It's Back to Trident High for Martin King

As part of the 2015 Sir Peter Blake Trust Dream Team, GM of HR here at CCANZ, Martin King went back to school for the day. Lucky enough to be paired with his own high school in Whakatane, Martin was both excited and apprehensive about heading into school for a discussion with students about leadership.

As part of the 2015 Sir Peter Blake Trust Dream Team, GM of HR here at CCANZ, Martin King went back to school for the day. Lucky enough to be paired with his own high school in Whakatane, Martin was both excited and apprehensive about heading into school for a discussion with students about leadership.

Having left school at the tender age of 16, Martin walked out the gates and didn't look back.  After 23 years (yes you do the math!) of travelling, university, starting a family and having numerous career successes (and in his words failures too) Martin went back to Trident High to talk about what it means to be a leader and how others can embrace their inner leader too.

Martin spent the morning with a year 11 maths class "It was the same maths class that I had maths in all those years ago, quite a surreal experience" Martin says of walking into the room. Speaking to Trident High students, he was able to convey what it means to come from a low decile school and push to achieve, demonstrating his message with his own experience. It was here, that Martin shared with the group that if you are going to succeed, you have to be yourself, something we all know Martin passionately conveys to us here at CCA too. He shared that it's ok to make mistakes, work hard and rewards will come, take risks and set goals; seek out people to help you achieve and most importantly follow your passion. To Martin, to achieve well in what you choose to do, and having a great attitude is what makes you a leader. Money is not success, it does help, but it is happiness that is the real success. If you love what you do, you will be successful.

The students were thrilled to have 'one of their own' back for the 2015 Leadership week Dream Team talks and Martin enjoyed the experience too "I feel really buzzed after today, really inspired. I think more business leaders should have this experience. It was great to be out in the community talking about what it means to believe you can do something and be in a position to do that as a Coca-Cola representative was amazing"

Just to cap off the whole 'back to school' experience….Martin was even picked up at the front gates by his mum.