The End Of The Beginning: Leadership into Level 2 and beyond

Here’s a date to save for this coming Wednesday afternoon, when you’ve had enough of boring Zoom meetings. This one happens to be on Zoom too – but knowing it’s with Harold and Russell, it certainly won’t be boring that’s for sure! Plus you’ll see my face there too – hopefully that’s a plus.

This coming (Wednesday 13th May) from 4.30pm to 5.30pm I’m joining Dr Harold Hillman and Russell Pickering for a panel discussion on ‘The End Of The Beginning: Leadership into Level 2 and beyond’.

I’d love you to join us! I’ve included the link to register here – and check out the details from Russell in his words below:

Expert panel webinar: Wednesday 13th May 2020, 4:30pm – 5.30pm*

Facilitated by Russell Pickering

with special guests Suzi McAlpine and Dr Harold Hillman

*Can’t make it? Register anyway and we’ll send you the recording afterwards.

The dust has settled. We’re emerging from our bubbles – some of us optimistic, some cautious, some shattered. All going well, many of us will soon head back to our offices, our factories, our universities, our small businesses. Some will be yearning to get back to normal routines. Others are using this experience as a chance to reboot their lives – rediscovering parts of themselves long forgotten or neglected. Everyone’s needs, and everyone’s priorities, have changed.

So now what?

Over the past few months we’ve heard a lot about crisis leadership, but what makes an effective leader once the initial crisis has passed? As Winston Churchill said on turning the Nazi tide and winning at El Alamein:  Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

In this expert panel webinar we’ll discuss ways to guide your team through the post-crisis world, as well as ways to support your own self-leadership. We’ll also be taking questions from you, our virtual audience.

Leading your team:

  • What makes a good leader post-crisis?
  • How to create a work environment where people can feel secure, and both thrive and flourish
  • How to engage and motivate your team through times of uncertainty, fear and difficult decisions
  • How to identify what your team needs from you right now
  • How to stay strategic while being reactive – when should crisis leadership end?
  • The models of leadership emerging in response to this global catastrophe

Leading yourself:

  • Ok, I’m done surviving, now how do I get back to thriving?
  • Dealing with anxiety and avoiding burnout
  • How to demonstrate calm and optimism to your team – even if you don’t feel it
  • How to handle challenges to your ethics and values when speaking up could cost your job
  • How to find balance between empathy and the need to keep the business afloat
  • How to set concrete goals for yourself in an uncertain future


Russell Pickering – Founder and Managing Director, The Pickering Group.

Russell is one of New Zealand’s leading specialists in effective communication, business storytelling and presentation training. Prior to founding The Pickering Group, Russell ran communication skills consultancy SpeakEasy, establishing him as an expert trainer, facilitator and coach. Russell thrives in the dynamic intersection of the arts and commerce: originally training as a professional actor and director, Russell won a Bob Hope Scholarship to study for his Master of Fine Arts in Acting at Meadows School of the Arts (SMU) in the United States. As an actor he has appeared on commercial television, in feature films, and on regional theatre stages throughout the U.S. and NZ. Russell holds an MBA from Auckland University’s NZ Executive programme.


Dr. Harold Hillman

​Harold Hillman is the Managing Director of Sigmoid Curve Consulting Group, specialising in frameworks and tools that help executive teams lead their organisations through major change.  Over the past two decades Hillman has coached prominent chief executives and their teams in the U.S, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.  Hillman earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh (USA).  His first book, The Impostor Syndrome, was named Whitcoulls Business Book of the Year 2013.

Suzi McAlpine

Suzi McAlpine is an executive coach, leadership specialist and author of award-winning leadership blog The Leader’s Digest.  As a leadership development specialist, Suzi provides a range of services including executive coaching, leadership workshops and leadership development programmes. Suzi’s experience includes being an executive search consultant, associate director, executive coach, and a practice leader for a division of the world’s largest HR consulting firm.  In 2019, she launched a blended online leadership programme called The Leader’s Map for organisations wishing to equip their emerging leaders with the necessary leadership capabilities for success.


  1. Lisa Whittle on May 16, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    Hi Suzi, lovely to see you jumping immediately into size optimistic leadership opportunities that pop up, now that we’re almost on the ‘otherside’ and beyond. Ka rawe!
    I’m sorry to have missed your webinar on Wednesday, it sounded like a cracker panel!
    I’m hoping that you’ll post a link to the webinar for us to check in and listen.
    Go well in your mahi in coming weeks. All best, Lisa ?

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Suzi McAlpine

Suzi McAlpine is a Leadership Development Specialist and author of the award-winning leadership blog, The Leader’s Digest. She writes and teaches about accomplished leadership, what magic emerges when it’s present, and how to ignite better leadership in individuals, teams and organisations. Suzi has been a leader and senior executive herself, working alongside CEOs and executive teams in a variety of roles. Her experience has included being a head-hunter, an executive coach, and a practice leader for a division at the world’s largest HR consulting firm. Suzi provides a range of services as a Leadership Development Specialist, including executive coaching, leadership workshops and development programmes for CEOs, leadership teams and organisations throughout New Zealand.

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