Fatu Patolo knows the names of everyone in his team, as well as the names of their family members. The
“I treat our people like my family,” said Fatu. “I want them to be the best they can be. Sometimes all people need is some guidance and belief, then they can reach greater heights.”
Fatu’s approach to work and its positive impact recently saw him presented with the Walk the Talk award at the 20th annual New Zealand Diversity Awards in Auckland.
“Fatu represents the values of
“Most importantly, he represents our people.”
Last year, one of Fatu’s initiatives was to improve the literacy, communication and confidence of his staff which he accomplished with the help of workplace communication facilitators Aspire 2 Business.
“The programme he has championed in our business is a great example of the way Fatu helps his people to succeed,” said Chris Litchfield, managing director of
“Under his guidance, health and safety has improved. His staff are communicating more effectively and lives have been turned around as he manages a group of highly engaged people. Fatu is an extraordinary person who has lead an extraordinary programme and lives our values every day,” he said.
Production analyst and colleague Richa Chandel praised Fatu for his leadership style. “He’s all about supporting people,” she said. “In one word, he’s your guide.”
Fatu thanked his team as he accepted the award. “This award belongs to our team,” he said. “I feel that our business empowers us to do what is right by our people and encourages these development programmes, so it’s our business, our leaders and ultimately our people who graduated from the programme who should receive the credit.”
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