• Preparing for a Strategic Hire

    By Davon Cook on December 21, 2015

     Last month I wrote about the importance of continuing to professionalize your business. One of the typical decisions in this "upgrade" is filling a strategic position in the organization. For...

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  • Going Pro

    By Davon Cook on December 14, 2015

    When people ask me what business I am involved in, I often answer, “I help ag businesses professionalize their operations.” Does that mean I assume our clients run inefficient or unprofessional...

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  • Success with Key Non-Family Staff

    By Davon Cook on December 7, 2015

    If you have a non-family employee in a key managment role, have you intentionally thought about their influence and importance to your operation? Non-family team members can be good as gold if you'...

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  • Got Meetings?

    By Davon Cook on November 16, 2015

    A lot of our work with clients boils down to one topic: effective communication. This isn’t news to most of you, but it I consistently hear that message. You have so many things to manage every day,...

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  • Failsafe Feedback

    By Davon Cook on November 9, 2015

    Early in my career, I worked in several corporate environments with extensive systems in place for giving employees feedback.  The process that was most helpful for me was simple, and I've used it...

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  • You Gotta Start Somewhere

    By Davon Cook on October 26, 2015

    I recently helped a business owner have a difficult conversation with a key employee.  Prior to meeting he was anxious, having known for months it needed to happen.  But afterward, he felt incredibly...

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  • Work Elsewhere First

    By Davon Cook on October 19, 2015

    Are you planning for young family members to join your business, with the goal of an eventual management role?  Do yourself, and them, a favor by requiring them to work elsewhere first - a minimum of...

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  • Have Some FUN

    By Davon Cook on October 12, 2015

    In follow-up to my previous column about being Wise, Kind and Strong, a friend replied, "Loved the column Davon, but I'd add one more:  have some FUN!"  He was reflecting after a very successful...

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