The keynote addresses (KNAs) cover the areas I can deliver at your conference. Other subjects  can be researched on a request basis.  My preferred length is 90 minutes.  However, all KNAs can be trimmed to fit 45-60 minute allocations.

It is common for me to deliver more than one session at a conference as I charge a day’s presenting whether it is one, two or three sessions.

Contact details: 

Phone: +64 4 499 0007

Helping your organisation get future-ready


Creating a future-ready organisation

Many of the business processes we use today have more in common with the Charles Dickens’ era than the 21st century.  To be future-ready organisations need to embrace 21st century lean practices.

The key note address will cover:

  • The burning platform; why the need for change
  • Peter Drucker’s “The future is here we just need to interpret it”
  • Lean reports to help you better understand your unit’s performance
  • Processes to see into the future clearer – Rolling forecasting
  • Why annual planning has, and will always, fail
  • Why many measures are ineffective – as they are not linked to the internal critical success factors
  • The five next steps you can work on right now toward making a future ready organisation.


Selling and leading change – get it right first time

Far too many well-meaning initiatives fail because we have not understood the psychology behind getting change to work. This key note address is designed for all professionals involved in selling and leading change initiatives (new systems, new processes. new procedures).

The key note address will cover:

  • Why up to 80 % of change efforts fail
  • Why people so strongly resist change
  • The new psychology on how to dissolve and eliminate resistance
  • Insights and lessons from John Kotter’s eight step process for leading change
  • Insights & lessons from Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan’s three laws of performance
  • How to sell change, like Steve Jobs

Time is on my side, Yes it is

Conflicting demands of home and work life make time a precious commodity, yet many of us have not attended a time management course.  Additional work commitments and a reluctance to say “no” results in many of us feeling that we are rushing from one task to another without being able to allocate sufficient time to properly complete tasks This keynote address, presented by David Parmenter, will navigate you through ten practical and easy steps to help you get time on your side.

The keynote address will cover:

  • The burning platform: we need to change
  • First things first: Stephen Covey’s four quadrants, putting the rocks in first, eat a frog a day, embrace abandonment, creating two-hour blocks of uninterrupted time, the five second rule
  • Attack the time wasters: poor work environment, meetings (alternatives such as stand-up scrum meetings, action meetings will be outlined) and emails (the golden rules for handling emails will be covered)
  • Making time for the future: create thinking time, Charles Darwin’s thinking circuit, ’Blue Sky Friday’, re-programming your subconsciousness
  • The five next steps you can work on right now

Transforming performance related pay work

Performance bonus schemes can be seen as an annual entitlement, be very costly, create endless arguments and not lead to notable improved performance.

I will explore some of the foundation stones CFOs and Controllers need to be aware of if they are involved in designing or fixing a bonus scheme. This keynote address will explore some of the foundation stones that need to be in place when designing or fixing a bonus scheme.

The keynote address will cover:

  • How to use relative measures instead of a fixed target
  • The importance of excluding super profits
  • Why the need to avoid any linkage to the share price or share options
  • Why KPIs and pay do not go together
  • How to minimise manipulation


Mastering winning personal and work habits


How do I bring the best out of my team?

To be a successful CFO, or a person aspiring to lead the finance team,  requires a mastery of the soft skillswhich will present you in the best light, create time for you to excel and make your leadership more effective. David Parmenter has recently published two books titled Winning CFOs: Implementing and Applying Better Practices” and The leading-edge Manager’s guide to success – strategies and better practices”.

The keynote address will cover:

  • How to minimize your own personal baggage that will impede your progress
  • How to find a mentor to help you achieve your full potential
  • Smart personal habits such as (treasure mapping, recognition, decision making, continuous innovation, time management)
  • Smart work habits (avoiding morning meetings, adopting action meetings, delivering bullet proof presentations, selling change effectively)
  • The introduction of SCRUM methodology and making the work place fun.
  • The introduction of five, must read management books, that will improve your understanding of management immensely


How to avoid a rotten TOM – Takeover or Merger

The pursuit of growth through takeover or merger (TOM) has made a small, select group of executives, investment bankers and consultants very wealthy while diminishing the wealth of a vast number of shareholders. This Keynote address explores why so many TOMs fail to deliver the perceived synergies and cost savings.

The keynote address will cover:

  • Why the synergy calculations are totally flawed
  • The impact of a loss of focus on customers
  • The enviable culture clashes
  • Why the wrong management rises to the top
  • What to do if you are involved in a TOM


Revitalising performance– a template to success

This Key Note address will provide an insight into the forgotten lessons of masters of performance management – Jim Collins, Jack Welch, Jeremy Hope, Peter Drucker, Tom Peters, Kaplan and Norton .

The key note address will cover:

  • The five foundation stones of performance management
  • Lessons from Drucker, Welch, Peters and Collins
  • The importance of Drucker’s abandonment
  • Getting performance-related pay to work
  • How to avoid poor recruitment
  • Learning from Toyota – how its 14 principles can work for your organisation
  • Kaizen – making innovation a daily activity
  • The role of KPIs
  • The next five steps you can instigate right now