Stepping into Leadership - new program launched

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Stepping into Leadership - new program launched

We are excited to announce that PIRSA will continue to support the Stepping into Leadership Program for the coming year. PIRSA's Karen Brown made the announcement in June at the graduation of the current group.

The program will follow a similar format to previous years providing a professional development opportunity for emerging female leaders from agriculture and agribusiness in SA building personal leadership skills.

Participants will commit to...

  • Two day leadership workshop on 21st and 22nd September at Hahndorf, including a casual dinner on the 21st.
  • Three coaching sessions - one-on-one 
  • Mentoring program in Feb 2018
  • Mentoring sessions with your mentor
  • Final workshop and Networking event June 2018
  • Three webinars between October 2017 and June 2018

Workshop topics include 

  • Leadership Qualities
  • Understanding personality Types
  • Building self confidence 
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Leadership branding
  • Developing your CV
  • Networking

Expressions of Interest are open until August 4th, to register click here

The cost to participants is $550 (inc GST) plus travel, accommodation and some meals. 

For more information contact Jeanette Long 0438 373993 or Sharon Honner 0438 322254

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Ongoing support for Women and leadership

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Ongoing support for Women and leadership

Are you an emerging leader looking for training and support to step into leadership roles in your industry, community or business?

Stepping into Leadership may be the program for you! It’s a professional development program building personal leadership skills. It provides coaching, mentoring, webinars and workshops. 

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Closing the yield gap

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Closing the yield gap

With farm profitability being key, farmers cannot afford to miss out on yield in good years by having a “yield gap” of up to 40 % between potential and actual yields in many shires across Australia.

To investigate this yield gap Ag Consulting Co’s Stefan Schmitt is involved in local paddock monitoring as part of an Australia-wide project to learn more about yield gaps.

Funded by The Grains Research and Development Corporation “The National Paddock Survey” began last year, with the aim of finding reasons for the yield gap.

Paddocks surrounding the 12 Mile at Curramulka and on Pine Forest Road, near Paskeville, were among 250 selected for the study, which will continue until 2018.

Stefan said the locations were tested comprehensively in high-yielding and low-yielding zones before seeding and were soil sampled postharvest to work out the change in nutrient and water balance.

“Other work includes collating data such as yield maps, grain quality, fertiliser applications and herbicide applications since 2012. We have installed rain gauges as well as loggers to monitor temperature during flowering,” he said.

Each paddock was monitored at Growth Stage 30 and at flowering to check for pests, weeds and disease.

Stefan Schmitt said there will be numerous benefits from the research for farmers, consultants and science partners.

“The project was brought about through findings in the Victorian Mallee where 20 years of analysis comparing potential yield with actual yield, found an average yield gap of 20 percent,” he explained.

Key observations in the Mallee included variation of the yield gap between seasons, with smaller yield gaps in dryer years and higher yield gaps in wetter seasons.

Stefan said the aim is to learn how to close the yield gap in wetter seasons without significantly increasing risk to cropping systems.

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Mentors are priceless

 Debra Wunke, participant in PIRSA Stepping into Leadership with her mentor, Amanda Underwood, Senior Policy Officer, Office for Women. 

Debra Wunke, participant in PIRSA Stepping into Leadership with her mentor, Amanda Underwood, Senior Policy Officer, Office for Women. 

The world of work continues to change and people are expected to adapt and respond to meet changing needs, often doing more with fewer resources in a 24/7 world.

Having a mentor, someone who can guide and advise you, someone you can talk freely with will make your career journey smoother and more enjoyable.

Mentors provide invaluable support and motivation to achieve success, and if you find a mentor that’s right for you the experience is priceless.

Ag Consulting Co has included mentoring in the PIRSA funded Stepping Into Leadership 12 month program for the past 2 years. This program already provided personal leadership development for 15 women from regional South Australia through workshops and Webinars and one-on-one coaching.

Sharon Honner from Ag Consulting Co said mentoring has added a new dimension to the program, providing links to industry, expanding networks and building specific skills for the women.

A former participants said “Mentoring has been a very important aspect of this program as it has allowed me to have a person within the same industry as me, from a similar background, to bounce ideas off of and to help with ‘where too next?’

Mentoring is much more than providing advice, knowledge and insights. The relationship offers reciprocal benefits for mentors willing to invest their time in developing others.

Sharon said Ag Consulting Co defines mentoring as a formal relationship to support the mentee to learn and grow by sharing networks, knowledge, expertise and experiences through story telling using a coach approach.

As well as the personal satisfaction of sharing skills and experience with a willing learner, being involved in mentoring also provides benefits that reward mentors personally and professionally.

“Having a formal structure in place allowed a successful mentoring relationship between myself and my mentee," said mentor Susie Green. “This would not have eventuated without this program.

“It was also extremely rewarding personally to be able to contribute in a small way to my mentee’s development," she said. 

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Building the leadership potential of rural women

 Mentors and mentees of the 2015 'Stepping into Leadership' program

Mentors and mentees of the 2015 'Stepping into Leadership' program

A celebration of rural women and leadership was held on June 11th at the King Head in Adelaide.

The evening represented a culmination of a 12 month program, Stepping into Leadership, for 12 rural women from across SA.

Funded by Primary Industries and Regions SA, Jeanette Long and Sharon Honner from Ag Consulting Co delivered the program on behalf of by Ag Excellence Alliance.

This year is the third year of the program which has provided training for 39 dedicated women from regions across South Australia including Kangaroo Island, Mallee, Mid North, South East, Eyre Peninsula and Adelaide Hills.

Jeanette Long said the program aims to develop the skills and confidence of the women to take on leadership roles in their business, industry and communities.

“They represent a diverse number of industries including agribusiness, livestock, horticulture, cropping, viticulture, working both on and off farm.”

The 2014/15 program included two days of training, coaching with Jeanette or Sharon, webinars, a peer-to-peer mentoring program and a final workshop and networking event.

Sharon Honner said this was the first year the mentoring component has been included in the program.

“The mentoring recognised the collective experience from the first and second group of participants, who were offered the opportunity to participate in further training to become mentors for the third group.

Yung Nietschke, participant in the 2013/14 program and mentor to one of this years participants said this was an important way to keep the program self-sustainable beyond the timeframe of the course.

“There are many definitions of leadership and many disagreements about what it means. This course has given us the vital tools and strategies to define our own path towards leadership, whether it be in our business, industry, community or personal life,” she said.

 

For more information contact Sharon Honner, Ag Consulting Co 0438 322254

 

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International Coaching Federation Director of Australia

  South Australian International Coaching Federation Branch Leadership Team.

South Australian International Coaching Federation Branch Leadership Team.

Ag Consulting Co’s Sharon Honner became the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Director of Australia in November of last year.

She has been a member of the ICF since 2009, where she was asked to be on the leadership team for South Australia after attending her first event.

Sharon thought this was a fantastic opportunity to help contribute and participate in professional development within the coaching field.

‘I became a ICF member after I did my coaching training several years ago and one of the things that I learned about coaching is that it’s not actually recognized as a profession.’

‘What I was looking for in being a member was how I could be affiliated with an association that gave professionalism to what I did and through the ICF I am an Associate Certified Coach ’

Sharon hopes to use her new role as the Director of Australia to continue to develop coaching into the professional space.

‘One of my main goals for the ICF is to be able to expose more people and businesses to the benefits of coaching.’

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