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Putting people at the centre

29 August 2018 Wesley Mission news

The role of a CEO is to empower an organisation and find the resources to help it grow and develop.

That’s the opinion of Wesley Mission’s CEO/Superintendent, the Rev Keith Garner, in a new video series on social change champions called People At The Centre.

In a wide ranging discussion Derek Waterhouse interviews Mr Garner about the importance of organisational culture in engaging and growing a team.

“I’d also say that I don’t see my job as to fix things… I think one of the dangers in any leadership role, whether it’s CEO, manager, general manager or executive manager is to dive in doing things that you shouldn’t be doing,” Mr Garner says. “My role is to empower the organisation, to find the resources and the will to grow and develop.”

The conversation also opens up the issue of differences between the corporate and the not-for-profit sectors.

“The language we use is not essentially any different,” Mr Garner said. ”But the people we focus on are our business. We’re not making widgets, we are trying to lift someone out of poverty into a new place – that’s very difficult to do.”

Other subjects covered are the importance of fundraising, the impact of social stigma, the complexity of the not-for-profit sector, and the importance of community, particularly for the poor, the marginalised and disenfranchised.