Women’s Foodservice Roundtable Reveals How to Build High-Performance Teams


TORONTO — Foodservice leaders gathered at the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) leadership roundtable Thursday morning to discuss how to build trust and high-performance teams at their organizations.

“Leaders need a pipeline of strategically developed talent, and that’s what [WFF] provide[s],” said Cheryl Appleton, senior director of Procurement at Aramark and WFF volunteer, in her opening remarks.

During roundtable discussions men and woman from companies such as McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada, Campbell Company of Canada and Tim Hortons, shared their experiences building trust in their organizations through meaningful relationships with team members, direct communication and team-building activities. They also offered tips on building high-performance teams by aligning individual and organizational values. “As a leader, it’s important to ensure your team is delivering on the objectives set forth by you and your company. As individuals and professionals, it’s important to find your values and a [company] that makes sense for your career path,” said Randy White, president of Sysco Canada.

Leaders agreed that companies that set clear goals and objectives recruit and retain talent. Some also noted that leaders should effectively communicate with their team on consistent basis to force clarity, confront potential difficult issues and give feedback.

Established in 1989, WFF is the foodservice industry’s leadership development resource, serving more than 20,000 individuals and more than 1,000 organizations in all industry segments, including operations, manufacturing, distribution, publishing, consulting and more. [WomensFoodserviceForum]

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