May 3, 2019 posted by Unity Wellington

AFTERGLOW: From Strategy to Action by Alicia McKay

AFTERGLOW: From Strategy to Action by Alicia McKay

Wednesday 1st May at Unity Books Wellington saw the launch of Alicia McKay’s From Strategy to Action: A Guide to Getting Shit Done in the Public Sector.

Sought-after strategy expert Alicia McKay has spent the last decade working with community-facing organisations, officials, politicians and teams as an employee, consultant and expert advisor. Her new book aims to banish the dismal strategy execution rates that dog the public sector.

Joining Alicia on the night were Callum Valentine and Nick Leggett, who shared duties introducing Alicia. Callum shared memories of studying and working with Alicia and raised more than a few smiles with some candid yarns. Nick lauded From Strategy to Action as ‘a book for life as well as work’.

Taking center stage, Alicia recounted tales of writing the book over the summer and acknowledged that she had some trepidation in including a certain word in the title… Strategy, it turns out, is not a dirty word. From Alicia there were thanks all around, to friends, colleagues and clients alike, as well as printers Your Books. Final thanks went of course to Alicia’s family ‘Hamish and the girls’.

At the counter books were signed, hugs exchanged and glasses raised as this book launch was executed with perfect strategic planning.

Alicia McKay catches up with friends and colleagues in the crowd before things get underway

Callum Valentine takes first turn at the mic

Alicia McKay enjoys the introductions

Nick Leggett

Alicia McKay and Callum Valentine

Alicia McKay breaks out the thank-yous

Strategists assemble

Signing and yarns

Shocking revelations…

and the queue keeps coming

Cheers Alicia, we had a great night!

A true family affair


From Strategy to Action: A Guide to Getting Shit Done in the Public Sector is available now in store and at UnityBooksOnline

Words & pictures by John Duke

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