On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Paul Veric about being a Peaceful Warrior CEO, lessons learnt as a transformational CEO, allowing children to build their own resilience, speaking to students about suicide and love, and the responsibility of protecting communities.
We also talk about being Head Boy and Headmaster of New Plymouth Boys High School, why Surf Lifesaving is such an effective platform for developing future leaders, growing up in Taranaki in New Zealand, and what it took to be a New Zealand Kayak and Surf Lifesaving champion.
Paul Veric – The Peaceful Warrior CEO
Paul is a transformational leader, who is intuitive, professional and highly engaging. His talents go beyond the business world into community organisations such as, surf lifesaving, education and regional health, as well as being a national champion surf lifesaver and kayaker. He is a Peaceful Warrior, personable influencer, proud father of two sons and active CEO who you will regularly find recharging on a skateboard, surfboard, MTB or in the pool.
Studying at the University of Waikato, he has a Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Leisure Studies, Health and PE. Paul’s early career began as a teacher and then managerial roles at Surf Lifesaving New Zealand, Howard Wright Ltd and Gen-I/ Spark Digital. As a natural leader he has assumed CEO roles at Sport Eastland, Swimming NZ and Taranaki Rugby Football Union, as well as recently being the Headmaster of New Plymouth Boys High School. As a proud servant to the community, he has held Director and Board roles at the Taranaki District Health Board, Kaitake Community Board, Oakura School, NZ Academy of Sport and Surf Lifesaving Wellington.
Paul talks about:
- Overcoming the shock of being announced as Head Boy & a fear of public speaking.
- Why Tom Ryder had a profound influence in shaping him as a leader.
- The New Plymouth Boys High School Haka, being truly world class.
- Managing the huge passion involved in sport.
- His leadership style & why it is suited to transformational change.
- Being told that you can’t do it, then I will go out & prove them wrong.
- Making mistakes in staff management & managing employees.
- Creating simplicity as organisations try to be too clever & complex.
- Responsibility of protecting the community in an environment that deserves so much respect.
- Becoming headmaster of New Plymouth Boys High School.
- What skills are you looking for? What skills do you want for the next five years.
- Having the best seat in the house to observe everything that is wonderful about young people.
- Why society protects our children too much.
- Grave concerns for the mental health for young New Zealanders.
- Perceived as being quite tough & uncompromising around standards.
- Parents having real conversations with their boys about mental health.
- Being a Peaceful Warrior CEO
- Representing New Zealand, & winning national surf lifesaving & kayak titles.
- Physical activity is a big stress release for me, as It is one place that you don’t have a phone.
Active CEO Performance Tip
CEO Preparedness – People make acquisitions because they like and trust the person or people they are speaking or planning to working with. Therefore the content and performance preparation, for a meeting or interaction, is an absolute must. Have you thought about how much time do you spend preparing for an interaction with a person or group of people, in regards to what you need to say to achieve the desired outcome, mood you want to set, focus needed and the way you need to use both verbal and non-verbal communication to achieve the result you are aiming for?
“How do I get across to these kids that they are actually cared about, we do take an interest in them and deeper than that, their life is worth something and worth something to us.” The why behind Paul Veric speaking to students about suicide and love, on the active CEO Podcast.
“I perhaps didn’t really get the scale of what I signed into until I arrived. Because I was naïve and didn’t really do my research into some of the things I was getting myself into.” Overcoming challenges in new CEO roles with Paul Veric, on the active CEO Podcast.
“I try hard as a parent I try to not rush in and solve my kid’s daily struggles with life and friends. Taking your hands actually off the steering wheel and letting them be kids and figure things out for themselves.” Paul Veric speaks about allowing children to build their own reslience, on the active CEO Podcast.
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