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Welcome to the CQ March 2017 Newsletter

What a monster month March has been! And so is this newsletter as a result.
Kate and I were invited to the launch of the new Central Art Gallery in Christchurch which is the brainchild of Rich Laing. Amazing space set in the old University of Canterbury Library building, now all decked out to display art. This is no ordinary Gallery, as it is focusing heavily on supporting emerging artists in a variety of ways. The highlight for us though was the fact that this is so far out of Richard’s professional world as a doctor, and just a super ballsy thing to do. Sales were well ahead of budget from the launch, and we wish him all the best going forward.

The next day we cruised around the inner city, took a tram ride which was great value, and appreciated the fact that Christchurch is coming together. Previously you focused on the devastation, now it’s definitely on the new city that is emerging. A great example of this is the new chapel at St Andrew's College which Christine Leighton is justifiably proud of. It’s worth a weekend visit to witness the rebirth of a city.

One of the more interesting experiences for me this month occurred during the meeting of my own CQ team. I had proposed an idea which the team were not supportive of and wanted me to look at other alternatives instead. Now I really liked my idea, I thought it was a grand idea, I had worked diligently on this idea, I didn’t want to change my idea - get the picture. What was such a surprise for me, is that as a past facilitator I had witnessed this behaviour many times in others, never thinking I could be so fixed in my views. I was frustrated with the team for not loving my idea. Turned out that after a few days of contemplation I realised they were right - which was very humbling. Being able to be challenged is so important to get the most from CQ. So much so, we have developed a tagline to express this:

Evolves effectiveness
By Challenging your angles

Peter Kerr from Punchline has done a sterling job in helping us develop this.

These are not meaningless words - this represents an action. Challenge creates insight/awareness and results. Dave Blackwell, CEO of Spidertracks said it best; CQ creates effective people.  Effective people create effective organisations. This is now our value proposition after extension market research validated Dave's wise words.

New Zealand must aspire to be the smartest country on the planet, and CQ wants to be right in the middle of creating that.

We have almost completed our first round of meetings for the year. Dozens of them. 90% of the teams are humming, challenging each other, aspiring, refreshing, energising, refocusing. The rest are being held back by a lack of challenge. This is not the sole responsibility of the facilitator, this is also the team's responsibility.

CQ Founder

The Leadership Circle

This would have to be the most sophisticated and accurate Leadership assessment tool we have seen, and Sarah and Ali Tocker are some of a few people in New Zealand who can deliver this. 
Harv was the focus as part of Sarah’s accreditation process, and he is still absorbing the sheer depth of the data collected from the 16 people who contributed to the process. It has highlighted the opportunities for development for Harv which he will share with you all in the near future.
Leadership Circle Profile

Here's a question for all leaders:
How hungry are you? How effective do you want to be?  

If we combine the Leadership Circle, Outward Bound’s environment, Tocker and Associates knowledge, and CQ’s grit, what do we get?
A bespoke programme delivered over 4 days from August 11th - 13th at Anakiwa to develop your leadership capability.
Clarity on not just what you’re doing that works or doesn’t work; it’ll help you understand why you do what you do at a deep level, and what specific things you can do to improve your own effectveness and your bottom line.

This is not limited to CQ members, but it is limited to 14 leaders.  
For more information email Harv.

Simon Sinek

Annabel and Harv got a chance to listen to Simon Sinek in Auckland with about 15 other CQ members at the beginning of March. He is a magnificent communicator in every sense of the word. To watch him take questions was poetry in motion and his messages were clearly articulated. Here are some of the messages that resonated with us:
  • We don’t just need more female leaders - we need more leaders with female qualities.
  • Be the leader you would have wanted to work for.
  • Vision without execution is just a hallucination.
  • Management is dealing in Complexity - Leadership is creating Simplicity.

And my personal favourite;
  • Do you believe what we believe?

We need to develop this for CQ - as it is going to be important going forward.

To ensure the quality of delivery is always improving we are introducing …….

Sonia Brown - Logistics Administrator
Sonia has recently come on board as our Logistics Administrator, learning the ropes from Karen at CQ HQ.  A working history of fostering customer relations, sales management, and self-employed massage therapist, highlights her love of working with and helping people. 
After being a stay-at-home mum “for as long as I can remember” she is loving being part of our team and is excited about the CQ movement and developing and growing in her role.
Why did we employ her?  Attitude! She believes what we believe!

