Exploring the opportunities that can come through Networking with peers involved in EMC Canada activities and also in Industry Organizations such as WFIM - Women in Food Industry Management.
Networking – it’s asmall word with some incredible impact – it happens every dayeverywhere in countless different ways… providing anopportunity, as an example, to make new key contacts, to generatecreative ideas or build on existing ones, to share resources makingthings like searching easier, subsequently saving time and moneyand providing an opportunity personally to help us as leaders growand develop… So, when it comes to impact, in a world that isconstantly and rapidly changing, where business needs to becreative, flexible and agile - it is more important than ever torecognize and tap into the resources, thoughts and ideas thatsimple networking provides – the impact as mentioned above,can be simply incredible!
EMC Canada has long advocated thebenefits of peer to peer networking – openly sharing ideasand exchanging thoughts on business, processes, human capital,ideas, best practices and support. Last week, I was delighted tohave participated in a venue that also promoted those same valueswith a group recommended by one of our own Members: WFIM –Women in Food Industry Management.
WFIM is a notfor profit organization that helps women in the Food Industry toconnect and network similarly as mentioned above. They host RoundTable Academies, provide Leadership Speaker Forums as well asengage in Mentorship Programs and other learning opportunities. Their website can be found at www.wfim.on.ca.
At the Academy session last week,participants engaged in small focused almost intimate roundtablediscussions with some key principles and leaders in industry. Tothat end, I thought it might be interesting to share with you acouple of the discussion points just to give you a peek at thiswonderful networking opportunity and the chance to learn fromshared experiences:
From a businessperspective…
· What is the next emerging challenge in food production?
- Food Safety
- Line modifications
- Dealing with pricing pressures
- Working together – developing product consortiums– combining LTL truckloads
- Co-manufacturing – working with slim margins
- Private labels versus brands
And alternatively on the personaldevelopment side…
· What is the greatest career lesson that you have learned todate?
- Keeping an open mind and recognizing a learningopportunity
- Importance of effective communication
- Setting goals and putting strategic plans in place
- Learning from customer complaints and failures
- Staying positive
- Exhibiting flexibility and patience
This was a wonderful opportunityto meet some very dynamic women in the Food Industry. Definitelytrue networking and definitely a learning experience!
Finally, wherever you may benetworking next – we do hope that you will take in theopportunity to participate with your Food and Beverage ProcessingPeers in Hamilton, Woodstock, Alliston or Napanee next week, whenwe gather together to meet with Chad Metcalf, President, ValueStream Solutions to share ideas on Continuous Improvement andSustaining those Initiatives in our buildings!