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So God Made a Farmer

 

 

Author:   Glenn Shepard
Date:   June 24,  2014
Category:   Management

 

   
 
   

 

 
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Dear Glenn,

 

What's the best way to deal with teammates and their cell phones? Should they be collected at the start of the day and given back after clocking out for the shift?

 

Dena in Oklahoma

 

Dear Dena,

 

While most companies don't go that far, it is more common than people realize, more often for security and safety than productivity.

     If you're not ready to go that far, remind your team that having personal cell phones at work is a privilege, not a right. And if that privilege continues to be abused, it will go away.

     Thanks for your question.

 

- Glenn in Nashville, TN

 
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It is my firm belief that the greatest threat to America’s future prosperity is our declining work ethic. But no matter how much it declines, you’ll never hear of a lazy farmer.

 

Legendary radio broadcaster Paul Harvey summed it up best in a 1978 speech titled "So God Made a Farmer", which was used in a Dodge Ram commercial in the 2013 Super Bowl.

 

The following is an excerpt:

 

 

God said, "I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board."

 

So God made a farmer.

 

God said, "I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt. And watch it die. Then dry his eyes and say, 'Maybe next year.'

 

I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from a persimmon sprout, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire, who can make harness out of haywire, feed sacks and shoe scraps. And who, planting time and harvest season, will finish his 40 hour week by Tuesday noon, then, paining from 'tractor back,' put in another 72 hours.

 

Somebody who'd bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh and then sigh, and then reply, with smiling eyes, when his son says he wants to spend his life 'doing what dad does.'"

 

So God made a farmer.

 

 

It’s no surprise that the decline in our work ethic has coincided with our move away from being an agriculturally based society.

 

A farmer who attended my seminar in North Platte, Nebraska brought his kids with him. I complimented him on how impressive and mature they were. He said, “Send me the brattiest kid in the world, give me a few weeks and a pair of post hole diggers, and I’ll send you back a new kid”.

 

When I hear managers complain about teenage employees who have no work ethic, I think about that Nebraska farmer, and wonder if there’s a “Farm Camp” where parents can send bratty teens for a summer.

 

It would be the best thing ever to happen to a lot of them.

 

 

 

To Your Success,

 

 

Glenn Shepard

 

 

 

P.S.  It was a chance encounter with Paul Harvey that was responsible for launching my career as a speaker. It is also because of him that I refer to my wife as my beautiful bride. (Mr. Harvey referred to wife Lynn as "Angel".) Reading Mr. Harvey's words don't do them justice. Click here to hear them as only the greatest radio personality in history could say them.

 

 

 

 

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