First Annual Production Symposium -

Interactive Virtual Workshop

September 22-23rd 12:30-4:00 Daily

"Farm and Ranch Leadership in the 21st Century" featuring  Bob Milligan 

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Please register by September 14th to receieve materials prior to class

  • Interactive virtual workshop with other Ag professionals
  • Discuss improving hiring, training, and retaining good employees in today's world
Bob Milligan 


Bob Milligan is a Senior Consultant with Dairy Strategies, LLC. He specializes in helping farms and ranches with leadership and professional development. 





Virtual Agenda

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

12:30 PM.  Leadership for the Third Decade of the 2020s

  • Today likely is the greatest opportunity for leadership in your lifetime – the story
  • Listening is key to developing trust
  • Leadership today is different from management and from our past view of leadership
  • Vision answers the question “WHY are we doing this?”
  • Business (ranch) culture – increasingly important

 2:00 PM  Break

 2:30 PM  Hiring great employees

  • A preferred employer
  • Preparing to hire – job descriptions and competencies
  • Recruitment
  • Selection
  • Onboarding

 4:00 PM  Adjourn


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

 12:30 PM  Today’s Supervisor is a Leader and a Coach

  • Motivated and engaged workforce members require choice, connection, and competence
  • Leadership styles
  • Supervision is leadership and coaching – hero, villain, victim

 2:00 PM  Break

 2:30 PM  Supervisory skills

  • Clarity: “chalking the field”
  • Quality feedback - positive, redirection, negative
  • Reinforcing success – positivity, appreciation, encouragement

 4:00 PM  Begin implementing what you have learned