Newborn Calf Care Flyer Workforce development is about building the knowledge, skills, and effectiveness of the people who help drive a business, an industry, and ultimately an economy. It's founded on the belief that you just can't have a great business without great people. Much of agriculture is struggling to have enough great people right … Continue reading Workforce Development in the Dairy Industry
A lot of companies are working on their midyear performance reviews right now. Unfortunately, that process has become a huge drain of time, energy, and motivation in too many organizations. In fact, many companies are moving away from performance reviews with large majorities of employees pushing for a change. The problem is that too many … Continue reading Performance Review: Needs Improvement
One of the most satisfying parts of being a performance consultant is seeing real change, real action, and real, meaningful results. My expertise is in individual and organizational performance...the tough issues that many managers struggle with. Allen Behrer with Lion Country Dairy recently shared a testimonial about the work I've done with their leadership team. … Continue reading Lion Country Gets Results
Leading your people should be fun! It's about identifying worthwhile goals, organizing your team to achieve them, and leading everyone toward many small and big successes. It's also about celebrating and recognizing successes along the way. Sure, there will be moments of stress, even painful moments, but the overall job of being a leader should … Continue reading Leading Should Be Fun!
I think of a professional as someone who applies specialized knowledge and skill to help someone else. Doctors and lawyers were some of the first recognized professionals. Today, as our world has become more complex, there are many kinds of professionals who can apply their deep knowledge of a subject to help you succeed. Accountants, … Continue reading What is a Professional?
Ag Workforce Development is still a very new business but we're making a difference in the lives of our clients! I just finished up some project work with Donny Bartch of Merrimart farms and he was kind enough to share a testimonial which I have published on the Ag Workforce website. This project was also supported … Continue reading Making a Difference!
I'm not sure that anyone likes dealing with workforce regulations, not even attorneys! On the other hand, we are a nation ruled by laws, and workforce regulations are an important feature distinguishing our predictable legal systems from those of less developed countries. Staying in compliance with workforce laws can be a real challenge for small … Continue reading Workforce Regulations
Progressive Dairyman, May 2017 Check out my article in the latest edition of Progressive Dairyman. Thanks to the magazine for featuring it!
As I continue to teach my teenage daughter how to drive, I was reminded of another important concept for trainers, supervisors, and leaders: feedback is critically important. There are four types of feedback, and it's important to understand and select the right one for the situation. Let's take a look at feedback in the training … Continue reading Four Types of Feedback
Wisconsin Congressman Introduces Act to Expand H2A Program Interesting article about the DAIRY Act, introduced by a Wisconsin congressman to expand the H2A program to include dairy farms. H2A is the current program that can provide temporary, foreign labor for seasonal operations such as orchards, nurseries, and vegetable producers. Dairy farms are excluded from … Continue reading Dairy Immigration Bill Introduced