We are fast approaching our workshop StrategyNZ: Mapping our Future on 30 and 31 March. Your responses to these three questions will help us to understand the current concerns of New Zealanders, which in turn will inform the development of a long term strategy for New Zealand during the workshop. We have included a question on Christchurch as the recent earthquakes have created challenges for the city which are unique and demand special consideration by all New Zealanders.

The Institute wants to know what strategic uncertainties keep you awake at night in regard to:

1. the future of your business?
2. the future of Christchurch?
3. the future of New Zealand?

We would appreciate it if you could take five minutes, before Friday 18 March at 5pm, to give us your answers to these three questions by visiting 3questions.org.nz

The answers will be summarised and the results reported at the workshop and in our post-workshop newsletter in late April.

Why Strategic uncertainties?
Professor Robert Simons (HBS), in his recent book Seven Strategy Questions: A simple approach for better execution, argues that in order for a company to make the most of its competitive strategy it has to constantly be asking the right questions. He posits seven key questions that should be a part of this process, the last of which is “What strategic uncertainties keep you awake at night?” We felt that this would provide an invaluable insight for individuals, businesses and government agencies wishing to understand the challenges ahead. It is also an opportunity to reflect and develop ideas about how New Zealanders might explore and invest in the future of our people.