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Many people who work with cows on a daily basis have a solid understanding of cow behaviour. Cows are fairly predictable.

What about the people you work with? Is their behaviour predictable? How do we influence co-workers to perform day-to-day activities in a way that continually improves such things as safety, cow health, production and profitability?

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Sometimes a short conversation lights a huge fire of controversy, and this article may create a few sparks, so please read carefully all the way to the end.

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Think back to all the stuff your parents tried teaching you when you were a kid. How did they get all those “lessons” to eventually sink in?

Here’s how it probably went: Your parents had chores they expected you to do. So they told you what to do. If you were smart, you did them.

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In his book, Leapfrogging, Soren Kaplan reminds us that “the human brain is wired to appreciate positive surprise.” He goes on to say that when we experience such a surprise, three things happen:

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With a little planning and creativity, you can find many affordable, day-to-day opportunities for teaching children valuable financial lessons. Consider these low-cost ways to help instill good financial sense:

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In downtown New York City, men in business suits talk about cows. Actually, they even talk about killing cows – the sacred cows in their businesses.

These figurative sacred cows are things that have been immune to criticism and need to be culled.

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