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Froese: Encouraging farm fathers

Here’re some ways and practical tools to help you do just that

If I could show you a way to increase the family harmony on your farm and help you be more profitable at the same time would you listen? Would you be courageous enough to look at your own issues, strengths and weaknesses? I bet you would if it was easy. People problems on farms are […] Read more

Froese: One day at a time tips for the ‘Great Pause’

These days more than ever we need to remember ‘the only time that exists is right now’

Sun streams onto my computer as I imagine what life is like for you on your farm in the middle of May 2020. I’ve just been blessed by the wise words of Donna Brighton, of the Brighton Leadership group, a wise coach and realistic woman. Our families need us to lead from the core of […] Read more


Froese: Assumption-free living on your farm

Don’t assume you know the reason for another’s actions — ask for clarification

A weary-looking farm woman waits patiently in line making sure she is the last one to speak to me privately after my keynote. She has just one question. “When is the right time to start including our daughter-in-law in family business meetings; she doesn’t know a thing!” How would you respond? Reflective listening is activated, […] Read more

Froese: Risk, choice and opportunity — your farm’s transition

Start by looking at the challenges, creating solutions and beginning the process with a trusted adviser

Late last year I decided to stop listening to sad farm transition stories, proposing a new hashtag for Twitter #healingstories4ag. “Succession planning would be considerably less difficult if the long-term stability of the agricultural industry was more predictable. Given the current hurdles, long-term profitability is very uncertain! I do not wish to transfer an operation […] Read more


Froese: Tools to build trust on your farm

How much better would life on your farm be if trust wasn’t an issue?

Stephen Covey authored the great book The Speed of Trust. Imagine how much better life would be on your farm if trust was not an issue. When a farm founder trusts the next generation it’s a beautiful thing to behold. The spirit of generosity is fully empowered to help each generation find success in their […] Read more

The thought of moving from the main farmyard and getting rid of years of accumulated stuff and mementos can be overwhelming.

Froese: Housing hassles on the farm and how to navigate them

Problems can arise when farm founders are thinking about how long to stay on the main farmyard

A distraught middle-aged farm woman asks for advice on buying her daughter a farmhouse just down the road. This is a loaded question. When farm founders are considering how long they want to stay on the main farmyard, there can be lots of conflict and frustration. I suspect the mom’s plan was to have “switch […] Read more


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A new frame to see transition possibility and movement

Here’s some language tools to use to help persuade and influence others

If you’re fighting storms or sorting cows, grab five minutes to soak this story in. You cannot neglect tending to the needs of your cows. Let’s talk about embracing the same urgency with your farm transition conversations. My speaker friend Shelle Rose Charvet, author of Words that Change Minds, has tools for better language that […] Read more

Taking 20 minutes in the morning can be a good way to reflect on business goals and map the week.

Froese: Managing your power to choose on your farm

How are you doing? Are you making good choices to manage your energy?

Work/life balance” comes up for many young farmers, but it’s time to change our language to “choices we make to manage time” and take action. “We freak about not having time when what we really don’t have is energy!” says Marjorie Ingall. Kirstin Van Ogtrop says “Balance is less about circumstance and more about perspective. […] Read more


Froese: When brothers don’t see eye to eye

One of the bulls in the middle of the farmhouse that we need to chase after is the undiscussabull of “my brother would never agree to that.” These transition conversations are as fresh as a newly minted cow plop, and they stink, too. “Elaine, my dad is great to work with, but he won’t stand […] Read more

When seeding pressure mounts, we all need to be reminded to extend grade to one another.

Calibrate yourself for seeding, create positive responses

Be aware of how you’re reacting to the farm team when under pressure

Getting machines ready for seeding launches farmers out of bed in anticipation of a new season. “How are you calibrating yourself for seeding stresses?” As we age, are we open to change behaviours and do a “reset of our default habits” to create a more positive culture on our farm team? Peter Drucker said “culture […] Read more