Kathy Tracey - CQ’s newest addition to the Facilitation team
Systemic Team Coach & Guinness World Record Holder

They said it couldn’t be done: four women, one rowing boat and the Atlantic Ocean.
Rowing across the Atlantic Ocean, tired, sore and seasick, Kathy and her crewmates battled huge seas, and their own demons, to arrive victorious as the first female fours crew to row unsupported across an ocean.
Kathy has a vast range of experience: She was elected as the first female Vice President of the Guernsey (UK) Chamber of Commerce, appointed as Chair of the Employment and Discrimination Tribunal, selected to sit as an advisor to the Dairy Industry Review Panel and serves on the Skills Strategy Advisory Group. She is also a qualified social worker in Child Protection and family work.

Kathy recently sold her award winning Guernsey (UK) based Leadership Development company and moved home to Wellington. She now runs Thinking Spaces Ltd and is a practising Systemic Team Coach who has worked extensively with offshore law firms. She works with partners and senior lawyers who are looking to work more effectively together, and individually to enhance their leadership capabilities.

Kathy will be taking over some of Pete Swinburn’s teams immediately.  Pete has moved on due to time constraints as a result of his burgeoning business.
Thinking Spaces Website

Sir Peter Blake Trust - Dream Team Time Again

Don’t tell us you didn’t know about this great opportunity - sign up now!!

The Sir Peter Blake Trust is now taking registrations for people to join their 2017 Dream Team: a group of inspirational Kiwi leaders who each year aim to inspire thousands of Kiwi kids to follow their dreams.
The Dream Team happens during Leadership Week (3 - 7 July 2017) and is proudly supported by Chapman Tripp.
The theme for this year is #believeyoucan, a quote taken directly from Sir Peter’s last voyage when he wrote, “To win, you have to believe you can do it.” We want to encourage all Kiwis to back themselves to achieve their dreams - just as Sir Peter Blake did. (Applications close May 19th).
Click here for more information, and to register!

Security of the CQ Members updates

We have had a number of queries about the security of the updates, which we have looked further into and responded to:
Question: Who has access to the updates?
  • Your team members and facilitator - They are the only people who read them!
  • Karen - as Website Administrator - but never reads them.
  • Harv - but he has no idea how to access them - never reads them.
  • Nick - our IT provider - but never reads them and is bound by terms of trade.
Question: What is the biggest risk to breaching confidentiality?
Answer: Printing out the updates and leaving them hanging about.
Solution: We have now removed the print option for updates, as of today. 
How technically secure is the website?
  • Connection to the server is encrypted with SSL.
  • The server itself, is NZ based.
  • Updates are stored in a database only accessible by a single server administrator and is covered by terms of trade.
  • Malware protection runs in real time and an audit scan happens weekly.
  • The system has a substantial network firewall.  

Otago Polytech - they are disrupting beautifully

Harv was introduced to Steve Henry earlier in the month, and they discussed a range of topics from Teal management, to the new frontiers of Tertiary education.

Steve is Program Manager Sustainable Practice, at Otago Polytechnic, and they are  basically disrupting the traditional academic model of students gaining degrees in subjects that they will never utilise in the real world. Instead they are looking to connect with people who are working, and helping them to gain qualifications that help their professional journey. Interesting eh?

Harv and Steve are interested in collaborating to look at where the two organisations (OPT and CQ) can help each other. So watch this space.

In the interim Steve would appreciate the input to help design a new Bachelor of Making a Difference with the tagline of ‘learning for a changing world’. 

He would appreciate it if you could spend 10 minutes filling out the survey if you are or want to be:  
  • A person who gets stuff done
  • An employer of people who make a difference
  • An educator of people who make a difference
  • An entrepreneur who makes a difference
  • A wrangler of volunteers
  • A doer of done
  • An authority in government
  • An organiser in the community sector
  • An activist
  • A future shaper, disruption starter, planet saver, impact multiplier, change junkie…
  • Or anything like this
These surveys are open until the 7th April 2017.
If you are an experienced maker of difference, follow this link!
If you are at school or still studying then please follow this link!


Ian Harvey CQ Founder 

Karen Wishnowsky, Coordinator
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