The DairyNZ People Expo events are getting underway now in Dunsandel (March 22), Waikato (April 10), Stratford (April 11), Rotorua (May 1) and Invercargill (May 9).
Among the line-up of speakers is All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster, Canterbury Crusaders personal development manager Virginia Le Bas, Team New Zealand cyclor Joseph Sullivan, human resource specialist Tani Hansen and Fonterra manager of social responsibility Matt Trent. Farmers will also hear from fellow dairy farmer Stuart Taylor on how he changed his team culture.
DairyNZ people team leader Jane Muir says the People Expo events are designed to help farmers build a successful farm team, be excellent employers, and to attract and retain the best people.
“For many farmers, having a successful and cohesive team is really important and they’re keen to find out what they can do as employers to develop their own farm team,” says Jane.
“Hearing from team building experts on what they can do to build a great farm team, how they lift performance and find solutions can be really valuable – no matter what industry it’s from.”
Each region’s People Expo provides farmers with an opportunity to ask the experts questions and share their own ideas with other farmers around what works and what doesn’t, along with any new and novel ideas and practical tips.
Learning from the best
Common purpose and collaboration are key to the success of any business, according to Virginia Le Bas, the personal development manager for rugby’s Canterbury Crusaders.
At DairyNZ’s People Expo, coming up in Dunsandel on March 22 and Invercargill on May 9, Virginia will share some of her expertise.
Virginia has a wealth of experience leading teams: before the Crusaders, her 26-year career with the New Zealand Police saw her become the first female detective superintendent and the highest-ranking officer in the Criminal Investigation Branch.
“Throughout my career I have seen that no-one ever achieves anything alone. Great things are achieved with common purpose and collaboration,” says Virginia.
“In your team or work group, it is often not about teaching people new or novel things, it’s about getting them to do things they already do well in a different way – a better way. This is a strength-based approach.”
To register for the expo and for more details visit dairynz.co.nz/peopleexpo
DairyNZ People Expo events
Dunsandel - Thursday, March 22
Crusaders personal development manager Virginia Le Bas on what makes or breaks a team; Fonterra manager of social responsibility Matt Trent on international trends on working hours; Stuart Taylor and Nick Bailey from Millennium Farming on how to achieve best performance per hour worked; Tani Hansen from Everest Consultants on giving your business the best chance to hire and retain the best people.
Waikato – Tuesday, April 10
All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster gives his perspective on what it takes to build a great team culture; Fonterra manager of social responsibility Matt Trent on international trends on working hours; Tani Hansen from Everest Consultants on giving your business the best chance to hire and retain the best people.
Stratford – Wednesday, April 11
Manawatu dairy farmer Stuart Taylor on changing his farm culture; Fonterra manager of social responsibility Matt Trent on international trends on working hours; Rural Safe founder and managing director Debbie Robertson on belief-based safety and the difference it can make to you and your team.
Bay of Plenty – Tuesday, May 1
New Zealand Olympic rower and Team New Zealand cyclor Joseph Sullivan on what makes a great team culture – in teams of two to 96 people – and how to maintain a great culture under pressure. Rural Safe founder and managing director Debbie Robertson on belief-based safety and how to make it happen on-farm; DairyNZ consulting officer Natalia Benquet on cross-cultural communication and the benefits of understanding different cultures in your farm team.
Invercargill – Wednesday, May 9
Crusaders personal development manager, Virginia Le Bas on how the Crusaders created a great a winning culture; Pamu Academy general manager Rebecca Keoghan on the Pamu journey towards a belief-based safety culture; migrant skills retention specialist Fi McKay on effective communication with a culturally diverse team.
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