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The Family Business – Part Two

Best-selling author and executive coach David Irvine continues his discussion of the challenges of running a family business and how to overcome them. In part two Irvine focuses on the importance of accountability and strong character. Key Points Accountability is key...

The Family Business – Part One

Best-selling author and executive coach David Irvine discusses the challenges of running a family business and how to overcome them. In part one Irvine focuses on the importance of governance, setting goals, holistic leadership and caring for the interests of the...

Longevity in the Workplace – Does It Hinder Growth?

As with many questions, the answer is “it depends.”  We start by looking at two hypothetical but realistic employees. John has worked on the farm for 20 years. During his first two or three years, he mastered the skills required in the position.  He...

Improve Your Farm’s Financial Success

Using a trusted farm business advisor or a team of advisors can help a farm reach greater financial success. “The Dollar$ and Sense – Measuring the Tangible Impacts of Beneficial Business Practice on Canadian Farms study shows that number three on the list of top farm...

Do Managers Manage?

Does a manager manage?  You are probably thinking: “Bob, what a stupid question.  Of course that is what a manager does.”  Actually, I will argue in this article, that the answer is “yes and no.” Let’s start by looking at the definition...

What Do My Behaviours Communicate in Tough Times

What Do My Behaviors Communicate in Tough Times Let’s think about what is happening today with farm owners – you: Prices are low for almost every commodity, although some have shown recent improvement. It is hot making work difficult and tiring. Some have...