Conceptualised and brought to life by Veros founder Peter Williams, “My Development” successfully connects staff at Veros with business mentors from the community – enabling confidential and transparent discussions with a focus on the personal development of the participant.

The programme recognises that our community leaders have had similar challenges to realise their potential but have found their own winning strategy. Each mentors story and advice will be unique and those in the programme have benefitted enormously from their experience and will continue to do so.

“It’s important that the nature of interactions and the structure of the programme stays casual, it’s an opportunity to grab a coffee and chat – share experience and build relationships in the community,” says Peter.

The objective of My Development is to enable a confidential and transparent discussion from work and family balance to tough negotiation strategy, lessons learned from failure and anything in between.

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“Our culture is something that simply cannot be replicated and that comes down to the people within our business, and we are determined to ensure we have good people who are motivated to grow and adapt in all areas of their lives,” says Peter.

Feedback from both participants and mentors has been overwhelmingly positive, with the exchange of useful advice and connections made and business relationships can continue beyond the time frame of the programme.

“I was intrigued by Veros’ mentor initiative and it was a privilege to be selected as a mentor. My personal experience through the connection I made through the programme I felt was mutually beneficial, and I promote that collaboration for this type of initiative should be given scale on a city-wide perspective and the funding for this type of collaboration should be made available through our regional channels,” says Scott Adams, Managing Director of Carrus.

In response, this is another reason to open My Development up to external participants.  “It’s all about sharing knowledge and experience from which we can grow” says Peter.

“I have enjoyed sharing my life experiences from the public sector, private sector and personal challenges through the ‘My Development’ programme. The open and honest conversations and learnings benefit both parties and are well worth the time invested,” says mentor Stuart Crosby. “Often the discussions revolve around the complexities around understanding people, relationships and the workplace. The shared experiences and built up knowledge will ultimately improve productivity and a more cohesive workplace.”

Veros Project Manager, Julie Price joined the programme when she started at the company last year, “my experience so far and what I have learned from my mentors has been extremely valuable. Their willingness to share their own experiences and knowledge are all qualities I have been able to reflect on and apply to my own work.  I feel privileged to have the opportunity to learn from business people in the community that I otherwise may have not connected with.”

Get in touch with Peter Williams to get started.

“My Development”  peter@veros.co.nz or 027 4970 123

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