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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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Jan 10, 2019

Poor communication → Unmet expectations → Frustration & Disappointment

“Everyone hears only what he understands” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (scientist & author, 1749-1832)

Two big challenges we face in effective communication:

Assumptions: Experiences in my head I’m not adding in to the information I’m...

Dec 27, 2018


Avoid looking at correctable behavior situationally. “Bill is consistently late for work. How do I correct it?” This is focusing on what we don’t want and not focusing on the goals of the organization...which means we can end up missing the opportunity to really create what...

Nov 22, 2018

Elaine Froese, C.S.P. is a professional speaker, writer and business coach who specializes in helping farm families work through tough issues surrounding succession, business and communication—not only to meet and talk, but to act! Faith Today magazine recently dubbed Elaine “Canada’s Farm Whisperer,”...

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...

Apr 5, 2018

There’s an old saying: “I know what I said, but I don’t know what you heard.” As leaders we can spend a lot of our time sending out information, with the expectation that people understand what we intend them to understand. However, when the pressure is on or time is short—just when we need communication to be...