It is clear that an excellent supply chain should be designed and operated to ensure alignment between effective supply chain business practices and the competitive strategy of the company.
As an agro-food sector specialist, I have to say that the company leadership should define the business strategy, operating model, operational performance objectives and talent management process in a competitive way.
I have managed many GAP projects (Good Agricultural Practices) in Turkey such as apple, pear, peach, broccoli, plum, potato, wheat, corn, etc. All were good examples of the excellence in supply chain management.
Now let’s look at the competitive strategy elements and supporting model characteristics of excellent supply chain?
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Yusuf Tokdemir is a senior agro-food sector specialist/consultant and executive with intensive experience and know-how in the agro-food sector project management, manufacturing operations, quality, EU regulations, food safety, good agricultural practices (GAPs) and supply chain management of the agri-food (food and beverages, soft drinks, baby food, agriculture, bottled water, artisan chocolates) and pharmaceutical industries.
I see that the main question for industrial companies is how they can manage innovation process more efficiently.
“If you don’t try, you don’t know. We tried; I and you don’t even remember the names of the products that failed. That’s the secret of innovation”. Google’s Chairman, Eric Schmidt
Pressure and support to innovate must come from the company’s leadership.
Long-term marketing and innovation strategies must be prepared and improved regularly. Therefore, companies must work with the experts who have courage to apply these strategies effectively.
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Do You Clarify and Confirm Your Beliefs and Values as a Leader?
The motivation and engagement of the workforce are essential for survival of the business.
Do you want to create a high performance organization? If your answer is ‘yes’ as a leader, you have to articulate and adhere to a clear personal philosophy of management. Otherwise, your employee engagement, productivity and customer loyalty will fail.
Many leaders or managers believe that they are excellent communicators. In reality, their people see them differently and think their leaders or managers are mean-minded and screw them down.
Such leaders or managers contribute poor quality and productivity in the operations and sales.
To achieve greater integrity and credibility, it is essential that you frequently challenge and confirm your beliefs and values. Of course, an effective (not cosmetic) leadership training will be an important factor in creating integrity and credibility.
To become an incredible leader or manager, regularly clarify, challenge and confirm your personal beliefs and values. Such leaders have high emotional intelligence and create operational excellence and organizational agility with an increasing customer loyalty.
Do you believe that you have excellent integrity and credibility?
Integrity: A Key to Effective Leadership
When it comes to integrity with employees they know instinctively whether a leader or manager is being honest with them or not.
Employee integrity is only achieved when you treat employees as if they were genuine people with as many needs as yourself.
I see that many leaders or managers fail to recognize and value the unique contribution each person in the organization can make. Their approach to employees is not humbly, open and honest. Such leaders create poor company’s integrity with its customers and employees.
I always believe that mutual respect, dignity and genuine equality are the essence of a relationship based on integrity. Therefore, I give brief information about the importance of integrity in my leadership, productivity and innovation seminars.
Today, employee engagement is a crucial parameter in productivity and high performance.
Therefore, leadership integrity is a key factor for productivity, high performance, excellent customer service and long-term business success.
Ask yourself: ‘Do I display integrity as a leader?’ If you don’t know the answer, you have to start to develop integrity today.
Innovation and New Product Development Workshop
Food and Beverage Sector
Bring ideas to life!
Use best practice methods.
Learn how to co-create, accelerate and de-risk your innovation.
Today, there is a 10% success rate of products that survive after the first 12 months of launch in the FMCG sector.
Therefore, learn best practices in innovation and new product development (NPD). Identify, craft and test ideas that will have the best chance of succeeding in your business and the market place.
Increase the chances of success for your new products and discover the tools that are designed to better the current nine-out of-10 ‘fail rate’ of new products in the market after one year in today’s complex and uncertain business world.
Increase your hit rate by 30-50%++ for your new products and create competitive advantages. Drive growth and reduce time and cost. Grow your business.
Who should attend?
The Food Innovation Workshop has been developed for SME’s in the food and beverage sector who have responsibility and looking to expand their business through best practices, innovation tools, NPDs, collaboration and entrepreneurial behaviour
When and Where?
