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Welcome to the home of the Modern Farm Business™ podcast, hosted weekly by Dean Heffta. Modern Farm Business translates proven methods and best practices from the business arena to today's modern farm leadership environment. We'll be learning from forward-thinking experts and discovering how to apply time-tested techniques to make real improvements on the farm.

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Jul 19, 2018

TIME, PRODUCTIVITY and GOLDFISH: WHERE’S THE CONNECTION?

Getting things done
Key responsibilities of executives include setting priorities, investing resources wisely, making sure the organization has a culture of execution. Everyone is an executive of something—be it an entire farming operation, a team at work, my...


Jul 12, 2018

Leaders face challenges and problems, and part of our role is helping our team to learn how to creatively solve those challenges. Today we’re exploring creative thinking and its role in helping us with our role of problem-solving.

Hurdles to overcome

  1. Being too familiar
  2. Having the right answer
  3. Being practical
  4. "I'm not...


Jul 5, 2018

Standards are an essential component of any organization’s culture. Standards demonstrate to employees what conduct and quality are expected and inform the public which ideals are important to the organization. It should be no surprise to learn that organizations that live up to their own standards of behavior daily...


Jun 28, 2018

If we’re involved in any organization, be it our growing farm or a community board—we likely have experienced the tug-of-war when people struggle against each other or with themselves to get what they want, causing relationships and entire systems to unravel.  Today we’re going to dig into how we can better...


Jun 21, 2018

In many conversations about developing leadership there is an important element that is frequently missed—the role of the follower. For organizations to truly have a thriving leadership culture, there has to also be thriving "followership." Today we’re digging in to this rarely discussed component which is so...