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  • 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 […]

  • Highly Effective Financial Habits

    August 29, 2017

    How to plan for growth All business plans must be calibrated to today’s economic reality. Although a challenging profit picture is likely halting immediate growth plans for many producers, smart financial guidelines can help you continue to march toward business goals. “Financial success takes planning and consistent business practices,” says Jonathan Carter, associate vice president […]

  • Solving a People Issue is Scary – But It’s Worth It!

    August 25, 2017

    The leaders of companies running on EOS® learn to look at their business through the lens of the Six Key Components™ (as illustrated by the EOS Model™). This is important because the root cause of a company’s issues is weakness in the Vision, People, Data, Issues, Process or Traction Component™. Solving issues at the root […]

  • Use this Checklist to Plan for the Future

    August 23, 2017

    Young farmers should add these important tasks to their to-do list to avoid unnecessary stress and legal issues, says Shannon Ferrell, ag law professor with Oklahoma State University Extension. Nominate a guardian for minor children. You should also designate funds for the guardian to raise your child. Trusts can be good tools for this. Identify […]

  • Plan Before Need

    August 21, 2017

    Succession planning is critical for every farmer, regardless of age Young farmers are especially vulnerable to the ramifications of not having a succession plan. Just ask Shannon Ferrell, an ag law professor with Oklahoma State University Extension. none Ferrell’s brother, Adam, was in line to take over the family operation in western Oklahoma. Adam was […]

  • How to Provide Positive and Negataive Feedback

    August 16, 2017

    Managers should strive to offer effective and valuable feedback to employees, says Michelle Painchaud of Painchaud Performance Group, a human-performance consulting firm in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. “We in agriculture are really bad at giving feedback,” Painchaud says of farmers and ranchers. “We need to use feedback to ignite high performance.” Follow her advice on how […]

  • Communicate to Compete

    August 14, 2017

    Discussions across generations can improve your business plans Family businesses often have a strong culture that originates with the founder. But if core values are not communicated properly, the business could become stagnant or, worse, dysfunctional. New research suggests agriculture isn’t immune from this threat: 54% of Midwest family farms are moderately dysfunctional when communicating […]

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