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Wanted: Questioning rule breaker to help Derek Handley redefine success

If you can straddle the worlds of venture capital, investment, innovation and sustainability and want to shake up the status quo, you could be Kiwi entrepreneur Derek Handley’s right hand person.

Handley has launched the Shoulder Tap campaign to fill this new role, which the successful candidate will partner with him to define. But the key will be making the world a better place, he says.

“We need to break down the walls and silos between doing well for ourselves and doing good for the world.

“I would really like to hear from anyone who knows anyone who is exceptionally bright and passionate about making a bigger difference than they already are. I believe there are very few jobs like this out there today – especially in New Zealand – and that the jobs of the future will be the ones designed to challenge people to grow their careers while having a bigger social impact.”

The campaign has been launched to build on the ethos of the B Team, the global leadership group Handley established with British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson.

The website asks applicants 13 questions about themselves and their definition of success, otherwise they can nominate another person for the role. Currently called chief operator, the role will be based in New Zealand.

The successful candidate will assess entrepreneurial and investment opportunities and help build a charitable foundation to accelerate ideas to make New Zealand a better place, the website says.

Whoever gets the job will also be able to design their own reward package and choose from development experiences like a Zero Gravity flight with NASA, swimming with sharks or attending a Third Metric live event in New York with publisher Arianna Huffington.

The website features several successful Kiwis, including actor Antonia Prebble, TV personality Brooke Howard Smith, social entrepreneurs Sam Johnson and Sir Ray Avery, education futurist Frances Valentine, former All Black Mils Muliaina, nanoscientist Dr Michelle Dickinson and archtect Nat Cheshire.


Amanda Sachtleben is an Auckland writer and social media type, who's also Idealog's former tech editor and business journalist.

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