Hire Yusuf for your next food innovation workshop at your facility or in a hotel meeting room from 10:00am to 17:00pm
Further information please contact Yusuf Tokdemir on firstname.lastname@example.org or +90 533 3938268
Many leaders impose a lot of policies which won’t work. They don’t consult. They don’t have the experience. Their people are at the sharp end of what the customer wants. These people have over ‘ten years’ experience and know-how meeting customer requirements. Such leaders think they know better, but they don’t.
Distrust is endemic in today’s management. if it takes place, is often mechanistic and ineffective. This leads to poor decisions and potential organizational failures.
A new production manager revised an SOP. Her operator informed that this has a precipitation risk when it is produced. She didn’t consider this feedback and insisted operators to apply the revised procedure. Finally, they lost 3 batches and the new manager was fired.
Incredibly good leaders only consult the following people:
1. People they trust and whose advice they value.
2. People who have specific expertise on the issue.
3. People whose work will be affected directly as a consequence of the decision.
Having carefully listened to these people and taking their views into account, the best leaders will make a clear-cut decision.
Don't generate distrust and disbelief in your organization. If you do this, you become unbelievable.
Long-term success can only be achieved, in my view, when the values of total trust, openness and honesty are pursued throughout an organization and beyond towards its employees, suppliers, and for that matter all external contacts.
Therefore, establish a high degree of credibility by achieving high standards of integrity.
Of course, effective innovation management and talent management will bring competitive success for leaders in creating customer loyalty in today's hypercompetitive and global business world
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The most unused source of organizational energy is emotion. The negative emotions can indeed be dangerous to the organization. However, in sustaining the integrity of an organization, there is an essential place for positive emotion.
According to my experience, three emotional facets of leadership are passion, enthusiasm and excitement. Without such emotion the integrity of an organization will disintegrate and poor productivity will be created.
Look at your organization. Your boss is nice as long as you do what he wants. But he sulks if you don’t. He doesn’t like it when you disagree with him. He doesn’t tell what you what he really thinks. He is not honest with you. You feel unsettled.
On the other side, your boss is nice. She listens and understands you. She makes you feel important. Her enthusiasm for you, for your team and for your company creates a strong impact on productivity, organizational alignment and high performance.
The essential factor of high EI is self-awareness. If you understand your own motivations and behaviours, it is possible to develop an understanding of other people. Poor self-awareness can prevent the ability to think rationally and apply technical capabilities.
I always believe that high emotional intelligence (EI) is a stronger predictor of organizational alignment and success in the companies.
Therefore, I define emotional intelligence as the ability to, say, understand your effect on others and manage yourself accordingly. This accounts for nearly 90 percent of what moves people up the ladders when technical skills and IQ are roughly similar in career growth.
Daniel Goleman found that, beyond a certain point, there is little or no correlation between IQ and high levels of professional success. He defined that an IQ of about 115 and more is sufficient to be a lawyer, engineer, doctor or business executive. When people enter the workforce, IQ and technical skills are often equal and emotional intelligence will become an important differentiator in the success.
In my productivity workshops in different organizations, I talk about EI and its importance. For example, if we focus on the emotional intelligence skills of our sales force, we can increase our annual performance at least 12 percent. If we give EI training to the workforce in a manufacturing plant, the productivity can be more than 90 percent.
When we look at the ability of an emotionally intelligent leader, we see the competencies such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management.
When we have a slight provocation, our ability to apply reason and logic will drop approximately 75 percent. We may start to see only in black or white, yes or no, right or wrong, and win or lose. In such situations asking questions and focusing on understanding the reasons and avoiding from the judgement will be better. Normally, we want to be included, valued, respected, safe and autonomous.
Please note that emotional intelligence is a proven differentiator for a successful career growth and personal brand. Inspire others, boost productivity, create higher employee engagement and company morale, and eliminate negative and toxic culture from your organization.
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It is clear that hypercompetition and new industrial revolution creates a different leadership approach and management style to the companies if they want to survive and keep the growth.
I always believe that the key ingredients for achieving long-term success in the business and operations are credibility, integrity, innovation management capability, experience, know-how, courage, willingness, vision of success and complex problem solving skills in the way you manage.
I have intensively worked in pharmaceutical and agri-food manufacturing industries and managed and consulted many organizations.
I like this Chinese proverb; "The people follow the example of those above them".
In Turkey, we like to say; “Fish smells from the head”.
Do you want to learn what great leaders do to achieve a high performance organisation? Check yourself!
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