“Leadership happens in the face of fear, but for me Christchurch brought fear to the fore unlike any other, certainly unlike that I felt on September 11, “ shares The NZ Leadership Programme 2019’s TAYYABA KHAN in LEADERS.Read More
We hold events for our alumni, friends, and the general public for people to connect with the important conversations in leadership.
Subject matter experts and prominent New Zealand leaders share their knowledge and engage with the audience, sparking new ideas and innovation as minds from different backgrounds converge and focus their energy on a salient issue or theme.
“At this retreat, I realised that my well-meaning, often private yet genuine, heartfelt support for political ideology needed to step up into outward, political participation and that my voice was critical and could influence change,” shares TUILOMA GAYLE LAFAIALI’I.Read More
Retreat Six (Governance and Global Issues) was “a timely reminder to wake up, take note, get uncomfortable and lead by example,” writes GRAHAM BODMAN.Read More
I want to live in a society that is courteous and polite. But I want something more than that. You see a polite society can still be a cold society. And we need more warmth, more kindness, and more (dare I say it) love,” states MATTHEW GAN.Read More
“We need conversation about our current realities of inclusion and exclusion, acknowledging our past, and looking to our future. What will it take for us, for me, to dare to explore this,” ponders GINA WILLIAMSON.Read More
“This retreat was a reminder of many small and large steps of courage taken to get us here. It also showed other steps that might improve the space we’re in - for ourselves and our loved ones and our communities,” writes EUGENE ELISARA.Read More
“Leaders as Healers repurposes existing euro-centric knowledge and demands a re-alignment. It questions purpose and meaning in a life lived according to a linear clock, one that is dictated by needs that are increasingly becoming irrelevant in the face of a world keening at the unfolding tragedy across the land,” shares DIONE JOSEPH.Read More
“I am cognizant that my workplace and my country are at a crossroads where great care, acts of kindness and bravery are required to create and restore the safe space where all can flourish,” says ROSE FENTON.Read More
“Ultimately, the pre-planned session was forgotten….We wrapped our arms around each other as the rest of the cohort wrapped around us in a circle and sang to our pain. Tears ran down my eyes. I was not the only one,” reflects VICTOR RODGER.Read More
“As champions of daring leadership, this year we will look across our spheres of influence and operating systems to see them with new eyes and think about what a leap in leadership would look like. What we must do as a powerful ecosystem of leaders to help heal our nation #leadersarehealers, to build true relationships of understanding, tolerance and love.”Read More
“New paths are being built, new eyes are being opened and new connections are anchoring me in a way I had never considered prior to taking the leap into this vaka with these amazing contemporaries and all of our ancestors,” reflects RAYMOND SAGAPOLUTELE on the first retreat of The Mana Moana Experience.Read More
In late February, PIETER TUINDER (NZ Leadership Programme, Alumnus 2017) led an alumni working bee weekend to give back and deepen their cultural knowledge at Kohewhata Marae in Kaikohe.Read More
"This is such a deepening of spirit. We have shared tears, laughter and hugs. We have been digging for that deep essence of our leadership being." The first retreat of The Mana Moana Experience ignited a special fire inside for DR. CHERIE CHU.Read More
“ I was changing. I had a challenging situation at work: I used what I’d learned. I took on a project with a new confidence. I saw the world in ways I had never seen before.“Read More
"Here’s to pulling this year towards ourselves – to stretch, grow and really know what it is to 'Dare Greatly' in our call to leadership."Read More
Tena koutou. Tena koutou. Tena koutou katoa
I envy the year ahead of the 2019 “crew” and can only wish you the best of the year ahead, as being with Leadership NZ alumni is special.
Working with Leadership NZ alumni is a gift. If I had my way, I would have an entire company full of teams of Leadership NZ experienced employees making decisions. There is a way of thinking, an openness of mind, an ability to question that is noticeable post-The New Zealand Leadership Programme – which is valuable to individuals, communities and to business.
Prior to my current role at Counties Power, I had four out of six of my direct reports who were Leadership NZ alumni. This was very powerful. We successfully used methods and techniques and ways of thinking that were learned through the Programme. We drove very strong positive outcomes and we were respected for our strong team culture and values.
In my current role at Counties Power, there are already two of us on the leadership team who are alumni and I am delighted that Conrad Harvey, our CFO and a key member of the leadership team, is on the Programme this year…we are building critical mass and there is no limit to what we will aspire to achieve.
Counties Power is one of 29 electricity distribution network companies. We have a reputation for punching well above our weight - for several reasons. The first is our ambition – we will transform the way customers and community engage with energy to live “best lives”. In the last year, we have re-shaped much of what was a traditional mindset. We dare to be bold and we dare to be diverse in an industry which in the past, has had a very traditional mindset. We are the only company who’s board has appointed a woman CEO, not once, but twice, and we have a leadership team of diverse thinkers and experience.
When Judy Whiteman advised that the theme for this year was “daring leadership”, it took me back to the game played at school in my day, of Truth, Dare or Promise. And it made me think about the insights, take outs and skills that I gained from the 2010 Programme under each of these headings.
It also made me take a fairly deep breath, as I know what speaking at Leadership NZ really means. It means forget the annual report statistics, forget profit and loss, forget strategy. It means you get to conduct a little open heart surgery on yourself in public. It means being vulnerable, authentic and strangely anchored.
So, back to the Truth, Dare and Promise take outs from the 2010 Programme:
For Truth, I reflected on the fact that I was often petrified that I wouldn’t understand the topics, I wouldn’t get my readings done and that I would be out of my depth in parts of the Programme. And I joyously was. Its where the learning was the richest. I learned to question the truth, learned there is no such thing as one truth and learned to understand the truth – whatever that means.
For Promise, I made a personal promise to ask the right questions, to take the helicopter up high on an issue and to listen. One of the questions that had a major impact on me during the 2010 programme was the question often asked, whether NZ is the world, or NZ is in the world. Depending on your answer, your decisions and behaviours change. This question guided early meetings at Counties Power – we discussed whether Counties Power was the world, or whether Counties Power was in fact part of the wider world – and again, the decisions we collectively made for the company reflected the strength of our understanding on both of these questions.
For Dare, I dared to believe that there was no age limit on becoming a CEO, that my use-by date was only in my own head, and dared to back myself and lead in the only way I know how – through and with people, managing my public introvert/private extrovert reality and seeking the best for others, for the business and for myself. The inspiration of Leadership NZ is to listen to the dares of others, work with daring visions and support teams who aren’t afraid to “bring it” time after time.
For the 2019 cohort, I don’t know what your personal dares are. I simply believe if they are meaningful, then they count. NZ needs leaders who are not afraid to dare and to dare with meaning and purpose.
Tena Koutou. Tena koutou. Tena tatou katoa
JUDY NICHOLL (NZ Leadership Programme 2010 Alumna) is Chief Executive of Counties Power. Address delivered at the NZ Leadership Programme 2019 Launch. KPMG. Auckland, New Zealand. February 14 2019.
Leadership NZ Chief Executive Sina Wendt reflects on a year of Awakened Leadership and the key activities that made this year memorable.Read More