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March 2016 Management Minute
“Partnership and Marriage” by Chris Reinhardt, feedlot specialist For those who are married, you may have heard someone say, “Marriage is hard. A good marriage takes work.” Although that sentiment is true at some level, understanding the founda (More)
February 2016 Management Minute
“The Right Thing and The Easy Thing” by Chris Reinhardt, feedlot specialist When we look back over the decades of the 20th century, it is abundantly apparent that animal agriculture has made tremendous strides forward in the areas of food produ (More)
January 2016 Management Minute
“Investments” by Chris Reinhardt, feedlot specialist Every well-managed and proactively-thinking business carefully considers the fundamental difference between a “cost” and an “investment”. A “cost” simply ensures the luxury of getting the job (More)
December 2015 Management Minutes
“Ethics” by Chris Reinhardt, feedlot specialist I recently read a quote about managing employees: “We hope an employee is     (1) ethical, (2) intelligent, and (3) has a good work ethic. But if a person is short on number (1), we’d rather they (More)
November 2015 Management Minute
“What People Want” by Chris Reinhardt, feedlot specialist Managers of every type of business run into the same question regarding workplace satisfaction: “What do employees want?” The answer, according to Dr. Robert A. Milligan, Professor Em (More)
October 2015 Management Minute
“Creating Team” by Chris Reinhardt, feedlot specialist Few experiences in the workplace are more rewarding than the feeling of accomplishing something extraordinary as a part of a highly effective team, knowing that the project outcome is uniqu (More)
September 2015 Management Minute
“Team Work in Action” by Chris Reinhardt, feedlot specialist I recently had the opportunity to work with a highly functional team of about a dozen young researchers working under extreme fatigue and duress. Their behavior shocked and informed m (More)
August 2015 Management Minute
“Win-Win or No Deal by Chris Reinhardt, feedlot specialist I recently had the opportunity to listen to a cattleman speak at a conference on the subject of, among other things, loyalty and building informal alliances in your business. The genera (More)
July 2015 Management Minute
“Energize!” by Chris Reinhardt, feedlot specialist Do you have certain people in your organization or team who are natural problem solvers and who seem to be energized when there is a logistical or physical challenge within the operations syste (More)
June 2015 Management Minute
“Choices” by Chris Reinhardt, feedlot specialist All employees have choices available to them. Poor employees have the choice of either showing up for work or not showing up and being fired. But good employees---especially the exceptional ones- (More)
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