Tag: staff

What is Sweat Worth?

Most family ranches are subsidized with free, or underpaid, family labor. Sometimes the difference between what family members get and what it would cost to hire someone else to do the work they do is made up with the promise or expectation of sweat equity. But sweat is not a recognized form of currency and […]

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It’s Hard To Find Good Help …

… but it is even harder to find a good boss. I often hear employers complain that it is hard to find good help. I rarely hear them ask how they can be better bosses. Personally, I think most people want to do a good job. I don’t think employees want to be inefficient or […]

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Hiring Good People Isn’t Enough

Good people? What’s that supposed to mean? Compared to what? Bad people? With the exception of the Hillside Strangler and Jack the Ripper, I’m hesitant to label very many people as “bad.” I’d like to think that nearly everyone is mostly good. Almost all of us want to be moral and responsible.  The real problem […]

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Coming Home to Work

If you have a family ranch, whether you know it or not, you have a family employment policy. At least your kids think you do. In the absence of a formal, written policy, kids often grow up with the expectation that regardless of their education, experience or talent, there will be a role for them […]

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You Might Be A Manager If…

Most “ranch managers” aren’t managers. They don’t do the work of a manager, they don’t produce the results a manager would produce and they aren’t paid what a manager would get paid. The result isn’t just poor management. Most American ranches aren’t managed at all! Every business has three levels of issues. The first set […]

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Working For Your Money

When I was a kid if I asked my parents for money they would usually come up with some extra chores for me to do or suggest that I see if one of our neighbors needed some help with something. The lesson I learned is the lesson that most of us learn growing up: You […]

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Don’t Hire People To Work

Most of us hire people to work.  We write job descriptions telling them to do this or that.  But what people do and how long or hard they work is not important.  It is only the means to the end. The end is the results they produce.    As an employer you would be well […]

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Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later

Abby of Dear Abby, passed away last week.  I don’t intend to take her place dispensing relationship advice, but I do get my share of Dear Dave letters.  Here’s a Dear Dave inquiry I had last month:   Dear Dave, We have a problem. Our ranch manager is a family member but does not have […]

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