AK Value of the Month (October): Serve people, not solutions

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In October’s mini All-Hands session, the lucky number 7 value of the fundamental Agro-Know Values,  a.k.a. Serve People, not solutions, was chosen by Panagis and myself to elaborate on, and we certainly had our hands full with this one! According to this value:

“We listen to our customer needs and work in order to find ways to serve them. We understand their workflows and the problems that we can help with. We deliver more value than our customer expect. We are all involved in customer service delivery and happiness, regardless of the position or level”

While it a quite straightforward value and everyone can understand its meaning loud and clear, we had to think hard as to find the best way to present the value to the rest of the team and to figure out a way for the ambassador of the value to be declared through an open competition of some sort.… Click to read the full post

AK Value of the Month (May): One happy family (or how to find the next Picasso)

The winner, CEO Nikos Manouselis with '1 Χάπι family" drawing (if lost in translation, happy=Χάπι-->pill in Greek)

In May’s All-Hands session, the 10th and last commandment of Agro-Know values ‘One happy family‘ was chosen by Kelly and George (ladies first) and they managed to make a buzz around it!

The value meaning comes further into that  ‘We want to build a family, not just a team. We manage our teams fairly, effectively and with a sharp focus on our common goals. We serve those we lead by removing obstacles and enabling our people to succeed. We watch out for each other and care for each other

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Agro-Knowers’ versions of ‘One Happy Family


They made us compete by drawing our personal version of “One Happy Family”.… Click to read the full post

Agro-Know Value of the month: Mother Earth Inspiration


As mentioned and explained in previous post (‘Mother Earth Inspiration’ Picture Contest!), November’s value of the month was all about “Mother Earth Inspiration”. Let’s try to express our interpretation of this value here, decomposing the value in its core:

Everything in nature is a balance. And everything alive on this planet should supposedly live according to this balance. There is the circle of life, comprising the food cycle, where nothing goes to waste, and on way or the other, it is being reused. Every output of one thing is an input of something else.

Take plants for example, they generate oxygen which is essential for all forms of life and at the same time, plants constitute the food source of herbivores.… Click to read the full post

‘Mother Earth Inspiration’ Picture Contest!

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We, at Agro-Know, take our values seriously and honour them every chance we get; we even create events to honour our values because we love them so! One of the events you have read about in previous posts is the ‘Value of the Month’.

Each month, we choose to focus on one of our core values and playfully contemplate on it, strengthen it, honour it and ultimately – consciously – live by it.

For the month of November, ‘Mother Earth Inspiration’ was selected; according to this value

“Our work is not ‘just a job’. It serves a higher goal and is beyond making profit.

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AK Value of the month (July): Focus on value


We are quickly reaching the middle of July; this means that it is time for presenting and discussing the value of this month, which is “Focus on Value”. The definition provided for this value, according to the initial blog post is the following:

We put every resource that we have in good use by focusing only on what brings value to our company, our clients and our colleagues.

To achieve this, we are always setting clear goals and we are working towards them.

For once more I will be the one providing his personal view/interpretation of the value, hoping that I will not influence my colleagues in doing so…

Value is a tricky term; it may refer to the material value of something or the ethical value.… Click to read the full post