Showing up differently: A collective approach to complex issues

Showing up differently: A collective approach to complex issues

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Many major social challenges, such as building resilient communities; addressing family violence; and creating social attitudes supportive of mental health etc, involve issues that seem highly resistant to any straightforward resolution. Traditional approaches to the design and implementation of services and programmes in support of families and communities have often struggled to address these challenges… (read more)

Kāhui Ako: Communities of Learning – Change management support

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Since 2017 Leadership Lab has engaged by the Ministry of Education to support Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako with support with change management.  A Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako is a group of education and training providers that form around children and young people’s learning pathways, and work together to help them achieve their… (read more)

LinC (Leadership in Communities) Project 2018-2020

LinC 2018-2020 has taken the best of its programmes of 2015/16 that impacted on almost 100 community leaders and has sought to reach further, grow smarter and become more sustainable. With this in mind LinC now becomes three core components, Cultivator, Incubator and Activator, each with clear objectives and customised support and input to ensure… (read more)

Grow Waitaha: an innovative partnership with MOE and Greater Christchurch schools

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

The Leadership Lab consortium has been engaged by the Ministry of Education to partner with 3 other consultancies and Ngai Tahu. This engagement involves customised leadership and strategic planning support for 130 schools across Canterbury as part of the Greater Christchurch Education Renewal Programme. MOE Manager Garry Williams describes Grow Waitaha as a local solution… (read more)

“Leading Collaborative Partnerships” LCP programme – expressions of interest open for 2018

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

The “Leading Collaborative Partnerships” LCP programme was offered in 2017 in partnership between the Ministry of Social Development, University of Canterbury and Leadership Lab.  This capacity building initiative ran from Feb – October 2017 and included 30 leaders from across local and central government agencies and the NGO sector.   The programme focussed on developing knowledge and skills… (read more)

2020 Leaders Programme: Canterbury Health transformation from within

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Leadership Lab undertook the needs analysis and design of a customised leadership network development programme for Canterbury Health called 2020 Leaders in 2013 and 2014.  The 2020 Leaders programme was designed to harness the extensive investment made by CDHB in external leadership development experiences and support senior health leaders to implement and influence throughout the… (read more)

SCIRT (Stronger CHCH infrastructure rebuild team): Intentional leadership in action

Update January 2015 – SCIRT half way celebration video just released! Leadership Lab has been involved with SCIRT over the last 2 years in a range of leadership development roles. SCIRT was created in 2011 to undertake the entire horizontal infrastructure rebuild (roads, storm water, sewerage, drinking water) across the whole of Christchurch, much of which… (read more)

MSD NGO Leadership development programme 2014 and 2015

Following the successful graduation of NGO leaders in 2014, the Ministry of Social Development has renewed this programme for another 30 NGO leaders in 2015. In February 2014 Leadership Lab launched the NGO Leadership Development programme in Canterbury with 30 leaders and managers from across the social service sector in wider Canterbury.   The programme was… (read more)

How We Work

Weaving collaboration: Exploring new possibilities in Christchurch

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Recently we were invited to speak at the Shirley Papanui Community leadership day hosted by Christchurch City Council. The unique range of grass roots volunteer leaders, NGO leaders and the CCC Strengthening Community staff and Community Board members was brilliant – something rarely seen around the cityIt was a fantastic day, particularly the willingness of… (read more)

Navigating adaptive challenges

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

This presentation below was one of four that Chris Jansen designed for the INTASE Leadership Conference in Singapore April 2014 (the others are available at under “Presentations and Publications”).   Slide 8 refers to the distinction that is often drawn between technical challenges that can be solved with knowledge and procedures that have been… (read more)