Four Questions To Ask Your Mentor

Perhaps you approached someone you admire, and bravely asked that person to become your mentor. And they said “yes!” But a year into the relationship, those monthly mentoring conversations don’t seem to invigorate you like they used to, and aren’t quite as energizing for them, either. FULL STORY »

Short meetings, big results (in 8 simple steps)

Why do people hate meetings? Easy answer: They have never participated in a well-run meeting. FULL STORY »

Management: Follow the ‘raffle rule’

If you’re part of a dairy’s management advisory team, you know people management can be difficult. Tom Wall, who owns Dairy Interactive LLC and Language Links LLC, has a simple rule to help keep a dairy team on the path to success. “Follow the ‘raffle rule’,” Wall says. “You have to be present to win. You can't just call it in.” FULL STORY »

Organize producer peer groups

The best managers recognize that however well their business is doing, someone, somewhere has a better idea or way. Can you help organize producer peer groups? Here are some guidelines from Dr. Danny Klinefelter, Texas A&M University. FULL STORY »

Recruiting top-notch ‘passive’ candidates

Passive might not be on the top of your list of preferred personal characteristics, but when talking about job seekers, passive takes on an entirely different meaning. Passive candidates are usually currently employed and not actively searching for a new position. FULL STORY »

Personalize your communications

Are you communicating with all your customers the same way? If your answer is “yes,” you’re probably using the best form of communication for you. When is the last time you checked with each of your customers to see which communication tool works best for them. Have you asked? FULL STORY »

Just because you said it, doesn’t mean they got it

Even when you think you do a good job of communicating with employees, you don’t really know what they heard unless you ask. FULL STORY »

Tips to avoid spoiled silage

Silage spoilage represents wasted feed, effort and performance potential. Dr. Limin Kung from the University of Delaware offers advice on how to prevent it. FULL STORY »

Build relational capital

Whether your firm involves multi-generation family members or new, younger employees or partners, the relational trust you build within your business is just as critical as your relationship with clients. Mike McGrann, executive director of the Initiative for Family Business and Entrepreneurship at Saint Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania, warns you’re either building relational capital – or destroying it. And, when business is involved, that relationship capital has a monetary cost, too. FULL STORY »

Brainstorming is divergent thinking!

If you're looking to expand your practice, one component may mean staff brainstorming. The goal of brainstorming is to generate many different ideas over a short period of time without evaluation, criticism or commentary, according to Yvonne (Bonnie) Wichtner-Zoia, Michigan State University Extension. Strategic Futuring, a vision-centered strategic planning workbook developed by a team of facilitators at Michigan State University Extension, suggest brainstorming is a useful divergent or ‘idea-expansion’ tool. FULL STORY »

An integrated approach to digital dermatits

Digital dermatitis, also known as hairy heel wart, is a big problem on many dairy farms. FULL STORY »

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