How to manage stubborn farmers…
when problems seem unsolvable.
I just got off the phone with a frustrated farmer. He is trying to make new plans with his farming partner, but the partner refuses to cooperate. People are in charge of their own behavior. They don’t like being told what to do or shoved in a certain direction.
What are the options?
Do nothing. Avoidance of conflict is a habit of many.
Stew. Making yourself sick is not good self-care.
Gather support. Talk to others involved in the conflict and brainstorm some options.
Seek professional input. Coaches, agrologists, accountants, and farm advisors have seen many stories before. You make me think that you are alone, but you aren’t. Ask for input and wisdom from your advisory team.
Control what you can control and let go of expectations. Letting go is a key coaching concept for being able to plan for change. If you accept the stubbornness of another person as the way things are, get on with making your own plans. See if you can find something positive about the time you are waiting for a breakthrough.
works for you in managing stubborn farmers?