Help­ing peo­ple re­alise their po­ten­tial

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - PAULA HUL­BURT

Com­pany direc­tor Stephen Doecke has helped hun­dreds of peo­ple find their true busi­ness po­ten­tial.

The founder of Blen­heim­based As­set In­surance Part­ners, Doecke set up the in­surance and risk man­age­ment firm in 2013 af­ter he spot­ted a gap in the mar­ket.

Among other ac­com­plish­ments he was ap­pointed to the Ja­panese New Zealand Busi­ness Coun­cil and named New Zealand Bro­ker of the Year in 2016 by busi­ness in­surance spe­cial­ist firm PSC Con­nect.

The Aus­tralian-born bro­ker spe­cialised in com­mer­cial in­surance and cred­ited his grand­fa­ther with hav­ing taught him to look ‘‘be­yond the ob­vi­ous.’’

He be­gan his busi­ness with the be­lief that the great­est risk to a busi­ness was not nat­u­ral dis­as­ter but poor man­age­ment.

Doecke set out to help change that.

He founded a schol­ar­ship pro­gramme to help promis­ing peo­ple at­tend de­vel­op­ment cour­ses.

‘‘I grew up in Aus­tralia in a town sim­i­lar to Blen­heim.

‘‘My grand­fa­ther was mayor and also ran var­i­ous busi­nesses.

‘‘He al­ways used to do stuff be­hind the scenes and drilled into us that you can only take out what you put in.

‘‘I’m a firm be­liever that a bet­ter re­sult starts with a bet­ter thought.

‘‘While I pre­dom­i­nantly help my clients, that isn’t al­ways the case.

‘‘I meet these peo­ple who have that spe­cial some­thing. It’s in­tu­ition re­ally and these might be peo­ple that just need that lit­tle bit of ex­tra help.

‘‘We part­ner with a lead­ing busi­ness lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme and in­vest back into our cus­tomers to en­sure the suc­cess of their busi­nesses,’’ he said.

As a re­gional strate­gic part­ner of na­tional busi­ness growth com­pany Ice­house, Doecke, who held a se­nior role for a Top 100 Com­pany in South Aus­tralia, said any­one could learn how to be a man­ager.

‘‘It can be read out of a book but lead­er­ship is some­thing that teaches you to think dif­fer­ently,’’ he said.

Out­side of work, Doecke is a com­mit­ted com­mu­nity man and was a found­ing board mem­ber of the Marl­bor­ough Col­lege Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion was ded­i­cated to bridg­ing the gap be­tween gov­ern­ment fund­ing and the fi­nan­cial sup­port re­quired to en­able Marl­bor­ough boys to truly ex­cel.

Four­teen clients have at­tended lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes in four years with Doecke’s help and 80 clients and staff at­tended a two-day Lead­er­ship Chal­lenge event in Marl­bor­ough.

He also ar­ranged for seven young Marl­bor­ough busi­ness­peo­ple to travel to Ja­pan on a free trade and re­la­tions busi­ness trip.

Help­ing out is some­thing he feels pas­sion­ately about.

‘‘Whether I win or not, I’m hum­bled to be able to help. It’s ir­rel­e­vant whether or not I win to be hon­est as I know I’ve made a dif­fer­ence.’’

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Founder of Blen­heim-based As­set In­surance Part­ners, Stephen Doecke helps clients dis­cover their true busi­ness po­ten­tial.

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