Business Development Company (BDC) is a catalyst for better teams and happier workplaces.
Work mates: love 'em or hate 'em; they can be your best friends or worst enemies. Either way, relating to people is crucial in every workplace. There's no escaping it. At BDC, we're all about building great teams within organisations. We do this by helping people to understand their communication preferences and the impact they have on others; creating happier and more productive workplaces. And we're not just talking Pollyanna here. We get stuck into the meaty challenges of your most difficult relationships.
By listening to our customers and supplying creative and innovative solutions to their problems, we have been helping businesses to flourish since 1960. We’re proud of the way we do business. We aim to keep ourselves at the learning edge of our field of expertise but we also uphold traditional values of honesty, integrity and respect. We think it’s cool to be an ethically and socially responsible company. And although we definitely enjoy having fun, we understand what it’s like for organisations facing change and uncertainty because we were once there ourselves.
It makes us even better at what we do.
Julie Varney, Director
I began my working life as an occupational therapist and it’s only now that I fully appreciate how well this equipped me for working life. Relating to others, collaborating and assertive communication are great skills to have in any industry.
I am a certified practitioner of the HBDI whole brain thinking tool, hold a Commerce degree and have held management roles in the health and not-for-profit sectors. I’ve also lectured at Otago Polytechnic.
When I'm not strategising over the next project, I'm lying on a beach reading a good book, or cycling on a remote forest trail. Family are close by.
Julie’s outstanding skills were apparent in an induction programme that she designed and piloted.
This included a workshop that built strong cross-team collaboration and modeled the desired culture of speaking up and being proactively productive from day one. In the workshop, new recruits and leaders had a free and frank discussion, capitalising on the fresh insights that the new staff brought when they walked in the door. Julie was able to skillfully create a safe space and to prepare both recruits and leaders in such a way that this generated an unprecedented level of engagement and connection between these parties.
This did more than just exceed the leaders’ expectations: it led them to enquire more deeply into how they could continue connecting and building the relationship with the new recruits.
Wendy Kale, Winner NZATD Supreme L&D Initiative 2016