Tips for Extroverted FSQ Leaders to Have More Impact food safety culture technical leadership Feb 01, 2023

Join us for this two-part series on Who’s a better leader - extroverts or introverts?  It depends!  Extroverted leaders tend to get the limelight, and introverted leaders tend to be thought of as quiet and shy.  How can Food Safety and Quality Leaders with extroverted tendencies leverage their unique gifts to have impact and drive the food safety culture that they would like to see?

 

Learn more in THIS episode of Real Talk Food Safety with Tia & Jill.

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Tips for Introverted FSQ Leaders to Have More Impact food safety culture technical leadership Jan 26, 2023

Who’s a better leader - extroverts or introverts?  It depends!  Extraverted leaders tend to get the limelight, and introverted leaders tend to be thought of as quiet and shy.  Yet introverts have a quiet inner strength that lends to thoughtful, calm interactions that get results.  How can Food Safety and Quality Leaders with introvert tendencies leverage their unique gifts to have impact and drive the food safety culture that they would like to see?  Learn more...

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The Intersection of Environmental Monitoring and Leadership environmental monitoring food industry sanitation technical leadership Jan 26, 2023

We all know environmental monitoring is a fundamental piece of any food safety program, yet it continually gets challenged, misunderstood, and under-supported.  Join us as we talk with Melissa Calicchia and Carl Katz from eBacMap about how to change the story to drive leadership support of effective environmental monitoring programs that reflects the food safety culture you want to have.   Check out the entire talk HERE.

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Practical Ways to Influence Food Safety Culture food safety culture technical leadership Jan 04, 2023

It’s 2023 and you’re ready to take #foodsafetyculture by the horns, right?  After taking quizzes and surveys, it’s now time to determine who needs to be on board and how you effectively #influence them for support.   Learn more in THIS episode of Real Talk Food Safety with Tia & Jill.

 

 

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What's Your Season? Nov 11, 2021

The fall leaves have mostly tumbled to the ground.  Early mornings are fuzzy with the dark sky and crispy with frost on the grass.  It’s another sign of the season change here in Minnesota.  Mother Nature is telling us to prepare for what’s next (yah! snow is coming!).   

 

And in the bigger picture, the weather season change signals time to refuel, release, and replenish life.  The transition in considering what Mother Nature needs next to...

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Three Things to Learn about Food Safety Culture during your First Food Safety EVENT food safety culture learning series Oct 04, 2021

Yep, you’ve been here before. 

In Food Safety & Quality, this isn't unusual.  In fact, in FSQ, we have an insider joke about Friday afternoon calls. 

Friday afternoon is when you get the call about a less-than-ideal situation that started either early that day, or even earlier in the week.  While this call has your heart pounding and your gut telling you something is a-miss, you have little information to know if this really is BIG or if it’s just an...

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How Your Values Relate to Food Safety Culture food safety culture values Sep 03, 2021

Yep, your values are showing EACH. AND. EVERY. DAY.

Like the other day when you had to let someone know they didn’t fill out the record completely for a temperature check, or when you high-fived someone for catching foreign material.  Your values were showing.  You were telling everyone around you that documenting food safety programs and speaking up are important.  You’re exhibiting the food safety behaviors (culture) you expect to see. 

Your values are also...

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Are you Gonna Miss Me when I'm Gone? bettertogether takesavillage Aug 04, 2021

‘You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone’ are the sweet lyrics that Brooks & Dunn and Anna Kendrick swoon on different radio stations, playlists, and music apps.  While the two songs have a different feel and come from separate worlds, both spark the same question – do we miss things when they’re gone?

I don’t know about you, but I miss having face to face time with YOU, my fellow FSQ professionals.  I miss the magic that spontaneously comes...

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Why Pizza Parties Aren't Cutting it for Food Safety Culture mindset powerful conversations Jul 27, 2021

It’s Thursday mid-morning.  You’re at work busy [insert your favorite FSQ activity] and production seems to be running smoothly.   Your mind keeps drifting to the last few things you need to get ready for this weekend: pack food, put camp chairs in the truck, grab bug spray. 

 

It’s been months since there’s been a ‘no production’ weekend, and last week the complex manager announced NO PRODUCTION for this weekend.  Last...

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What I’m Reading: The Crossroads of Should and Must learning series Jul 19, 2021

Prepare yourself.  This isn’t your average self-help book.  This book is simply AMAZING as Elle Luna captures the essence of how and why we journey to find our MUST.  

‘Must is who we are, what we believe, and what we are doing when we are alone with our truest, most authentic self.  It’s that which calls to us most deeply.’  

Elle uses a delightful combination of wording, art, and playfulness to help our creative minds engage in...

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Radical Mindset Shifts - Good for Running, Good for Food Safety Culture grit mindset Jul 19, 2021

Congrats to me.  Yep.  To me!

Anyone who knows me personally will understand why I am congratulating myself.  You see, I was that driver who proudly displayed the “0.0” sticker in their back car window, and NOW, I’ve just completed a half marathon.  

Here’s why I’m congratulating myself.  In about 20 years, there’s been only a handful of times I haven’t been to the gym multiple times during the week to do some type of...

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5 Ways to Survive Your FSQ To-Do List time management Jul 09, 2021

Post it.  Note pad.  Legal pad.  Task list.  Mental List.  White Board.   

Which one is your favorite method to track your ever growing To-Do list in Food Safety & Quality (FSQ)?   You know - that To-Do list that's like Rapunzel's hair - except without the magical properties?

 Did I just catch an eye roll?  

The beauty of being in FSQ is you touch every single area of the business.  The beast of being in FSQ is you...

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