If you’ve been involved in agriculture for any length of time, you’ve seen a good deal of change. From new technologies to new production methods to shifting economic cycles—there’s always something going on in the world of ag.
Like the captain of a ship with responsibility to chart a course for the journey across the ocean, the farm leader has a similar job. As you lead your operation, you must set a course—and then make adjustments to that route as necessary.
Often, anticipating changes that need to be made can mean the difference between success or failure. Being prepared can mean more success—as you’ll typically be more agile and equipped to handle whatever comes your way.
Otherwise, the farm leader and the overall operation can find they’re forced to react to what’s happening—rather than proactively planning or thinking ahead to anticipate challenges and what’s coming next. And reacting rather than being ahead of the change isn’t as effective.
As your farm operation’s "captain," a forward-looking mindset keeps you from being surprised by approaching storms. The future oriented captain thinks ahead to anticipate potential obstacles and charts a few potential alternative courses.
Planning makes a huge difference on the farm, because so much of what affects us is related to factors we can’t control—weather, markets, world economies. But what we can control is how we choose to prepare for the future.
This forward-looking approach is also beneficial when it comes to new ideas. Rather than saying, "This is the way we’ve always done it, and we’re going to keep doing it that way," the future-oriented farm leader looks into the new idea, learns about it, and then determines whether adopting it would benefit their operation.
Think about your operation. How does your farm typically deal with change? Are you out front—out ahead, on the edge, pushing the change forward? Do the people on your farm stay up on new developments in ag—to see if there’s something that could be incorporated that would benefit the operation? Do you stay on top of new technology or methods that would work well on your farm?
Consider your approach—and the approach of others in your operation—and how you’d like your operation to move into the future with you at the helm.