Welcome to the Hamish Ott universe! I am the Managing Director of Gotham Universal Limited (established 1998). The company is based in Christchurch, New Zealand, where I have worked in organisation development/change, and HR consulting for more than 20 years undertaking projects for national and local clients in the private, public, and not for profit business sectors. I have a BSc Hons Degree from the University of Otago, and have developed 'my trade' working for international firms, KPMG, Deloitte, and Drake International.
2020 was a busy and rewarding year, supporting client planning and innovation in response to the challenges that COVID-19 threw at us. In many cases my clients have completed a rethink of strategy and direction and they are now in a strong position to continue to take advantage of new opportunities during 2021. Our agility, creativity, empathy for others, and resilience will continue to be the key to success. My experience working with clients during times of change is that people and organisation values need to be at the centre of business decisions. When we look back and reflect, we need to know that we have done our best for our people, helping them to learn and grow as we continue to transform and refine how we operate and deliver products and services to our customers.
My role as a contractor/project manager for clients is primarily about helping to plan, communicate, support, and successfully implement people change and development initiatives. I am happy to share my experience, and the many tools that I have gathered, to help meet our current challenges.
My approach to offering organisation development/change and HR services is founded on strong core values. My values are based on creativity, openness, ensuring processes are fair and equitable, embracing opportunities, getting things done, and meeting and overcoming challenges. I often tell my clients there are 168 hours in each week; that most people don’t realize the wide range of work and life choices they have, and how fulfilling life can be overall.
Another important thing I have learned is that we live on a continuum, so history, now, and the future are all important. The old saying that the only constant is change could not be more true. In the time of COVID-19 we will learn a lot about ourselves, our community, and our connection to the global economy. Should I have the pleasure of working with you, we will make the most of our learning opportunities.
The Joy of Collaboration
In recent years it has been interesting to watch how LinkedIn has developed as a business market place and the opportunities networks create. I strongly value my relationships and contact with my LinkedIn 'business friends' and the opportunities we have to work together collaboratively on projects. My experience has shown that the strengths of the collaborative model are that it is skills based, client centered, agile, and cost effective.
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Gotham Universal Limited
P O Box 76014