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Applejack Senior Leaders Conference

Applejack Senior Leaders Conference

Applejack’s vision is to be one of Australia’s leading hospitality group, and we believe that the way to achieve this is with our people.

On Tuesday the 25th of June we held our first Senior Leaders Conference for our  front & back of house teams. With our purpose in mind, the day set out to inspire, challenge and motivate the current leaders of Applejack.

The first half of the day was dedicated to a two-part workshop with Leading Teams, run by guest speaker Shelly McElroy. 

The first workshop focused on high performance leadership, company culture, behaviours, team work & expectations. Shelly began the workshop explaining how these aspects of a company are related and their impact on each other. This was followed with the room being split into partners to discuss each other’s bucket list goals, leaders that we admire and why we choose to work for Applejack. The purpose of this was to learn that little bit more about the people we work closely with, and have those genuine conversations.  

The second workshop took a different approach and honed in on honesty & trust, motivation, relationship building & conflict management. Again we engaged in a group activity but this time brainstormed as a team to identify counterproductive behaviours we’ve noticed in the workplace. This was a very powerful activity as when we identified what was wrong and flipped it around, we had actually identified our core values as a company. Mind-blowing and extremely valuable!  

In true Applejack style a delicious lunchtime feast was catered by the one and only Amber Doig (Head Chef of The Butler). If you have dined at The Butler and have had the pleasure of experiencing Amber’s brilliant cooking, you will know that we were in for a treat (there were definitely 4th helpings). 

The afternoon session was run by Applejack owners, Ben Carroll & Hamish Watts. The pair discussed wins, challenges, what has worked, what hasn’t worked and of course the very exciting future for Applejack. We won’t go into detail here…you’ll have to stay tuned to find out! 

Ben & Hamish Applejack

And what’s a Senior Leaders Conference without an afterparty?! Luckily Applejack HQ has its own bar, Liverpool Liquors, which was conveniently stocked up by our Group Bars Manager Lachy Sturrock, providing a jolly good time that went well into the night. 

Overall the day was a huge success that brought our people together to identify strengths, weaknesses and most importantly building stronger relationships within the company, to reach our goal of becoming one of Australia’s leading hospitality groups!

We’re always looking for future leaders, if you want to join the Applejack fam, get in touch today!