what it means to be an accountable employeeWhat does it mean to be an accountable employee? I think most people’s initial response would be, to be responsible for your own actions in the workplace. While that is certainly part of the equation, I’m particularly intrigued with the definition for accountability from The OZ Principle, written by Roger Connors, Tom Smith and Craig Hickman.

Authors of this book define accountability as an attitude of continually asking what else can I do to rise above my circumstances and achieve the results I desire? In the workplace, you could edit and also include, results the company desires.

The book continues to explain an ‘Above and Below the Line’ concept. In my opinion, it is a great depiction of what true accountability looks like, whether that be personally or in a work setting. According to the book, accountability above the line involves Seeing It, Owning It, Solving It, and Doing It. On the flip side, the unaccountable or victim cycle, includes things like wait and see, it’s not my job, finger pointing, and more.

Published on May 26th, 2017

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resume refreshWouldn’t it be great to create a resume that would work for eternity? In your dreams! To be effective resumes need to be regularly refreshed, updated, and tailored. The initial crafting of a resume is such an art and can be quite daunting. That is likely why the task of a resume refresh can seem intimidating as well! Focus on these simple eight resume refresh tips to alleviate some of the angst.


1. Contact Information – This may seem simple, but can easily be overlooked. Consider new phone numbers, addresses and such, but also social media platforms that you’d like to share. Remember only share those social media platforms where you maintain a professional persona.


2. Objective Statement/Talent Profile – One of the most subjective parts of a resume! If you’ve included either of these or something similar, this is a great place to tailor your resume to the role you are applying for. If the resume is to be used for more generic purposes, such as at a career fair or in an online resume database, this is still an excellent place to distinguish your interests if you have multiple areas of interest. For example, you might have an objective statement that is focused on marketing, but then another resume with an objective statement geared toward public relations.

Published on September 20th, 2016

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For this blog, I was challenged with the task to write about successful women in agriculture.  I use challenge lightly; because you see, finding successful women in agriculture wasn’t really a challenge at all.  There are so many talented females in this industry and we will only see this number continue to increase as female enrollment rates in ag programs continue to rise.


While I don’t want to underplay the fact that gender can influence how success is defined, particularly in the minds of some, I truly feel it is more about skills and characteristics that lead to a person’s success — not necessarily their gender.


To demonstrate this, rather than feature a blog about one successful woman in agriculture, I reached out to three women whom I respect within the industry and sought their advice on what it is that has helped them excel.  Enjoy their offerings!


Advice from Successful Women in Agriculture


Molly Ball - successful women in agricultureMolly Ball – President, National FFA Foundation


“Being a genuine, honest leader has been something I have learned from my mentors.  When you are genuine and give your heart to the organization or position you’re in, you will naturally become successful.”


“Build your network.  You never know when you will need to reach out for advice, in hiring or anything else in life.  Networks, particularly in agriculture, are so important.”

Published on March 1st, 2016

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12079102_1043299445704369_1723139989973809775_nWe recently had the opportunity to attend the Women in Agribusiness conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. What a great experience to bring together women within the industry for education and exceptional networking. Here are just a few of the main observations that we took away from this enlightening event.


  1. “Tomorrow’s talent has to be comfortable with ambiguity.” – Sarena Lin, President, Cargill Feed & Nutrition, Cargill Animal Nutrition. We thoroughly enjoyed this presenter’s viewpoint, and couldn’t agree more with that statement in particular. Sarena referenced the acronym VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity), as part of an adaptive leadership style. More than ever, this industry is looking for thought leaders, and talent that brings openness to teamwork and innovation.

Published on October 7th, 2015

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