Category: Food for thought

Diversity and Inclusion – will Ag brush it off?

Does agriculture have a problem with diversity and inclusion? Is this something the community is willing to admit and work on? Or will some in the industry try to brush this off as well? In the weeks after I first shared my experiences challenging diversity and inclusion in the workplace, I’ve received an overwhelming amount […]

5 Changes That Helped My 2020 Financial Goals Become Reality

Have you ever found yourself laughing at financial programs claiming to slash your debt and make you rich? Also, have you ever looked at your bank account and credit card statements and let out an audible groan? I’ve been there. The best time to start making changes to reach your financial goals was 10 years […]

Omitting Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

To follow-up on the previous post where I shared my experiences and challenges of organizational culture, diversity and inclusion, today I’d like to share the perspective of a former colleague. This person has requested to remain anonymous, but their voice is important to describe the culture at the organization that led to the departure of […]

A word on organizational culture, diversity and inclusion

This year has proven to be challenging. I have been presented with opportunities to stand up for the ethics and values I have been taught my entire life. Our communities – whether those be defined by race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or a rural-urban divide – are often passionate about our deeply rooted beliefs, which […]

Communication Is Hard – thinking on word choice

The world of Social Media is a tricky place. All of this communication is occurring while missing one essential element of conversation – non-verbal cues. Sarcasm font, anyone? Communication is hard and removing a portion of that effort can make things event more difficult. And word choice can make things even more complicated. So many elements that […]

4 Steps For Real Conversations When You Disagree

Twitter and social media, in general, can be a savage place for conversations and attacks. I’ve had several occasions where people will reference negativity and attacks online as a reason for not engaging – especially for Twitter. Discussions about online bullying have become more prominent during President Trump’s term, which may be one of the […]

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