Feed Lot

NOV 2017

Feedlots and cow/calf operations in the beef industry who feed 500 or more has annually on grains and concentrates; maintain 500 or more beef cows; backgrounder, stocker/grower, preconditioner; veterinarian, nutritionist, consultant

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26 FEED•LOT  November 2017 ADVANTAGE ADVERTISING compliments and encouragement throughout the discussion, and though this supervisor did clearly see himself in the hot seat, he took t heir comments in stride and asked q uestions for clarification. He de- fended his people appropriately and tactfully, and accepted the com- ments and criticisms in stride with the tone they were delivered. The group finished with clear ac- tion steps that the supervisor need- ed to take within his department, but the other supervisors didn't leave themselves out of the solu- tion. Some offered to talk to some of this supervisor's staff and help reinforce the company's produc- t ion goals and cultural expecta- t ions. Others planned to talk to the employees in their own depart- ment so there was consistency in expectations, as well as support for every department to ensure com- pliance with procedures. One of- fered to go with this supervisor to their boss and help explain the changes that were needed, the sup- port of all the departments, and the specific steps they would be tak- ing. This was crucial because one of the steps was to potentially ter- m inate two employees for poor p erformance, and the need to hire their replacements even before they were terminated. There could not have been a bet- ter outcome to this discussion. The supervisors developed and rein- forced a new level of camaraderie, several issues were addressed, the supervisor that was struggling felt a greater sense of empowerment and confidence, and they devel- oped a model for addressing simi- lar issues in the future. When supervisors throughout a company collaborate and cooper- ate, there is a camaraderie that develops and protects the entire operation. Employees learn that all the supervisors are unified in their objectives, expectations and Supervisor... from previous page MANAGEMENT

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