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Landlords, Locals, and Lenders (ACT Like A Pro #159)

From landowners to landlords, local banks to local cooperatives, the landscape is evolving about where and who we do business with—or without. As one generation retires and the next one takes the helm, one of the most significant shifts in agriculture will be how effectively relationships adapt to this change. Landlords Land ownership is coming […]

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What One Word Can Do For You (My Annual Word of the Year Blog)

Each new year, I chose to welcome the calendar change with a different kind of resolution. I select a word of the year. For 2021, I’m excited to share my word is Vitality! My process didn’t start off to be about an Instagram-worthy post or a cute solution to fill podcast air. I actually started selecting […]

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New Year, New Them (ACT Like A Pro #157)

What do I mean by “new year, new them?” It’s true that you can’t change other people’s minds on most things. But what if you could understand them better, and in doing so, improve your working relationship? What if, instead of focusing on changing how you look (I see you, January weight-loss and new workout […]

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The Gift of Peace (ACT Like A Pro #156)

The holidays are wonderful to spend with family. But when we work together too, as we often do in agriculture small business, little conflicts always seem to come up. I know how much these small conflicts can hurt family relationships and lead to even bigger disagreements, and I’d like to help. Give the gift of […]

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What’s on your mind for 2021?

How do you need to change your mindset for 2021? A lot of change happened in 2020, both expected and unexpected, so it’s time as we close out 2020 to start thinking about what needs to change going into the new year. Maybe turning the calendar from December to January just feels like more of […]

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The In-Person Training Problem (ACT Like A Pro #154)

Leading up to the release of my new online course, Management Skills for Agriculture 101, I’m looking at reasons why training the way we’ve been delivering it isn’t working right now and won’t work in the future. The 101 course starts on January 4th, so you can buy now and start fresh with the new year, […]

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Identifying a Management Skills Gap (ACT Like A Pro #153)

Over the holiday weekend and the shopping days that followed, I released the early bird special for my new online course platform, Ag Lead U. Take a look at the courses I have up right now, Management Skills for Agriculture 101 which runs 4 weeks, and its 6-week companion, Advanced Management Skills for Agriculture 201. You can also get […]

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A Moment to Give Thanks (ACT Like A Pro #152)

Let’s take a moment, right now, in the middle of your Tuesday, to take a deep breath and find one thing you’re thankful for in 2020. Write it down in the comments! As we rapidly approach this end-of-harvest US holiday, I want to make sure we don’t miss the message: give thanks. Whether you’re close […]

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Finish 2020 with 1 More Goal (ACT Like A Pro #151)

What’s your #1 goal before you end 2020? Several of my clients were expressing to me over the last week that they felt like the year had gotten away from them. That they hadn’t achieved their goals for one reason or another. That somehow 2020 was a waste. Hold on, folks! There’s no doubt that […]

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4 Crisis Reaction Types, Revisited (ACT Like A Pro #150)

For the last few days, I’ve been revisiting the 4 Crisis Reaction Types handout I developed this spring at the height of the coronavirus shutdowns. As we start looking and planning into 2021, here is a quick overview of the four types, and my thoughts on how we see these reactions develop into long-term crisis management styles. […]

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