Future Leaders Flock to PoultryGrad 201322 March 2013
AUSTRALIA - Postgraduates, Post-doctorates and Interns from the Poultry CRC gathered recently in Melbourne for the CRC’s annual PoultryGrad workshop. Held over two and a half days, this year’s event featured classroom sessions from renowned Australian science communicator Julian Cribb and site visits to Ridley Agriproducts Feedmill and the Pfizer Animal Health (now Zoetis) manufacturing facility.
From the outset, students were keen to speak to one another, particularly those working in similar fields.
The supremacy of face-to-face communication can be seen at events such as this where synergies are generated and deep connections made that would never arise via electronic channels.
The event was also an excellent opportunity for Program Managers to catch up with postgraduate students working in their program areas.
Following a welcome dinner, the first full day commenced with Poultry CRC CEO Professor Mingan Choct speaking about leadership. He showed how a leader should work to achieve effective collaboration and innovation.
Drawing from years of experience, he advised the audience that the best way forward in any given field is to seek out the ‘best people’ residing in that field, globally.
He listed key points to remember when forming an effective team, and spoke of the importance of carefully managing multiple personalities.
Professor Choct believes that “effective collaboration should lead to an enhancement of both parties’ capabilities and not an ‘averaging out’, which lowers the overall effectiveness and impact of the collaboration."ThePoultrySite News Desk