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Workshops and Presentations

Backswath's education and training offers an applied learning approach that includes resources such as workshops for farmers and agribusiness leaders who want to advance their management skills.

Change Management

Change is inevitable. Managing change effectively is the key to successfully streamlining it into your business. Communication is important – but it is more than that – it’s also about understanding how you accept and adapt to change that will affect your farm or agribusiness. Backswath presents the basics of managing change so you can understand why most people resist change; what are the key elements to implementing successful change; the tools and techniques including people engagement and adoption, and how to empower everyone to accept the change being presented and implemented.

Conflict Management

Conflict arises whenever people disagree over values, expectations, perceptions, ideas, or desires. Conflict Management encompasses various components that are integral to the success of your business and include gaining a clearer understanding, better group cohesion, and improved self-awareness. When managed effectively, conflict can present opportunities for growth and positive change. When not managed well, conflict can escalate and ultimately destroy relationships among family member or team members. Backswath’s Conflict Management workshops or presentations can be broad-based, to encompass a formal conflict management plan for your business/family or can be targeted to specific areas of concern or existing conflicts.

Financial Management

The numbers are big and getting bigger; but what do the numbers really mean and in what context are they presented. The financial management of a family farm business is a large portfolio of different and complimentary activities and responsibilities which requires a unique understanding and specific management focus. Understanding your financial situation and the importance of effective record-keeping and relationship building with lenders are just a few areas covered in our Financial Management workshops and presentations.

Health & Wellness                           

Running a family farm or agribusiness is not your average 9-5 fulltime job and it is easy to be overwhelmed with the responsibility and accountability and all the work that needs to be done. Managing a successful farm means taking the time to manage your health and wellness. Backswath Management brings informative and interactive workshops and presentations that will leave you with the tools and knowledge you can apply to your day-to-day life including: balancing the three-legged stool of activity and fitness, food and healthy eating, and mental health; prioritizing your health when you are busy, and achieving life balance.

Human Resources

Is your farm business at a point where you are thinking of growing and increasing productivity by adding employees? Is your current employee management communication lacking? Every farm has unique human resource management challenges and whether your company has many employees or is family owned and operated, HR is important in maintain or increasing your productivity. Backswath Management Inc. has developed a comprehensive and phased approach to managing a growing business or assisting with challenges a farm is facing. Sessions focus on: Recruiting and Hiring, Coaching and Building, and Advanced HR Management.

Strategy                                                                                                                                       

Strategy is a journey; it is about making intentional decisions that will impact your future direction. It requires that you take the time to define where you are going as an organization so that you can plan on how to get there. A strategic plan will benefit your farm or agribusiness over the long run as it is crucial when talking to lenders, business partners, and family members. Strategic thinking and planning provide a solid overview of what your farm is trying to accomplish, including production, operations, marketing, human resources, and financial management. Backswath can provide a workshop or presentation on strategic planning or we can educate you on how to use a strategic approach to farm and agribusiness success.

Stress Management

Stress management tools should be a part of your daily life. It is important to act when you notice negative changes in your functioning, how you treat yourself, and others. When you become consumed by work and responsibilities, by critical incidents, conflict, or a host of other life events that can have a detrimental effect on your business and relationships. Backswath’s workshops and presentations will help you learn how to manage stress through discipline and daily practice by teaching you how to tolerate and cope with stressful situations; how to understand what you can control like your farm’s schedule, attitudes, and responses when there are things you can’t control like weather, emergencies, and stock market fluctuations.

Succession and Transition Planning

Succession and transition planning aim to facilitate and accelerate sustainability transitioning though a participatory process of visioning, learning, and experimenting, Successful succession and transition planning involves looking head and planning for a viable and profitable future and whether internal or external, it helps prepare you for the successful sale or transfer of the farm business. 

Combination Workshops and Presentations

If you are looking for training, information and resources in other areas of farm and agribusiness management: workshops and presentations can be formatted and presented to meet your needs. Backswath offers options on the length and content of the  workshops, including a brief presentation, ½ day, full day and two-day sessions. The workshops are organized in terms of content as: introductory or advanced.