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The Leader Board

Welcome to the Play CoLab news and content hub about contemporary leadership with contributions from our collaborators including participants from Play CoLab programmes.

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  • Learning to Play Again

    By Sandy Burgham Once upon a time, around 40 years ago, twelve young lads, teenagers most of them, entered an art or design college in various parts of the world, from Leicester to Townsville to Auckland. They didn’t really know what they wanted to do with the rest of their lives, but fortunately parents back then didn’t seem to be

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  • Power to the People

    By Sandy Burgham I was raised in a solid working-class Labour household but my career was birthed in the 80s, and it took my politics the other way. In retrospect, I was probably desperate to subconsciously distance myself from my upbringing as I started climbing the ladder of the system. I was really part of the great unwashed, completely impressionable,

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  • Preparing for re-entry…

    Tomorrow, New Zealanders will start to navigate around the new normal of Level 2.  So before we press pause on our weekly lockdown letters we wanted to encourage the Play CoLab community to reflect on what this extraordinary seven week period has meant for them. While we have listed some questions to reflect on at the end, we want to

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  • The People Have Spoken!

    A huge thanks to the people who responded to our simple question last week i.e “What is the change you want to see in the world?” To have 58 people (and counting) reply to this was both humbling and inspiring – we had at least one or two people from almost every group we have worked with since Play CoLab

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  • Glimpsing a New World Order

    By Jenny Devine I’ve done a lot of beach pondering in lockdown. As my feet make their way through the shallow edges of the incoming or outgoing tide, I often find my gaze looking North East across the Pacific Ocean towards the western shoes of the USA- albeit some 12,000km away. The USA holds many personal memories for me having

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  • Ten Leadership Lessons from Judging Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year

    By Sandy Burgham One of the unexpected pleasures I had whilst in lockdown was judging New Zealand’s Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year. As a past judge, I had initially been approached by the Dairy Women’s Network but had fended them off on the basis that I was ‘too busy’ doing other ‘very important things’ within the leadership collaboration, Play

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  • What do the stand-out current leaders have in common?

    In the last lockdown letter we pondered the characteristics of those who continue to thrive in uncertain times and thus it seemed appropriate to delve more specifically into what kind of leaders that we are seeing as more adept at navigating this sort of complexity. As we all know, an emotional trigger will drive people to the polarities (and indeed

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  • Navigating a perplexing world

    Once again thanks to those who got in touch after our last lockdown letter; we are warmed that these reflections are resonating with you. Also thanks to those who contributed to the Unprecedented X project – some interesting reflections happening on Instagram.  As we head into the 5th week of lockdown, you may be noticing an increasing restlessness particularly after

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  • ‘Unprecedented Times’ – an equation for potential

    by Helen Milner, Play CoLab alumni When I first heard the name Covid-19 I felt it was the perfect name for a covert operation, and maybe it is… In centuries past, the phrase “Black Swan” meant something was impossible. At the time and within the known world there were only White Swans. People used the phrase “Black Swan” as we

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  • Transformation, observation & the “Unprecedented x” equation

    It is warming to have an alumni still wanting to engage in a conversation around raising the consciousness of leaders. As we head into what we hope to be the last week at Level 4, our intention is to keep you in a place of reflection around systemic transformation because indeed that is the “why” behind our focus on consciousness-raising.

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  • Integral Leadership & journal prompts for this particular moment in history

    We hope you and your families are holding up well as we enter week three of Lockdown. As a nation, we seem to be doing pretty well and can be grateful for being in the fortunate position of being – all going well – close to a turning point in the stats where new cases begin to diminish and recoveries begin

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  • Creative Competencies required right now & the GLADs

    So we survived the first week of lockdown and by and large New Zealand at least is complying (you see a little bit of complying isn’t a bad thing!). Thank you for the response to the last lockdown letter and to those who have started following our Facebook page. We are not spamming on this will regularly post content that might

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