Culture of excellence

Founder and managing director of Locomotive Consulting George Fonua will be part of a diverse host of local and international speakers at the 46th annual Fiji Institute of Accountants (FIA) Congress at the Shangri-La's Fijian Resort and Spa. Picture: SUPP

Founder and managing director of Locomotive Consulting George Fonua will be part of a diverse host of local and international speakers at the 46th annual Fiji Institute of Accountants (FIA) Congress at the Shangri-La's Fijian Resort and Spa. Picture: SUPP

THE 46th annual Fiji Institute of Accountants (FIA) Congress — jointly sponsored by Vodafone and Westpac — will be held on May 18 and 19 at the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa featuring nine speakers.

And a part of this diverse host of local and international speakers is George Fonua, the founder and managing director of Locomotive Consulting.

Mr Fonua is an experienced change agent, coach and speaker who believes in the power of constructive, trust based business cultures. With a corporate background at BHP and OneSteel George understands highly dynamic and complex business environments.

“The theme for the FIA 2018 Congress is Growth Through Synergy: Collaboration, Innovation and Resilience. George Fonua is one of the most experienced and leading experts in the field of change management, innovation and people-performance management,” said the FIA president Finau Nagera.

“We need to hear from these experts to give us a different view of how we are working and the working cultures that we are creating in our organisations.”

Ms Nagera added that Mr Fonua was one of the most sought after keynote speakers and regularly spoke at conferences to some of Australia’s leading leadership, business improvement and organisational culture transformation consultants.

Mr Fonua was born in Ma’ufanga, Tonga but is now based in Australia where his rapidly growing consulting company consults across the Asia Pacific region.

He started his career in Australia as a change agent forging significant experience in operational management and business transformation.

His 18 years experience of leading change in a highly dynamic and complex business environment gave him the opportunity to develop and rigorously test a truly unique, cutting-edge leadership, team and business transformation methodology called the ‘Blue Bus’.

According to the Blue Bus Revolution website, Blue Bus Playshops are a series of customised workplace programs designed for all employees. It provides an innovative approach to organisational and personal growth where experienced coaches lead participants through experiential play and collaborative exercises.

It works to change mind-sets and result in high performance cultures of excellence.

“The Blue Bus concept is already used by some of Fiji’s leading companies. It involves leadership development, engaging staff, customer relations, good governance and ethical behaviour. All of this in turn leads to a culture of excellence. He has worked with many of Australia’s biggest companies like Origin Energy, Sanitarium, Sydney Airport and Newcastle University to name a few,” FIA Congress Organising Committee chairperson Rajeshwar Singh said.

The exceptional success of Blue Bus with some of Australia’s largest organisations was profiled by the Australian Financial Review in an article called ‘Healthy work culture equals healthy profits.’

* Registration forms for the FIA 2018 congress are still available on www.fia.org.fj. Registration closes on Friday, April 13. Log on to our website for more information.

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