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Advance Food Company

Spectrum Development Training Used in a
Manufacturing Environment


We produce fully cooked and raw breaded chicken and beef products. We employ 1200 people in three states, with a management force of over 200 salaried individuals. Our employees represent a diverse workforce with a wide range of educational and occupational experiences. Spectrum Development is the only training program that consistently meets the needs of so many different people. It works because it can explain why we do what we do.

During the summer of 1999, we started using Spectrum Development Training with all of our directors, managers, and production coaches. The response was overwhelmingly positive. Our production coaches used the information to build their own leadership skills, and to understand the needs and behaviors of their employees. Many managers requested that the training be offered to their hourly employees.

Spectrum Development training heightened the awareness of our management staff about how they communicate with their employees. It helped directors, managers and coaches see that their perspective of work events may be very different from the perspectives of their employees. Many changed the way they approached problem solving.

Just recently, we started exploring the idea of using Spectrum Development principles to write job descriptions that categorize qualities and skills based on temperaments in order to make better matches between job requirements and job applicants. We are experimenting with this right now and the results are extremely promising.

I currently serve on a Process Improvement Team comprised of a Natural Orange, a Natural Gold, a Natural Green, and a Natural Blue. We meshed as a team quicker than any other team I have worked with before. I think we compliment each other very well. There is never a task to be done, that one of us is not willing to do and do it well. We split the project responsibilities beautifully. It is a great pleasure to work on this team.

As a certified Spectrum Development Trainer, I am extremely excited when a production coach comes up to me and shares a leadership success story using Spectrum Development principles he or she learned over a year ago. There are few training programs offered in the tough world of manufacturing that exhibit the kind of behavior change and return on investment that Spectrum Development delivers.

Shannon Ward
Corporate Employee Development Manager


 Spectrum Temperament Development, Inc.
 P.O. Box 520967
 Tulsa, OK 74114-9998

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