Balcony Time - Strategic thinking space for busy leaders

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Do you struggle to find time to think?

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  • Are your days filled with back-to-back meetings?
  • Are you so busy with urgent tasks that there’s no time to focus on the important ones?
  • Do you wish you could spend more time on the balcony and less time on the dance floor?

If so, you’re in the right place!

It's hard to be a leader in today's increasingly complex, uncertain, fast-changing world.

We understand what it’s like to feel:

  • pulled in a million directions
  • the incessant weight of responsibility on your shoulders
  • trapped between wanting to do the right thing and the struggle to figure out what the right thing to do is in this unprecedented context.

As counter-intuitive as it may sound, taking a moment to pause and think could be just what you need to boost your performance, your decision-making, and your sense of calm.

Regular reflection has been shown to improve performance (HBR) and support vertical development (CCL).

Join us for this efficient, 50-minute session of interactive reflection time, where you'll be guided up to take a balcony view (Heifetz) on how you're BEING as well as what you're DOING as a leader.

What Others Are Saying

'Just a brief note to thank you all at Spring Leadership for the balcony sessions. I have attended several now and have always left feeling inspired, more insightful and empowered and today was no different!

Thank you all for generously sharing your knowledge and getting us as leaders out of the doing and into the thinking for an hour or so each month.

Many thanks,

Carmen Jacobsen - General Manager, People and Culture, Wise Management Services'

Meet your hosts from Spring Leadership:

Aenslee Tanner

Aenslee Tanner (PCC) is a certified leadership coach passionate about supporting individuals to unleash their potential and become more conscious leaders.

A former engineer and Division-I athlete, her research-based coaching methodology draws on adult stage (vertical) development and complexity theory, neuroscience, positive psychology and high-performance sport.

As part of her commitment to her own continuous learning and development, Aenslee recently ran her first 100km ultramarathon and completed a 10-day Vipassana meditation course - challenging experiences that have given her a whole new appreciation for what it means to lean into discomfort in order to grow!

David Bennett

David Bennett (Masters Coaching Psychology) is an experienced executive coach who applies scientific rigour to what makes people thrive and excel. He's passionate about using Liberating Structures to unleash innovation and creativity at work.

His corporate background includes a solid grounding with KPMG before working at a senior level for a variety of organisations in New Zealand and overseas.

He lives in the South Island where he enjoys ocean swimming and tramping.


Is this session the same each month or does the content vary?

This session is part of Spring's "Balcony" series where once a month we gather with the intention of creating a safe space that supports development and allows for reflection on how we're being as well as what we're doing as leaders. Each session will offer different content, tools, and facilitators but the intention remains constant - creating a nourishing space that supports you on your leadership development journey.

Will there be a recording?

No. As part of our commitment to creating a safe, confidential space we do not record these events. The "Balcony" series is also highly experiential (small breakout group discussions, reflective activities...), which a recording wouldn't be able to capture and provide in the same way.

Where will this session be held?

This session will be delivered online via the Zoom video conferencing platform so you are welcome to join from anywhere!

You'll receive a link to join the video call in your confirmation email after you've registered. If you've never used Zoom before, we recommend you click on the link at least five minutes before the designated start time so that you can go through the process of installing the software.

What equipment do I need?

To participate fully on this interactive call you'll need:

  • a computer, tablet, or smart phone
  • headphones
  • a microphone
  • to have downloaded the Zoom Client for Meetings program to your device in advance
  • a good internet connection
  • something to write on and with (eg paper and pencil, tablet and stylus).

Do I need to have my video on?

As virtual meetings can lack some of the richness of in-person experiences, we recommend using video when you can as it helps provide useful contextual and visual cues that other participants would otherwise miss out on.

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