The LEAD 2 module will support you in finding ways of how to build the most productive teams by combining the diverse qualities of all the different people you work with. The module is developed out of a deep passion for the wonderful diversity of human personalities. In this module, we will crack the code of human behavior - including all its complexity and mystery - and demonstrate that human behavior is not something intangible, unpredictable, or unmanageable, but in fact something logical, predictable, and highly manageable.
In the process of recruiting and developing Leaders across Seed Company departments (R&D, Sales & Marketing, Production, Operations, Finance, and Administration) many companies are still focusing on candidates’ scientific/technical track records. In this course, we will teach you to include candidates’ talents to empower other individuals and develop exceptional employee engagement, which leads to effective teamwork, and organization excellence!
Who should attend this course?
This course is ideal for all seed company decision-makers, including executive leadership, upper and middle management, as well as up-and-coming talents and future leaders across various departments, including Plant Breeding and Research, Sales and Marketing, Seed Production, Operations, Finance, and Administration.
March 18-21, 2024
In-Person in Almeria, Spain
4 full days of instruction
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Central European time zone (CET)
Early Registration: $ 2,350 (USD)*
Regular Registration: $ 2,650 (USD)
*Early registration ends December 1, 2023
- Registrations for this course must be paid online via credit card. Contact us if you have any questions.
-Tuition includes all course materials, lunches and breaks. Class size is limited so early registration is recommended.
Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros Tecnicos Agricolas de Almeria
C. Ribera de las Almadrabillas, 5, 04004 Almería, Spain
Hotel Accommodation Recommendation:
AC Hotel by Marriott Almeria
Pl. Flores, 5, 04001 Almería, Spain
(No group rate available)
The LEAD 2 module will support you in finding ways of how to build the most productive teams by combining the diverse qualities of all the different people you work with. The module is developed out of a deep passion for the wonderful diversity of human personalities. In this module we will crack the code of human behavior - including all its complexity and mystery - and demonstrate that human behavior is not something intangible, unpredictable, or unmanageable, but in fact something logical, predictable, and highly manageable.
In the process of recruiting and developing R&D leaders, companies are still predominantly focusing on candidates’ scientific and technical track records. They hardly ever focus on the candidates’ experience with empowering individuals and developing exceptional employee engagement. Individuals, however, have highly heterogenous motives and talents; recognizing and utilizing this diversity is essential for good teamwork.
By being able to put our finger on the different personalities, communication preferences, and work styles of individuals we are holding the key to developing R&D teams that strike the best balance between the various strengths that all these individuals bring to the plate. Achieving that balance is what this module is about.
- A thorough understanding of the predictability of human behavior.
- An authentic, versatile leadership style, based on strong self-awareness.
- Lead and inspire your direct reports utilizing their unique talents, preferences, and skills.
- Maximize team output, creating the right environment for true strategic innovation.
- Constructive, personality-based feedback skills.
This course is taught by experts from both industry and academia. This is a great chance to interact with experts in the field.
Jan Dirk (JD) Geertsema is author, management consultant, executive coach, and management trainer since 1997, working extensively in the international business theatre. JD is specialized in leadership behavior and in optimizing employee engagement and team collaboration. JD has clients in the Agricultural, Airline, Automotive, Biotechnology, Food, Graphic Arts, Manufacturing, and Software Engineering industries, and has worked extensively with the governments of the United States of America, Ukraine, and the Netherlands. JD teaches ‘Leadership & Human Logic’ at the California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, USA, the Kyiv Mohyla Business School in Kiev, Ukraine, the UCU Business School in Lviv, Ukraine, and the Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, in Beijing, China. JD is proficient in the English, German, and Dutch languages.
Johan Peleman, with 30+ years of seeds and biotech experience, excels in managing R&D in seed industries. His expertise lies in aligning R&D with company goals, attracting talent, and optimizing R&D systems. He holds a PhD from pioneering GMO laboratories and he started his career at Keygene, specializing in Marker Assisted Breeding and Genomics Based Breeding. As the former Managing Director R&D at Bayer CropScience Vegetable Seeds, he led a global team of ~500 employees and a portfolio of close to 2000 Varieties over 20+ crops. Currently, as an independent consultant for Peleman Management, Johan advises on strategy, business, and performance analysis, as well as how to create effective R&D environments within our Seed Industry.
Sophie Rodriguez, is a horticultural Engineer whose passion for people, challenges, and creativity supported her in pursuing an international career in Europe, Asia, North Africa, and South America. Before she joined the vegetable seed industry, Sophie lived in Asia, working as a landscaping consultant, flower and vegetable farm manager, vending machines entrepreneur, and as a math teacher in international schools. After returning to Europe in 2006, Sophie fell in love with the vegetable seed industry. She joined Nunhems (currently BASF Vegetable Seeds) as melon product developer, sales manager, and eventually as country head in Morocco. After that Sophie joined Rijk Zwaan as managing director in the beautiful region of Provence. She also took part in the global internal startup fostering innovation culture within the company. In 2021, Sophie became an independent executive coach and trainer for Alandar Coaching, focusing her services on developing leadership, innovation, and teamwork. She is a certified Human Logic trainer and enjoys sharing her positive energy, a.o. during collective intelligence workshops.
Jovan Djordjevic is a plant breeder & seed executive with over 25 years of experience in the field crops and vegetable seed industries. His career began in France in 1996, as a Corn Breeder for Monsanto. Jovan continued in Canada as the Canola Breeding Lead for Monsanto, then in California as the R&D Team lead for Bayer/BASF. Throughout his prolific career, he has been a part of over 200 releases of hybrid varieties of corn, canola, tomato, pepper, sweet corn, watermelon, melon, cucumber, onions, carrots, and leek. In addition to being an SBC director of education, instructor for Plant Breeding academies and other SBC courses, Jovan is one of the founders and board director for Murray River Seeds and an industry consultant for plant breeding and business strategies with F2Gen LLC. He is looking forward, together with the SBC team of instructors, to impart his experiences to future generations of plant breeders and other seed industry professionals.
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