College – Issue 41

“You have to work harder,” Logan says. “And try to get equity as soon as possible.” He believes that there are three considerations for young entrepreneurs who want to take the lead: “Is the concept feasible? Is it scalable? Is it desirable?” Logan adds that each year he writes out his goals and “gains satisfaction by working towards those goals”. “Stop sitting around. Just go out and do it and try to change the world for the better.” In the keynote workshop led by self-leadership specialist Joel Bouzaid, the importance of “reframing adversity” and “being OK with fear” was underlined. “Sometimes, if you want something, you have to grab it,” Joel says, pointing to his five points of courageous leadership:

• Slam it • Own it

Among the many workshops were different ways of looking at leadership – presented by University of Canterbury Associate Professor Billy Osteen; leadership in stressful situations – led by emergency medicine specialist Dr Minette Monteith; and functional leadership – guided by Staff Sergeant Louis Wihongi of the New Zealand Defence Force. College staff also delivered leadership lessons, with the Directors of Wellbeing & Positive Education, John Quinn and Dr Sarah Anticich, Head of English Chris Waugh, Mathematics and Statistics teacher Dr Tom Hawkins and Biology and General Science/ Psychology teacher Callum Bell sharing their unique insights. Blackcap Todd Astle wrapped up the College-organised day with an inspiring leadership presentation centred on the courageous actions required to navigate the twists and turns of life, particularly in the sporting arena.

• Focus on it • Reframe it • Take it

Meanwhile, Christchurch workshop presenter Dan Sharples focused on leadership in the face of adversity after “reclaiming” his life following a fight with cancer. Today, he leads by action, sharing his story following an approach from a men’s health charity, Movember, that has given Dan “the drive to turn this negative into a positive”. From being “physically and mentally vulnerable”, Dan is now a marathon man – raising tens of thousands of dollars for Movember, realising the impact of his actions on others and being “a lot more proud of who I am today”.

College Issue 41 2021


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