Train­ing and de­vel­op­ment

The Poultry Bulletin - - CONTENTS - By Christo­pher Ma­son

Abig thank you to all ex­hibitors, speak­ers and del­e­gates who at­tended this year’s Avi Africa. De­spite the chal­lenges faced by our in­dus­try lead­ing up to the con­fer­ence and ex­hi­bi­tion, we had just un­der 2000 del­e­gate reg­is­tra­tions - good news in­deed! Our pro­posed dates for 2018 are the 12th to the 14th June.

Fraud­u­lent on­line com­pa­nies resur­face

De­spite the ar­rest and in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the ac­tiv­i­ties of one of the main on­line fraud­sters, a new com­pany has sur­faced us­ing the same in­for­ma­tion and modus operandi. This com­pany will be re­ported to the SAPS in an ef­fort to cur­tail these ac­tiv­i­ties.

AI info on SAPA web­site

We have placed some videos and doc­u­ments with re­gards to the AI out­break on the SAPA web­site. We shall con­tinue to up­date the in­for­ma­tion as and when it be­comes avail­able.

PME and PMI train­ing

Ihave re­ceived some fund­ing from the AGRISETA ear­marked for PME and PMI train­ing. Should your or­gan­i­sa­tion wish to de­rive ben­e­fit from this ini­tia­tive please con­tact me on christo­pher@sapoul­try.co.za.

SAPA COP

The re­vised SAPA Code Of Prac­tice was ac­cepted at Congress with a cou­ple of mi­nor changes. The new COP now con­sol­i­dates both eggs and broil­ers into one doc­u­ment. SAPA would like to thank the COP com­mit­tee - and es­pe­cially Alan Saun­ders - for all the hard work to en­sure that the Code of Prac­tice re­mains valid and in line with in­ter­na­tional trends.

AGM Com­mit­tee struc­tures

At each AGM held dur­ing Avi Africa, new com­mit­tee nom­i­na­tions are made. I am pleased to in­form you that your new com­mit­tee rep­re­sen­ta­tives are:

The com­mit­tees will be rat­i­fied at each or­gan­i­sa­tion’s first meet­ing af­ter Congress. The Broiler Or­gan­i­sa­tion will be tasked with co-opt­ing mem­bers to the com­mit­tee to make up the num­bers. SAPA would like to thank each com­mit­tee and Board mem­ber for agree­ing to serve on the

com­mit­tees es­pe­cially dur­ing such a chal­leng­ing time for the in­dus­try.

EQ mat­ters

More em­ploy­ers have be­gun to place greater em­pha­sis on ‘emo­tional in­tel­li­gence’. Find out why this skill is key to your suc­cess in the work­place. If you have ever worked in a cor­po­rate en­vi­ron­ment, chances are that you’ve heard the phrase ‘emo­tional in­tel­li­gence’. This buzz phrase might have been men­tioned in meet­ings or in per­sonal de­vel­op­ment work­shops.

No doubt, you know what in­tel­li­gence is. You may even have heard of some of the dif­fer­ent kinds of in­tel­li­gence out there - book in­tel­li­gence; aca­demic in­tel­li­gence; vo­ca­tional in­tel­li­gence…but ex­actly what is emo­tional in­tel­li­gence? Is emo­tional in­tel­li­gence even rel­e­vant in the work­place? Mu­sic, movies and pop­u­lar cul­ture de­pict the work­ing world as a shark tank. A world in which any busi­ness con­ducted has to be cut-throat in na­ture. Ruth­less. Devoid of any hu­man emo­tion. While this no­tion may sell some pop­corn at the movies and make for an en­ter­tain­ing night out, could it be that a new re­al­ity has started to change the mod­ern work­place?

What is Emo­tional In­tel­li­gence?

The abil­ity to iden­tify with your emo­tions, and per­ceive the emo­tions of others. Pos­sess­ing self-con­trol and self-reg­u­la­tion. Be­ing able to step back from emo­tion and be ob­jec­tive. Ap­ply­ing em­pa­thy when deal­ing with others. The abil­ity to pos­i­tively in­flu­ence the ac­tions and de­ci­sions of those around you. In short, emo­tional in­tel­li­gence deals with how well you un­der­stand the feel­ings that drive you and those you work with. It also cov­ers your abil­ity to in­flu­ence those feel­ings (for good!) in your­self and others.

Why is it im­por­tant to build Emo­tional In­tel­li­gence?

The sim­ple fact is that the skills that used to spell suc­cess are no longer enough. Yes, you may be ef­fi­cient, and sure, you can close a deal. But firms have be­gun to see the role of ‘soft skills’ in their suc­cess. These so-called soft skills are the build­ing blocks of EQ. In a nut­shell, EQ has to do with the essence of how you com­mu­ni­cate; your abil­ity to adapt; and your ca­pac­ity for work­ing with those in your team, clients, and any­one you meet.

