MKC Continues STEP Program in 2021

Feb 24, 2021
2021-step-program.jpgSTEP, standing for "Strategic Thinking and Execution Program," was created in 2020 as a development opportunity designed to ensure MKC continues to grow and remain on the cutting edge with a bench full of leaders prepared to successfully step up into new roles. The intent of STEP is to recognize high potential employees and equip them with leadership readiness skills specific to MKC, building a network of like minds, practicing in real world situations and preparing for the future.

STEP is a strategic result of MKC identifying that "retaining talent" was a top internal driving force for future success and that we are in a highly competitive market for people with the skills we need. STEP was designed to touch all business units and is expected to positively impact our employee retention, as well as assist with onboarding. 
In this six-week workshop, participants learn that being intentional about continued learning and development means doing things on purpose, the MKC way. The group pays extraordinary attention to the details, placing great emphasis on the transfer of wisdom to share growth and success forward in everything we do.

MKC staff lead each section and bring knowledge that is relevant to daily situations our leaders face. Participants are then asked to put their learning to work each week when they return to their home departments. Topics covered include predictive index learning, critical communication skills, employee development tactics, financial cognizance, strategic planning and relationship building.

Led by Hilary Worcester, Amy Meyers and Jeff Jones, the members of the second class of STEP are Brandi Bailey, Energy Sales; Adam Butler, Groveland; Aaron Esping, Groveland; Nathan Larson, Regional Sales Manager; Mandie Lyons, Moundridge Administrative; and Nick Wineinger, Lindsborg.

MKC is excited to continue to provide unique opportunities for growth and development that we believe benefit both our employees and the organization. We are anxious to see the impact this continued focus on employee learning and development can bring us in the future.