My mentoring session with Rob Whitehead was like meeting a kindred spirit. He has been there and done it in the food industry so we didn’t need to waste time on explaining simple issues and were able to work at pace.
Rob pointed out strengths in our business that I didn’t know we had but also nudged me on a couple of areas where he felt we might be weak.
The aspect for greatest payback centred around Rob’s comments that our factory was a tad old fashioned. We are a traditional industry making a traditional product, but our processes are too labour intensive. Rob’s observation encouraged us to get serious about automation and we have subsequently placed orders for a robot cell, with more automation to follow.
For me personally, Rob identified that I am very innovative and could capitalise on this by being more customer facing to spot opportunities that our sales team won’t.
I am grateful for the critical thoughts from this mentoring session, delivered without the fluff of a formal consultancy and making a lot more sense.