Daryl Browning (CEO, ISPT)
“ISPT is one of Australia’s largest unlisted property fund managers with over $10.1 billion of funds under management through our investments in office, retail, industrial and residential properties. Our goal is growing, developing and protecting the wealth base of the Mums and Dads of Australia. Our success is dependent on our people and getting our team to flourish and be the best we can be. Investing in our people personally and corporately through quality leadership development ensures best practice flows across the organisation.
As the CEO, I had a clear view of where we were from an executive maturity perspective. We wanted to develop a program to lift twenty people, all with various leadership experience and expertise, and head in the same direction. Bernard Desmidt, the Director of Exceld came highly recommended. He listened to what we wanted, understood our vision and through a consultative process, mutually owned, Bernard developed a program that he professionally and skilfully delivered to the whole group.
It was the right decision and over just seven months, Bernard has successfully delivered a very ambitious program using a facilitated style that is not prescriptive – rather it is enabling and empowering. We have enjoyed healthy debates about best practice and it was a good process where we had some fun, made shifts and we were emotionally challenged sometimes too. The focus on leading rather than micro-managing, giving trust to get trust and enabling people to take risks for the greater outcome was challenging and rewarding. The environment Bernard creates is a safe place to bare all and he both sought, and was responsive to, feedback from the team.
I believe the work we have done so far with Bernard will definitely improve our bottom line. It’s an investment in our future as an organisation. In recommending him to other CEOs I would suggest that they spend the time to understand his skills, enable the brief and he will develop the program to suit your needs. It’s a bespoke program – cookie cutters are for cookies, not people.”