Training & Development
What a month it has been for poultry and the media since the beginning of the year. Poultry is in the spotlight, and judging by the number of telephonic queries from the public, it is clear the consumer is becoming more informed about imported products and the effect on our local producers and jobs. The constant message I provide is that the consumers need to familiarise themselves with local South African producer brands and eat only locally produced product.
SAPA continues to receive complaints from people who have become victims of online fraud. Please spread the word to other producers to avoid unverified online suppliers of poultry and equipment to shut these
fraudulent operations down. We are likely to see an increase in this sort of behaviour across all sectors of the economy due to the tough economic climate, so be careful and transact with caution.
This month’s Poultry bulletin contains the official notice of the intent to convene the Egg, Broiler and SAPA Annual General Meetings, all of which are being held on 20 June at Emperors Palace. Please could you diarise the date and times of the respective AGMS; we look forward to seeing you there. We are busy arranging the speakers for the conference and have several of these already confirmed for Congress.
Galliova Awards 2017
Which came first – the egg or the chicken? Well, in the case of the Galliova Awards, it was definitely the egg! But the good news is that the chicken has now come on board too!
The 2017 Galliova Awards will be jointly sponsored by the Egg and Broiler producers, who together form the South African Poultry Association (SAPA). Essentially, the awards will remain the same as they have been for the past 28 years, bar the fact that we will be looking for content that not only features eggs but includes chicken too. So this year’s awards will not only pay homage to an egg champion but a broiler champion as well. How fitting that all this takes place in the Chinese year of the rooster!
The voice of leadership
“Don’t let the noise of others opinions drown out your inner voice”. These are the wise words of Steve Jobs, one of the greatest entrepreneurs that ever lived. He highlighted that there is one important voice that we need to pay attention to - our inner voice; this is the true “voice of leadership”
Leadership has never been so exciting and yet so difficult, at the same time. The main reasons for this are the speed of change creating a fastpaced environment, and the information-rich age that we live in, which has resulted in a cluttered space of noise.
There is always someone or something calling for our attention which makes it more important to understand how to identify our own voice.
What is the voice of leadership?
Some would describe this as your unique purpose that adds meaning to your life. When you discover it, it will occupy your mind, heart, body and spirit.
It is the ability to use your talents and skills to communicate that you care enough about something that you are willing to take action,
knowing that it will make a positive contribution to society or a difference in the world.
It can also be that internal motivation and “gut feeling”, that when shared, has the power to “light a fire in the hearts of others”.
We have come to realise that that the world is changing at a very rapid pace; surely the style of leadership needed also calls for something different?
Lead with your own authentic style
In Marianne Abib-pech book called ‘Leadership: How to lead effectively and get results’, she describes the leader of tomorrow as one who is self-aware; ”They set things in motion because of a deep understanding of who they are”. These leaders, because of who they are, do not only inspire with words alone but align the words they speak with action, and their message to the world is ultimately to inspire change.
When we think of past leaders who inspired change, who comes to mind first? Some leaders with a legacy are Mahatma Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King. Their lives had a powerful message that impacted of hundreds of thousands of people and changed nations.
A more current leader is ocean advocate Lewis Pugh, who swam in icy conditions in the North Pole to create awareness of the need to protect our oceans. He continues to ignite global change. It is also very encouraging to see that the agenda at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2016 had climate change up for discussion.
What all these leaders have in common is they used their voice of who they were; they did not stay silent about the things they believed would make a difference.
The good news is we all have a voice!
Each one of us has been given a unique purpose, talents, skills and an opportunity to use our voice and yes, it often requires courage to overcome any challenges, to decide, and to act - but when we do, our positive actions can shape the future.
It only takes 1 person with 1 voice
So how do you find that unique voice that gives your life significance and moves you from what Stephen Covey calls effectiveness to greatness? In Stephen Covey’s blog, there are four great questions to get started on your journey that apply to the mind, heart, body and spirit. What are you good at? What do you love to do? What need are you able to serve? What is your desire or internal feeling directing you to be doing?
For some people, the voice of leadership comes in a flash but for others it happens over time.
Leadsa is an organisation that is honouring and recognising people for using their voices of contribution to lead. From recognising people who are teaching dance to reach out to youth, or the youth collecting school shoes for the less privileged school children, these are some examples of how ordinary people like us make a difference to lead South Africa.
There are so many inspiring people already using their voices. Leadership is a lifestyle and the voice of leadership is how you make the difference.
Now that you are equipped with knowledge of finding that voice within, the question is what will you do with this information? My challenge to you is to not only to discover your unique voice that brings joy, meaning and freedom, and connects you to your passion, but to let your voice be heard and live purposefully.
Start small. It’s up to you how you choose to express it. The next charity may be waiting to open its doors, or the next impactful book is ready to be written. Use your voice to inspire change because the world is waiting in anticipation for your voice to be heard! This is an edited extract of an article published on the Skills Portal.