Leadership@Play 2022

Course Information

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A contemporary approach to leadership development

For 2022 our foundational professional development course, Leadership@Play, has been redesigned into two parts.  

Part One is our mandatory introduction to the practice of conscious leadership and can be delivered in person or online (as has been road tested over 2020 and 2021.) As with all our courses, each participant is matched with an appropriate group of people to work with through this experience. While this work allows the individual to experience a ‘group process’, Part One includes individual one-on-one coaching sessions with Coach Facilitators Jenny Devine and Sandy Burgham.

Part Two is for those who have completed Part One and wish to go further and deeper into their leadership journey. Although it is not mandatory to do Part Two, it is highly recommended. Those who choose to do this, may be matched with another appropriate group of people to continue this exploration into leadership. Part Two is predominantly delivered as an in-person experience.

Alumni of previous courses may wish to re-do either Part One or Part Two.

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PART ONE: Evolving Leadership

One Evening + Six days*

Intro Evening: Setting the Scene - Mon 21 Nov, 5pm onwards

This evening session sets the tone for how the group will play over the months ahead.

 

Day One: The Inner Game - Tues 22 Nov, 9am-5pm 

This session nails the real habits of being that are keeping you both safe and stuck. It explores questions such as: How come some people and situations trigger you? How do you get a handle on this? This session explores the concept of ego in relation to self and raises the critical question of who you really are beyond your conditioned identity. This is not about what you are doing as a leader but who you are being as a leader.

Day Two: The Impact of your Inner Game - Wed 23 Nov, 9am-5pm

All participants will undergo a 360 evaluation using The Leadership Circle Profile to understand their leadership strengths and further clarify potential derailers. This workshop unpacks the Leadership Circle so you fully understand which conscious ways of being will potentially propel you forward and which habitual (unconscious) behaviours will hold you back.

> Break and Coaching and individual debrief with Jenny Devine 

Day 3: The Outer Game of Communication - Tues 6 Dec, 9am-5pm

Increasingly leadership is understood as a balance of exceptional people and task competency, hence this two-day module focuses on the most critical leadership skill of communication. We introduce  a framework and toolkit to immediately enhance the participants’ ability to a) ask  questions which unlock possibility, b) listen to understand a situation more fully, and c) hold a room with a  more natural yet stronger presence.

> Break 

Day 4: The Outer Game of Communication cont. - Wed 1 Feb 2023, 9am-5pm

> Break and Coaching with Sandy Burgham
 
Day 5: Final Integration - Thurs 23 Feb 2023, 9am-5pm  
This session starts to integrate all the concepts explored while equipping the participant with skills and support structures to continue with their own growth/evolutionary process including a leadership intention for their journey beyond the course. This final day is a culmination of the group process where:
 
  • key themes are revisited, 
  • a powerful feedback session takes place where  participants receive coaching and wisdom from their peers 
  • a celebratory dinner ends this part of the course
     

Note that at this point the group has begun a process of peer coaching to support their on-going development.

> Break

​Day 6: Review and Reboot - Wed 8 Mar 2023, 9am-8pm incl. early dinner

It is human nature that once released into the world without the structure and support of the course to anchor you, it is easy to be pulled back into a vortex of old realities and this includes old behaviours. So, six months after course and peer coaching completion, the group is invited back to explore the impact of the experience, review key concepts and re-orient you back on your intended path if need be. 

Part 1 Details

  • Cost per participant $8,500 plus GST
    Includes coaching, workshops, The Leadership Circle evaluation and all other admin expenses.

  • Location: Play CoLab, Level 8, 187 Queen Street, Auckland.

  • Lead Facilitators/Coaches: Sandy Burgham & Jenny Devine. Each group consists of around 8 people from different sectors.

* RESPONSE TO COVID-19

We discuss vaccination status and considerations with all participants. Naturally, we are keeping a watching brief on how the situation regarding COVID-19 unfolds. If COVID disrupts the in-person days, these will be delivered as two half-days online. 

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PART TWO: Leading through Complexity

One Evening + Four Days*

After completing Part One of Leadership@Play we invite alumni back either as a total group or as part of a fresh alumni group, to go deeper and further into the practice of conscious leadership. If you join a new group, trust that we will curate the group with care, to ensure the right mix: enough commonality in life experiences but enough diversity of sector/personality/ background.

 

At its core, Part Two, Leading through Complexity, ponders the role and impact of the individual leader ‘from the personal to the global’ as we more fully explore social conditioning in the midst of extrinsic systems.

 

This four-day course uses a sense and respond approach so while a core concept anchors the day, the participants themselves contribute to the course structure and content. Thus it may be that during or after Part Two there are complementary group sessions or one-on-one sessions facilitated by the group themselves. We leave the possibilities open and hand over the trajectory to the participants.

Intro Evening (5pm-9pm) 

This evening session sets the tone for how the group will play over the months ahead. It is a more challenging introduction than course one as we find alumni groups tend to be ready to play more fully from the get-go.
 

Day One: Shadow Integration and False Beliefs (9am-5pm)

Taking our lead from the evening session, this session dives straight into pattern-making and pattern-breaking. We will use the group coaching techniques all will have experienced in Part One to enable deeper insight into ego/self. Warning: triggers ahead…

 

Day Two: Deeper look at the Stages of Adult Development and Stages of Organisational Development (9am-5pm)

We know that the sort of leadership development we offer can have a rocking chair effect, i.e. at some point during and après course, you will have experienced a centering in that desired self-authored way of being, only to find that a situation triggers your return to reactivity. That’s normal – a real change in developmental stage is always preceded by a number of state changes.
This day introduces a deeper look at stages of adult development using a complementary model to the Kegan model introduced in Part One. It breaks down stages further so participants can get a more specific understanding on how they are playing and why.

 

We also introduce a model that correlates development to organisations as entities and as a group explore different ways organisations evolve for impact and influence.

Day Three: Leading through Polarisation (9am-5pm)

​​In this session we link organisational culture to the systems in which they operate. This sharpens understanding on narratives relating to diversity and inclusion and potentially disrupts entrenched worldviews on a a variety of topical subjects.

We consider leadership in the broadest possible context: one that connects the personal to the global and incorporates legacy and impact.

 

We explore what it really means to be a servant leader though the understanding of the Integral Leadership space.

Day Four: Integration (9am-8pm incl. dinner)

The final day of the course culminates with a challenge of who I am being. We explore the concept of the Hero’s Journey mythical narrative in the framing of the story of your own life.

Part 2 Details

  • Cost per participant $3,500 plus GST
    Includes workshops and all other admin expenses.

  • Location: Play CoLab, Level 8, 187 Queen Street, Auckland.

  • Lead Facilitators/Coaches: Sandy Burgham & Jenny Devine. Each group consists of around 8 people from different sectors.

* RESPONSE TO COVID-19

We discuss vaccination status and considerations with all participants. Naturally, we are keeping a watching brief on how the situation regarding COVID-19 unfolds. If COVID disrupts the in-person days, these will be delivered as two half-days online. 

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Is Leadership@Play right for you? 

  • You may be a Divisional Head or CEO/MD depending on the organisation and sector. You may have had some professional development or leadership coaching already but sense the need for something perhaps deeper and more fundamental to shift the way you play.

  • You are self-aware enough to know that repeated patterns may be tripping you up and may even have had some feedback about your leadership that has left you flummoxed or out of ideas on how to really shift you and your team’s output and impact.

  • You could do with some sort of “toolkit” for immediate use to enhance how you play with others and perform in the workplace.

  • You are fully prepared to be challenged in a safe environment.

  • And you might be aware of a nagging voice at the back of your head that says “so, now what?”