Month: September 2017

  • Consensus Can Kill Your Company

    September 29, 2017

    Most people would say that consensus is a wonderful thing. When everyone agrees, there will be no battles and the project will go on without a hitch, right? Unfortunately, no. In his book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni says, “Consensus is horrible. I mean, if everyone really agrees on something and consensus […]

  • Structure Your Business to Run Itself

    September 28, 2017

    I’ve noticed a pattern recently. In meeting with several leadership teams for the first time, I always ask the questions, “What do you want from your business? What’s your big goal?” And lately I’ve heard the same answer from business owners at three different businesses: “I want a business that can run itself. I want […]

  • Less But Better

    September 18, 2017

    Are you spread too thin? Do you feel like you’re spinning your wheels? You may be a victim of the Paradox of Success. It was Socrates who said, “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” I remember as a child observing my parents, and as I reflect back on those days, a piece of me […]

  • 5 Millennial Management Tips

    September 11, 2017

    Engage, motivate and train a stellar team Odds are good you have millennials on your team. You might even be one of them. This demographic claims more than one in three U.S. jobs, according to the Pew Research Center. Whether you are managing millennials or you are a millennial leader responsible for guiding a group […]

  • Advice from Top Young Farmers

    September 8, 2017

    Firsthand insights from business leaders. Young farmers are hungry for learning opportunities, leadership and new business ventures. They aren’t afraid to initiate bold diversification pushes that can stabilize future revenue streams for their families and team members. And they take risks. At the same time, they need to invest in a good night’s sleep to […]

  • What the Heck is a Measurable?

    September 6, 2017

    Imagine you’re playing a sport but you can’t see the scoreboard. You don’t know the score; you don’t know how much time is left on the clock. You’re not sure if you’re winning or losing, and the frustrated coach tells you, “Just play harder.” I know that sounds crazy, yet that is how a lot […]