Building capacity and capability in the Australian Nut Industry

In late 2017, ANIC successfully secured funding from the Federal Government (Department of Agriculture and Water Resources) through their Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund.

The Fund’s objective is to support national agricultural industry organisations to develop leadership capability within agricultural industry representative bodies. It aims to build farm leaders’ skills so they can better represent their agricultural industry.

The Australian tree nut industry is currently experiencing its biggest expansion since the 2000s. Continued market development and export expansion will depend on the leadership abilities of industry individuals and the capacity of industry bodies.

ANIC, in consultation with its members, has designed two project activities under its program:

1. Development of a strategic framework for industry out to 2030, and
2. Leadership training.

Strategic Frameworks - a vision to 2030

Each industry sector will be provided the opportunity to undertake some strategic thinking to lay the foundations for industry growth and development. This will be via a series of workshops, facilitated by professionals in the strategic thinking and planning space. Visions, challenges and opportunities from the sectoral activities will be built up into a strategic framework for the nut industry generally.

This funding presents an excellent opportunity for each sector to dig into their thinking and challenge themselves to plan for the future. Workshops will be held across the seven sectors from May to December 2018. If you would like to be involved in this process within your industry, please either contact your industry body or click here to register your interest.

Leadership training

ANIC has committed to providing leadership training to at least 42 people across the seven industries. Tailored to the industry’s unique needs, the program focuses on improving business results by improving individual and collective leadership. The training program has been broken into two cohorts to enable differentiated learning:
Cohort 1: More experienced leaders seeking to lead at a higher level.
Cohort 2: People less experienced in leadership, seeking to become more effective.

Each participant will be expected to attend three x 2.5 day workshops over the course of 8 months (planned for Jun 2019 to Jan 2020).

Leadership Program Syllbus

The program addresses five key areas of enterprise leadership:

1. Industry Leadership

Leading at the industry level is about advocating for the Nut Industry and influencing its strategic development. This may involve: understanding the industry and its environment; setting the direction; industry strategising and planning; speaking out on industry issues; lobbying and supporting government leaders; joining advisory or reference groups; how to influence industry change.

2. Strategic Leadership

Leading strategic development means getting everyone, from the Board and executive team to the front lines, moving together in the one, agreed direction. This component includes: Focusing people across the enterprise around a meaningful Purpose; stimulating progress by providing strategic direction; supporting managers and teams towards realising a shared Vision; how to implement and lead strategic change.

3. Operational Leadership

Effective operational leadership involves: how to achieve optimal productivity at any time; stimulating and coaching team members to continuously improve every aspect of enterprise systems and processes; how to create a culture of continuous improvement; how to support team members making improvement in their work.


4. Team Leadership

Leading a high performing team means: empowering peak team performance; focusing on the team’s role and goals; developing great relationships and communication; developing flexibility; appreciating each other; how to achieve optimal team productivity; how to sustain high morale; how to support a team experiencing enterprise change.

5. One-to-One Leadership

Leading an individual team member involves: providing clear direction, encouragement and support; empowering them to achieve their personal best.

From an industry leadership perspective, it also involves: how to work one-on-one with others; how to influence them in a constructive way to best support the industry’s evolution.