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Unlocking potential

Sikeli Qounadovu
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

"I owe a lot of my job to this man, he has really been there for me, through my ups and downs and he has taught me a lot," said Adrian Bosley, the sales director for Wyndham Resort.

Adrian, like other staff of Wyndham Resort on Denarau island, is full of praises for the man they all believe has helped resurrect their passion and love for their work, Jason Bavister.

Jason is the project director Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific Pty Ltd and takes care of the Sales and Marketing department of the resort.

During his tenure, Jason says not only has he helped improve the sales revenue for the resort, he has also helped staff rise above and beyond their own personal and professional expectations.

Born and raised in Australia, Jason considers himself a Fijian, since setting foot in the country seven years ago.

"When I first came here seven years ago we had a total of maybe 30 staff and now we have a hundred and in that small period of time we have been able to expand.

"At that time our sales was like $10 million to $12m and now we are at $30m. To get to $30m it probably took us about five years to make that.

How did that all happen?

"Well staff development, there has been a lot of hiring, unfortunately there has been a little bit of firing and there has been a lot of staff development.

"Just patience and moving the expectations of performance from where it was, but it does take a lot of work and a lot of sacrifice of trying to find the right people," he said.

Jason had dreams of coming to Fiji ever since his first holiday and when the opportunity arose to be transferred to the South Sea island, he did not hesitate

"First time I arrived in Fiji that day and it was very hot, it was around October of 2010, it was very hot and very humid.

"And we stayed in the resort for about a month and it took a good fair of time to get used to the weather, even though I was working, it was like I was still on holiday.

"When we were here for holidays, I did look around and I was like, 'this is pretty cool'. With two small children, it seemed like a very wonderful place to be at that point.

"I do enjoy the outdoor aspect. The nice clear water, snorkelling and diving and all those kinds of stuff"

Jason jokingly says it was kava that convinbced him to come to Fiji.

"I'm joking, what really convinced me to come to Fiji at first it was business opportunities, because the company was not reaching its full potential so I was here to help the company grow, but then two years and then seven years later I'm still here."

Jason believes in potential and un-locking leadership qualities. His ultimate goal is to find the best person locally to take over from his position.

"There's a whole bunch of people here that I feel, that I have helped grow in their position and can fill in this post when I leave this chair. I need to make sure that at some point I will need to leave but before I go I have to make sure that the next person who takes over is from here

"My philosophy up here is 'the Enemy of great is good'. In order to be great you need to challenge good in order to get to that greatness. So am giving the opportunity to these guys to show things.

"They surely do have the capability and ability to perform and rise to the occasion.

"It's a challenge to ensure that you hire the right people to the job at the first place to make sure that when given the opportunity that they really want it. Many people just want the money, many want the status, they are not willing to give up what it takes to get there.

"I think one of the things I like about this job is that you are not pigeon holed.

"So a lot of people they would say 'I didn't go to university, my family did not have a lot of wealth to allow me to do those things and pursue my dreams'.

"It does not make any difference, when you step in this office because you have a chance to make something out of yourself, in an environment with people who are all like-minded.

"Most people don't have opportunities to go overseas on all expenses paid trip, but some of these guys they have been to America, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam, Africa and all these different places, all based upon their achievements.

"The company does not give it to them for free, they get the numbers, they achieve and exceed their targets, that's how they get rewarded.

"Too many people say 'I will work harder when they will pay me more'. You work hard first and the reawrds will come later."

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