Vinnie Si | Group Assistant Trade Parts Manager
Vinnie Si, Group Assistant Trade Parts Manager for Eagers Automotive, graduated from the Eagers Automotive Emerging Leaders programme late last year.
Vinnie gives us an insight into the Emerging Leaders programme, what he took away from the course and how he will implement his learnings into the business in 2023 and beyond.
What about the Eagers Automotive Leadership programme appealed to you?
The Eagers Automotive Leadership Programme appealed to me, because I am always looking for self-development and career growth opportunities. The course helped me to build confidence in the face of a new challenge and allowed me to implement my learnings to improve my team’s performance. Being set up for success shows me that Eagers Automotive really cares about their staff.
What was your favourite part of the programme?
The connections made with people from different departments and dealerships was my favourite part of the Emerging Leaders Programme. Getting to share my thoughts and push myself out of my comfort zone was valuable to me. I really appreciated the opportunity to learn from the likes of Darren, Mike and Debbie; it was a chance to learn from the best.
What did your project focus on and why did you choose this particular topic?
My project was about building and enhancing the brand awareness of our trade centre. The reason behind selecting this for my project was that when I first started the job, I found out that most of the customers didn’t know about us and even some internal staff didn’t even know we exist. We need to spread our brand out of the market, so people know where to go when they need parts.
How will you continue to implement your learnings from the programme into the business in 2023 and beyond?
One thing I have taken on from the Emerging Leaders Programme is to never stop learning. Always be ready for change and innovation. It is important to always keep a positive mindset and look on the bright side; ensuring you and your team are above the line is imperative. Going forward this year, I will continue to get to know our team members individual capacity and develop them, to support them to become the best version of themselves.
What advice would you give others considering going into the programme?
If you have the opportunity to be part of the Leadership programme, get ready to step out of your comfort zone. Although it may seem daunting, it’s a good opportunity to upskill yourself. Be prepared to see a better version of yourself at the end of the course. On top of all this, the Eagers Automotive Leadership programme is fun, so make sure you enjoy yourself.