O.N: What does your family think about your work as an agronomist?
А. V: I get real support from my family. At some points in the year I almost live in the field and I often leave before the kids are awake in the morning and return when they have gone to bed. It might seem like a job that is not complicated – visiting fields and checking everything is fine – but, in reality, there is something new every day that needs my immediate attention. I don’t want my 11-year-old son to become an agronomist unless he’s very passionate about it. I love my job but it’s very hard work. You really need to be born an agronomist.
O.N: How do you manage your colleagues?
А. V: By nature, I could be described as tough, but I hope I’m also fair. I try to pay as much attention to the people I work with as possible. It’s very important for a manager to earn the respect of colleagues, who are the most important resource of the business. If employees understand that they will be motivated. From my colleagues I need professionalism, dedication, responsibility, honesty, integrity. Without those attributes we will not be able to work.