Aiming to increase the level of managerial competence, the company launches a large-scale project called “The School of Leadership”. The program was developed targeting the department heads of ECO-Culture’s management company, greenhouse complexes’ CEOs, as well as the directors of distribution centers and other subdivisions of the agricultural holding.
By the end of 2021, three 2-day full-time training modules are scheduled, which are to be supervised by the company’s board members:
• Dmitry Muger, the Vice President for Production and Development – the “Being A Leader” module;
• Viktoria Sharapova, the Vice President for Human Resources – “Motivation and Involvement Management”;
• Roman Pankov, the Vice President for Commercial Affairs – “Management Communications”.
At the end of September, the first group of trainees completed the first module. Starting in October, the new groups totaling 100 people joined the training program.
According to Alexander Rudakov, the President of ECO-Culture, competence improvement programs are expected to become the holding’s regular practice. As the company keeps growing intensively, they will be new complexes to be built and new areas to be explored. That is why it is important for heads of enterprises and departments to master the team-working skills, to adopt effective motivation and development techniques for their subordinates, and to put into practice new tools to improve production efficiency.
The President of the holding believes that “The School of Leadership” will systematize, update, and complement the accumulated management experience. It is also intended to provide a comprehensive framework of the most effective practices and answer all the managers’ concerns and questions.
The first class of the program’s participants highly appreciated the training’s content and structure. Now, they can incorporate new tools and techniques into their work with subsequent practical result evaluation and sharing their knowledge with their colleagues.
Notably, ECO-Culture’s “School of Leadership” sets itself apart from conventional management training programs. When developing the modules, the specifics of the holding’s main activities and its urgent tasks were considered. The training process represents a combination of individual and group work, which involves practicing management techniques and methods, detailed analysis of specific situations, and discussion of options for dealing with complex issues.
Before and after the training, students are offered to take tests to monitor their learning progress. Moreover, there is also a webinar held some time after the module and aimed at discussing the use of the new tools in practice and addressing the issues that arose in the process.
The project coordinator and program author Svetlana Baronene (consultant, coach, and facilitator at Strategy and Change Management Expertise Center) stresses the importance of natural self-organization processes for management teams. After all, no one is better aware of what a team needs than a team itself. As long as participants are open and thorough in their discussions, they can handle internal processes in a quicker and more efficient manner. That is exactly the direction the training is working in.
Viktoria Sharapova, the holding’s Vice President for Human Resources, is convinced that it is any manager’s responsibility to invest his or her time and resources into mastering new skills, tools, and practices. With a high daily workload, looking at production processes from a different perspective and gaining external expertise becomes of paramount importance.
Comprised of three thematic modules, the School of Leadership program offers managers the opportunity to review their experience with both theoretical and practical tips in key areas. The face-to-face group training and discussion format make a perfect way to develop and align all business modernization approaches, make joint decisions, and stay within the same managerial context. All those measures combined result in an improvement of the company’s operational efficiency.