Nov 15, 2018
WHERE DID THE SEASON GO?
“There’s never any downtime anymore,” is a common lament in agriculture. We pine for times past, when there was a simpler pace and two distinct seasons of planting and harvest. Today we can feel tossed from one season to the next, never having enough time to catch our breath, let alone get ahead. In agriculture we’re beholden to the weather and the seasons; much of what we’re able to do on a given day isn’t in our hands, despite the to-do list in our head.
Regardless of that feeling of “12 months of busy”—there are still seasons in agriculture: there’s calving season for the cow-calf operation, there’s planting for the grain farmer, and so on. What we really sense is the continual business of our lives. Every day seems to fill up with a stream of meetings, phone calls and paperwork. We’re connected 24/7 and find ourselves not farmers in the agrarian ideal—but business owners in the modern, entrepreneurial sense. As leaders of the business, it’s up to us to make the most out of every season. Sports teams know that championships are won by what gets done in the off season.
“The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.”
- Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf
Whether you are a CEO, a coach or a general, it’s what you do with your downtime that matters most to how well you do when it’s “Go Time.” To get you thinking about the off season as winter approaches, here are five exercises to help you make the most of it.
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