PHILIP BENDEICH, DTM

Candidate's Office: International Director

Region Number: 12

Toastmasters member since: 2000

Education: Certificate in Assessment and Workplace Training

Employer and/or position: The SCAX Group - Director

Served as district governor of district number: 70

Term of service: 2010-2011

In term as district governor, district achieved: Distinguished

Website: http://www.philip4ID.com

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service (international and regional level):

  • 2014-2015, 2015-2016 Region Advisor
  • 2010-2011 District Governor
  • 2009-2010 Lt Governor Education and Training
  • 2008-2009 Lt Governor Marketing

Toastmasters honors and recognition (international level):

  • 2010-2011 Excellence in Leadership
  • 2009-2010 Excellence in Education and Training
  • 2008-2009 Excellence in Marketing
  • 2005-2006 Division Governor of the Year

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a Board member:

Since 1996 I’ve been an independent business owner and entrepreneur who has developed significant relationships with clients, customers and the wider community through involvement, engagement and team development. This experience has been supported by and returned to Toastmasters as a symbiotic relationship, each developing the other. For example, I’ve developed and implemented a strategy to achieve certification to international standards for quality, safety and environmental management systems over several years.

What experience do you have in strategic planning?

To me strategic planning occurs at the micro and macro level of all organisations: in the board room, in the office and in the field. As a consultant and former board member of several for-purpose organisations, I’ve used all levels of strategic planning to work with teams and individuals to achieve results and impact the members who have grown through the process. As a business owner I’ve developed my own strategy planning to align markets and opportunities, staying current with legislation and trends. One specific strategy in the for-purpose organisation I chaired was to develop a financial model for the assignment of funds for the employee’s retirement fund, which, upon reflection, became necessary due to reduced government funding.

What experience do you have in the area of finance?

For 15 consecutive years I advised the St Francis Xavier Finance Committee. As a consultant I was part of the volunteer team that guided the School Principal through a major building development to increase the school population. Additionally, as a Director and later Chairman of Inner West Skills Centre, Inc I was integral to the financial situation of that multi-million dollar for-purpose business, including reviewing balance sheets and profit and loss statements. One critical outcome was to establish funds for employee’s retirement benefits.

What experience do you have in the area of finance?

For 15 consecutive years I advised the St Francis Xavier Finance Committee. As a consultant I was part of the volunteer team that guided the School Principal through a major building development to increase the school population. Additionally, as a Director and later Chairman of Inner West Skills Centre, Inc I was integral to the financial situation of that multi-million dollar for-purpose business, including reviewing balance sheets and profit and loss statements. One critical outcome was to establish funds for employee’s retirement benefits.

What experience do you have in developing policies?

I have extensive experience in developing policy and procedures derived from legislation. Since 1996 a major portion of my consulting work has involved policy. This was followed with implementation of those policies and recording of results in the field. As results change I’ve recommended policy adjustments for greater impact. This experience is relevant to Toastmasters International policy evaluation so that the only thing that matters “the member” has the best chance of success.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?

In Toastmasters, through roles from Area to District, leadership lessons come thick and fast. In particular, as Division Governor (now Director) I learned that despite what people say, it’s what they do that counts. As Lt Governor Marketing (now Club Growth Director) I learned that my skill in connecting people will result in open mindedness and friendships. As District Governor (now District Director) I learned the value of time management and delegation. Each leadership position reveals a new and exciting opportunity to learn, based on the people involved and the funds and time available.

What experience and key strengths would you bring to the Board of Directors?

As a business owner since 1996 and Toastmaster since 2000 I have developed skills that have crossed over between the two. This has resulted in key communications and leadership development, particularly in the field of team effectiveness through delegation, mentoring and building self-esteem. These aspects are evident in several goals being achieved, i.e. Division Governor of the Year, Excellence in Marketing, Education and Training and Leadership during the District years and later as Region 12 Advisor for two terms guiding the growth and achievement of five and then six districts.

Why do you want to serve as an international officer/director?

It would be an honor to serve on the team of International Directors for three main reasons: to acknowledge those that have mentored and encouraged me during my Toastmasters journey, to continue to add value to this organization by leveraging my 17 years of membership and service in the club, district, and region, and to faithfully serve and represent our current and future members by focusing on our core values and helping all of our members be all they can be.

What volunteer experience do you have outside of Toastmasters?

My volunteer experience starts with my mindset, that participation in the community is a privilege. As Australia is known as a nation of volunteers, I've taken that calling to a new level: from raising funds for multiple sclerosis and cancer through cycling and walking, to joining the local parents and teachers association to develop school fundraising initiatives, to putting forward my expertise as a board member in for-purpose organizations, I've learnt to share skills and encourage others to give where possible.

Have you worked with other Boards of Directors outside of Toastmasters? If so, describe your experience.

For several years I have enjoyed providing my communication and leadership skills with local and national organisations. Examples of these are: President of Ashbury Safety House Program (4 years), Director, Chairman and Acting CEO of Inner West Skills Centre, Inc (5 years), St Francis Xavier Finance Committee (15 years), and Founder and President of Olympic City Referral business group (10 years). My experience has been enriching and rewarding in each of these endeavours.

In your opinion, what are Toastmasters International’s major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?

I believe that our major objectives are to manage the changes that will impact our current and future members, to engage members at the club and to develop the leaders we need. Overarching these objectives is sustaining the core values from the board to the club. To do this we need board members that have the experience to see and hear the needs of the individual. I will work to achieve this with the experience of past and current board members, to liaise with region and district leaders and to listen to the members who are impacted through our decisions.

Additional information about candidate:

My passion for leadership development through mentoring has been recognised though organisations such as Rotary International, The Australian Institute of Management and The Institute of Managers and Leaders (Australia and New Zealand). I bring a unique set of skills in the areas of listening, facilitating, training, collaborating, and working with individuals of all ages, ethnicities and responsibilities. As a longstanding member I bring a clear understanding of the Toastmasters programs, maintain and train others in the core values, strategic thinking and budget development together with the ability to see the big picture while adding value to the individual.