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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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  • OK Boomers, Let’s do It

    by Sandy Burgham In January I wrote a post encouraging you to choose a word for the year, a theme that anchors the year and keeps you focused on a particular shift that is calling. It seemed to strike a chord with people, many of whom have shared with me their ‘word of the year’ that came to them during

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  • To Group Process and the not-knowing

    By Jenna Wee 2019 turned out to be a wonderful year for me. In addition to some big shifts and realisations, I returned to Play CoLab to experience another leadership programme (among other things, such as playing Operations Manager/Mentor/General Busy-Body & Streamliner of Things). I get asked quite a bit about what we do at Play, and while the website says “contemporary

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  • Leadership, Group Process & the Play of Consciousness

    By Jenny Devine This article is part two of a two-part exploration of group process in professional development. Read Part One here. At its essence, group process is about the experience of the participants, individually and collectively. Consciousness is that part of us that can “do” this experiencing; that is aware and present to the reality of life. Thus, if

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  • Group Process, Transformation & the way we Play

    By Sandy Burgham If there was a choice, many people might initially prefer to do their professional development in either the privacy of a coach’s office where they can talk privately about “me” or lost in a sea of others (where they can nip to the loo, take a call, slide out when they want to) enabling a much greater

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  • The Best Word For It

    By Sandy Burgham Around the time this edition is published, most readers will have surrendered to the bacchanalian overindulgence that marks the silly season, letting keto, paleo and possibly even vegan disciplines slide and having that ‘just the one’ glass of champagne — every night. As they reach for just another canapé, their guilt is assuaged by reassuring nonsense conjured

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  • What is an ’emerging leader’ anyway?

    There’s a woman I know, Anna Guenther, who is a knockout tech entrepreneur and big thinker. I love spending time with Anna as she invariably stretches the conversation in the room with her divergent thinking and general sassy-ness. Amongst other things started a crowdfunding platform when she was 27, a whole movement to challenge how conferences are done and I

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  • Working on Ourselves

    By Sandy Burgham Over my last few columns, I have pondered the question of second act career fulfilment, and encouraged you to go back into childhood memories to consider what you loved to do when left to your own devices, away from the influences of the opinions of others. There are clues in this as to what kinds of activities

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  • Telling Ourselves Stories

    By Sandy Burgham We all like a good story, it’s hardwired into us. Professor Yuval Noah Harari suggests in his book, Sapiens, that the reason homo sapien shot to the top of the food chain was not just our ability to create stories, but to believe in them. Our narratives, shared and personal, are a big part of our identity. There’s

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  • The Plight of the Alpha Female

    by Sandy Burgham   Why women say they prefer working for men. Recently a colleague was relaying a conversation she’d had with another woman regarding how they both prefer working for male CEOs. She and her friend had both experienced working for male and female bosses. “We were just saying that female CEOs are always having to prove themselves … the

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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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