Managing Pigs & People is Hard! Through the Pork Checkoff, research and tools are developed to help understand / manage disease issues like PEDV, provide tools to measure and monitor sustainability programs, help management and staff communicate with consumers, and integrate economics into daily decision making activities.
Rational decisions are decidedly in the best interest of your business. So why don't we make them all the time? Dr. Terry Hurley, economist at the University of Minnesota discussed the issue and offered his insights to the 2012 Leman conference. Selected comments provide a baseline for your future considerations.
Ian Davis, retired Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, recently shared his top five leadership traits with Stanford's Graduate School of Business students. Ian has consulted with major international management leaders, seeing very good... and some not very good management teams. This half hour program is a great thought provoker for your management team and might be a good point of initiation for the 'up and comers' that are ready for advancement. Best wishes in the New Year!
Selected information from Carthage Vet Service Annual Swine Conference in Macomb, IL, USA. Dr Larry Firkins describes an engaged employee and illustrates why they are so important to your organization. And how you can encourage engagement regardless of your current financial condition. Feel free to pass this one along to your management team.
This is a question that sometimes comes up when discussing the opportunities and challenges of having Spanish-speaking employees in agricultural operations. Often, the perception is that if you don’t know the language, it can be pretty hard to train these individuals to do what you need them to do. Knowing the language helps, but this by itself, won’t guarantee success when training your Spanish-speaking employees.
Sometimes, training is delegated to someone who may be bilingual, but may not have the skills or abilities to train. Other times, we are so busy getting things done, that we run out of time to do the training and when we get to it, we approach it without a well thought-out and organized training plan. Training should be viewed as an investment that will return employees that produce results with consistent quality and will help in your retention efforts.