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"Holiday Season" on the Farm
Dec 23, 2011
In farming the seasons of “Spring” and “Fall” are where we typically capture profit opportunities. They are seasons of planning, dedication, and hard work; where the fruits of our labor are produced and harvested. The “Holiday Season” on the other hand, is a time for reflecting on what's truly important for your family, employees, and business partners?
During the holidays many of us renew our priorities. It's the realization that our individual success and happiness comes only from our willingness to help others reach their goals for happiness and success.
Throughout this entire year I've written about techniques to achieve improved profitability, business growth, and financial success. Most of my topics center on numbers, facts, solutions, and results. These are critical topics to discuss for sure, but always be mindful that nothing else matters without people. “Take care of those who take care of you!”
One way to document, appreciate, and give back to those who are important in your operation is through pictures. We document production and financial numbers, why not document the heartbeat of the farming operation? After all, it’s people who created the results. Over time albums can be assembled which tell the story and build the legacy of your operation. With today's technology, pictures can also be easily put into video format to capture the personality and character of your farm.
Here is a video which I produced for 2011 to document the faces of family, employees, and partners of our farming business.
The holiday season brings us all closer together with a spirit of giving. If we could keep that same mindset year-round; how much is that worth to the bottom line?
On behalf of my family to yours; I'd like to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!