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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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  • Does “touchy-feely” have a place in leadership?

    by Sandy Burgham, Founder Play Colab. Do feelings have a place in leadership? Clearly, yes but in what passes as leadership often a “thinking” narrative is more socially acceptable. Even Myers Briggs research show that Thinkers  outnumber Feelers in top leadership positions by 75%. So do Thinkers actually make better leaders? Or do they just suit the current system, which

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  • The Danger Zone – when you don’t know you are in your own way

    by Jenny Devine, Masters in Consciousness Studies, Play Collaborator. Most of us assume the egocentric years are what we all go through in adolescence and that by the time we “clear that fence” and emerge into “adulthood” our egos have settled down and are no longer ruling the show. This belief is actually a dangerous myth. What is becoming clearer

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  • Early 30’s….too young to lead?

    by Jane Fitzgerald, Associate Director – Deloitte Consulting Commencing a leadership pilot programme with a group of six strangers is intimidating. The moment I walked into the room with these women, sitting in a circle, looking up expectedly is imprinted on my mind forever. I did not expect that with only 24 hours together, over a period of six months

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  • The risk in standing up for what you believe in

    by Jill Harrison, Director, Longitude Consulting If you saw someone being murdered outside your house, what would you do? Raise the alarm, perhaps insist that the perpetrators were caught and punished? Well, in 1964, New Yorker Kitty Genovese was simply ignored by those who witnessed her brutal murder. This outrageous occurrence was later dubbed Bystander Effect as each bystander concluded

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  • Is it work or is it Play?

    by Sandy Burgham When people ask me how Play is going I answer truthfully – it is going well but where it is going remains to be seen. Indeed in a few short months we are in the midst of four programmes and have the joy not only with collaborating with 27 participants but also each other – as collaborators

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  • Donald Trump and the measure of leadership

    by Jenny Devine – executive and leadership coach and facilitator, M.A. Consciousness Studies   Are you starting to wonder where all the outstanding leaders are in the world? And why it’s so hard to find them in either public office or in business? So hard, in fact, that it would be fair to ask ourselves if leaders such as Nelson Mandela

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