• 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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  • Wise, Kind and Strong

    By Davon Cook on October 5, 2015

    A few years ago, a friend shared his philosophy on raising his three young boys. His mantra, of which he reminded them daily, was a simple question that could apply to almost every situation in life...

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  • Why You Need the Next Generation

    By Lance Woodbury on September 16, 2015

    The average age of the US farmer is 58, and that means lots of farms are facing succession: the transfer of management from one generation to the next. While the succession process is usually not...

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  • Luck, Hard Work or Both?

    By Davon Cook on September 10, 2015

    "Good luck follows hard work." A protégé of my father said my dad taught him that well-known maxim early in his career. Have you ever been "in the right place at the right time?" Undoubtedly there...

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