Tony Aitken’s manufacturing business, Synlait Milk Ltd, has had huge amounts of growth over the past five years. As the Organisation Development Manager, Tony has sought out the help of Gallup and CliftonStrengths to help his company flourish during this time of hyper-growth.
Anne Lingafelter, a Gallup Learning Solutions Consultant in Syndey, asks Tony to share his journey to becoming a strengths-based organisation. She asks him, “How did you light the fire around strengths to get your organisation to take hold of all strengths has to offer?” and “What are the performance outcomes?”.
Tony focuses on how the leadership at Synlait, specifically the CEO and the managers, are excited about strengths and collaborate for organic growth. Most of the mangers want their teams to do team sessions so they can work together better. They are planning on appointing a full-time strengths coach for the company so they can make this happen.
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Tony Aitken is the Organisation Development Manager for Synlait Milk Ltd, a New Zealand-based manufacturer of nutraceutical, nutritional and value added dairy products. The focus of his role is engagement, leadership and learning, and he is responsible for the development side of human resources processes and policies. Operating as a business to business (B2B) company, Synlait builds strong relationships with leading customers around the globe to create valuable, long-term partnerships. The Dunsandel (Canterbury) site is one of the largest integrated infant formula sites in the world, offering their customers complete supply chain integrity from behind the farm gate to consumer.
Tony's Top 5 Strengths are: Communication, Strategic, Individualization, Arranger and WOO.