Starting and sustaining a movement is both rewarding and exhausting. I have spent the last 15 years searching for organisations to work with that:
- understand why agriculture is so conservative
- acknowledge the barriers to innovation and change and
- want to work with others to help our farmers turn perceived problems into opportunities.
I am at that point where I believe we have those partners and I can move on to the next chapter in my life
One of the greatest joys from my journey has been watching the emerging leaders we identity and train to be confident communicators who are curious about the world beyond the farmgate becoming changemakers and influencers in the agriculture sector.
They are innovators and life long learners and active in their communities and they are making things happen
This year’s innovation highlight has been the Leadership is Language series where they have identified thought leaders from across the globe to be part of this webcast series where they can share what they are learning with everyone.
The two most recent interviews are a must watch for everyone in the agriculture sector and every in business
This is a heart wrenching interview What if you don’t come home? between Young Farming Champion Dione Howard and Austral CEO David Carter who shares how we can all learn from worker, health and safety mistakes
And our most recent interview with two extraordinarily courageous women in agriculture who exemplify anticipatory leadership discussing the Icky and the Ouchys of Social Licence
Catherine Marriot reminds us
“Just because people don’t like hearing it, doesn’t actually make it any less true. And so the risks are still coming at us. I guess we can choose to address those risks and be proactive rather than reactive.”
and Alison Penfold invites us to
“ get on the front foot and collectively work together so that we are in control of managing the risk. Ensure we are not actually divesting it or delegating it to others, including government, to manage on our behalf. So I think anticipatory leadership is, for me, absolutely critical in any leadership job” says Alison Penfold
“I think with anticipatory leadership, you need an extra special level of courage and clarity of communication skills, because you’re bringing up things that are pretty Icky and pretty Ouchy. And in order to put those across in a way that enables change, you need good communication skills” say Catherine Marriott
Mega proud of our team who are not only learning to lead themselves and lead others they are sharing what they learn with the world and multiplying their impact
Happy National Ag Day everyone