The mid-November Alumni Retreat was designed to provide an opportunity for our Alumni to “sharpen the saw”; to reconnect with each other and to engage with new ideas and conversations. See photos from the weekend or read more here.
Initially, Mark was a little reticent in considering attending the Alumni retreat. The pull between 'doing' and 'being' and the value in both had been slightly obscured. But investing in himself meant he rediscovered the term 'Poustina' and met new friends amongst our Alumni.
Adam Bevins; Adam Cooper; Adrian Wimmers; Ainsleigh Cribb-Su’a; Alistair Drake; Andrea McLeod; Andrew Sharp; Angela Bull; Bernie Grant; Beth Houston; Carol Bellette; Chellie Spiller; Chris Morgan; Christian Penny; Claire McQuilken; Claire Richardson; Craig Churchill; Christien Winter; Darren Mason; Darrin Brinsden; Dave Norman; David Hall; David Udy; Di Rump; Eddy Royal; Eli Tagi; Erena Kara; Ewen Anderson; Fenella Gray; Fiona Davies; George Riley; Gillian Dudgeon; Grant Bunting; Grant Palmer; Helen Peters; Hilary Sumpter; Hillary Palmer; Irene Durham; James Hassall; James Wilson; Jamie Munro; Jennie Vickers; Jerome Partington; Josephine Bartley; Julia Hartshorne; Julian Hughes; Kimberly Rees; Lance Kennedy; Lisa Paraku; Manu Sione; Mark Wilkshire; Michael Berry; Michelle Wessing; Minnie Baragwanath; Morehu Wilson; Murray Hickman; Neville Pulman; Nick Astwick; Nick Ruane; Olive Brown; Pania Schwenke; Penny Fitt; Philip Patston; Quentin McCarthy; Rangimarie Price; Repeka Lelaulu; Rewi Spraggon; Richard Kibblewhite; Rod Gibson; Ryan Crawford; Selina Tusitala Marsh; Stephen Harris; Stephen Henry; Steve Fergusson; Tara Pradhan; Teresa Tepania –Ashton; Tom Dibley; Wendy McGuinness; Wyndi Tagi
Rebecca isn't one for omens, but there were several shake-ups just before our final session of the 2016 Leadership Programme. But would the connectedness of the Programme overcome the gaps and fissures?
This year we were honoured to have Tame Iti join us for the annual Lecture. Tame discussed the concept of mana and how this empowers all people to transcend concepts of authority. He also explored the methods employed by Tuhoe where decisions for the iwi start with the whanau and push their way up. The Lecture was held in the Sir Paul Reeves Building at AUT on 9 November.
Angela Green reflects on the annual 2012 Alumni Retreat, where they gathered together in a former café nestled in a dilapidated palm tree grove just outside of Omaha. They shared, caught up and explored authentic leadership.
Hayley came to Wellington, expecting the unexpected. What she got was a shift in preconceptions, honest reflections, a tribal performance, an understanding of how to use diversity to leverage power and some hackle-raising stories.
“Be yourself. Not your idea of what you think someone else’s idea of yourself should be." Henry David Thoreau sums up Kathy's reflection of our Seventh Session, as she saw governance through news lenses at the Army Headquarters, an old garage in Rongotai and the NZ Drama School.
What are you willing to be arrested for? Whose responsibility is it to prop up our society? What really gets achieved in time-pressured chaos? Session Three raised a lot of question for Jen Linney, Strategic Advisor - Operations Group at ACC.
“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” Dave Wild's session was perfectly timed for Ketan to put his learning straight into action at work. But what about the dance of ‘being and doing’?
In partnership with AUT and Curative, we hosted our annual Dinner with a Difference on 20 July. This year it was “Dinner with a Difference – A Mindful Leadership Experience”, an evening where our guests embraced mindfulness from the moment they entered AUT's Sir Paul Reeve's Building.
Session Six, the Forces That Shape our Thinking, combined head and heart, Wild speakers and storytellers, creation and curation. Mary from Education New Zealand shares her reflection of the session as she sits in anticipation for the next.
Our Leadership Programme is not all about immediate learning experiences. Somethings you need to think on, reflect, let it sit, reflect some more, discuss and review. Nick Ruane, a 2014 Alumni, reflects on his learnings, his experiences and his leadership journey.
Sitting in the airport, ready to depart, Imogen filters through everything that has happened in the last three days. It's half-way through the year and the retreat in Christchurch + Hanmer offers a chance to pause, reflect and retighten her grip.
It’s funny where we choose to write our reflections. This year's 2014 alumni retreat theme mirrored the Leadership NZ theme of Mindfulness and comes to you from the noisiest cafe in Auckland. A self-sabotage? Perhaps. More an opportunity to be calm surrounded by other peoples busy-ness.