Image: attendees enjoyed a DIY activity at the Bunnings NSW Quick Bite event!
NAWO’s recent NSW Quick Bite, hosted by Bunnings on 21 June 2018, focused on the ‘Authentic Leadership’ Learning Priority. Thanks to Melita Bevan (Key Account Manager, CHEP Australia Ltd, and NAWO NSW State Committee Member) for providing the following key summary and learnings…
Bunnings was thrilled to host NAWO members and guests at their new format store in Gregory Hills for the NAWO NSW Quick Bite event, ‘DIY Leadership Advice – Be Real’.
The theme for the event was Authentic Leadership. Exploring why so many of us try to conform to what we think everyone else expects us to say or do, what it takes to get comfortable in our own skin to be ourselves and how being an authentic leader helps us to better manage work/life for ourselves and our employees.
NAWO attendees were split into groups for a site tour to learn about sustainability at Bunnings (less energy, less water, less waste) and a DIY event discovering how to make a wooden tea light candle holder (it’s absolutely possible, even if you haven’t held a drill before!).
Robyn Hudson, State Operations Manager at Bunnings, shared her experiences climbing up the career ladder, followed by a Q&A panel with Robyn, Amanda Stevens (Bunnings Complex Manager, Ulladulla) and Andrew Shalala (Bunnings Complex Manager, Bonnyrigg).
Robyn very humbly shared her journey from a Horticulturist to working her way up the Bunnings ladder to managing 48 stores and over 5400 team members. From being selected for the Bunnings authentic leadership program, to making an impact on the organisation’s culture, Robyn shared how your leadership style can help you manage a demanding role while still valuing family time and personal interests.
Key messages were as follows:-
Top tips to reflect on:
The Q&A Panel shared their individual career journeys at Bunnings and answered questions from the NAWO attendees exploring the qualities of authentic leadership, why it is so important and how it can set you up for success.
Key messages included:
Key insights of authentic leader’s style:
We would like to thank all of the attendees and hope that you took something away from the day and a very special thank you to Rana Obeid, Aaron Fischer, Brenda Smith, the Bunnings team, for organising a fabulous event, and our three presenters Robyn, Amanda and Andrew for sharing their stories and genuine insights.