The Leader Board

A content hub about contemporary leadership with contributions from Play Colab collaborators including participants from Play Colab programmes.

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  • How power works

    By Dr Jane Horan, Social Anthropologist   A pregnant, unmarried Prime Minister is unfortunately all that is needed for New Zealand to believe its own b***shit that just because we gave women the vote first (yawn), we run a system that is fairer to women than other countries. But language is a great indicator of what’s really going on so

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  • Good Grief – Ten emotionally intelligent tips to deal with grief in the workplace

    By Lyndie Dawson-Clarke, Business Growth Manager, Total Group   One of the most difficult things as a manager is knowing how far to wade in when having conversations with work colleagues about personal matters. Often managers feel uncomfortable that they have overstepped the mark, some are not sure if they are legally allowed to ask or say certain things, and so

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  • A letter to my successor

    by Laura-Jane Booker, Operations Support, Play Colab My time at Play is drawing to a close, and it is with a heavy heart I write this letter. Through my experience, I have learnt much, and it is only fair that I share some tips and tricks to help you navigate your new job. But first, let me introduce you to

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  • Gender Parity – we’ve read the stats…now what? 

    by Sandy Burgham So, the research is in and NZ is sliding in the statistics regarding women in leadership. Why the surprise? International Women’s Day’s theme this year is #pressforprogress. It seems the only progress we have made is admitting there is a problem, which I guess, to be positive, is like the first step in the AA’s hugely successful

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  • My year of looking inwards

    by Hema Patel, General Manager, Lightbox   As 2017 draws to a close, I find myself focusing on the year that was. It has been a year that has not been short on challenges, yet rewarding in so many ways. The theme of the year for me has been introspection.   Lesson #1 – Imposter Syndrome and self-doubt are opportunity

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  • The Best Christmas List, Ever

    by Sandy Burgham For this issue I really wanted to write about my favourite subject, feminism after 50. But as it’s the Christmas issue, I felt a moral obligation to join in the festivities, so to speak, with something a little more cheery. And as I’d recently become aware that some are still pondering that age-old pearler of “what do

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  • A year of living consciously…..

    by Sandy Burgham, Founder, Play Colab   Today a year ago the Play Colab website went live. When I founded Play Contemporary Leadership Colab the idea was to be intentional about how and where I wanted to play but open to how it might play out. This is what happened: Within 3 weeks we had 27 people signed up for

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  • Who are we really??

    by Sally Copland, Head of Online, Countdown NZ Funerals are an odd concept to me, spending an hour or so coming together to celebrate a person’s life when they are gone, when in reality that celebration would be so much greater if that person was there to hear it all, to hear just how much those around them valued “who they

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  • Why Bitching Feels So Good

    by Jenny Devine, Collaborator, Play Contemporary Leadership Colab Call it what you will – having a bit of a go at someone, a whinge, a bitch, a download, a rant – the human desire to share negative thoughts about another, with someone they trust, is very strong. It may be a seemingly innocuous but loaded observation such as “I think

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  • What you DON’T want to know about yourself…..

    by Sandy Burgham, Founder, Play Contemporary Leadership Colab   We’ve all met them: talented people who seem unable to shift from a particular way of being that even they suspect is holding them back. Usually written off as stubborn or having low EQ (despite their own protestations otherwise) they progress to a particular level in their lives and get stuck.

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  • Are you “overcooking” or “undercooking” the Diversity thing?

    by Helen Milner, Senior Creative Director, Designworks. The other day I received the most perfect typo in an email from a colleague. One in fact Freud himself would be intrigued by. My friend was busy putting together a proposal document for a prospective new client and he’d emailed to see whether we should add a few more experts (both male)

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  • The double-edged sword of diversity

    by Hema Patel, Acting GM, Lightbox Stepping up and owning the ‘diversity’ that I bring can be a double-edged sword. For the longest time, I have assimilated into the corporate environment by playing down ‘the indian’. Which is an interesting strategy given when you look at me, there is little doubt that I am anything but. When applying for my

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