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We coach, develop and work alongside leaders and teams to shift ideas on leadership and provide the skills and tools needed to grow teams.

Q&A with Shaun

Q&A with Shaun

  We are really thrilled to be able to tell you that Shaun Sheldrake has agreed to step up to the new role of Chief Executive Officer at Updraft Shaun, you have always talked about your passion for seeing people get better at things.  Tell us about some of the forms...

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Strategic Influencing Webinar

Strategic Influencing Webinar

Belinda Bryant has spent many years teaching people ‘influencing skills’. Consequently she has given more thought than most to the contexts where the ‘rubber hits the road’ in influencing terms.

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Mental Wellbeing, Resilience & Coaching

Mental Wellbeing, Resilience & Coaching

Mental wellbeing. It’s important to all of us. In today’s world, we face many things that can induce anxiety, stress and sometimes drag us down. What strategies do you rely on to build your own resilience? One approach that I know helps a lot of people keep an even...

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“Conversations to Keep Lawyers Away” Webinar

“Conversations to Keep Lawyers Away” Webinar

A failing employment relationship in a team, is a situation most leaders dread. It can cause huge harm for all involved – often over quite a long period. But as I discovered in my recent conversation with Rachel Burt (employment barrister, Kanuka Chambers)...

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Haere mai Reremoana

Haere mai Reremoana

Reremoana, can you tell us what you thought as you went through our recruitment process and came to the decision this is something you’d like to do? Job descriptions can often be loaded with buzz words and jargon that distort the reality of a role but I was really...

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Haere mai Toby

Haere mai Toby

Toby Cooper is someone we have known and worked with at Updraft for some years – as both a client and collaborator. He has worked all around Wellington, in mostly large organisations and we are delighted to have convinced him to come and join our small team. Now that...

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Disagreeing Well Webinar

Disagreeing Well Webinar

Disagreeing well is an important skills in today’s working environments, where roles are moving from task-based to capability focused; team members are asked for their subject matter expertise and often required to mentor others, and top-down, ‘leader knows best’ structures are giving way to manaakitanga, agile practices, and shared knowledge and expertise.

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The Tricky Business Of Giving Feedback

The Tricky Business Of Giving Feedback

A lifetime of reflection has led me to understand that I, like most others find some feedback very hard to embrace while other feedback can slip off of me like water off of a duck’s back. I also find some feedback is easier to give than others.

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Retention Strategies And Stay Conversations Webinar

Retention Strategies And Stay Conversations Webinar

An extraordinary set of economic, social and immigration factors seems to have landed us with a perfect storm of retention and recruitment challenges. This means leaders and organisations really need to get proactive about managing their capacity.

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Leading your team in a rapidly changing world

Leading your team in a rapidly changing world

The Cynefin Framework is an interesting lens to use when looking at the challenges and responsibilities of a team. Through this framework, you can make assessments about how members of the team should be working when tackling a particular task or challenge.

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Thinking of Mentoring for your Team or Organisation?

Thinking of Mentoring for your Team or Organisation?

Many of today’s professionals spend a lot of time working from home, facing feelings of isolation, and dealing with a wide range of new change related stresses and challenges. For example, we have heard many stories of people changing jobs during lockdown periods and not being able to work in the office or meet their team members face to face for months.

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Handling difficult people in meetings

Handling difficult people in meetings

“I know, I know; running Meetings is such boring stuff… not sexy at all. But….

I have on numerous occasions taught facilitation skills and there was always real interest in tricks and techniques for handling [difficult] people. “

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