spotted it is usually pinged.

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  16. mikenmild (10,766 comments) says:

    Back to the story eh, enough about the demerits. Or should I say non-story? Does enough else think it is ludicrous for some self-annointed panel of masturbators, sorry ‘opinion shapers’, to rank government departments and their CEs? What does it actually mean?

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  17. Black with a Vengeance (1,552 comments) says:

    Pity the racist bullshit is tolerated though eh Pete George ?

    If you dont speak out and act against it you’re condoning it. Much like the Maori MP’s turning a blind eye to Destiny churchs homophobia and mysogyny.

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  18. Pete George (22,863 comments) says:

    If you dont speak out and act against it you’re condoning it.

    I sometimes do speak out against posts here – but your statement is nonsense. I don’t read everything, and I don’t take much notice of a lot if at a glance it doesn’t interest me. I’m not condoning anything here if I don’t “speak out”.

    If you think something warrants DPF’s attention let him know, that’s how it works here, joint responsibility. Read the top of the Demerits page.

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  19. Black with a Vengeance (1,552 comments) says:

    I’m not condoning anything here if I don’t “speak out”.

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    silence is a tacit form of agreeance.

    All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing …

    let the racist jokes slide and don’t punish the perpetrators sends what sort of message ?..that it’s OK to be a racist fuckwit here ?

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  20. backster (2,081 comments) says:

    Where did Howard Broad place.

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  21. Pete George (22,863 comments) says:

    silence is a tacit form of agreeance.

    What if you haven’t read it? If I don’t read every post carefully and if I don’t speak out if I think someone somewhere might feel offended by something I’m evil?

    If you have a problem with a comment highlight it, argue your case or report it, don’t expect me or anyone else to do everything you want done for you. I don’t have any idea what has offended you here, and I’m not going to read back through all the comments and try and guess.

    Swearing and personal abuse directed at someone in particular will usually get demerited if it’s brought to DPF’s attention. His blog, his rules. Don’t try and blame me.

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  22. Grendel (957 comments) says:

    does anyone know what the hell moron with a vengeance is on about? i think he started an argument with himself and then just kind of dragged the rest of us in.

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  23. adze (1,870 comments) says:

    Don’t feed the trolls

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  24. Black with a Vengeance (1,552 comments) says:

    No one dragged you anywhere Grendel you halfwit.

    Of course the only other excuse to turning a blind eye is to plead total ignorance eh Pete ? How truly blissful it must be in your world.

    Don’t feed the trolls. But it’s so hard not to adze. They seem so impoverished I can’t help but fling a tasty morsel their way every so often.

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  25. DT (104 comments) says:

    Hey DPF, any chance of putting the full list in for those of us without access to the Transtasman? I’m sure that it wouldn’t be ripping Transtasman off as the meat will be in the commentaries.

    Thanks.

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  26. Viking2 (11,146 comments) says:

    Hughes single handedly managed to destroy all the voluntary social agencies over the last 10 years. That makes him a good CEO.
    Not in a lot of peoples eyes. It makes him an arsehole and leaves many people who are unable to help themselves without the kind of volunteer help that took 20-30 years to build up.
    Those agencies will be pleased to see the prick gone.

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  27. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    If such an award was measured against departments that consistently kept their growth in spending to the same proportion of GDP … then the trophy would have no names engraved on it. But let’s not worry, just applaud loudly and keep borrowing

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  28. Dazzaman (1,123 comments) says:

    Hate to say it but I gotta agree with BWaV on this. The idea of awarding govt. depts & their CEO’s is a bit perverse….like all bene’s (ahem) they should just be grateful for their pay day. Ha.

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  29. reid (15,970 comments) says:

    Sometimes a CEO does make a difference. Most often, the thing that makes a difference is attention to excellence and newsflash, that comes from institutional memory and current focus, not from what any CEO does. e.g. Auckland Grammar. Why is it such a good school? Is it because of John Morris? Sure, he’s good, but was he the root cause or is it something else?

    All I’m saying is, I think awards that focused on which organisations focused best on achieving operational excellence, would be a better ranking of their relative merits. And AFAIK, there aren’t any awards for doing that, and there should be. Lots of them, all the time, in both govt and private. The Deloitte’s Fast 50 or whatever it is, is meaningless marketing pap as is usual from the big consultancies, how about some awards that have categories like fastest to market, best product/service, most efficient service delivery, all of that. That might actually say something relevant and generate debate and interest about what precisely the winners did to achieve it, which is what you want – to propagate those techniques into the wider community.

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  30. kiwigunner (213 comments) says:

    “by a panel of 22 high profile opinion shapers”.* NB – I was one of the 22 panelists.

    hahahahahahahhahahahaha

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