This is a very good thing. Staff are no longer seen as just a means to an end. They are now be­ing seen for their hu­man­ity and in­di­vid­u­al­ity. They are be­ing val­ued for their thoughts and feel­ings. Their in­flu­ence counts. Each per­son’s au­then­tic self has be­come a key to the growth of a healthy busi­ness.

Ben­e­fits of EQ in the work­place

1. EQ leads to stronger lead­er­ship skills. Strong lead­er­ship re­quires three things - ac­tive lis­ten­ing, em­pa­thy, and be­ing emo­tion­ally aware of your own state of equi­lib­rium. Bal­ance in these ar­eas will help you to iden­tify with peo­ple in the work­place, an­tic­i­pate their needs from a pro­fes­sional point of view, and lead with a greater range of emo­tional ca­pac­ity. 2. Ne­go­ti­a­tion skills will im­prove. As you be­gin to lead with a per­cep­tive edge, you will find a greater abil­ity to ne­go­ti­ate. You will be able to read the emo­tional cues of the peo­ple you deal with. You will learn what drives their thoughts and de­ci­sions. If you are able to reg­u­late your own emo­tions in your job, those you work with will feel heard and seen. They will learn to trust you and thus you will be­come a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence in their lives. 3. Develop greater self­aware­ness. Emo­tional in­tel­li­gence helps to bring about a greater sense of self-aware­ness. As a work­ing pro­fes­sional, it al­ways helps to re­flect on your be­hav­iour. This in turn em­pow­ers you to develop your strengths and grow from your mis­takes. Step back, step out of your own skin, and self­e­val­u­ate. 4. In­creased lev­els of in­ner re­silience. “The only con­stant is change” – Her­a­cli­tus. Ev­ery day brings us some new tech­nol­ogy to learn. In­dus­tries evolve at high speed. To keep up, we need to be able to rein­vent our­selves if the need arises. Emo­tional in­tel­li­gence in the work­place is cru­cial: We need to be equipped to re­cover from loss, deal with re­trench­ment - or even face per­sonal tragedy. Our abil­ity to deal with these in­ci­dents can only stem from ded­i­cated prac­tice of emo­tional in­tel­li­gence. We need to be able to mo­ti­vate our­selves and bounce back. 5. Cre­at­ing greater work­life bal­ance and job sat­is­fac­tion. The self­aware­ness and em­pa­thy that em­anates from emo­tion­ally in­tel­li­gent peo­ple helps them to en­joy greater work-life bal­ance

and job sat­is­fac­tion. With time and prac­tise, you should also be able to tell the dif­fer­ence be­tween emo­tions and events that mat­ter, and ones that just don’t de­serve your pre­cious time and fo­cus. When you do this, you learn to bal­ance your emo­tions. In time, this leads to in­ner har­mony.

How to develop EQ

Now we know about the ben­e­fits of EQ, how do we ac­tu­ally ‘walk the talk’ and go about cre­at­ing emo­tional in­tel­li­gence or an emo­tional quo­tient in our lives?

Take time to lis­ten.

When you are able to lis­ten to a col­league or client’s point of view, it builds bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion. What’s more, you learn to re­late to one an­other. When peo­ple sense your air of em­pa­thy and har­mony, they are able to trust you. Trust is key if you want to build bet­ter work re­la­tions.

Put up per­sonal bound­aries.

It is good to be ami­able and re­late pos­i­tively to peo­ple in a work­place. You do need to cre­ate bound­aries, though. For your own sake, find ways to fil­ter neg­a­tive emo­tions and toxic in­flu­ences. Without clear bound­aries, it will be hard to main­tain your equi­lib­rium.

Take time to build your own hap­pi­ness.

When you’re not on the job, find ways to feed your soul. In­vest time in do­ing things that make you happy. This will al­low you to develop as a per­son. Some op­tions could be sport, hob­bies, so­cial­is­ing, arts and crafts, gar­den­ing or any­thing that helps you find joy. Do­ing this of­ten will help you develop re­silience. Choose to do some­thing fun af­ter work or on the week­ends – any time you can, re­ally. Use this to cre­ate an in­ter­nal reser­voir of pos­i­tiv­ity that will help you to im­prove your work-life bal­ance and job sat­is­fac­tion.

Prac­tice grat­i­tude.

The abil­ity to build a gen­uine source of joy comes from hav­ing a sense of grat­i­tude. Make a daily prac­tice to write down things you are grate­ful for. You will see how this pos­i­tively in­flu­ences your state of mind.

En­rol in an EQ course.

Although EQ is be­com­ing more main­stream, if you feel that you could use some ex­tra guid­ance on how to build your own (or others’), you can en­rol in an EQ course and study on­line. Re­mem­ber, build­ing emo­tional in­tel­li­gence is an im­por­tant process that will take you be­yond the class­room, lec­ture venue, or work­place and into any other life sit­u­a­tion with ease and equip you for life in ev­ery way pos­si­ble. Be­gin to­day!¡

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