Train­ing & De­vel­op­ment

The Poultry Bulletin - - CONTENTS - By Christo­pher Ma­son

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.

Fraud warn­ing

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.

Avi Africa

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.

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