Newsletter August 2018


Team Blackadders celebrated their 10th year with 28 meetings under their belt this month, and by chance I was lucky enough to be invited as a guest by the host, Dave Craig. The team has a couple of the original members still in attendance, and so we celebrated with a birthday cake - of course!

I presented the new branding material to the team, and was immediately challenged by Georgie Falloon on the lack of an elevator pitch which we actually have (thanks to Claire Bond) but had omitted -“A group of diverse people that come together to challenge their growth.”  Thanks for the prompt Georgie. 

One of the features of this host day came at the end, with the suggestion by a team member  Riana Manuel to use the  Matariki constellation as a template for the feedback. Riana explained that their enterprise use Matariki for strategic planning sessions.
It was a highlight for a number of reasons. The willingness of the team to go “yep - let's give it a try” with only a moment's hesitation.  Sue Johnston the facilitator immediately adjusted, and we saw the seamless integration of Maoritanga into the process. But none of this would have happened if Riana did not have the generosity, or courage to share her culture with the other members. So my challenge to other members; Share your gifts - don’t take them for granted. Thanks Riana.
And on reflection, the more Maori influence we have in a Collective Intelligence Team, the richer the experience - always.

This month the facilitators came together for their training and sharing of knowledge. Since we have been doing this over the past few years, I have always been impressed with how readily they will help each other grow and stretch. And in this session they excelled. What is evident from their feedback, was how important the rebrand has been to give clarity of purpose, and what we are about. The word ‘grounded’ came through time and again, and it is a credit to Mary Beth just how much influence her leadership has had on the company.

This time last year I was getting prepared to head off to Outward Bound, and the 2018 cohort are now doing the same. Good luck guys and girls, and I hope you put in as much effort as last year’s group. We look forward to hearing the stories and breakthroughs.

I have been interested to see some negative press on two high profile social good companies in the last month, and it highlights that no matter how good your intentions are, the need for transparency does not diminish. 

FAQ - How big are Collective Intelligence teams?   Maximum of 9 members per team.



This Months Featured Members

Denise Hastings 
Steve Henry
Shout out to:

Anna Guenther and Angela Meyer who are both finalists in the Woman of Influence awards to be held in Auckland next month!

Welcome to July's newcomers

Simon Williams - Business Development with Spidertracks
Rebecca Stewart - Co-Founder at Pomegranate Kitchen
David Harper - Owner of Braided Waters Farming

Collective Intelligence Regional Drinks are coming your way.....
We are holding our annual Regional Drinks in September and October.  
This is a great chance to catch up with other Collective Intelligence members in your area.  Please feel free to bring along any friends, family or work colleagues you think might be interested.
  • Auckland 17th September
  • Hamilton 26th September
  • Tauranga 27th Septemeber
  • Hawkes Bay TBC
  • Palmerston North 24th September
  • Wellington 3rd October
  • Nelson 19th September
  • Christchurch TBC
  • Dunedin TBC


Our Philosophy

Our why

We believe people are capable of great things.


Optimists, challengers, thought leaders and people who care enough to make a difference.


An ecosystem of members who meet six days a year in a carefully designed and facilitated series of workshops to focus on their growth.


We build diverse teams of competent people chosen for their ambition, curiosity and authenticity, who collaborate, collide and have fun. We disregard convention in a safe and respectful environment, to tackle real issues.

Our new "Top of the South" Initiative
On September 19th in Nelson we are launching a new initiative to bring a greater accessibility to people at the top of the South Island. If you know anyone in that area please forward this onto them.

Collective Intelligence is a community of people with the following base attributes which are often developed further…


It's a cornerstone for all conversations.


Probing new frontiers. Your frontiers.


Being true to your values. Do what you say you are going to do.


The birthplace of what’s possible.

Collective Intelligence is now offering Executive Coaching

1:1 executive coaching has been something that has been asked of us for sometime and that we have been doing on an ad hoc basis.  So we have decided to formalise this and make it available to all our members and non-members.

Our coaches (Kathy Tracey, Sue Johnston and Mary Beth Robles) co-design strong and confidence-building 1:1 partnerships, backed by sound coaching principles, ethics and global ICF (International Coach Federation) standards. They use evidence based and validated techniques drawing on neuroscience, adult development, complexity, organisation development,  wellness, and systems thinking.
Keen to learn more? You can get in touch via the new website or call Karen directly.

Collective Intelligence Values


Open Mind



Harv's blog

What skills do we need to learn to deal with views we just don’t like?

Where does the boundary between hate speech and freedom of speech exist, and who gets to draw it?

Read Blog

What is needed to thrive in the world of primary export?

One of the great privileges of my vocation, is that I get a chance to look behind the scenes of many different industries.

Read Blog

B Corp CEO Coming to New Zealand

Heads up - the week of October 8th the CEO of B Lab, Andrea de Almeida will be doing a roadshow throughout New Zealand.  

This important initiative is co-led by Collective Intelligence (Ian Harvey) and Alex Hannant.   The goal is to provide business owners of all types throughout NZ an opportunity to learn more about B Corp from and hear exactly why the B Corp movement is so relevant to the world of commerce.

Details to follow.

Do you want to become a more resilient leader?

Then this is for you

Learn More

These are worth 10 minutes of your time

Why we love Richard Branson - This is a great letter on happiness.

Australian Closet All Black fans - Harv came across this in The Sydney Morning Herald.
It's a great read even if your not into rugby.




TED Talk of the Month

Why you should define your fears instead of your goals | Tim Ferriss
The hard choices -- what we most fear doing, asking, saying -- are very often exactly what we need to do. How can we overcome self-paralysis and take action? Tim Ferriss encourages us to fully envision and write down our fears in detail, in a simple but powerful exercise he calls "fear-setting." 




"A group of diverse people
that come together to
challenge their growth"

Ian Harvey


Karen Duigan

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