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Contender or Pretender

Massey University Alumni Relations invite you to attend one of upcoming networking functions with Associate Pro Vice Chancellor (Executive Education & Enterprise), Mike Fiszer.


In the red corner is the brash pretender - or at least their suit jacket is - draped permanently over the back of their desk chair and earning them plaudits for working late.   In the blue corner there is you - consistently delivering a good performance but now looking to really land the punches, just not sure that you have the energy. 

Cue the theme music from Rocky.

  Wouldn't it be great if you wanted to run into work on Monday mornings? Would it then feel like work? To do this you need to find “the job” that you love so then, as Confucius asserted, “You will never have to work a day in your life”.

If you join the workforce at 20, and retire at 65 you would spend around 94,500 hours of your life at work. If that’s mind boggling enough, what’s even scarier is how much of that time Kiwis spend unhappy in their jobs. A recent figure given for millennials is that less than 30% feel engaged with their work, while the majority – at 65% - do not.

Are you one of these? How do you get the job you love and a well-lived life?

During this presentation, Mike will take a strengths-based approach and examine neuroscience at work that will allow you to:

  • Gain insight into the most common issues that employees get stuck with in a job
  • Get an understanding of some of the ways our brain works, and why we can’t always find the perfect job just by using our intellect
  • Learn how to work with your emotions instead of against them
  • Get your values contributing to your work and a well lived life
  • Know how to find a job you love.


Date: Wednesday February 15 2017
Venue:Mercure, 8 Customs Street East


Date: Thursday February 16 2017
Venue: Museum Art Hotel, 90 Cable Street

Palmerston North

Date: Wednesday February 22 2017
Venue: Russell Room, Wharerata, Massey University Manawatu Campus

New Plymouth

Date: Wednesday March 15 2017
Venue: The Devon, 390 Devon Street East


5.30pm to 6.15pm Connect with other alumni, students, staff and friends of Massey (canapés will be served, cash bar available)
6.15pm to 6.50pm Guest Speaker Mike Fiszer
6.50pm to 7.30pm Time for some Q&A, refreshements and networking before the event concludes



Mike Fiszer

Picture of Mike FiszerMike Fiszer leads the strategic development of Institute of Executive Education and Enterprise, consultancy and contract research, the Auckland Knowledge Hub and the MBA programmes of Massey University, New Zealand.

Previously Director of Executive Education at Plymouth University, Director of Leadership Development at Edinburgh Napier University and the Irish Management Institute. A dynamic business psychologist and OD consultant, enjoys working with an international cadre of leading practitioner/academics at the forefront of experiential and strengths behavioural approaches to leader development in private, public and third sector organisations.

Passionate about meaningfulness at work in that we should all lead well-lived lives, Mike voluntarily contributes to this in Scotland through the social enterprise “Leading Well”.

Qualified in Psychology, Education and Business from Edinburgh and Warwick Universities, he has spearheaded applied neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Emotional Intelligence, and the Performing Arts in leader development, described as "crafting the missing link in leadership”. Mentor on six one-hour TV shows; “No Experience Required” he explored the idea that “If you find a job you love, you will never have to work a day in your life”.

Worked in ‘Times Top Ten’, and SME’s, business and arts organisations on mergers, board succession, restructuring, culture change and all aspects of OD. Providing leader development and consulting for top teams; Dell, IBM, Sun Microsystems, Depuy, TV2 Norway, TVNorge, Screen Leaders EU, Business2Arts, Polish Film Institute, Waters Technologies, Permanent TSB, Glaxo SmithKline and the Irish Civil Service.
As consultant to the course teams with The Open University developed case studies and residental schools plus the design and delivery of workshops for University of Warwick Business School and Henley Management College.
A highly regarded media and conference speaker on “Leaders as Performance Engineers” and “Emotional Intelligence” and judged top rated deliverer at the CIPD “Psychology at Work” conference.