As we embark on the third and final leadership program offered by Marcus Oldham College and APAL, course coordinator Fiona Chambers reflects on the importance of developing skills through staff training.
I often hear managers express their fears about the real value of investing in staff training. I hear them get stuck in a self-defeating paradigm of ‘what happens if I invest in my staff and then they leave?’
The bigger problem I think occurs when managers don’t invest in staff…and they stay!
Another important point is that it seems many people still fail to understand that leadership and management, whilst both being important, are not the same. One of the challenges we find in running leadership programs is that many industries’ know they need to develop leadership skills, but try to achieve it through management skills training.
Fiona Chambers convenes the ’emerging leaders’ program delivered to apple, pear, cherry and stone fruit industries from 5-10 July 2015. The course, which is subsidised by Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA), costs participants $1,500 plus GST and is aimed at growers, packers, researchers, agronomists, wholesalers and others involved across the industry supply chain.