How to live the PEV values on project and beyond
According to the people that live and breathe them!
The seven Project Everest values are the pillars that make up everything that we do: from how we approach business development and problem solving, through to training our leaders, trekkers and consultants. We asked those with the wisdom and experience of applying them in country to explain what each value means to them, not just within Project Everest, but in their lives beyond project.
No one can argue the effectiveness of an influential leader. The biggest changes in history are often attributed to the monumental efforts of one or a few key characters; MLK Jr. for civil rights, Newton for mathematics/science or Merkel for maintaining the EU. No one can understate their value and it is for this reason that we need to encourage the behaviours that we attribute these extraordinary individuals.
Relentless dedication to a vision, the excellence required to make it reality and the awareness to bring people along the way with them. Admirable qualities are rare for any one person to possess, but all are possible to learn. We can all attain these qualities and we can all encourage them in others. We can build leaders and if the impact of previous leaders indicates anything, it’s that we need as many as we can get.
Team Leader | Timor Leste
Team & Senior Leader | Fiji
The more you devote yourself to your project the more you get out of the experience. You want to be able to look back at your time on project and think ‘wow I did all of that’. Being on project is a unique opportunity to create sustainable solutions to large scale social issues. That’s not going to happen on its own, you will need to work hard and step out of your comfort zone to get to that point. But knowing that the work you are doing is creating value to the communities we work in is a really rewarding feeling.
Make the Hard Decision… Always.
The decisions you make now will affect your day, your month, your life… If you can’t make them, it’s all put on hold. Let’s practice: Coke or Pepsi? Easy. Go to a lecture or not? Medium. Buy a house or a car? Hard.
In every situation, you have two choices; make the hard, or the easy decision…in almost every case the hard decision is the right one. Travel the world or make social impact whilst travelling??…I know what I’m choosing.
Experienced Team Leader | Timor Leste
Team 2IC | Malawi
P.E.V is a moonshot factory – an auspicious, collaborative environment where we aim to develop innovative products with the intention of changing industry and creating extensive and substantial social impact.
Everything P.E.V does has ambition when tackling the ‘Sustainable Development Goals’, with a stretching vision and enlightened purpose. With such immense goals, I have seen first-hand as a Team Leader 2IC how we fuse tech possibility with human needs with the scope of providing over one hundred million people with portable and reliable access to solar energy. A sizeable goal, yes; but that is the essence of moonshot thinking.
To me, “eat last” means putting others before yourself. Whether this is literally eating your dinner after everyone else has served themselves, or putting others’ personal development before your own, I think this has a very unique impact on the group mentality.
I like to think that the act of “eating last” results in a pay-it-forward phenomenon. When one person lets everyone else “eat” before them, it encourages the group to become a team, where each individual’s actions directly affect everyone else. It means that every member has to consider how their decisions may impede on the opportunities of every other member.
I’ll be trying to put emphasis on “eating last” with my team this month by getting them to independently explore any new opportunities that may arise while on project. While this may result in myself staying home while they conduct village meetings and ceremonies, it is something that I believe benefits the team culture as a whole, as well as the personal development of each individual.
Experienced Team Leader | Fiji
Business Consultant | Fiji
To me enabling autonomy means to equip those around me with the knowledge, resources and support that they need to achieve their goals.
As a Business Consultant for P.E.V., this often takes the form of workshops, pitch coaching, facilitating discussions, giving advice and suggestions on tasks, answering lots of questions, or just simply being present during meetings. By empowering others in this way and allowing them the autonomy to pursue their passions, we can create a much greater impact than I ever could on my own. And then hopefully they will do the same for those around them.
Being raw, in a nutshell, is being yourself in everything you do, and every interaction you have. But I think that it goes beyond this. Being truly raw in my opinion involves not only being yourself, but also accepting others for who they are and how they like to work, act, talk, etc.
And to be fully comfortable with other people, you must first become completely comfortable with yourself, your strengths, and more importantly your weaknesses and shortcomings, because we all have them. This deep understanding of oneself is where the leaders I am lucky enough to work alongside draw their strength from and trying to behave this way has allowed me to forge some of my closest relationships in, and to develop more than I thought possible in such a short period of time.
Team Leader | Malawi