I couldn’t help but notice two common themes between the group of thought provoking and inspirational speakers during Seminar I of the Wedgworth Leadership Institute Class XI: culture and core values.
Culture is important in our daily occupation and industries we serve. However, it’s important to everyone’s experience in Class XI. The Wedgworth Leadership Institute is well known for its culture built by numerous leaders, mentors, and enthusiasts for Florida Agriculture.
Dr. CC Suarez spoke about the importance of understanding the culture involved in agriculture. One of my most memorial experiences throughout the week was hearing everyone’s unique perspective and story in their industry. Oftentimes we get tunnel vision and focus on one industry without learning what our peers in agriculture are also experiencing. “The Danger of a Single Story,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie does a great job of explaining just how important this experience is.
The culture is the personality of a company or organization. Culture defines the reputation for the organization, and I would say the future of the Florida’s agriculture industry is in good hands with the culture and values Class XI entails.