There was so much to enjoy and to learn about Retreat Five. Coming together again with my new family. Learning and sharing new stories. But for me, it was these experiences, these moments that have endured.
When we first got together as a group in February, I was struck by what an impressive, confident and high-achieving group of people it is. What I didn’t fully appreciate then, but do now, is the extent to which the 2018 cohort reflects the diverse society we live in.
We have now reached the point in our Leadership NZ journey, that when the group meet, it’s like connecting with old friends. The 2018 cohort met enthusiastically at the idyllic Caccia Birch House in Palmerston North in anticipation of what lay ahead. Although a little chilly, the sun was to shine on us physically and mentally throughout the next two days.
We arrive into a shared space. Sit in front of invisible pou, bright morning sunlight memorializing silhouetted edges of a fale. Lounge furniture is backed up against the walls of a rectangle living room. Ula-draped photos of family, sports teams, choirs, da Vinci’s The Last Supper, white net curtains blowing across open windows. Every place we have ever sat in this way, is also here. Va tagata.
Thursday 24th May dawned. The start of Session Four - crisp, but not too cold. Entered the NZTE Majestic Centre Building, pushed level 15 in the lift. Doors opened and we were greeted with a magnificent view of the Wellington vista and then the warmth of the 2018 NZ Leadership Programme cohort.
“In a sense, we have continuously negotiated who we are with Pakeha and other cultures in order to fit in, to be accepted, to feel a sense of belonging and worth.” Christina from Salvation Army shares her reflection on our Mana Moana Experience.
This year we have chosen the theme – “Awakened Leadership, in the future of work”.
We live in a world fraught with complexity, volatility and rapid change, and as leaders, it can be a huge challenge to keep up with innovation and technology developments and predict what is required moving into an unknown future. In particular, we are curious about how we prepare ourselves, our people, and our organisations to adapt and respond, or indeed drive the change.
Leadership is not an easy thing to define. So you would expect that would be the place to start for a leadership programme that runs as eight retreats over the course of a year. Find out if Eoghan Walsh got his watertight definition of leadership from our first session.
Somewhere on day one, Anya arrived at the gentle realisation that this year won’t be characterised by asteroid strikes and underpants on the outside. Leadership here won’t talk loudly of itself, for its own sake.
I wonder as you come to the close-out of 2017, how has your integrative year of leadership been? Have you been able to use integrative leadership to more skillfully navigate the polarities, ambiguity and tensions of wicked problems in your team, organisation, or sector? Read all this and more in our newsletter »