Investment In People Crucial To Agribusiness


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Investment In People Crucial To Agribusiness

  1. 1. insurance & financeInvestment in people crucial to agribusinessWineries seek to build leadership from withinKellie ArbuckleA NEW PROGRAM that trains middle-to- “Once every two years, Yalumba where we’d like it to be,” Slape said.senior level agribusiness managers could brings its top level managers from around “Planning for learning andhelp wineries improve innovation in the the world to the Barossa and puts them development requires the same kind ofoffice and source future leaders from through its intensive Signature School rigour and attention from our managerswithin their business. leadership program. We work with as their other responsibilities, and we The Agribusiness Management Yalumba to provide relevant managerial believe very strongly that it delivers bigDevelopment Program (AMDP) is a new content,” Stevens said. benefits to us in terms of innovation,program that was launched by The In developing the AMDP, Stevens says people retention, succession planningUniversity of Adelaide and SOS Group he saw a need to bridge a gap in the wine and continuous improvement.”last year to improve the managerial and industry where people were taking on Stevens says a major part of capabilityleadership capabilities of agribusiness leadership roles they had no skills in. development is teaching people howpeople. “We found that it’s no different in the to think, rather than how to act, in SOS Interim Management managing wine industry than it is in most other particular situations.director Jeremy Lomman says investing industries – that you get promoted based He says teaching people how toin staff leadership and managerial on what you used to be good at,” Stevens manage people and finance, and how totraining is fundamental to the survival said. improve certain processes and strategiesof agribusinesses, including the wine “Good winemakers become senior were also important aspects of capabilityindustry. winemakers, and then become managers development. “Raising the core skills of existing or owners; and while they may have a To avoid clashing with vintage, theworkers is now just the minimum fantastic technical skill set, what they first program has been organised to runrequirement for an industry to continue find themselves doing is not what they from 30 April to 4 May this exist in the future, rather than a source were trained to do. Lomman believes education aimed atof additional competitive advantage,” “Unless you’ve spent money in mid- to senior level managers in the wineLomman said. developing their managerial and industry could help wineries struggling “If Australian agriculture and the wine leadership skills, you need to ask what to find fresh talent.industry not only want to exist in the sorts of decisions they are going to be “Due to increasing skills and labourfuture, but be in a position – both locally making. In order to be a successful shortages, it is becoming increasinglyand globally – to prosper, then managerial organisation, you need to augment difficult and cost-prohibitive for manyand leadership capability is required.” technical skills with management and agribusinesses to attract (and retain) new Delivered over five days at The leadership capability.” talent,” he said.University of Adelaide, the program has Yalumba people general manager Nick “Consequently, investing in thebeen designed for people with varying Slape is heavily involved in the Yalumba education and professional developmentlevels of industry experience and does Signature School. He says investment in of existing management is back on thenot require previous university study. learning and development is fundamental agenda for many agribusinesses, as they University of Adelaide executive to the business. seek to build their next leadership groupeducation director Andrew Stevens “For us, a continuing investment in from within.”designed the program with Lomman. learning and development – not just in The cost of the program is A$3500 Stevens also provides academic dollars, but in time, energy and attention plus GST.content for leadership development – is simply about making sure we haveprograms at a number of Australian the right people, with the right skills, at For more information or to register,wineries, including Yalumba. the right time to help our business get to visit: Grapegrower & Winemaker March 2012 – Issue 578